Storm Gareth destroys completely what Storm Eric had started, total carnage at Bacup Borough three days before The Division One League Cup Semi Final First Leg tie with Avro.
Manager Brent Peters had this to say “ was I happy with our overhaul performance ? NO I was far from happy given the team I had put out, Peters said “ we started well in the first quarter of the game, our link up play and the manner in which we used the ball was impressive, this was how we scored our opener with quality link up play and an excellent finish from Anthony, Peters added “ at this point I cant get my head around whether some of my players felt it was too easy, therefore it was exhibition time and an excuse to ignore their roles & responsibilities, this or just down right bad play, what I do know is we gave Blackpool a life line at a time in the game we should have been easily doubling our lead, Peters went on “ for one, unless it is absolutely necessary I do not like going back to our keeper, one of the reason’s being what actually happened in Blackpool’s second goal, the ball gets played back to our keeper who shanks his kick which goes direct to an opponent, this then resulted in my other centre back making a clumsy challenge leading to a penalty to Blackpool which they scored, another goal Blackpool created through some of our players not carrying out their roles and responsibilities out of possession, their full back gets forward not tracked creating an over load before delivering a quality cross which was perfectly headed into our own net by one of my defenders, but why he was facing his own goal when that cross was delivered is beggars belief, for this to happen he was obviously not set and his body position wrong, it was poor to say the least, Peters added “ thank fully Matthew Bryan and Anthony Hall were on it, fully focussed and delivering when it mattered, Peters went on “ We had several opportunities to score more goals than the three we actually did score, but at the opposite end of the pitch in the last quarter of an hour, for some in explicable reason our midfield constantly backed off, not only encouraging pressure but strangulating our defenders at the same time, during this time AFC Blackpool could easily have got themselves an equaliser, Peters added “ I cant explain why we were dropping so deep but it most certainly was a dangerous game to play, but thankfully we got through the game with three points, we got lads through the game injury free, so we take our focus now onto two extremely difficult games with Avro in the Semi Final of the First Division League Cup, we have enough talent to see us through, but talent without the work rate and discipline will not be enough, this message will be ringing in our players ears during the build up, this in order to ensure we are has a squad in its entirety fully concentrated and ready to go, the next two weeks are vital to our season
BACUP WIN AT THE SEASIDE, NOW THE FOCUS IS ON SATURDAYS LEAGUE CUP SEMI FINAL FIRST LEG.
AFC BLACKPOOL 2 – BACUP BOROUGH -3
On an afternoon when the weather played a part in several games in the league being postponed the Bacup Manager Brent Peters was relieved and thank full to AFC Blackpool in working hard ensuring this game went ahead, Peters explained “ Ahead of our League Cup Semi Final I have worked hard in an attempt to bringing back Matthew Bryan who finished last season as not only our leading goal scorer but also the leading scorer in the North West Counties League which rightly earned him the Leagues player of the year, but for him to be eligible for our Semi Final I had to get him over the line fourteen days prior to the Semi Final, this I did, but then we had to ensure Matty got in at least one game which could only be AFC Blackpool, had this game have been postponed the work to get Matty over the line would have been in vain, Peters added “ I am so grateful to all at Blackpool for their efforts in ensuring the game did get the go ahead “
It did not take Mathew Bryan long to make a positive impact when Michael Gervin found Bryan with an exquisite ball, Bryan then had to ride an attempted challenge before a nice weighted pass into the path of his strike partner Anthony Hall who finished off what was an excellent footballing move to shoot Bacup into a fifteen minute lead, further goals should have followed, Kyle Brooks intercepting a ball to his captain Adrian Bellamy who knocked the ball long, Matthew Bryan struck the ball first time has it dropped into his path but the ball whistled over, further good link up play involving Matthew Dell, Matthew Bryan and Anthony Hall which resulted in a good strong challenge averting Bacup doubling their lead, at this point it only seemed a matter of time before Bacup doubled their lead but this was not legislating for the Blackpool full back pushing forward before delivering an excellent cross that Bacup defender Sven Gibson ended up heading the ball into his own goal, not only was this a bad goal to give away but it gave the home side a terrific lift and belief, if the headed own goal was not bad enough what happened next was a total disaster, the ball was with defender Laquan Esdaille who for some reason under no pressure made a decision to play the ball back towards his keeper who then shanked his kick with the ball going to a Blackpool player who then advanced into the penalty area where the covering defender Sven Gibson made a clumsy challenge giving the referee little opportunity but to award a penalty which was converted, with half time approaching and Bacup trailing, a position they should not have been in,, it was left to Man of the Match Anthony Hall to drive his side the equaliser when he picked the ball up deep before driving forward into the penalty area where he was sent to the ground, again an easy penalty decision for the Referee, it was Hall himself who stepped up to make it 2-2 at the break.
