BACUP WIN AT THE SEASIDE, NOW THE FOCUS IS ON SATURDAYS LEAGUE CUP SEMI FINAL FIRST LEG.
AFC BLACKPOOL 2 – BACUP BOROUGH -3
On an afternoon when the weather played a part in several games in the league being postponed the Bacup Manager Brent Peters was relieved and thank full to AFC Blackpool in working hard ensuring this game went ahead, Peters explained “ Ahead of our League Cup Semi Final I have worked hard in an attempt to bringing back Matthew Bryan who finished last season as not only our leading goal scorer but also the leading scorer in the North West Counties League which rightly earned him the Leagues player of the year, but for him to be eligible for our Semi Final I had to get him over the line fourteen days prior to the Semi Final, this I did, but then we had to ensure Matty got in at least one game which could only be AFC Blackpool, had this game have been postponed the work to get Matty over the line would have been in vain, Peters added “ I am so grateful to all at Blackpool for their efforts in ensuring the game did get the go ahead “
It did not take Mathew Bryan long to make a positive impact when Michael Gervin found Bryan with an exquisite ball, Bryan then had to ride an attempted challenge before a nice weighted pass into the path of his strike partner Anthony Hall who finished off what was an excellent footballing move to shoot Bacup into a fifteen minute lead, further goals should have followed, Kyle Brooks intercepting a ball to his captain Adrian Bellamy who knocked the ball long, Matthew Bryan struck the ball first time has it dropped into his path but the ball whistled over, further good link up play involving Matthew Dell, Matthew Bryan and Anthony Hall which resulted in a good strong challenge averting Bacup doubling their lead, at this point it only seemed a matter of time before Bacup doubled their lead but this was not legislating for the Blackpool full back pushing forward before delivering an excellent cross that Bacup defender Sven Gibson ended up heading the ball into his own goal, not only was this a bad goal to give away but it gave the home side a terrific lift and belief, if the headed own goal was not bad enough what happened next was a total disaster, the ball was with defender Laquan Esdaille who for some reason under no pressure made a decision to play the ball back towards his keeper who then shanked his kick with the ball going to a Blackpool player who then advanced into the penalty area where the covering defender Sven Gibson made a clumsy challenge giving the referee little opportunity but to award a penalty which was converted, with half time approaching and Bacup trailing, a position they should not have been in,, it was left to Man of the Match Anthony Hall to drive his side the equaliser when he picked the ball up deep before driving forward into the penalty area where he was sent to the ground, again an easy penalty decision for the Referee, it was Hall himself who stepped up to make it 2-2 at the break.
The second half got under way with Bacup creating several good opportunities which came to nothing, this so easily could have had far reaching consequences when Bacup Borough defender Laquan Esdaille was late with a challenge in the box which resulted in the third penalty of the afternoon being awarded, the second for AFC Blackpool, this time Bacup Borough’s keeper Thomas Lamlot was equal to the spot kick by pulling off a good save, Bacup at this point got out of jail with that save, this spurred Bacup on to create further opportunities, when Matthew Bryan collected the ball from deep and ran into the heart of Blackpool’s defence before a deft pass over defenders into the feet of Michael Gervin who unflustered got himself half a yard before placing the ball into the corner of the net, giving his side a 2-3 lead.
For the closing minutes of the game Bacup were dropping deeper inviting extreme pressure onto themselves but has easily has they won, they could so easily have dropped points, at times desperate defending prevented this happening to eventually win the game 2-3 with all focus now on a difficult Semi Final first leg game at Bacup on Saturday.