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Disappointing start for the Borough

Bacup & Rossendale Borough took to the field in their new away kit, a fetching pink strip. The sun was shining and conditions were sweltering and as the game got underway, the first five minutes were played with great tempo and intensity as both sides really want to have a good start to the season.

Despite good battling in the midfield area it was the home side who broke the deadlock after eight minutes as their right winger got beyond his man and delivered a ball for the striker to flick in with his head. After this happening BARB then calmed down and started to pass it around and keep it a bit more which made them look more threatening, especially down the right with Birtles. However Town then scored a second on 22 minutes, quite simply a corner and a free header.

This goal again sparked Borough into more life and pushing forward with bodies to cause a threat. All the attacking was going down Shane Birtles’ flank but his crosses could never find a man. The big number 9 was definitely isolated. On the 37th minute saw the best move of the match by far for BARB as Gallagher superbly drifted past three opposing players he spreads it out wide to Birtles who delivers and finds Oldham but his half-volley was lashed over. Nevertheless this was much better from the team in pink. Five minutes later then brought BARB a glorious chance as Butorins springs the offside trap, goes one on one with the keeper but he shoots right at him. Could have possibly looked for a pass. For me that was a turning point because if that went in right before half-time it could have been a completely different game. However things were looking brighter.

Half-Time: Runcorn Town 2-0 BARB

The opposite happened in the second half as Runcorn made it 3-0 on 49 minutes. You could say poor decision making from BARB but you also have to say the lad finished it very well.

Borough’s shape looked better in the second half as Lee Oldham was pushing right up alongside Butorins which did help him out. As time starts to run out BARB could have easily had a penalty through which looked a handball however it wasn’t given and moments later came the home side’s fourth goal which wasn’t the best goal to concede defending wise.

The game may have been out of their reach but you can’t fault the team’s work-rate and commitment as Oldham nearly capitalized on a defensive mistake but his touch just took it to the keeper.

In the 89th minutes BARB did get a late consolation through a comical own goal in which saw the defender loop his header of the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.


Runcorn Town 4-1 Bacup & Rossendale Borough

After the match I spoke to BARB manager Brent Peters to get his thoughts on his teams performance today. He said “Runcorn Town looked sharper than us all over the pitch today, we conceded possession way too easy and they capitalized on our short passes”. “That said I was also disappointed that it took us 35 minutes to actually drive and run at some of there players”.

I then asked Peters what was his take on each of the goals they conceded. “With the first goal I am disappointed with the amount of space they had to put the cross in”. “With the second goal I am extremely disappointed with our defender because he has his man, the ball comes in but then he just doesn’t jump with him, it’s not acceptable”. “For the third goal it was great capitalization on our defenders wrong decisions and we’ll have to learn and they will”.

“We had several debutants out there making the step up at this level of football and they were playing against a side who have laid down a marker the past two seasons coming 2nd and 3rd and the lads gave a good honest performance. They may have made the wrong decision one of which did lead to a goal but they will learn from this but certainly they put in a good honest performance, unlike some of their more experienced team mates which really did disappoint me”. “Let’s not get down about this, I tipped them last season to win it and this season is no different, they will be right in the mix”.

“They’ll learn from this and all in all, no real positives from the game apart from certain personnel”.

Peters added “Playing a team like Runcorn Town it needs everyone to concentrate 100% and it is bad enough carrying one player, certainly not several.”

Peters finished by saying “The boys must use this outcome as a learning curve and providing they do then we will be fine hopefully starting on Wednesday at home to Barnoldswick.


Jay Taylor

Bacup & Rossendale Borough