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Peters Keen To Stress Positives

Bacup Borough boss Brent Peters was keen to stress the positives after the sides opening day defeat at the hands of Winsford United. “Winsford are and will be a strong side this season, have no doubt about that, and we more than matched them over the 90 minutes” said Peters. “As I said to the press last week, this game really came a week too early for us. We have been working on a shape in training and Gareth Wager is crucial to that shape. However, he is unavailable until next Saturday and so we had to put Kingsley Williams in that role as he had the best attributes to understand the role. This was fine and he did well but it meant we lost him from his natural midfield role. Things were also not helped by the fact that our mainline striker isn’t currently up to the fitness levels that he should be at and that’s why I changed things just after half-time, because we needed more movement and craft”.

Speaking of the two bad goals conceded, Brent stated “With the first goal there was a very uncharacteristic error from my captain, Davey Luker. He found himself in acres of space on the halfway line and had an opportunity to take a quick touch and set up an attack. However, unusually for him he dwelt on the ball and allowed himself to get caught in possession. This led to a Winsford corner and from the second phase of that corner we had opportunities to deal with the situation when Warburton got hold of the ball. However nobody dealt with it until the situation became critical and he then had the simple task of feeding his striker for an easy finish. However, it all stemmed from that giving away of possesion in midfield but I’m not blaming Luker as he had not trained or played since getting injured on the 3G pitch in the Isle of Man”. On the second goal he said “We went in at half-time confident we could take something out of the game. But the basic errors straight from the restart are unacceptable. What I would say is that we had a young 18 year old lad who we expect great things from who made the first error by heading inside and unfortunately the other player involved was just a year older and playing his first game at this level. So whilst they both did very well throughout the game you have to accept that in some areas they will be naive and make occasional mistakes, we just have to hope that they will learn from them and not repeat them again”. One thing that disappointed Peters was one of his players ‘going around in circles’ at the back without achieving anything. “When we passed and moved with purpose we got results. Look at our goal: Horridge to Davey Luker, one pass to Lee Oldham on the left, then one pass in to Kingsley Williams who finished with a great header. That is the quality and calibre of this group of players and that is what we want to see going forward”.

Next up is Silsden away on Wednesday night and Peters feels there is plenty of room for optimism: “When you look at the strength of Winsford and also look at us having several new players in the side from last season we have plenty of reasons to take positives out of the game”. The match at the Angel Telecom Stadium on Wednesday kicks off at 7.45 pm.