Bacup & Rossendale Borough played out a goalless draw with a very good Bootle side in what was just their third game of 2014 due to the adverse weather.
The first day of March brought some glorious weather however with clear blue skies and roasting sunshine on Merseyside.
In regards to the teams Bacup had many new faces on show as Lee Bancroft, Ellis Westwood, Barry Massey and Ross McDonough all made their debuts for the Borough.
It was a beautiful day and it was almost the perfect start for the away side as Simon Thompson’s corner was met by the huge figure of Barry Massey whose powerful header was cleared off the line.
It was a good start to the game with both sides showing their passion and hunger for the points and was then Bootle who came very close to the opening goal as William Smart hits a great strike which Matthew Green was equal to and impressively saves onto the crossbar.
It was indeed the home side who were creating the real chances in the first half as they came close again on 37 minutes as their corner was well cleared by Bacup but it fell to Chris Tyson who struck it wonderfully from all of 30 yards which smashes the post.
Samuel Wilkie also came close right on half-time with his flicked header which landed just wide of Green’s left-hand post.
Half-Time: Bootle 0-0 BARB
The game was still there for the taking for both sides going into the second half and it was Bootle who started where they left off as they executed the best move of the match with a lovely one-two and a coolly stroked shot which fizzed just wide.
The home side then started to press even harder for that goal and it almost came again. A mass goalmouth scramble led to Bacup defender Shane Birtles bundle the ball against his own post, would have been a comical own-goal, for the home side that is. In amongst all of that there could have been a strong case for a penalty however the referee was not interested.
Following upon that near scare for the Borough, they break up the pitch themselves and debutant Ross McDonough gets his shot on target but was too tame to worry Daniel Wise.
As the final ten minutes came around the game started to become very open and stretched as both sides smelt a winner. Bacup knew they had one last chance in them and it was a superb one. Lee Oldham whipped a dangerous free-kick in across the Bootle defence in which Adrian Bellamy met with a glancing header but keeper was certainly wise to it to keep it goalless.
Full-Time: Bootle 0-0 Bacup & Rossendale Borough
A good point for Bacup as Bootle are flying high in 4th and another positive to take away is that is their second clean sheet in their last three games which is certainly an improvement. Onto Tuesday night now which is another massive game away to fellow strugglers Alsager Town.