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Missing Men Costs Bacup

Team: 1. McGregor 2. Bellamy 3. Holt 4. Wright (Sub Morgan) 5. Bond (Sub Cosgrave) 6. Gamble 7. McKenzie 8. Ashfaq (Sub Crook) 9. Zamma 10. Oldham 11. Bryan
Subs not used: Jones & Rahman
Attendance: 120

Bacup & Rossendale Borough clearly missed key players in key positions as they were picked off by Glossop North End on the opening day.

Manager Brent Peters had to deal with the frustration of having important players missing from the season opener whether it was due to holidays, weddings or suspensions but they were made to pay and it was quite clear.

It was a lively start by both but the first attempt on goal came from the away side’s Neil Chappell who hooked a shot wide of the mark. Moments later and BARB broke through Yves Zamma who just couldn’t create the space to get a shot off, but he won it back eventually and put in a cross in the corridor but evaded the two white shirts in the box.

It was Glossop who continued to threaten and it was Chappell again who touched wide from a goal mouth scramble.

However they then did break the deadlock after 22 minutes, the captain David Young fired a bullet into the top corner from at least 25 yards.

Bacup’s look then got even worse with the availability of certain players as Nathan Bond put in a great strong tackle but came off worse and had to be replaced by Martin Cosgrave. Bond was playing in defence and that’s not even his position, but he was the only experience player in there so him being replaced certainly did not help as things were steady and pretty solid at this point as only a thunderbolt was conceded.

Bacup were looking dangerous on the counter-attack but at times decision making or lack of urgency was letting them down.

Half-Time: BARB 0-1 Glossop

It was a more positive start for the home side as Matty Bryan whipped in a great ball to Omar McKenzie who nodded down to substitute Sam Crook but his shot was blocked and McKenzie’s follow up shot tamely fell into the keeper’s hands.

On 49 minutes it was 2-0 to the away side as a long, high free-kick was headed in by Edward Moran, far too easy. This goal all started from a careless square throw in on the half way line which led to a sloppy free-kick given away. 10 minutes later and it was progressively getting worse for BARB as Aaron Moxam made it three. He was given far too much room to run into, he skipped beyond two and finished well.

The fourth was again just too simple, came from another cross and Samuel Hind headed in.

Bacup however were still getting themselves into good positions but were too slow in getting a shot off or making the pass which let them down in the final third.

The fifth for Glossop came from McGregor’s parry straight into the path of Thomas Bailey who tucked the ball home. The sixth came shortly after when Benjamin Richardson sprung the offside trap down the left-hand side and he hammered in from an acute angle.

Matty Bryan was at least showing some urgency as he drove inside from the left and got his shot off which went wide but it was positive nonetheless. Sam Crook and Lee Oldham were also showing some real urgency and fight and kept going right to the end.

Full-Time: Bacup & Rossendale Borough 0-6 Glossop North End

It was looking okay until the injury of Nathan Bond saw him have to go off however it certainly wasn’t the start Bacup were looking for but at the end of the day it is only three points lost and we go again on Tuesday when we travel to local rivals Colne.