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Bacup Borough 3- Garstang -1

Bacup Borough secured their first win of the season with a comprehensive performance against last season West Lancashire League Champions Garstang, despite dominating the game from start to finish, however surprisingly the home side went a goal behind on the stroke of half time, this immediately prompted Bacup Manager Brent Peters to make a change at half time by taking off defender Davison Banda for striker Anthony Hall, this turned out to be an inspired substitution when following good work around the penalty area from Josh Walne who’s cross was blatantly handled giving the referee no option but to award a penalty, up stepped substitute Anthony Hall making no mistake and shooting his side on level terms, from this despite Bacup’s first half dominance this goal spurred Borough onto another level, following one of many good moves down the Bacup right which Michael Gervin took control driving into the box before delivering the ball across the bye line which was met with excellent timing from Ben Boyne to slot the ball into the net & his team in the lead, then following a corner Michael Gervin attacked the ball which found itself just going over the up right, Bacup made the game safe five minutes from time when once again the ball was played to Ben Boyne who had only one thought in his mind to strike goal bound, with this the ball struck a slight deflection with the ball looping over the goal keeper into the net, a brace for Boyne and three deserved points for Bacup.

Whilst Bacup had it their own way in this match, the same could not be said when the took to the pitch again less than forty eight hours later when they travelled down the East Lancashire Road to take on AFC Liverpool

AFC Liverpool -3-Bacup Borough -2

Liverpool started bright moving the ball very quickly making it difficult for the visitors to get a foot hold in the game, almost conceding in the opening minutes when a positive move down the Bacup left before cutting inside shooting the ball across the keeper that was inches wide of the far post, eight minutes later a similar move arose but this time the ball beat the Bacup keeper and crept inside the far post, it was not long before in form Liverpool doubled their lead when the ball was played behind Bacup’s centre backs, no cover on and keeper wondering whether to twist or stick, the advancing forward smashed the ball, the Bacup keeper seemed to get a full hand on the ball but only helped the ball up into the roof of the net, Just before the break Bacup pulled a goal back when they won a free kick in the final third of the pitch, from the resulting kick Captain Adrian Bellamy reacted quickly on the lose ball forcing the ball over the line.
The second half following an half time substitution with Anthony Hall replacing midfield player Kyle Hendley, Bacup did gradually start to get a good foot hold in the game but was made harder when Bacup was reduced to ten men when Darcy O’Connor was dismissed for a second yellow card, if this made it hard, it got even harder when following a Liverpool corner, the ball was knocked deep to the far post where their centre back towered above his marker to once again give his side a two goal advantage.
This did not deter Bacup to whom did keep pushing in order to salvage something from the game, when they won a free kick wide on the left, Nathan Tayo stepped upto take before shaping the ball past their helpless keeper to make it 3-2, still enough time on the clock to rescue one point Bacup pushed Captain Adrian Bellamy further forward and did also bring on striker Louis Holding, it now did become a constant flow of Bacup pressure, entering into the final minutes of injury time Bacup won several corners, this time a quality delivery in was met perfectly by Ben Boyne’s head to whom did send a bullet header that was under the cross bar but their big centre back managed to head what would have been a certain equaliser away, so despite Bacup Borough’s huge effort to secure something, they had to leave this one without any points but can take huge heart from their performance and effort, it was a pity the draw eluded us has four out of six points Bank Holiday Monday would have shown great form and an excellent return.