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Borough Undone By Set Plays

Team: Ogden Bellamy (c) Heap Esdaille Wager Hoyle Kirk (Sub Clemons) Alderson (Sub Dunn) Thompson Oldham (Sub Butorins) Nuttall

Subs not used: Socha & Mancini

Attendance: 35

Bacup & Rossendale Borough travelled to the seaside to face AFC Blackpool without key players such as club captain Daniel Cocks, Matty Bryan and Shane Birtles. However they did welcome back Adrian Bellamy from suspension and Simon Thompson back into the team along with a debut for midfielder Chris Nuttall.

The game started off fairly even with the home side perhaps having more of the ball and in the 5th minute they struck a good looping volley but was no danger to an alert John Ogden.

Moments after this and more bad luck occurred as Lee Oldham simply rolled his ankle and had to be replaced by Artjoms Butorins.

Few minutes later again and the home side took the lead as they got behind the Bacup midfield and Martin Baird bent a shot low into the far corner in which Ogden tipped onto the inside of the post but wasn’t enough to keep out.

BARB try and respond immediately as Simon Thompson bends a free-kick round the wall but the keeper gets down well to tip wide.

Half way through the first half and Butorins was keen to impress as he was shooting on sight. He tested the keeper twice in a matter of minutes with two good strikes from distance but again, were well saved.

The game then became more of a battle for possession and a battle to carve out the perfect chance but it just went very up until half time. This was probably ideal as manager Brent Peters wanted to get his players in.

Half-Time: AFC Blackpool 1-0 BARB

Peters made another change at the break bringing on Nic Clemons in place for Arron Kirk who still doesn’t seem 100% fit.

Just 8 minutes into the second half and Bacup superbly struck and I am sure the manager will take great credit as it was the man who had just been introduced onto the field, Nic Clemons. It all started when Chris Nuttall who was having an impressive debut received the ball on the left flank, his quick feet and trickery allowed him to skip beyond his man and deliver a dangerous ball. Big Butorins then challenged the goalkeeper for the ball in which he flapped at and consequently it fell to the lurking Clemons who calmly chested it round a defender then beautifully wrapped his left foot around the ball and it found the far corner, no chance for the keeper.

BARB were back in the game and it was a great response however the defining point would be the defence and if they could keep it tight with no mistakes.

Having said all of that they weren’t level for long as just 7 minutes later Blackpool got their lead back when a corner was met at the near post by Ryan Vaughan and it hit the bar and came down in which wasn’t clear if it went in but the linesman on the far side flagged for the goal to be given.

The Borough had to bounce back again and it always looked like they could get back in it as chances did come their way.

However BARB are simply shipping way too many goals at the moment and 20 minutes from time and it was 3-1 as a cross in wasn’t dealt with and Adam Stammers was simply on hand to tap in from close range.

As I was saying earlier though, chances did fall to the away side and a golden chance came to get back in it when Thompson finally gets some space down the right and gets in behind, he puts it right across goal but Chris Nuttall misses a gaping goal with a diving header. This was a glorious opportunity to get back into the game once more in which we need to start being more clinical because if we do then confidence will grow and the all-round performance will improve and this was proven costly as in the 80th minute it was 4-1 which looked very harsh on BARB. It was Adam Stammers again who struck low from all of 25 yards out in which Ogden failed to deal with at his near post.

Another terrific opportunity for the team in pink as Nic Clemons excellent tackle set through Artjoms Butorins who should simply strike it at goal but instead he goes for the square pass across goal and it gets broken up.

That was to be the final piece of action in an entertaining in which the resulting score line did look a tad harsh on the away side but that’s how tough this league is. However we are creating chances which is a positive out of the game, we just need to take more of them now but especially keep it tighter at the back.

Full-Time: AFC Blackpool 4-1 Bacup & Rossendale Borough