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MANAGER REACTION: This was always going to be a difficult game

Following the Bacup Victory against Ashton Town, The Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters had this to say “ This was always going to be a difficult game, made even more difficult with the experienced absentee’s from my starting line up, this said I am really happy with the quality we have in our squad in depth, so this was an ideal opportunity to once again test the squad, would we be found wanting or would we just kick on, pleasingly we kicked on, this really does make me proud because it is a young talented squad with little experience of this level of football, Peters went on “ With Micah Evans not available it was an ideal opportunity of giving young Bobby Carter his first start, I was pleased for the boy when he opened the scoring for us, Rees Welsh also took his goal well, Peters added based upon the first half there was very little to separate both sides, although I did think we had the edge in terms of possession and chances, Peters went on “ The saying goes, goals change games, well not only do goals change games, they change the mindset of players, so not long into the second half when the Referee was conned hook line and sinker following their player going to ground in an action that I can best describe as  delayed action from a minimal touch, I was astounded and I am sure the majority of the ground was when the official awarded Ashton a penalty which they converted, this seemed to lift our visitors to another level, credit to my boys they competed every part of the way, we got ourselves back in front following a good goal through Rees Welsh, I honestly did not think we would gift them another opportunity but how wrong I was when our Matthew Dell seemed to be caught ball watching allowing the attacker to advance into the space in front of Matty, this put Matty out of the game has he was wrong side to compete for the ball from the cross which ended up in our net, it was disappointing and terrible defending, Peters went on “ People always make assumptions that Strikers win teams football matches, well having witnessed our Goal Keeper Harry Turner pull off the most unbelievable save with the scores at 2-2 and the clock winding down, then for me it was that save that gave us the perfect platform to go on to win the game, Peters said “ at one point we had to withstand a lot of Ashton pressure, they sent more men forward but the boys kept their shape well and defended resolutely, the rest was left to Anthony Hall and Captain Adrian Bellamy, Anthony was firmly on his toes to quickly disposes their defender who was caught dwelling on the ball, Anthony did then pass to Adrian Bellamy who himself had a lot to do but in typical Captain fashion he used all his experience to beat their advancing keeper and shoot his troops into the lead and win the game, Peters finished by saying “ to concede so late in the game with not enough time to come back at us, this was great for us, I did feel for our opponents has they had worked hard and had come back twice in the game, so to leave with nothing is hard to take, however the turning point was not Adrian’s winner it was the terrific save from Harry that ensured we had a platform to go onto win a game that throughout Ashton Town made us work tirelessly hard for everything we got, this was a terrific win against a strong resolute side “