Prestwich Heys 3-1 Bacup Borough
Battling Borough beaten by Heys
Prestwich Heys go through and will meet Bamber Bridge in the next round of the LFA Trophy.
Under the lights at Adie Moran Park, Borough faced Prestwich Heys, a side who took all three points following a close 1-0 win in the season opener in August.
Borough made a bright start to proceedings, after Michael Gervin played an eye of the needle pass in behind the Heys back line into the feet of Matthew Dell who cut in onto his right foot, only to see his effort go inches wide of the mark.
Going into the midway point in the half, there was nothing to separate either side, it was a battle of the midfields and both teams were enjoyed large amounts of possession but the opposition were equal to everything the opponents through at them.
The best chance of the half came 5 minutes before the interval, Micah Evans had his initial shot saved following a great run inside to get passed a Heys Defender, the follow up shot from Darcy O’Connor was blocked on the line and turned away for a corner. The resulting corner from Anthony Hall came to nothing.
Borough started the second half how they ended the first, on the front foot, Davison Banda found himself free in the middle of the park having exchanged passes with Gervin and from the edge of the box he tried to bend one left footed but it was straight at the keeper and an easy save.
Evans as ever showed willing, he found him self unmarked at the back post, Hall whipped one in and Evans’ left foot volley was inches wide with the keeper beaten.
On the hour mark the deadlock was broken, a ball in the midfield wasn’t dealt with, and there popped up The Heys number 11, Wilson-Heyes, set himself with a touch off his chest and volleyed beyond Harry Turner in the Borough goal to make it 1-0.
The hosts had a second, it came from nothing, Wilson-Heys found the net for the second time in the game, his miss-hit right footed strike wrong footed Turner and went beyond the keeper.
Following the hosts doubling their lead the game was all Bacup’s and the next attack Borough had, they won a penalty through Anthony Hall, it was great link up play from the recently introduced Bobby Carter and Hall, the latter burst into the box and was hauled to the ground and the referee had no choice other than to point to the spot. Hall picked himself up and made no mistake with the spot kick as he sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 2-1 with 20 minutes to go.
Matty Dell came close for Borough as the game entered the last 15 minutes, the lads through everything at Prestwich but couldn’t find the back of the net, both Gervin and Carter were unlucky to not of equalised for Borough but the keeper was equal to both efforts.
With 5 minutes of normal time remaining Borough did get the ball into the back of the net through Bobby Carter, but the referee had already blown for a could against a Bacup man following a mele in the box.
More drama ensued in the final moments with the referee in the middle of it again, this time Appeals for a second Borough penalty came from both players and fans around the ground, following a goal mouth scramble the Heys defender appear to scoop the ball away from the line with his hand but the ref and his assistant waved play on.
The referee found himself in the spotlight again seconds later, following a Borough free kick, he was advancing with play and lost his footing colliding with Gervin as he went for the loose ball in order to try and create something for Bacup in the closing stages. But from this the Hosts countered through Heyes who sealed his Hat trick with a right footed shot past Turner to make it 3-1 and put the game beyond Bacup.
Bacup Team Vs Prestwich: Turner, Brooks(Holding), Bellamy© Esdaille, Banda, Dell, Gervin, Alexander (Constantine), O’Connor, Hall, Evans (Carter)
Unused Sub: Curness, Rutter