MANAGER REACTION: A week of highs and lows

Following the devastation that Storm Eric brought to Bacup Borough Football Club followed by Bacup progressing into the First Division League Cup Semi Final following an impressive 1-1 draw at AFC Liverpool to progress 3-2 from Penalties, I spoke to the Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters who had this to say “


I was totally devastated when I arrived at the ground Saturday Morning ahead of our final preparation before Sundays quarter final in Liverpool, to see a large proportion of the dressing room roof sat in the middle of the pitch and the rest ripped off  nestling on the visitors dug out leaving the entire changing block open to the elements resulting in thousands of pounds worth of damage, Peters added “ we have had issues in the past from the likes of the Beast from The East but in my twenty one years at this football club, what I witnessed following Storm Eric is without doubt the worst I have witnessed, it was carnage, Peters added “ In life we all face adversity from time to time, be this from someone close’s death, bad health or a period of sheer bad luck, at these difficult times you just want your boys to deliver, well at AFC Liverpool every single one of our boys stood together, stayed strong & won the game to progress into the Semi Final, for this I thank each and every one of them.


Peters went onto say “ The game was an extremely difficult game something we expected getting into the final stages of this competition, on the day there was nothing to choose between the sides, the result could have gone either way, there was two very good sides on show, Peters went on “ it is always pleasing when what myself and Coach David Felgate have been discussing and planning in the build up to this game comes off, this it did to perfection when Adrian Bellamy does well linking up with Anthony Hall who finished really well to shoot us into the lead, Peters added “ In the first half I felt we was in control and for most of the half were slightly the better side, I always felt comfortable until the Referee awarded Liverpool a penalty around ten minutes away from half time, this most certainly would have been a game changer but we had Harry Turner in goal, since arriving at Bacup the boy has been a revelation, in this game Harry once again never let us down, when called upon he was different class, their penalty was well struck on target but Harry pulled off a top drawer save, it did not stop there, in the penalty shoot out at the end, the boy saved another two spot kicks, Harry played more than his part in our progression to the Semi Final, Peters added “ the Boy even saved the initial shot for Liverpool’s equaliser   debatable if the ball crossed the line, the Referee had no idea, it was left to the Assistant to whom gave it but it was fine margins leaving us all square at the break, Peters added “ to concede just before half time is never a good time, this it proved has AFC Liverpool certainly had the upper hand in the first quarter of the half, we had to defend masterfully and when they did break our defences, they just could not find away past our keeper Harry who was big time on his game, Peters went on “ gradually we weathered their storm to gradually get ourselves back into the contest, we had the chance to nick the tie in the dying minutes when Darcy O’Connor’s header went straight to their keeper, Peters finished by saying “ Over the ninety minutes a draw was probably a fair result has both teams had their spells in that time but the quality and calmness of our penalty takers Anthony Hall, Michael Gervin and Laquan Esdaille was enough to put us into the Semi Final”