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Borough Slump To Derby Defeat


Despite once again dominating the 90 minutes a combination of defensive errors, less than clinical finishing and some poor refereeing saw Borough continue their search for the opening point of the 2012/13 league campaign. Fielding the same starting line-up that had performed so well at Winterton Rangers on Saturday Borough initially looked settled but conceded a bad goal on 10 minutes. Otis Gorman appeared to misjudge the camber of the pitch when going for a ball and this let in Mark Threlfall. The former Colne striker made no mistake in clinically beating Paul Horridge in the Bacup goal. This setback appeared to spark Borough into life and in the 16th minute Kingsley Williams cross was almost met by Daniel Cocks. Cocks was always a threat but received little help from the officials when he was on the end of some robust challenges from the visiting defenders. On 19 minutes Karl Stanleys well struck shot from distance was gathered cleanly by Marko Marosi. A minute later Shaun Williams effort was deflected for a corner and when taken Williams had a further pop at goal but his effort was blocked. Barnoldswick were still a threat on the counter and in the 24th minute Horridge did well to deny Threlfall his second. At the other end Marosi had to be smartly off his line to deny Cocks who had charged down a clearance, whilst Carl Ellerton had to produce a fine last gasp tackle to further deny the Borough front man. Moments later Steve Maden found himself clean through but his shot lacked conviction and was saved by Marosi. Cocks frustration got the better of him in the 32nd minute when a late challenge on Billy Priestly saw him become the first Bacup player this season to enter the referees notebook. Jack Overson quickly joined him in the book for the visitors five minutes later. The best chance for Bacup arrived on 38 minutes when Maden’s header from point blank range was superbly kept out by Marosi. HALF-TIME: Bacup Borough 0 Barnoldswick Town 1

Borough got off to the worst possible start as Barnoldswick doubled their lead four minutes into the second half. Stewart Airdrie’s effort had a lot of good fortune about it but the vocal travelling support didn’t care and howled their delight. Bacup’s reply was immediate with Cocks finally finding reward for his endeavours with a cool finish a minute later. The visitors were now in some difficulty and tempers were becoming more frayed. Karl Stanley picked up a booking after challenging for a 50/50 ball and the decision angered the home bench. After remonstrating with referee Peter Gooch, Andy Hill was eventually sent from the technical area. In the 56th minute Kingsley Williams drove wide with the home side now well on top. Four minutes later Cocks snapshot was kept out by Marosi. Tempers became strained even further after Shaun Williams was booked for simulation after what looked a clear foul and shortly afterwards Gareth Wager also collected a booking for dissent. From Airdries resulting free-kick Shaun Airey ghosted in with a header to further stretch the visitors advantage. Cocks had strong claims for a 76th minute penalty waived away by the referee whilst the striker also saw his free-kick blocked by the wall 4 minutes later. Time was now running out for the home side and although Cocks had one more effort deflected for a corner Borough were left to reflect on how they had once again failed to take something out of a game that they had largely controlled. FULL-TIME: Bacup Borough 1 Barnoldswick Town 3

Bacup Borough: Horridge, Birtles (sub. Byrom 64 mins), Wager, Butorins, Gorman, Luker, Cocks, Maden, Shaun Williams, Kingsley Williams, Stanley (sub. Dale 71 mins). Attendance: 58.

MATCH STATS: SHOTS ON TARGET: Bacup 6 Barnoldswick 5  SHOTS OFF TARGET: Bacup 1 Barnoldswick 1  CORNERS: Bacup 6 Barnoldswick 2