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Sad Borough Hit For Six

BACUP BOROUGH 2 ASHTON ATHLETIC 6

Bacup’s fixture backlog caught up with them big time at the Brian Boys West View Stadium tonight as they were put to the sword by an Ashton Athletic side that needed the points to secure their Premier Division safety. As usual it was ‘musical chairs’ in the Boro line-up with Adam Turner, Karl Stanley and Paul Arrowsmith all returning to the side at the expense of Paul Nelson, Shane Birtles and Daniel Cocks.

It was obvious from the off that the visitors were serious about going for the win they needed as they forced a couple of early corners and were denied a 10th minute opener by a goal line clearance. However Borough should have taken the lead in the 16th minute when Daniel Coleman played a superb defence splitting pass to Arrowsmith but he skied the one on one over the bar. Ogden produced a fine one handed stop to keep out Martyn Jackson’s 21st minute free-kick but five minutes later he and Borough were undone when Gareth Grant got free down the left and drilled the ball past him into the corner of the net. At the other end Arrowsmith fired another effort wide before Grant added his second in the 34th minute with a free-kick curled around the wall. The former Runcorn Town man completed his hat-trick on 40 minutes as Borough lost their shape. HALF-TIME: Bacup Borough 0 Ashton Athletic 3

At the interval Peters brought on Cocks and Paul Socha for Coleman and Arrowsmith but the change seemed to have little effect as Daniel Smith broke clear of the defence and slotted home just two minutes after the restart. Worse was to come for Bacup as after the ball was given away sloppily Michael Downing added a 55th minute fifth. As the Borough fans started to wonder if they would need to use the scoreboard on the cricket ground next door Bacup finally started to find a little rhythm. First Cocks found Artjoms Butorins who drove wide and then five minutes later the Russian striker went even closer, heading against the near post. He was replaced by Ben Shedwick and the substitute striker finally put Borough on the scoresheet with a firm downward header in the 81st minute. Three minutes later a fine flowing move saw Dave Gray feed Boic Nhlizyo to calmly slot home his third goal of the season. Any hopes of an unlikely comeback were, however, shortlived as Ashton broke away to win an 87th minute penalty which was converted by Downing to complete the rout. FULL-TIME: Bacup Borough 2 Ashton Athletic 6 

MATCH STATS: SHOTS ON TARGET: Bacup Borough 4 Ashton Athletic 7  SHOTS OFF TARGET: Bacup Borough 7 Ashton Athletic 11  CORNERS: Bacup Borough 4 Ashton Athletic 7  Att: 63.