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Quality The Difference

Team: 1. Jakovlevs 2. C.Holt (Sub Wager) 3. Zubar 4. D.Holt 5. Esdaille 6. D.Kuba-Kuba 7. Currie (Sub Maine) 8. Walker 9. Bellamy (c) 10. Cocks (Sub Rahman) 11. Bryan
Subs not used: J.Brown & Ashfaq
Attendance: 56

Bacup & Rossendale Borough battled hard against local rivals Nelson but in the end the quality was the difference.

Manager Brent Peters named an unchanged eleven from the side that were harshly knocked out of the MEN United Cup to AFC Liverpool on Sunday.

It was a fairly quiet start to the game with the away side looking the brighter. On 23 minutes the Borough were almost gifted a goal as a terrific first time cross from Matty Bryan was met by the Nelson goalkeeper Ben Woodhead only to drop the ball just out of Daniel Cocks’ reach.

A minute later and Cocks was involved again as a Bacup corner was floated in and brought down by Cocks who was brought down and awarded a penalty. Adrian Bellamy stepped up having missed his last penalty but coolly smashed this one home to make it three goals in two games for the skipper.

(Click twice to watch Adrian Bellamy dispatch his spot kick) IMG_1671[1]

It seems to happen quite a lot that when Bacup take the lead they can never keep it tight for 5 or 10 minutes and this was no different as it took Nelson no more than four minutes to be back on level terms. A dubious free-kick was awarded right on the edge of the box however you can’t take anything away from the strike by Danny Mahoney which he bent with blistering pace into the top corner.

Three minutes later and the Admirals edged in front, Paul Fildes skipped beyond Usman Zubar who misjudged the ball and Fildes kept going and smashed into the bottom corner. Jakovlevs got a touch to it but it wasn’t enough to tip it past the post.

Nelson were growing in confidence and should have gone further in front shortly after as Bacup keeper Callum Jakovlevs came out of his area to meet a long ball, attempted to head it but completely missed it however fortunately for the Borough Zubar blocked the open goal with his face.

It took Jakovlevs to keep the score line at 1-2 as Joseph O’Neill struck well and he tipped onto the bar.

The difference throughout the whole match between the two teams was the quality in the final third and from set-pieces. Matty Bryan cut inside from his usual left-side position and threaded a perfect through ball for Tom Currie but he couldn’t capitalise.

Half-Time: Bacup 1-2 Nelson

With a much needed regroup at half-time Bacup came out in the second half much better and were the team on top for the majority. In the 58th minute they spurned a glorious chance to level the match, Bellamy laid it off for David Kuba-Kuba who struck well over from inside the area.

Jakovlevs at the other end was keeping the Borough in it as he pulled off many quality saves against his old club including two full stretch saves from free-kicks.

I think you know it isn’t going to be your day when on his return to the team defender Gareth Wager hits an unbelievable strike on the half volley with the outside of his foot from 30 yards which looked destined for the top corner until Nelson stopper Woodhead flies and somehow keeps it out.

Bacup came even closer four minutes later when a great break lead by Tom Currie found its way to Zubar on the left who burst beyond one then dinked superbly only to drop over the keeper and onto the crossbar.

With a lot at stake the match started to boil over with some pretty nasty looking two footed tackles from the Admirals however the officials deemed cautions to be fair.

With time running out Nelson looked to get a third goal and put the game to bed but Jakovlevs again pulled off some world class double saves to keep the score line the same and it did in fact end this way.

Full-Time: Bacup & Rossendale Borough 1-2 Nelson