Wednesday 29th March 2017
Bacup Borough v Widnes
The Brian Boys West View Stadium, KO 20:00
Once again frustratingly I was not able to field the same team which won away in our previous game due to injuries, suspensions and work commitments, however I have stated before, in adversity there comes a positive which was the case at Whitchurch, the positives being Goal Keeper Josh Harris making his first appearance in almost twelve months following surgery from breaking his foot in our Play off final game, defender Joseph Austen making a promising debut, and Rio Wilson Heys in his first start did excite me, but more to the point it excites me of the prospect of him and the suspended Anthony Hall teaming up together once Anthony finishes his suspension, the introduction of another debutant Peter Genicot, who along with Benjamin Rhodes from our under eighteens showed all the right characteristics to see they have what it takes to play at what is a difficult competitive level. Peters added over the 90 minutes the score line did flatter our hosts, this said, in the first half Whitchurch did look the most dangerous by having very much the upper hand in midfield, when we did have the ball our passing left a lot to be desired by certain players, resulting in handing our hosts the ball back, this rather than making them work hard in winning the ball back, our defensive unit was resolute and did defend well restricting our hosts with very few chances, Peters added “ with the opening goal they scored, there was an element of luck attached, has the ball delivered did take a deflection into their experienced striker to whom found the only gap possible to finish.
Peters added “ The second half I was really pleased by the efforts and attitude of my team following my half time talk, we did tighten up in midfield from this we started to ask a lot of questions of the home side, I will agree we did not have many efforts to trouble their keeper but not having an experienced striker with us was always going to be a problematic situation for us, it was not for the will of not trying has try we did having gone with a 4-4-2 and finishing with a 3-4-3 formation, Peters added “ we was well and truly in this game right up until the 87th minute, we gave away a free kick which was one thing but more disturbing was how the entire team switched off whilst their Captain and striker got his team mate to touch the ball to him and then smashed the ball into the net, Peters said on their part it was being bright and switched on, from our point of view there is only one word to describe what happened, that word being Naïve, Personally this action spoilt what would have been given the circumstances a creditable performance against a team that was top of the pile a few weeks ago but still lie third with plenty to play for “