Back to back home wins for Boro
By Matthew Lawson
Bacup 4-3 Chadderton
In a game which saw 7 goals it was a great for the neutral fan as Bacup beat Chadderton 4-3 at the West View Stadium.
Within in minutes of Kick off Matty Bryan floated a ball towards Matty Barlow at the back post who saw his headed effort saved by the Chadderton Keeper.
Just before the half way point in the first half, Bacup took the lead courtesy of Captain Adrian Bellamy, the defender had stayed up following a Boro corner, Bryan played the ball through to Bellamy who managed to stay onside, hold off the opposing centre half and smash the ball right footed past Jordan Latham in the Chadderton goal to break the deadlock.
Bacup were piling on the pressure and pushing for a deserved second, Barlow was unlucky not to grab a goal after, intricate play between Walne and Banda on the right hand side, The full back Banda whipped a cross onto Barlows head but his header was just wide.
Just before the half hour mark Bacuo got their second of the game, Matty Bryan again with the assist, this time setting up midfielder Josh Walne. The goal came after Barlow played Bryan in over the top who held off the challenge and squared it across goal for Walne to tap home.
More pressure from Bacup, Bryan cut the ball back for Jean Khasa on the edge of the box, his well struck right footed shot looked Goal bound with the keeper beaten, but at the last minute rose over the crossbar.
Bacup had a third, with minutes left till the interval, Anthony Hall played a superb ball, left footed, round the back of the defence for Matty Bryan to use his pace to get in behind, Bryan took the chance on his weaker right foot and it was curled low past the goalkeepers left.
There was still chance for another goal in the first half and On the stroke of half time Anthony Hall capped off a truly dominant display, getting Bacups 4th of the afternoon. Debutant Rico Stewart played a ball into the feet of Bryan, who got his third assist of the game, after playing it square for Hall to finish at the near post. 4-0.
The second half got underway with Bacup on the attack once again, Josh Walne could of made it 5-0 but he saw his volley go over the crossbar.
Chadderton pulled a goal back 5 minutes after the re start, their half time substitution reaping the rewards for the manager as Leon Iwobe poked the ball past the Bacup full back and put a low cross into the box that was turned in by Matthew Buckley
Plenty of chances for both teams in the second half, Ant Hall went close for the hosts after a great piece of skill got him away from the defender, his left footed strike went agonisingly wide.
With less than 15 minutes of the game to go, Chadderton grabbed a second Ross Murphy lost his man at a corner at the back post and smashed it home past Bacup stopper Price.
Going into the last 5 minutes Chadderton were pushing for another to get back into the game, the pitch was deteriorating and with the Bacup lads pushing forward for more goals, Chadderton got the ball forward early and caught Boro out on the counter and got a third with 2 minutes left to play after Full back Ross Murphy got his second of the game.. 4-3
Bacup dug deep to hold onto their lead, the lads put their bodies on the line with a number of blocks from Bellamy and Carroll and a great save from Price event Bacup the 4-3 victory.