Following the Memorial Game Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters had this to say ” First of all I would like to pay tribute to AFC Liverpool to whom have excelled in their fitting and excellent contribution in what was an emotional evening for all concerned. I would also like to praise all the families of the grieved in standing in the centre circle with both teams prior to kick off, this was a poignant and fitting moment within the one minutes silence, not forgetting Bryan Herbert’s young nephew Taylor Hayes who led both teams out in a Liverpool kit, this being the team Bryan did follow. I must also compliment Dave Edler in pulling this together and with it producing a special befitting match programme in recognition of not only Bryan but the other families having suffered a sad loss, all of which were close to the Bacup Borough Family”.
Peters added “With regard to the match itself this was in the main a fairly even but highly competitive football match, despite the amount of rain and the fact the pitch had been played on the previous Saturday it was good but obviously vulnerable should it start to rain which it did do during the second half. However, in the first half it was no surprise that we had lots of good possession as we started as we had performed in mid week but massive credit must go to AFC Liverpool for the way they worked really hard as we were moving the ball well and utilising the area of the pitch. What was our downfall was in and around the penalty area where we either picked the wrong option on our passing, this or some of the lads wanting to play as an individual, this rather than utilising other players in order to create space to create better opportunities. The second half was a different scenario as the rain came down heavy at times, this making it very difficult under foot. Whilst this did pose a problem by the fact we were not as crisp and accurate in our passing, never the less credit again to the boys as they kept trying to do the correct things and did still play some excellent football despite the fact at this stage the pitch was not really conducive to the football we like to play. On two occasions we had to produce some frantic defending when in close proximity to each other both full backs were guilty of playing inside balls that put our opponents onto the attack. Thankfully both Arron Kirk and Otis Gorman were once again a tower of strength there at the back”. Peters concluded ” It was always going to be a close encounter such is the nature of AFC Liverpool who in two matches we have had with them already this season showed the manner in which they compete and work really incredibly hard throughout. That there was never going to be a lot in the game, one hundred and twenty minutes in the vase could not separate us, we lost to a single goal in the replay and tonight it took a penalty to separate us. If one gets anything from AFC Liverpool, then you have much deserved it, reference the penalty it was a stone wall decision as Dave Limabrooke almost had his shirt taken from his back. Without getting into a debate over this I would rather give both sets of players and staff massive credit for a fitting game for what was such a difficult but pleasurable occasion, pleasurable by the fact that between the two football clubs we have done justice for Hillsborough 96, the families of Bryan Herbert, Debra O’Connor, Arron Kirk and my own family proud on such a sad but poignant occasion”