The second half got under way with Bacup creating several good opportunities which came to nothing, this so easily could have had far reaching consequences when Bacup Borough defender Laquan Esdaille was late with a challenge in the box which resulted in the third penalty of the afternoon being awarded, the second for AFC Blackpool, this time Bacup Borough’s keeper Thomas Lamlot was equal to the spot kick by pulling off a good save, Bacup at this point got out of jail with that save, this spurred Bacup on to create further opportunities, when Matthew Bryan collected the ball from deep and ran into the heart of Blackpool’s defence before a deft pass over defenders into the feet of Michael Gervin who unflustered got himself half a yard before placing the ball into the corner of the net, giving his side a 2-3 lead.
For the closing minutes of the game Bacup were dropping deeper inviting extreme pressure onto themselves but has easily has they won, they could so easily have dropped points, at times desperate defending prevented this happening to eventually win the game 2-3 with all focus now on a difficult Semi Final first leg game at Bacup on Saturday.
Bacup Borough Boss Brent Peters, took time out of his very busy schedule to visit Northwich Victoria’s Manager Steve Wilkes to congratulate Wilkes’ 1000th game as a Manager
Bacup Borough 3 – Darwen 2
Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters started the week facing the prospect of not having a recognised Goal Keeper for the League Cup Semi Final first leg two weeks away, the rules state that loan players are not able to participate and any new signings had to be signed fourteen days prior to the tie and with this also would need the required number of games in order to play in a semi final, not an easy task given that Bacups keeper James Cottam is on a youth loan from Preston North End , with only two matches before the all important game with Avro time was running out for the Bacup Manager. Manager Brent Peters commented “ our goal keeping situation presented me with a major concern, a situation I have been working on over the past ten days but really not getting very far but then thanks to the efficiency of the Football Association by the speed in which they and their counterparts at the Belgium FA moved to Internationally clear Youth International Thomas Lamlot, a keeper we had on our books from previous but not cleared, this because he was only classed as a minor, Peters went on “ the fact this season at step six there are no play offs my main focus now is trying to get through an extremely tough two legged Semi Final with Avro” Peters said “ for the previous games I have been changing certain things, be this players, be this team shape, this I will continue to do, whilst our players will know how we are going to go in terms of shape in the Semi Final, I am not so sure the opposition will and that is how I want to keep it, Peters added” this game against Darwen was an extremely important game for myself and my Coach Dave Felgate, I introduced three debutants, Centre Half Sven Gibson from Prestwich Heys, Thomas Lamlot Goal Keeper & Midfield player Milo Ogden to whom was introduced to me from my previous Coach Danny Jones, I am pleased to say all three had an impressive debut, all three are eligible for the Semi Final so will be great additions pushing for contention, Peters said “ It was good to get Anthony Hall back following a short injury, equally pleasing was the fact Anthony came back not only proving his fitness but with two well taken goals has a bonus, I was also really pleased for young Ben Rhodes, despite his lack of chances in our starting line up his attitude and commitment around the club have been exemplary, Ben was given a start, a good honest performances was rewarded with a goal his determination and desire deserved, Peters went on “ I was pleased with what I saw on show from all in the first half, we completely dictated the half, Darwen could really think themselves lucky to only be two behind at the break, Peters added “ I must admit there was times in the second half when we dropped our tempo and Darwen did up theirs, I put this down to maybe some of the new lads starting to run on empty after putting in good shifts, I had no complaints about their Penalty, from our point of view it was avoidable, it was lazy defending which is not acceptable, I was also disappointed with their second goal, pro ratio of players behind the ball from Bacup compared to Darwen, no way should the opposition have got through, sadly I could not legislate for those players back there reacting like rabbits in the headlights,, but that apart, all in all after the week that was of sheer frustration, out of this game there was certainly more positives than negatives “ Positive Debuts, Positive team performance for at least three quarters of the game, Positive Anthony Hall back from injury with two goals, positive that Ben Rhodes responds with a goal, positive that we managed to secure the services of a good young keeper in time, and finally and most importantly Positive we got a well earned three points”
Bacup Borough Team
Thomas Lamlot, Adrian Bellamy( Oliver Crew) Laquan Esdaille, Sven Gibson, Matthew Dell( Harrison Leach), Joshua Walne, Jordan Wilmore ( Kyle Brooks ) Milo Ogden, Darcy O’Connor, Anthony Hall, Benjamin Rhodes
Following the devastation that Storm Eric brought to Bacup Borough Football Club followed by Bacup progressing into the First Division League Cup Semi Final following an impressive 1-1 draw at AFC Liverpool to progress 3-2 from Penalties, I spoke to the Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters who had this to say “
I was totally devastated when I arrived at the ground Saturday Morning ahead of our final preparation before Sundays quarter final in Liverpool, to see a large proportion of the dressing room roof sat in the middle of the pitch and the rest ripped off nestling on the visitors dug out leaving the entire changing block open to the elements resulting in thousands of pounds worth of damage, Peters added “ we have had issues in the past from the likes of the Beast from The East but in my twenty one years at this football club, what I witnessed following Storm Eric is without doubt the worst I have witnessed, it was carnage, Peters added “ In life we all face adversity from time to time, be this from someone close’s death, bad health or a period of sheer bad luck, at these difficult times you just want your boys to deliver, well at AFC Liverpool every single one of our boys stood together, stayed strong & won the game to progress into the Semi Final, for this I thank each and every one of them.
