MATCH REPORT: Darwen vs Bacup



Darwen 2- Bacup Borough -1


East Lancashire rivals Darwen took advantage of Borough’s off day in front of goal to claim all three points, Borough going into this game had scored sixteen goals from their previous five games but despite their numerous chances in this game to have claimed something from the game, finishing on this day certainly eluded the boro leaving the hosts to capitalise with a third minute penalty and a counter attack from a Bacup free kick.


Bacup got off to the worst possible start when defender Nicholas Alexander’s attempted a pass  into the channel for Josh Walne  which was cut out, the ball was put in behind the Bacup rear guard into the path of an advancing player, Bacup’s keeper Henry Turner raced from his line diving at the advancing players feet taking the ball but the referee felt he also took the man from which a penalty was given and converted by Darwen’s Pond,  from this early set back Bacup struggled to get into any sort of rhythm, this was down to the work ethics of the Darwen players to whom worked tirelessly all over the pitch ensuring Bacup did not get into any sort of passing moves which has been the catalyst from their previous excellent performances.


If this was a bad start it got worse for Borough before it got better, Bacup won a free kick at the edge of the Darwen box, the kick was struck against the Darwen wall, the ball was cleared up field, Bacup’s deepest midfield player young Kyle Brooks headed across to do his best to contain the breaking player but got out battled down Bacup[s left before the defenders  seemed to drop off affording the advancing player ground  before he found his striker Pond who had pulled into Bacup’s right side of the pitch, with no defender in that area Pond was able to capitalise on the space before firing past Turner in the Bacup goal.


From this point had Bacup had not have constantly miss fired it could easily have been 3-2 to Bacup at the break, Bobby Carter shot wide, in another move a mix up between the Darwen keeper and his defenders leaving the ball to run kindly for Anthony Hall who surprisingly sent his effort the wrong side of the post when it looked far easier to score, then Kyle Brooks found Bobby Carter who spotted the Darwen keeper off his line, Carter lifted the ball over their keepers head but agonisingly the ball dropped just over the cross bar.


With Bacup two goals down at the break and never really getting going Bacup Manager changed his team shape relinquishing a defender and with this introducing another striker in Matthew Dell, if nothing else this put an immediate stop to the Darwen full backs having the joy they had in the first half going forward, Bacup had more of an attacking threat themselves in the second half, when Michael Gervin burst into the box before making the Darwen keeper make a quality save, it was destined not to be Boro’s day, more so when once again the Darwen keeper made another quality save, this time from Anthony Hall, then in another Bacup attack Michael Gervin picked out the advancing Adrian Bellamy who’s first time effort went just over the bar,  Bacup introduced two more substitutes in Jordan Wilmore replacing Darcy O’Connor and Lowis Holding replacing Bobby Carter, it was Holding that Bacup a lifeline when he went in an attempt to head a ball in on the keeper who missed the flight of the ball, punching Holding accidently, this was enough for the referee to award Bacup a penalty from which Bacup’s Anthony Hall converted,  in the closing minutes Bacup should most definitely have got the equaliser when Davison Banda had found himself  in front of goal, he seemed to have done all of the hard work in controlling the ball before wildly firing over  from close range, this miss just about summed up the kind of afternoon Bacup were having in front of goal.

Credit to Darwen for their work and endeavour but had Bacup had been their usual clinical selves, this game would have been well out of Darwen’s reach.