Boss Brent Peters Delighted With Overdue Win

Bacup and Rossendale Borough manager Brent Peters spoke following the 2-1 win at Winsford when he had this to say.


“Going into this game I was without the services of goalkeeper John Ogden, Shane Birtles and team captain Daniel Cocks both to whom were suspended and also without the injured Lee Oldham. The fact that this game was of mega importance with us very much requiring a win, I had no hesitation in selecting no less than five local Rossendale lads to pick up the baton and to run with it.”

Peters added “Johnathon Heap, Gino Mancini, Nicholas Clemons, Jimmy Hoyle and Paul Hooper have all shown a genuine desire to succeed and in addition their commitment, work rate and proud to be wearing the Bacup and Rossendale Borough shirt has really impressed me, despite the fact that some of them have not competed at this level before this did not faze me in including them all in such a demanding and important game that this was. They have impressed me with not only their attitude but their work ethics they have put in but equally in their own differing ways they are all talented lads and this was highlighted when Gino Mancini fired us into an early lead followed by Nicholas Clemons vision and precision pass that found Simon Thompson for an excellent struck goal that was well executed and well finished.”

Peters went on “The entire team showed a tremendous togetherness which along with all of their hard work on a very heavy difficult pitch was for me the catalyst that did see us over the finishing line with all three points.”

Peters said “Make no mistake this game was never going to be easy, Winsford were at home and with this just like us needing the all-important three points so we were under no illusions that at some point in this game we would have to survive some tricky moments, this we were.”

Peters with his humour said “I knew we had come to get the three points but I did not expect my keeper to be playing a dual role of keeper and midfield player where at one point he did astonishingly find himself well out of his area clambering on the floor with their bench shouting shoot, if their lad had of shot and did hit the net then I think it would be fair to say I would have been shooting the keeper.”

Peters went on “Leading  with a two goal cushion at the break Winsford could not complain, however as expected Winsford gave it a real go in the second half with nothing to lose being two down they did throw plenty of players forward from which we had to be resolute in our defending.”

Peters said “The goal they pulled back was bizarre and really should have been in the keepers arms. After this Gareth Wager, Laquan Esdaille, Johnathon Heap and Gino Mancini to whom had to do one for the team being in an unfamiliar role very much had to defend for their lives but it was always reassuring that with man of the match Adrian Bellamy voted by the opposition and the composure of Jimmy Hoyle and Nick Clemons in feeding Matthew Bryan, Paul Hooper and Simon Thompson to whom were all different class with their high energy and work rate that when we did get forward we certainly looked a real threat.”

Peters finished by saying “Their work ethic and determination today will have to be repeated again on Tuesday and more besides if we are to make it our second LFA Cooperative Trophy semi-final in as many seasons.”


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