.. AS HALL STRIKES THIRTIETH GOAL OF THE SEASON
Bacup Borough 1- Shelly -1 Steeton 0- Bacup Borough 2
The Curtain came down at the Brian Boys West View Stadium for another season where Bacup fought out a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield side Shelly, Bacup started the game brightly and could have found themselves in front with less than five minutes on the clock when Matthew Bryan got through the Shelly defence following good build up play but his shot from a tight angle struck the side netting, for the majority of the first half it was very much the home team in the ascendancy, the only thing missing was a goal which did not arrive until the second half & when it did arrive it was from the penalty spot, Bacup had worked the ball down the Shelly right before crossing, their keeper came for the cross but failed to take cleanly, the alert Louis Holding reacted nudging the ball away from the Shelly keeper to whom was making a second attempt to rescue the ball, but such was Holdings sharpness in nudging the ball away that their keeper took out Holding for a blatant penalty to be awarded, up stepped Anthony Hall who made no mistake, one -nil to Bacup.
The home side had been in control through out, the only way they were going to lose a grip on this game was if a bad decision was forth coming, not just by the officials but also the players themselves, well this is exactly what did happen when Shelly produced a counter attack and their lively striker seemed to be getting the better of Sven Gibson the Bacup centre back, he produced a professional foul which resulted in Bacup being reduced to ten men has inevitably Gibson was shown a Red card, this following the re start prompted the Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters to relinquish Louis Holding striker for centre back and captain Adrian Bellamy who was a named substitute for this game, just prior the substitution Bacup had won a free kick in a wide area diagonal from the eighteen yard box, Bellamy was introduced and just for the free kick he did take a position up to attack the delivery, this he did, his very first touch of the ball was an header which went goal bound but was cleared off the line, only VAR would have decided had the ball crossed the line, it was extremely tight, from this Shelly immediately broke up the pitch before their player struck a stunning thirty five yard screamer that sailed into the top corner of the Bacup net, 1-1 game on.
For the last ten minutes the game ebbed and flowed between the two penalty area’s , Shelly brought a terrific save from the Bacup keeper Thomas Lamlot to whom reacted brilliantly to a well struck close range shot, then in the dying minutes of the game further drama and controversy did unfold with Bacup attacking, the ball was played forward into space where Bacup’s Bobby Carter was in an offside position, has the Assistant was just about to raise his flag, Bacup Borough’s Matthew Bryan raced from an on side position, took the ball in his stride, the Assistant lowered his flag, the Referee waved play on, Matthew Bryan had a lot to do, he got to the bye line, cut inside drove forward before committing their keeper to hit home what would have been Bacup Borough’s winner, bizarrely both Assistant and the Referee decided to debate the situation for several long seconds before ruling the goal out, this seemed to be a clear indication of Bacup being robbed of all three points has the final home game of this football season was brought to an end.
Bacup Borough 1- Shelly 1
Steeton -0- Bacup Borough 2
Less than forty eight hours later Bacup Borough were back in action again when they made the trip over to Yorkshire for an encounter with Steeton, for various reasons the squad was threadbare but Peters was able to field the same starting line up as was verses Shelly with the exception of Sven Gibson who was replaced by Captain Adrian Bellamy, missing from the squad was Michael Gervin, Darcy O’Connor, Matthew Dell, Oliver Crew, Kyle Brooks.
Bacup soon took control against a side that had scored six in their previous outing and were very much in the ascendancy through out, the deadlock was broken when mid way through the first half Davison Banda got himself forward before delivering a quality ball deep across the Steeton goal from which Matthew Bryan making a run in at the far post managed to connect putting his side ahead, Steeton had not caused Bacup any problems in the first forty five minutes although right on the stroke of half time a miss connected back pass from Captain Adrian Bellamy almost gifted Silsden an opportunity but very quickly the breech was rectified leaving Bacup with a slender one goal advantage at the break.
The second half was very similar to the opening half with Bacup very much in the ascendancy creating opportunities without capitalising, then mid way through the half Bacup produced some neat link up play involving Louis Holding and Anthony Hall, before Hall pulled out a stunning goal to make it his thirtieth goal of the season, it was certainly a fitting goal to celebrate his thirtieth finish.
Bacup finished the game worthy 2-0 winners making it four points out of a possible six.
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