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U21 Action: Stockport Vs Bacup


Never a dull moment with this lot were the words of Borough manager Lee Barrett.
After another hum-dinger of a game by the Borough babes which nearly saw the ultimate of comebacks performed from the away side.
Stockport can boast at being a full time schooled academy team with fantastic facilities and set up and the gulf was evident very early in the game. Bacup were second to every ball and panic was at the heart of the defence which had conceded three goals in the opening fifteen minutes. Bacup were set up to be hard to break down and counter attack with the plethora of pace that they had at the top end of the pitch.
Eventually the plan was put into motion as a swift counter attack saw the ball land at the feet of forward Tom Haigh who drove into the box from out wide and drilled the ball past the keeper at his near post. 3-1 soon became 4-1 as again individual errors cost Bacup and Barrett made a change on 35 minutes replacing Greenwood with Nobab to offer more pace in the middle of defence.
Stockport added a fifth before half time and a despondent Borough trudged off the pitch, 5-1 at half time.
The second half began with Borough on the front foot and an excellent ball in from the left from Ryan Siddle saw Tom claim his second with a bullet header at the far post 5-2.That soon became 5-3 as half time substitute Dom Boardman converted a free kick from 25 yards out. On 60 minutes a now rampant Bacup scored again with a long range curling left foot shot from Boardman made it 5-4. Boardman was now bossing the midfield with partner Luke simpson who again was showing great composure.
The unthinkable happened with Simpson exchanging passes with Kyle Siddle on the edge of the area who slid the ball under the keeper for 5-5 in the 70th minute.
Bacup poured forward looking for a winner which sadly became there own undoing as Stockport hit them on the break to make it 6-5 on eighty minutes.
Stockport stood firm an hung on to take all the points in what was a thrilling game.
Barrett was full of praise for his troops as he added ‘ considering the opposition was faced i cannot speak highly enough of the lads. Many would conceded defeat at half time and shipped in another 5 goals. However i told them at half time to go out and express themselves and relax and enjoy it. I certainly did not see that coming but what a great game’.
Bacup have a confirmed next game at home in the quarter final of the County Cup against Ribbleton FC on Friday of December.