Wednesday 26th April 2017
Bacup Borough v Daisy Hill
The Brian Boys West View Stadium, KO 20:00
Following the impressive Stalemate with Promotion Contenders Whitchurch I spoke to the Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters to whom had this to say
“ I would imagine that most front line Managers/Coaches out there will fully understand what I was faced with and the improvisation I was faced with pre match when I say prior to any game or even pre training, a lot of thought goes into team selection for a given specific game, team shape and all responsibilities to which goes into that team shape, at training one would expect all players to be present but at times for various reasons this is not always the case, when such situations present themselves improvisation is very much required, improvising for training is one thing but when such situations arise one hour before kick off as was the situation ahead of this game with in form Whitchurch Alport is very much a more difficult task, Peters added “ I had available twelve fit players and in addition two injured players that were prepared to go onto the bench in case of an emergency, out of the twelve available I only had two recognised defenders available in Adrian Bellamy and Connor Porter, not ideal when we are facing a team having scored nineteen goals in their last three away games, nine coming mid-week, notwithstanding a win would have put Whitchurch into an automatic promotion place, Peters added “ this is where improvisation had to come in, equally it was important that the players very quickly could respond and very quickly could take on board their individual responsibilities in what was in most cases unfamiliar positions for some of the boys, Peters added “ from the moment I addressed the boys pre match to naming the team and explaining their responsibilities, collectively each and every one of those players was immense in every way, their work ethics, their commitment to help each other in what was potentially going to be a difficult afternoon, the way they galvanised each other for the cause was something special to see Peters said “ Whtchurch Alport are a very good side, so to come out of this game with a creditable no score draw was one of the few highlights of this season, the team I had available was credit to each and every player, what we witnessed was masterclass defending that was orchestrated by our Captain Adrian Bellamy, his experience and leadership brought the best out of Connor Porter and Jordan Rutter, despite the setback of losing forward Rio Wilson Heys in the opening ten minutes, we had the work ethics of Benjamin Boyne and young Benjamin Rhodes making his first full start following progressing from our u18s Youth Team, Ben produced a terrific honest display, we had Ryan Heywood, Jimmy Constantine Alexander Nwachukwu being well organised and competitive in demanding roles, when we lost Rio, my only option was to introduce in experienced Peter Genicott such was my limitations, pleasingly Peter gave an honest work manlike performance, something that will stand him in good stead going forward, in the last ten minutes I had no other option but to introduce injured Tom Coulson, again a good honest lad that had every excuse not to be involved on the bench or even taking part in this game, such was the need to ensure we kept a clean sheet even my Injured Keeper Josh Harris was ready to play out field for the cause, both attitudes really pleased me, However I would like to reserve Special praise for first of all Anthony Hall, Anthony having just been out injured, making this is first game back but he broke down in the warm up, it was my Coach Andy Barlow and Sports therapist Connor Smith that did work hard with Anthony both on his mentality and physicality for the boy to be fit to start, Start he did and with this he put in an outstanding performance, Peters added “ believe me it could have been easy for Anthony to have pulled out, it really shows the character of the boy that should be credited, then there was Jordan Rutter, Peters added “ I told Jordan prior to this game that he would very much be a strong contender for my Player of the Year, the reason ? every time I have asked Jordan to do a job for me in various unfamiliar positions, Jordan without question has done it for me and done it well, then finally I must mention our Goalkeeper Louis McCarthy who has stepped in since the injury to Josh, at a vital time in this game the boy pulled off such a top drawer quality save which basically secured a well-earned point, to keep a clean sheet against a top side that given the work rate each and every player put in, a defeat would have been a total injustice.
Peters finished by saying “ Football can bring so many mixed emotions, I was emotional when we have won the League and Cups, for different reasons I was emotional when we were relegated, but come the end of this game, I do not mind admitting that having witnessed such an honest good workmanlike performance from a group of young players in some cases playing at their highest level they have ever played at, it was really touching to see, I am just glad they got something from their terrific effort against a very good Whitchurch side, Peters concluded “ I always say following a negative must come a positive, this is what we got, everyone from Andrew Barlow and Connor Smith and the players deserve surmounting credit for their contribution “