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Positive Vibes All Around After Impressive Display

Team: 1. Bishop (Sub McGregor) 2. Ellul 3. Zubar 4. Elsworth 5. Barreck 6. Oldham 7. Bellamy 8. Bond 9. Zamma 10. Gamble 11. Janaid

There was much to be positive about in Bacup & Rossendale Borough’s 3-2 friendly loss against Ev-Stik Prem side Ashton United.

With it being a pre-season friendly there were many new faces on show for both sides however it was an extremely good contest.

The Evo-Stik side started the brighter pushing forward and they received a dubious penalty for a handball after just four minutes which was dispatched well.

Bacup’s new looking team then woke up and started to gel as they had their first real attack of the game. Gamble was dispatching really well from the middle of the park and he picked out Janaid who showed his pace and delivered well and Zamma’s acrobatic shot was well over.

However just moments later and the equaliser came, a long ball forward was flicked on well by the new captain Adrian Bellamy and latched onto by the new signing Yves Zamma who emphatically lobbed the ball straight over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

Ashton were then resorted just to long shots which never really threatened the target.

Adrian Bellamy was looking dangerous in and around the box as he reacted quickest to hook the ball just wide of the mark.

BARB then started to pass the ball around really comfortably which was a pleasure to see especially Andrew Gamble who’s tenacious pressing and fluid passing was impressing to all.

However right on half-time that man Gamble rushed a free-kick and played a square ball straight to the opposition who drove forward and slotted home to take Ashton into a 2-1 lead at the break.

Half-Time: BARB 1-2 Ashton Utd

At the start of the second-half there were various shots all from distance which never really threatened until the 64th minute where Bacup pegged back once again. A substitute’s first touch saw him slot in Yves Zamma who shrugged off a defender and found the back of the net once again.

Twelve minutes later and Ashton produced the winning goal through a stunning free-kick which rocketed into the top corner.

Full-Time: Bacup & Rossendale Borough 2-3 Ashton United

An impressive display from a new-look BARB side against a team two leagues above but in all fairness you couldn’t tell that as both teams looked evenly matched even with a strong Ashton outfit put out there.