Peters went onto say “ The game was an extremely difficult game something we expected getting into the final stages of this competition, on the day there was nothing to choose between the sides, the result could have gone either way, there was two very good sides on show, Peters went on “ it is always pleasing when what myself and Coach David Felgate have been discussing and planning in the build up to this game comes off, this it did to perfection when Adrian Bellamy does well linking up with Anthony Hall who finished really well to shoot us into the lead, Peters added “ In the first half I felt we was in control and for most of the half were slightly the better side, I always felt comfortable until the Referee awarded Liverpool a penalty around ten minutes away from half time, this most certainly would have been a game changer but we had Harry Turner in goal, since arriving at Bacup the boy has been a revelation, in this game Harry once again never let us down, when called upon he was different class, their penalty was well struck on target but Harry pulled off a top drawer save, it did not stop there, in the penalty shoot out at the end, the boy saved another two spot kicks, Harry played more than his part in our progression to the Semi Final, Peters added “ the Boy even saved the initial shot for Liverpool’s equaliser debatable if the ball crossed the line, the Referee had no idea, it was left to the Assistant to whom gave it but it was fine margins leaving us all square at the break, Peters added “ to concede just before half time is never a good time, this it proved has AFC Liverpool certainly had the upper hand in the first quarter of the half, we had to defend masterfully and when they did break our defences, they just could not find away past our keeper Harry who was big time on his game, Peters went on “ gradually we weathered their storm to gradually get ourselves back into the contest, we had the chance to nick the tie in the dying minutes when Darcy O’Connor’s header went straight to their keeper, Peters finished by saying “ Over the ninety minutes a draw was probably a fair result has both teams had their spells in that time but the quality and calmness of our penalty takers Anthony Hall, Michael Gervin and Laquan Esdaille was enough to put us into the Semi Final”
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Following the devistation of storm Eric last week, Our very own Debra O’Connor has taken it upon her self to help raise money to repair the changing room block that houses the changing facilities for both the first team and the youth sides as well as the visiting teams to the Brian Boys West View Stadium.
The damage to the changing facilities has hit the club hard causing thousands of pounds worth of damage. The facilities at the ground are used on a regular basis, not just by the first team but by Bacup Borough U21, Bacup Borough U18, Bacup Borough U18’s and thier under 10’s set up.
Bacup Borough is a historic Non League club with a talented pool of players with a passionate manager with a number of great volunteers who try their very best to help the club on match days and at other points during the working week with day to day tasks.
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Storm Eric brings carnage to Bacup Borough ripping the entire roof of the changing room block, creating thousands of pounds worth of damage. We have a 1st team, U21, and three youth teams that use the facility weekly and the Bacup teams are devastated. Today’s, Sunday, U18 home game as been postponed.
Tomorrow’s NWCFL First Divison match against AFC Darwen has been postponed due to extreme weather conditions. A new date for the fixture is yet to be confirmed.
FORMER SPURS STAR HAD NO BEARING WHAT SO EVER ON THE RESULT SAYS PETERS!
It was more our deficiencies in situations than the oppositions good play.
