BOYS WONDERGOAL NOT ENOUGH TO SECURE POINTS FOR IMPRESIVE BACUP

ASHTON TOWN 5-BACUP BOROUGH 3

On the same date in 1996 a certain David Beckham scored a wondergoal from his own half against Wimbledon, Ashton Town & Bacup Borough Supporters were in for a treat witnessing Bacup Borough’s former FC Toulouse Academy graduate Joel Gnabouyou score an identical goal, the eighteen year old in his own half spotted the Ashton keeper off his line, he executed a wonderful piece of individual brilliance sending the ball over the keepers head into the net bringing the boy raptures from the entire stadium, fans and players alike, but this piece of brilliance was not enough to kick start Brent Peters Bacup sides season.

Bacup started the first forty five minutes completely dominating the half with some exquisite football going forward which resulted in a two goal lead at the break, the first goal came as a result of some neat play between Gary Lillie, Aran Kirk from which Alex Mellor took control driving forward up Ashtons right before cutting inside and getting his strike off across their keeper, has the ball struck the foot of the far post Joel Gnabouyou was on it forcing the ball over the line giving his side a deserved lead, Bacup soon doubled their lead when Matthew Bryan latched onto the ball before cutting inside to finish.
It was a real classy first half from Bacup with Ashton struggling with the athleticism of the Bacup team but the same could not be said in the opening four minutes of the second half when for this spell Bacup just self – destructed, in the opening seconds Josh Walne had chance to play the ball forward, he turned back and was challenged leaving him on the floor, Gary Lillie did sweep up but for some reason he turned inside with a pass that forced the press, Ashton won the ball before striking at goal, Monteith full stretch saved but could not prevent the follow up, goal and game on, within seconds the home side had forced a corner, their centre forward was given the luxury of a free header powered past Monteith, all square, the home side were not finished here, they played a long ball across the Bacup box to the far post where there towering player rose above both Oliver Crew and Kyle Brooks to head his team into a 3-2 lead, if this was turning into a disaster it did not stop here when their midfield player had drifted onto the blind side of our midfield, a long ball picked the player out to finish leaving Ashton with a two goal advantage, it was now Bacup Borough’s chance to do what the home side did by cutting that two goal advantage, believe me the visitors gave it a good try, always looking a real threat going forward and when Matthew Bryan played eighteen year old Joel Gnabouyou a pass to his right, with Joel in his own half, he spotted their keeper was well up his penalty area, with this he struck an absolute quality precision lob right over their keepers head into the goal to make it 4-3, Bacup kept pressing forward in a search for their equaliser but when Aran Kirk got disposed from a throw in from Kyle Brooks deep into the Bacup half, it was game over has Ashton put the game well and truly to bed with a well taken finish.