|Alex Coleman (34) (89) Nathan Bond (50)|
Wed 08 Apr 2015 KO 20:00pm
Team: 1. Harris 2. Wager 3. Birtles 4. Banda 5. Holt (Sub Morgan) 6. T.Hendley 7. Bellamy (c) 8. K.Hendley 9. Bryan (Sub Rahman) 10. Gervin 11. Marie (Sub Thompson)
Subs not used: Robinson & Amburn
Bacup & Rossendale Borough suffered a three goal defeat to local rivals Colne with five games left to climb out of danger, four of those being at home.
Manager Brent Peters made just the one change to the side that lost to 1874 Northwich on Saturday with Kyle Hendley coming back into the starting line-up in place of Jordan Robinson.
On an evening which started out being lovely and spring like with the smell of freshly cut grass seeping around the Brian Boys West View Stadium it made for a fantastic night of football with the extra bite of the local rivalry between the two Lancashire sides.
Before the match however Bacup goalkeeper Josh Harris (pictured below) finally received his NWCFL goalkeeper of the month award for February.
As the sun descended and the football kicked into action it was the home side who had the first effort on goal with Shane Birtles trying his luck with a volley which bobbled harmlessly wide of the target.
Colne goal machine Daniel Boyle was the first man in red to have sights on the Bacup target however his strike hit the side netting after cutting inside.
The first real chance of the contest fell to the Borough with 19 minutes on the watch as a teasing corner whipped in by Matty Bryan was met by the towering figure of Daniel Holt who glanced a header towards the far top corner but was hacked away by a red shirt on the line. The Bacup players were absolutely adamant that a hand was used in the melee of the set-piece however the referee waved away the ferocious protests.
Just minutes later and the same two combined again with Bryan finding Holt from a corner who had pulled off his man but his hooked volley went just over the crossbar.
With the away side growing in the game, Harris had to be alert in the Bacup goal as he pulled off a super save to keep the match goalless however, this was only for a minute as Colne took the lead in the 34th minute. Alex Coleman charged down the right wing and cut inside taking the ball all the way into the penalty area and then fired a low shot into the back of the net.
As the temperatures dropped and the half-time whistle approached Bacup pushed for an equaliser. Firstly Michael Gervin pulled the trigger from an acute angle which flew just over the mark and then a corner found Adrian Bellamy at the back post who headed back into the danger area but no white shirts were on-hand to finish it off.
Half-Time: Bacup 0-1 Colne
Just two minutes into the second half and visitors were gifted a golden opportunity to stretch their lead and make it two as a penalty kick was awarded, for handball apparently and not one red shirt appealed. The usually reliant Boyle stepped up and thundered the spot-kick over the crossbar to keep the score at 0-1 for the time being.
With the in-form visitors cracking up the pressure on the Bacup goal it was down to the recently awarded Josh Harris to keep the reds at bay and boy he did it in some style in the 49th minute. Harris denied the Colne striker who struck fiercely from 2 yards out by spreading himself as big as possible and thwarting the ball from point blank range.
Just seconds later however and Harris couldn’t keep this one out as Nathan Bond returned to West View to haunt (no ghost jokes please) the Borough with a left-footed strike into the bottom right corner.
Set-pieces were proving to be Bacup’s best source of getting back into the encounter as Holt again headed inches wide and then a few minutes later it was Shane Birtles I believe who headed just off target.
With the home side pushing forward for a goal to get them back in it a Dom Marie cross from the left-hand side gave Matty Bryan the invitation to challenge the goalkeeper who when he came out absolutely clattered the Bacup winger. As a result of some lengthy treatment Bryan had to be replaced and was helped off the pitch and it didn’t look good, we hope he recovers as soon as possible.
As much as the home side huffed and puffed the away side sealed the win and the three points in the 89th minute with Coleman getting his second of the evening with a curler into the corner.
Full-Time: Bacup 0-3 Colne