Following The Alsager Town Game Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Commented:
” After criticising the team last week it was important We got a positive reaction, thankfully we did, our opponents Alsager had previously had good results,having just seen off Norton something we failed on and in addition beating Barnoldswick and Colne, we could not collectively afford to be complacent going into this game”.
“From the off we were sharp, we used the ball well creating several really good openings. In fact such was the amount of possession we had and chances created, the game should have been won convincing by the break. The fact we only had a slender one goal advantage at the break was always going to ensure it would be an extremely difficult second half, this was clearly the case. ” Peters added ” It was nice to see Haydn Paul get himself a brace, fully deserved, Haydn lost his way a little last season with injuries but this season and in particular our past few games Haydn has competed and worked really well. With it he is back to scoring, this is no surprise to us, both myself and Andy Hill are not surprised his form has taken to another level since the knockers have stayed away. Haydn is a young confidence player, hopefully now with another brace in the bag, the fact that the knockers have moved on, Haydn Paul will now kick on”. Peters added “Another positive reaction came from Shane Birtiles, I criticised Shane the previous week for not going beyond people and being happy to sit in his comfort zone, Shane’s reaction was to prove me wrong, this he did, in the first forty five minutes a lot of our chances did come through Shane, our opening goal was a result of good bright positive play with good delivery”
” The second half we got off to a bad start when Kingsley’s pass came back off one of their players resulting in Alsager winning a corner, from this it was game on as Alsager put us under some intense pressure. We defended well as a unit, at times we led a charmed life and possibly count ourselves lucky that they did not score, credit to the boys they all dug in, with it showed a positive will to win. Whilst we may have rode our luck at times, Alsager gained some luck thanks to an assistants flag on two fronts: Firstly,Haydn Paul would have got his hat-trick as he was through and he did come from behind and was not ahead of the last man as the assistant rules he did and secondly, from this offside that was not Alsager get a free kick deep, they go route one and with it do pull a goal back”. Peters said ” Alsager may reflect and say they should have gone away with something, this probably based upon the three efforts cleared off the line, but on reflection of the ninety minutes, chances we created, there is no question we fully deserved what we did get against a good Alsager team. What I will say is that both teams deserve a lot of credit for the way the game was played on a really tricky surface that had encountered weeks of continuous rain. Finally I will mention our keeper
Ryan Jones, rarely was he brought into the action, this can lead to complacency but not Ryan, when he was needed he pulled off a couple of stunning saves which were vital with the score sitting at 2-1″.