Early Decisions Cost The Borough

Team: 1. Jakovlevs 2. Zubar (SENT OFF 8 mins) 3. Tayo 4. Meadowcroft 5. Bellamy (c) 6. Gamble 7. Currie (Sub McKenzie) 8. Crook (Sub Rahman) 9. Zama (Sub Cosgrave) 10. Bond 11. Bryan
Subs not used: Morgan & Fawcett
Attendance: 53

Report by Jay Taylor

Bacup & Rossendale Borough fought with over 80 minutes with 10 men but were beaten by West Didsbury & Chorlton.

Manager Brent Peters named an unchanged team from last week’s draw against Congleton Town.

It was a gorgeous day in Bacup however it all turned very dark for the Borough after just eight minutes. With BARB on the attack down the right flank, Yves Zama was on the receiving end of a horrendous tackle in which left the striker with a nasty injury and having to be replaced. This being right in-front of the linesman who bewilderingly didn’t flinch. Anyhow, with Yves left in a heap West Didsbury break, get in behind and Usman Zubar barely touched the onrushing striker and he didn’t even go down but again everyone was once again dumbfounded as a penalty was awarded and a straight red card for Zubar.

Then following this the fans in the ground were incensed by the poor refereeing and the man in the middle stops the game to ask our manager to calm the supporters down. Once again I am not sure what that is about, does that happen at any other level…!

Steve Settle confidently dispatched the penalty kick in the ninth minute as Bacup had to battle with a man less once again but this time for 82+ minutes.

BARB had their first attempt after fifteen minutes as Zama’s replacement Martin Cosgrave bent a free-kick over the crossbar.

There still wasn’t much in the game though and the only other action of the first half was a shot from Lee Malkin which was easily saved by Callum Jakovlevs.

Half-Time: BARB 0-1 WD&C

Bacup wanted to just keep things tight for the first 10-15 minutes of the second half but just 3 minutes in West Didsbury double their lead. Malkin had time to pick his cross and Alexander Baird was there to scramble it home.

The second half was fairly similar to the first as it wasn’t packed with action but BARB kept digging in and were still competing. A good quick throw in set Nathan Bond away down the left who fired an inviting cross in which found Adrian Bellamy at the back post but his low shot was well blocked.

Bacup were having a good spell but they just couldn’t carve out the crucial chances to get back in the game.

However the game was effectively over on 76 minutes as substitute Jerome Bryson curled a worldie into the top corner from 25 yards.

BARB still kept going though and scored a good consolation goal five minutes from time. Matty Bryan clipped a cracking ball in behind the West Didsbury defence and Omar McKenzie latched onto it and rolled in his third goal of the season.

Full-Time: Bacup & Rossendale Borough 1-3 West Didsbury & Chorlton   

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