Following Bacup Borough’s 4-2 MEN United Cup victory over Hanley Town I sat down with Brent Peters to get his take on the game.
Brent Peters: “This was an excellent team performance, the way we were not fazed to receive the ball whilst marked and equally players not fazed to pass to a team mate and trust him, the way we quickly moved the ball and with this always having options and using those options well. All players taking limited touches and all passing the ball as well as we have done all season. It was certainly good on the eye but it was not so good for our hosts who spent long periods of the game doing nothing but chasing such was our superiority in possession.
“Everything was going so well until an incident off the ball on Gareth Wager infuriated him, from this incident what followed took us out of our game and it looked like we were going to lose our discipline. We were ready to fall into their trap, something that no doubt was their plan, if they can’t compete with our football they would try to wind us up. This almost worked for them when we conceded a penalty that best can be described as being created by our own player being undisciplined. The penalty was converted, pulling Hanley right back into this game.
“It was a great time for us to score right on half time but it was an even better time for Hanley to equalise. Gareth Wager had obviously not calmed down at half over the earlier incident so in the best interest of Bacup Borough Football Club and the player himself the decision was to take him off. By this I mean not picking up a ban by being sent off because it was a stone wall certainty to happen. To be fair to Gareth he had recognised this fact himself.
“This was the only blip of what was otherwise an excellent display, the goals we scored were well executed and finished, it was pleasing also to eventually see Matty Dell get on the score sheet. Now let us hope this is the first of the many that his workrate deserves. I thought our opening goal was cooly finished by Kelvin Trippier. Then Kelvin himself assisted Tom Black’s well taken goal with a good header and an equally good finish by Tom, who himself did well getting down the byline before picking out Shane Birtles for his goal. When Matty Bryan drove at the heart of their defence before finding Matty Dell to finish it was all in the script. It is a pity Adrian Bellamy’s goal being ruled out for offside as that was a finish at the end of some outstanding football.
“Going into this game we had been hit with the news Yves Zama and Matty Barlow would not be fit and this was not helped with Ben Boyne having to pull out due to a RTA. However this did not one bit faze me when putting Michael Gervin straight into the team having just got back from Mexico. I knew his quality would compliment the quality of his team mates. This certainly proved to be the case and it was an excellent shift by all, very pleasing, eye catching performance “