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Dale Delivers As Borough Climb Off Bottom

BACUP BOROUGH 1 AFC BLACKPOOL 0

Adam Dale was the hero as Bacup finally got their North West Counties Premier Division campaign up and running with a hard fought 1-0 win over AFC Blackpool at the Brian Boys West View Stadium this evening. Manager Brent Peters rung the changes after Saturday’s defeat at Runcorn Town bringing in Adam Dale and Shaun Birtles for Artjoms Butorins and Shaun Williams who both dropped to the bench. In addition Boic Nhlizyo earned his first start after Kingsley Williams was unavailable due to work commitments.

The game started with Borough on the attack and forcing a first minute corner, although the set piece ended with Karl Stanley blazing over. It was an even opening with Marc Beattie for the visitors sending a ninth minute snapshot over the bar. Three minutes later Stanley charged down a clearance but the ball rolled just too far in front of him and Kieran O’Boyle in the Blackpool goal was able to gather. The Bacup defence was mainly restricting the visitors to efforts from distance but Jason Dodwell was some way off the target with his pot shot. In the 22nd minute Daniel Cocks went on a fine run beating several players before being denied by some desperate defending. However, he had more luck six minutes later this time heading down the right channel before sending over a pinpoint cross that was powerfully finished to the net by Adam Dale’s firm header. Borough were now well on top and in the 39th minute Stanley’s free-kick was headed into the arms of O’Boyle by Davey Luker. Two minutes later Dale beat the AFC offside trap but his low placed drive lacked sufficient pace to get under O’Boyle’s body and the keeper was able to make the save. HALF-TIME: Bacup Borough 1 AFC Blackpool 0

The second half started with an early chance for the visitors, before play switched to the other end with Steve Maden firing straight at O’Boyle. The keeper did well to keep out Cocks effort three minutes later but this was to prove the last action for the talismanic front man as he had to be replaced by Shaun Williams after picking up a knock. Dale was having his best game of the season and shot wide on the turn in the 59th minute. However Blackpool gradually started to get a foothold in the game and it needed a top drawer save from Paul Horridge to tip Beattie’s 65th minute rasping drive over the bar. Artjoms Butorins joined the action to relieve the tiring Dale and the big Russian was straight into the action, feeding an excellent ball to Birtles who was denied by O’Boyle at point blank range. For most of the last ten minutes Borough were content to soak up the visitors pressure although they were relieved to see the ball roll wide of the goal after an 86th minute goalmouth scramble. In the 90th minute Nhlizyo picked up a booking for a late challenge but the biggest cheer of the night came moments later as the referee’s whistle meant that Bacup had collected three points and climbed five places off the foot of the fledgling league table. FULL-TIME: Bacup Borough 1 AFC Blackpool 0 Attendance 64 

Bacup Borough: Horridge, Wager, Stanley, McLaren, Gorman, Luker, Birtles, Maden, Dale (sub. Butorins 76 mins), Nhlizyo, Cocks (sub. Shaun Williams 58 mins). Subs not used: Maine, Peters, Byrom.

MATCH STATS: SHOTS ON TARGET: Bacup Borough 6 AFC Blackpool 2  SHOTS OFF TARGET: Bacup Borough 6 AFC Blackpool 8  CORNERS: Bacup Borough 2 AFC Blackpool 4