Report by Jay Taylor

Team: 1.Bishop 2. Ellul 3. Zubar 4. Barrick 5. Bond 6. Oldham 7. Bellamy 8. Morgan 9. Zamma 10. Gamble 11. Plummer

Subs all used: Rami, Hassan, Janaid, McKenzie, McGregor (GK), Yannis, Critchley

Bacup & Rossendale Borough continued their pre-season with a good run out against Campion AFC which resulted in a draw.

It was a slow start to the game in a miserable afternoon in Bradford. Bacup were trying to pass it around slickly on the artificial surface but this wasn’t easy as a lot of big hefty challenges were also being made.

The only efforts on goal in the early stages were two strikes from distance by Adrian Bellamy which never threatened. Shaun Plummer also looked to pull the trigger and saw his deflected shot trickle just wide of the target.

Bacup were threatening but it was the home side who struck first as a corner was pinballed around in the box and was eventually tapped in. Literally seconds later and it was 2-0 as a chipped ball over the back of the defence was latched on to and looped over the goalkeeper.

Half-Time: Campion 2-0 BARB

There was multiple changes at half-time with Mo Hassan, Janaid, Omar McKenzie and Rami all being introduced.

The second half started with Bacup on the front foot even more so and substitute Mo Hassan was released down the inside left channel but his lobbed attempt fell straight into the keeper’s arms.

However, moments later and BARB were back in the game. The centre-half Josh Barrick produced a David Luiz esque free-kick which rocketed into the top corner. Don’t think two keepers would have saved it to be honest.

Bacup started to play even more as time elapsed and Mo Hassan was at the heart of the move again as he played a beautiful disguised ball to find Zamma who just couldn’t get any real purchase on the ball.

From this moment on it was all one way traffic in favour of Bacup as Janaid went close with a fierce strike from 30 yards which was well pushed away.

However the best chance of the game by far fell to Nathan Bond. A lovely curling cross deep to the back post by Janaid landed perfectly to Bond but he headed over from a few yards out.

Another sub Yannis looked to have been brought down in the area but the ref wasn’t having any of it strangely. Despite this appeal turned down the equaliser did eventually come for the Borough as a huge throw in by Ollie Critchley was met by the slightest of touches from Yves Zamma.

They then had one final chance to get the win as they pushed forward and found themselves in a 3 on 1 situation with Mo breaking through and Zamma took the ball down the right, pulled it across but it somehow evaded both white shirts and the match finished level.

Full-Time: Campion 2-2 BARB

It was a much improved second half to the first and it should have been comfortable in the end however it was another good run out and test for the lads, now onto Monday where we travel to AFC Rochdale then Saturday where we make the trip to face Bridlington.  

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