FA VASE 1st Round Qualifying
Bacup Borough 1- Grimsby Borough -2
North East Counties Premier League side Grimsby Borough rode into the Borough in good form for this FA Vase encounter but mighty Bacup made the Humberside champions work hard to get anything from the game, Bacup got off to the perfect start with less than five minutes on the clock Kyle Siddle dispossessed their centre back of the ball before breaking goal bound before slotting the ball under their goal keeper, typical by the way games have gone for Bacup this season it was the home side for long periods in the ascendancy, Matthew Bryan was unlucky not to double Bacup’s lead when he unleashed a twenty five yard effort that had the Grimsby keeper beaten but was saved by the rattling of the cross bar, so much was Bacup Borough’s first half dominance that Grimsby were restricted to one effort when Bacup keeper Peter Monteith well off his line mis directed a kick which their intelligent player latched onto the ball to chip the stranded keeper but thankfully Monteith’s blushes were spared by the fact the effort dropped at the opposite side of the post.
Despite Bacup Borough’s dominance in possession they only had the single goal to show going in at the break.
The second half was a total different affair when Grimsby came out, they started to show how they became last seasons champions, as the game got stretched it became end to end but the Bacup Borough keeper Peter Monteith was the busiest of the two keepers, he was brought into the action when the Bacup midfielders were nonchalant to runners getting themselves into advanced positions, the writing was on the wall when Monteith had to make a blinding save to keep his sides slender lead intact.
At the opposite end Bacup had an excellent opportunity with the Grimsby keeper saving a Matthew Bryan Effort which fell to his strike partner Kyle Siddle who’s snap effort went just wide, but it was the team from Humberside to whom punished Bacup for a mistake with Ben Oldfield taking an extra touch he did not need to make, his then rushed clearance hit his defensive partner before dropping into the path of a Grimsby player who made absolutely no mistake from close range.
It looked like the game would be heading for extra time with both teams putting in unbelievable work rate, in the closing minutes Bacup got an half chance when Joel Gnabouyou’s effort struck the bar but it was Grimsby Borough that had the final say when they broke down Bacup’s right, Josh Walne seemed to be nudged off the ball too easy, this gave the Grimsby defender the chance to enter the box and go up the bye line unopposed before he pulled the ball back to the edge of the box where an unmarked midfield player smashed home their winner and with it smashed any hopes of Bacup having a lucrative Vase run.