Bacup Borough 1-Pilkington FC -0
Chadderton -3- Bacup Borough -4
Bacup Borough played their second game in three days over the Bank Holiday weekend coming out with maximum points from their two games, Saturday’s home fixture with Pilkington FC to whom themselves arrived in town on the back of an impressive win against the early league pacesetters Lower Breck were for long periods against Bacup second best when it came to possession, but despite the home side dominating the game it did seem like it was going to be another frustrating afternoon of mist chances which was going to once again deny Bacup the points, this until the second half when Manager Brent Peters introduced his young French prodigy eighteen year old Joel Gnabouyou who himself did not take long to show his team mates just how to finish, on seventy three minutes Joel received the ball thirty yards out, with his head up he had one thing on his mind which was goal and what a goal it proved to be, first of all he took his defender on, once he got past the player he struck the ball with power, precision and accuracy giving the Pilkington keeper no chance, this goal and victory was nothing short of what Bacup deserved.
Such was Bacup Borough’s dominance in the first half it was obvious the Chadderton Manager would change his team’s shape in order to ask Bacup some questions, despite this it was Matthew Bryan to whom produced a good shot which equally produced an outstanding save from the Chadderton keeper for a corner which was defended.
Bank Holiday Monday Bacup made the short trip to Chadderton, Manager Brent Peters kept the faith with the lads that secured victory against Pilkington and once again the lads did not disappoint, with thirty seconds on the clock Matthew Bryan had opened the scoring, the move started down the Bacup’s left with Jack Holt who found Alex Mellor who then played an intelligent ball into Matthew Bryan who finished with power and precision, Bacup continued to dominate possession restricting Chadderton to one long range shot which did test Peter Monteith in the Bacup goal, with a little more than half an hour into the game Bacup doubled their lead when Alex Mellor timed his run to perfection beating the Chadderton off side, Bacup’s midfield put a neatly weighted ball into Mellor’s path who beat the Chadderton keeper with his goal bound effort but His team mate Kyle Siddle ensured the ball continued over the line doubling his teams lead at the break.
Chadderton got a life line from the penalty spot following a late reaction from defender Oliver Crew to whom caught the lad instead of the ball, the penalty was scored with ease, for the second game running Peters first change for Bacup was again the introduction of striker Joel Gnabouyou to whom it did not take long before his introduction did make an impact, he linked up well with his strike partner Matthew Bryan who got his second goal of the afternoon giving his team a two goal cushion.
With the clock ticking down Bacup did look like comfortably they would finish the game but their host had different ideas, when the Bacup central defenders failed to clear the ball which then resulted in a corner, it was from this corner that the Chadderton player got what seemed like a free header to make the score 3-2, it was now a question of whether this young Bacup side could see the game out, another bit of rash defending was created resulting in a free kick, the ball was delivered with lots of bodies in and around the box, the cross came in and was not dealt with, this resulted in a scramble at the far post which Chadderton did force over the line to make it 3-3, with time more or less up this goal looked like Chadderton had earned themselves a point from the jaws of defeat, but Bacup had other idea’s, from the kick off Bacup sent the ball long Alex Mellor got himself in a great position, he found Alex Luby who in turn found Joel Gnabouyou who for the second game running he made no mistake with his finish securing his side another three valuable points.