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MATCH REPORT: Bacup Vs Atherton LR

Bacup 1-2 Atherton LR

Borough taste defeat at home in heavily contested game.

By Matthew Lawson

Bacup started the brighter of the two sides, twice going close through Matthew Bryan.

As the half wore on the game sparked into life just after the half hour mark, Borough with a smartly worked short corner Elliott Collinson was found by Bryan at the edge of the Box who at the second attempt hit a left footed shot high and wide of the Atherton goal with keeper Ben Purdman beaten.

Having looked the better side in the first half Borough found themselves 1-0 down with 2 minutes to play, A corner from the right hand side was floated in and Atherton centre half Paul Carroll lost his marker and as the ball bounced in the box he was able to direct it towards goal, a deflection off a Borough defender diverted the ball past Nick Sharples.

Despite going a goal down just before half time, Borough heads didn’t drop, a well worked team move got them back into the game, Jordan Wilmore started the attack with a clipped ball into Matty Bryan, he nodded the ball into the path of Wayne Morrison, who held off his man before playing the ball back to his strike partner, Bryan burst clear and fizzed the ball across the box to find the sliding Richard Walker who turned the ball home at the back post to make it 1-1 with the last kick of the half.

With only a couple of minutes played in the second half the visitors took the lead through debutant Ben Giverin, the pitch played a big part in the goal, the ball took an unexpected bounce and wrong footed Sam Howe at the back post following a delivery from the right.

Following the goal, Borough didn’t let their heads drop and went in search of another equaliser, as the pitch deteriorated so did the fitness levels of both sides, it was a struggle for both sets of players.

As the game entered the final five minutes, Nathan Tayo rose highest following a deep free kick from Matty Bryan. Tayo beat his marker in the air, his head had keeper Ben Purdham beaten and it looked destined for the bottom corner, only for it to hit the foot of the post and then be cleared by the Atherton defence.

An unlucky end to a great Borough performance in demanding conditions. Borough now look ahead to two home games in a row firstly Stockport on Thursday and NWCFL leaders Silden on Saturday