Ashton Town 6-Bacup Borough-2
Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Insisted the debut of former Tottenham Hotspur star Pascal Chimbonda had little or no effect on the out come of this game, in sighting his own players for their total lack of discipline and not having a winning mentality.
Bacup started this game in dominating fashion creating several really good opportunities created through the lively Matthew Dell, but sadly not getting converted, Bacup really should have been four goals to the good before Ashton Town got anywhere near the Bacup goal, in fact Town’s opener came from Bacup not pressing high allowing their defender to get his head up before sending a long diagonal ball which should have been easily dealt with by the Bacup rear guard but when Nicholas Alessandra got caught under the ball leaving a situation for the Ashton advancing player to attack the space unopposed before producing a clinical finish, not only was this a shock lead given how Bacup had started but the number of attempts Bacup had but failed to convert, one shot from the days hosts showed Bacup the way in finishing, this action was shortly repeated when following a Bacup attack, Ashton counter attacked, for the first and probably the only time in the game that Ashton’s star signing did make a telling contribution with a quality ball that found his team mate that again punished Bacup for not closing down with a first time shot that went in off the Bacup post, this really was a case of two shots and two goals in pro ratio of Bacup’s six attempts and nothing, it was no surprise that the Bacup Manager changed things at the break.
When the players returned for the second half we saw that Peters had pushed defender Adrian Bellamy further forward but at this stage no substitutions had been introduced, just like the first half it was Bacup having the majority of the ball, the rain was falling and the pitch in its entirety had disintegrated to a total bog, making any sort of football an impossibility, when a Bacup attack was cleared to thirty yards out, the ball was perfect for Nicholas Alessander to show just what he is capable of and did not disappoint when he struck the ball with such precision, the ball flew into the net giving their keeper no chance, could Bacup get their equaliser ? well, yes they could, another attack down Ashton’s left resulted in the ball coming across the box which Adrian Bellamy connected justifying his Managers half time move to push the ball into the net making the score line all square.
In all honesty at this stage there was only one team you would fancy to go onto win, that would be Bacup, however what no one can legislate for, is certain individuals not carrying out their duties which did result in the opposition gaining a flattering 6-2 score line, Ashton got their noses in front again when both the Right Full Back & Right covering Defender basically let the Ashton attacker go past them with ease before once again clinically firing past the Bacup keeper, then a needless free kick was conceded by the Bacup Right back from which Ashton punished Bacup for, then with another two embarrassing defensive calamities, Ashton punished Bacup to show them not only how to finish but also how to win football matches when the playing surface is not fit for purpose.
Manager Brent Peters Comments
“ All Season myself and David Felgate have done nothing but not only defend our players but also praise the boys, sadly there is no defending the in defendable following what happened in this game “ Both myself and David Felgate feel totally let down, we understand there will be defeats along the way in a nine month football season but it is the manner in which any defeat comes, Peters added “ this game soon become a National focal point given the fact such an high profile player had signed for Ashton Town, this really should have been a game that our players could show those that were Nationally interested just how good a team we are and irrespective of the pedigree of Pascal Chimbonda, his appearance should not have had any bearing, Peters went on” given the media circus pre match, given the result post match” it hurt me big time, more so given the fact that the Media made out that it was Chimbonda the reason for such an emphatic win” Peters said this is so incorrect and could not be further away from the truth “ Peters added “ we dominated that game , we had several really good scoring opportunities, the simple fact is, the player in question should have been more clinical, it was poor, out of possession, strikers know their responsibilities, it only needs one not to carry out those responsibilities, then we have a problem behind us resulting in over loads, this happened, when I see a defender on the score sheet and not from a set piece, I am questioning the strikers big time, “ in addition when we have defenders in position but fail to close the player on the ball down, allowing such player time, space to get his head up to deliver a quality diagonal ball is in itself not good enough, but when the defenders are not set and get caught under the ball for them to score is another thing, their second goal was another instance of a player not being closed and another instance of a player unopposed producing a clinical finish, Peters went on “ to be fair to our boys, following an half time talk and a tweet of our system, we actually get it back to 2-2, we were the dominant force, we fully deserved to be back in the game, but we really should have kicked on but instead certain defenders lost all of their discipline to the point that Ashton capitalised to score four goals, credit to Ashton for this, but some of what was going on at the back in terms of shape and in discipline was something I would cringe at seeing on the local recreation ground, never mind at a level where players are proven non league players and have played at an higher level” sadly this game was lost by bacup borough, NOT WON BY PASCAL CHIMBONDA OR ASHTON TOWN and this hurts “