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Peters: ‘We Kept Our Shape’

Bacup Borough boss Brent Peters was understandably buoyant after last night’s Lancashire Co-Operative Trophy win at Radcliffe Borough:  “This was a terrific victory for us and fully deserved. Radcliffe are currently one of the form teams from the Evo Stik First Division and going into this game they had been unbeaten for several games. Following on from Saturday we once again controlled possession making good use of the entire pitch by moving the ball well and switching play whenever we needed to do”. Peters added “We constantly get it over to the players that all good teams have a method of play, within that method every player does have a responsibility when out of possession as well as when we are in the ascendancy. Well, in this game everyone of them took their instructions on board both within open play and also on set pieces to almost perfection and what you saw was a team of quality young footballers playing to a method, playing with composure, playing with confidence and most importantly playing like they all enjoyed every second of the game. Following Saturdays defeat both myself and Andy Hill felt for the lads as they had worked really hard to dominate a very good side but with nothing to show for their efforts. After that game they were flat, frustrated and disappointed. The fact that their next game was Radcliffe Boro with a quarter final cup place at stake did not make it any easier, certainly not ideal going into a game of such magnitude when it seems nothing was going right for their hard work. But, once we had got amongst the lads in order to get their mind set right, they all were different class which everyone from Radcliffe showed to them by being graceful in defeat”. Peters concluded “Both of our goals were beautifully struck goals, our first one from Matthew Bryan was created with real quality approach play that came up to Dave Limabrooke who had a one touch lay off to Bryan, a great move and an equally great finish. Then our second goal was another great finish by Kingsley Williams. There were only three minutes left when Kingsley struck what really should have been the winning goal, but credit to Radcliffe they capitalised on a bad touch by us before Danny Hudson found the net to take the tie to penalties. This again I can’t praise our boys enough for the character they showed, at full time they were deflated because again they had done more than enough to have won the game. However, with only three minutes on the clock and having made the mistake to let Radcliffe back in, we all can understand why, but credit to them they went about their tasks polished and professionally to convert four penalties out of five, it was a fitting end to a very impressive Bacup Team Performance”

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