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Report by Jay Taylor

Team: 1. McGregor 2. Cosgrave (Sub Morgan) (Sub Plummer) 3. Zubar (Sub Critchley) 4. Barrick 5. Bond 6. Oldham 7. Hassan (Sub Currie) (Sub Zamma) 8. Crook 9. Bellamy 10. Gamble 11. Junaid (Sub McKenzie)

Bacup & Rossendale Borough finalised their pre-season with a narrow 2-1 loss to Evo-Stik Prem side Bridlington Town.

In an absolutely scorching day by the seaside the Borough really should have taken the lead after just three minutes. A perfect flick on from Adrian Bellamy allowed Mo Hassan to battle for the battle in which in the end he got and back heeled into the path of the oncoming Sam Crook who side foots over from close range.

However twenty minutes later Bridlington scored the opening goal of the game. A quick free-kick caught BARB off-guard and Will Waudby tucked it away.

It was that hot in East Yorkshire that scheduled water breaks were taken just like in the World Cup.

Bridlington and Fortaleza have so much in common…..

Bacup stopper Jack McGregor kept the score at 1-0 with a fantastic low save from a fiercely driven free-kick.

BARB were creating chances galore but they just didn’t have that finishing touch. Uzzy Zubar capitalised on a loose ball and played in Bellamy who faked to shot many times but when he did get his shot off it was well blocked on the line.

Moments later and Bellamy was at the heart of the attack once more. A great chipped ball by Junaid found Adrian in which he took down and controlled well, got his shot off but the goalkeeper pulled off a terrific save with his foot.

Half-Time: Bridlington 1-0 BARB

Bridlington doubled their lead on 56 minutes in a much quieter second half. Ash Allanson broke beyond the Bacup midfield and chipped exquisitely into the top right corner.

McGregor was pulling off some outstanding saves to keep Bacup in the game, even the home fans were complimenting and applauding.

11 minutes from the end and BARB eventually found the back of the net. Andrew Gamble who was nipping at the heels of his opposition all game played a chip ball over the top to set substitute Omar McKenzie clean through and he flicked the ball over the goalkeeper and rolled the ball home.

It should have been like London Buses a minute later, McKenzie was played in again but he rolled the ball inches past the post.

It was nearly all square in the final minutes as the Bridlington goalkeeper juggled the ball on the line and just parried it away from a Zubar cross.

Full-Time: Bridlington Town 2-1 Bacup & Rossendale Borough

Another good run out for all the lads against a higher opposition. Next Saturday the season begins, at home to Glossop North End.