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Sat: Carlisle City 1- Bacup Borough 1, Mon: Nelson 0-Bacup Borough 1

With two Bank Holiday Away Days to encounter and one being a local derby it seemed like the fixture computer was not being at all kind to Bacup Borough but such is the belief of Brent Peters side they came out of these two tricky Holiday fixtures with four from a possible six points which leaves Boro unbeaten from their opening five fixtures.

The first of their two fixtures was a trip north to Carlisle, going into this game Bacup Borough Manager was without the services of first choice keeper Josh Harris which meant a debut for Declan Oliver, in addition Centre Back Conor Porter was missing for both the Bank Holiday fixtures, this prompted the Bacup Manager to strike a deal with Salford City for sixteen year old Markell Foulds from their Academy92 set up.
The first forty five minutes at Carlisle proved to be very much even with both sides having had opportunities to have opened the scoring, however has the half was heading for a stalemate at the break, Carlisle won a corner, the ball was delivered and defended out to the edge of the Bacup penalty area, the Carlisle player attacked the ball, from this Bacup Defender Josh Walne rashly made an attempt to win the ball inside the penalty area leaving the match official with no other option but to award Carlisle a penalty which was converted, giving the Cumbrian side their slender lead at the break.

Matthew Bryan

No changes were made at the break, the second half started much the same way has the first half with very little to separate either side, this until Bacup Manager Brent Peters sprung a double substitution and a change of formation, off came Kieran Turner to be replaced by striker Tre-Carmichael and off came defender Kevin Masairika to be replaced by Stuart Craig, from these changes Bacup really did start to crank up the pressure on Carlisle, it was no surprise that Bacup soon got themselves back into the game when Wayne Morrison picked up a loose ball before finding his strike partner Matthew Bryan who finished well to make the score line 1-1, the amount of pressure that followed from Bacup Borough it was beggars belief that they could not find that killer blow to take all three points, this was not before Bacup’s Goal Keeper Declan Oliver had to make two excellent saves to prevent a smash and grab from the Bacup Hosts, the final Bacup Borough Substitution came when Josh Walne was struggling from an earlier knock, he was replaced by Davison Banda, the final quarter of the game saw Bacup producing wave of attacks but no final finish to take all of the points.


Bank Holiday Monday, Bacup Borough made the short distance to Nelson, Manager Brent Peters welcomed back Goal keeper Josh Harris, Davison Banda came into the starting line- up replacing injured Josh Walne whilst midfielder Jean Khasa was preferred to Kieran Turner who took his place on the Bacup substitutes bench.

Bacup started in buoyant mood with this creating the first opportunity of the game when Matthew Bryan was brought down at the edge of the Nelson penalty area, Wayne Morrison stepped up to take the free kick but his effort struck the Nelson wall, Nelson had their moments, the first when Davison Banda lost possession too easy resulting in the home side getting in behind the Bacup rear guard before the ball went sailing past the face of the goal.

Bacup produced another good effort, once again this came from yet another Free Kick following a foul on Anthony Hall, it was Hall to whom took the delivery which was a quality ball in which both Adrian Bellamy and Elliott Collinson went for resulting in the ball bouncing over the Nelson bar, Bacup who were asking most of the questions had what seemed a genuine penalty claim turned down when Anthony Hall was taken down in the penalty area, all Bacup’s claims went in vain, Bacup Borough’s final attack of the half broke down disappointingly when Markell Foulds made a good run, stepping out of the Bacup defence before releasing Davison Banda to whom frustratingly was ruled offside.
Half time came but there was no goals to separate the two sides.

The second half got under way which did go very much the same way has the first forty five minutes with Bacup having the majority of possession, this brought a succession of corners for the visitors with the Bacup Skipper Adrian Bellamy missing his connection, then a quality ball in from Matthew Bryan saw Wayne Morrison time his run to perfection until a Nelson defender just got ahead of him to clear what was a certain goal.

Wayne Morrison

With Bacup not turning their control into goals, Manager Brent Peters opted to make a double substitution by bringing on Benjamin Rhodes for Davison Banda and taking off Jean Khasa for striker Matthew Barlow, it was from substitute Benjamin Rhodes that the deadlock was broken, an early deep long ball from Rhodes got Matthew Bryan away, his pace was a constant threat to Nelson, he got away from his challengers before cutting inside to lay off a perfect pass into the advancing Wayne Morrison to finish with ease, this goal was nothing more than Bacup deserved, the goal proved to be enough for Bacup to claim all three points making it four points out of six from their double header Bank Holiday Programme.

Team. Josh Harris, Markell Foulds, Adrian Bellamy, Kevin Masirika( Stuart Craig ) Davison Banda ( Benjamin Rhodes ) Anthony Hall, James Constantine, Elliott Collinson, Jean Khasa( Matthew Barlow) Wayne Morrison, Matthew Bryan.