Following Bacup Borough’s 1-0 FA Vase defeat against Hemsworth Miners Welfare I sat down with Brent Peters to get his take on the game.
Brent Peters: “This game was always going to be a tough test as both teams were in form sides in the midst of unbeaten runs. Teams that generally have good cup runs have endured some luck along the way, something that eluded us from as early as forty five minutes prior to kick-off, our leading scorer Matthew Barlow had to withdraw still suffering from a late knock the week previous. To add to this when Kelvin Trippier’s good run and strike was blocked on the line just after Hemsworth had taken their lead I realised it was not going to be our day.
“Taking into account the physicality and work rate of our visitors it was never going to be a game where we would enjoy long periods of good possession, credit to our opponents in ensuring this was not going to be the case. However, this said I felt we did not help ourselves by the fact certain players were going forward attempting to hit our front men too soon. This for me was certainly bad decision making by those players.
“We are strong in midfield, all are players that are excellent on the ball, the fact we took the option to go long just watered our quality in the middle down. Rather than the midfield players getting on the ball, they found themselves making runs to support, only to find the strikers fighting for high balls which would end up coming back at us. This resulted in us being out numbered in midfield and those players making the runs just doing doggies.
“I brought on Davison Banda to replace Kevin Masirika in the hope Banda would get himself on the ball at the back and get us playing from this area. Obviously doing this was positive in one sense but in terms of height and strength on set pieces it could leave us short. What I did not anticipate was us giving a way a cheap free kick on the edge of the box through rash defending. Sadly it was this situation which allowed our opponents the breakthrough to progress in this competition. We should have been more disciplined in our defending in that situation, however I must give the player to who took kick surmounting credit, what a quality delivery it was.
“Whilst it was not our day today and it is a disappointment going out of the FA Vase, it is not as bitter pill to swallow when we have been done with a shear quality shaped delivery that, irrespective of the touch, did seem to be shaped to go under the crossbar at the far post area. It took that bit of quality to break down a defence that looked solid throughout “