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Match Report: Bacup Borough 0-1 Hemsworth MWFC (FA Vase)

By Joel Downings

It was a game of small margins but Bacup Borough exited the FA Vase at the 2nd Qualifying stage after a 1-0 loss at home to Yorkshire-based Hemsworth Miners Welfare on Saturday. The visitors’ goal coming with 15 minutes left to play and leaving Bacup with too much to do to drag themselves back into the tie. Continue reading

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Match Report: Rochdale Town 0-3 Bacup Borough

Borough Brush Aside Local Rivals

By Joel Downings

Bacup Borough picked up their fifth win on the bounce with a 3-0 victory over Rochdale Town on Saturday. A brace from Matty Barlow and one from Kelvin Trippier gave Borough a comfortable victory over their rivals. The result moves Bacup up to 6th place in Division One and within touching distance of an automatic promotion spot. Continue reading

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Match Report: Bacup Borough 4-0 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic (FA Vase)

By Joel Downings

Bacup Borough are just one win away from entering the FA Vase proper after an emphatic 4-0 First Qualifying Round victory over Worsbrough Bridge Athletic. Two goals in each half completed the rout and sent the visitors back to Barnsley with nothing to show for their travels. Continue reading

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Match Report: Runcorn Town 3-0 Bacup Borough (FA Cup)

By Joel Downings
Bacup Borough crashed out of the FA Cup on Saturday after a 3-0 loss away to Runcorn Town but there can be little doubt that the scoreline flattered the home side.

A nervy start from the visitors led to the first chance of the game going Runcorn’s way. An attempted clearance by new keeper Jon-Paul Lewis ricocheted off the opposition striker and almost gifted him a goal.

Borough’s early nerves were settled when they were awarded a free-kick and given the chance to regroup. Bellamy’s set piece was launched over the top and headed straight at Daniel Lever in the Runcorn goal by Ben Boyne.

The home side played some lovely football at times, most notably on the 10 minute mark when their midfield threaded some lovely passes in between the Bacup defence to create their first proper chance, the effort was saved well by Lewis. This was to be the first of a string of good saves from the keeper.

Despite Runcorn having the best of the early chances it was Bacup who had the best opportunity to score in the opening 15 minutes. Boyne being handed the ball for a spot kick which he blazed over the bar. Bacup had a second chance to open the scoring after 23 minutes but were thwarted by an excellent piece of Runcorn goalkeeping.

At the other end Lewis was called into action to save a 40-yard free kick and deal with a threatening Runcorn corner after some wonderful wonderful from Kelvin Trippier. With half an hour gone it was still anybody’s game.

With one debutant making a name for himself in goal, at the other end of the pitch, forward Matthew Barlow was also breaking his Bacup duck. He excellently held up a Lewis goal kick and slid in Bryan down the right hand side. The winger cut inside from the byline and fired an attempt straight at the Runcorn keeper.

The first of Runcorn’s goals game on the stroke of half-time, Stuart Wellstead latching onto a ball through the centre and staying composed to score past the onrushing keeper.

The players trooped into the dressing room at half-time with the score at 1-0. A terrible time to concede but the game was by no means over.

The second half got underway with Bacup showing some real intent. Boyne firing over from just outside the box, before Matty Bryan broke down the right and played a good cross into the 6-yard box. Unfortunately none of the Bacup strikers could get on the end of it.

Paul Shaney had an early chance for the hosts, hitting a shot over the bar after 48 minutes. Aside from that though Borough looked composed and capable of levelling things up.

The tide turned slightly on the hour mark as Bacup were forced to withstand some heavy Runcorn pressure. The home side had a few decent chances but the Bacup keeper dealt with them well and managed to keep the visitors in the tie.

Bryan continued his good work on the flanks with 66 minutes gone, his cross was cut back to Barlow in the box who teed up substitute Jamie Higgins. With the goal at his mercy, Higgins fired high and wide.

Runcorn doubled their lead after 74 minutes, their winger pouncing on a loose ball in the Bacup defence and charging into space to set up Wellstead for his second of the game.

With 10 minutes of the game remaining, Bacup were still trying to force their way back into the tie. Barlow fed in Shane Birtles but the skipper’s shot was saved brilliantly by Lever.

Bacup made a number of changes to their formation in order to try and mount a comeback, however the move didn’t pay off. Runcorn had another decent opportunity after defender Gareth Wager lost the ball charging up the field to attempt to drag Borough back into the tie. The visitors misery was compounded further when Runcorn grabbed their third of the game, slotting home from close range.

Despite the result Bacup didn’t disgrace themselves and on another day would have converted many of their chances. The positives on display were enough for one Runcorn official to admit he was worried about a comeback even when Runcorn were 2-0 up. Another display like that against Atherton LR on Wednesday and it is likely to be a very different result.

Manager Brent Peters had this to say:

“We all know that in football you don’t always get what you deserve and that was the case in this game. We started well and were asking a few questions which eventually got us the break we wanted when debutant Matty Barlow was taken out in the penalty area. However when we failed to hit the target from the spot I thought is this going to be one of those games.

“I counted seven excellent opportunities, some were bad misses, some were the wrong decision on the final ball and some was excellent goalkeeping and credit must go to the Runcorn keeper for that.”

Peters went onto say, “We had a good disciplined shape about us and in the main we played well, however, we conceded right on half time. The manner in which we conceded should not have happened but it did because teams become most vulnerable when they are in possession. We failed to ensure we were prepared if we lost the ball. We surrendered possession in the opposition box, from this the ball went direct. The fact we overloaded going forward meant that one ball killed us because our set up was not right.

“Their second goal was also of our own making, it could be said it was the right ball but to the wrong player. The pass failed to connect as the ball was too far in front of Kelvin’s intended target. This allowed Runcorn in behind us to score.”

Peters added “The three goal scoreline flattered Runcorn. their last goal came late in the game at a time when we were gambling in an effort to get back into the tie”

The manager did admit his team played well, however conceded that you must score goals to win football matches,  “We are all obviously disappointed with the result. We played well, we created plenty of good opportunities but the one main ingredient of scoring was missing. On another day they and we will not be up against a keeper that was equal to everything we threw at him. This is football, a performance like this in most other games and we will get the breaks and win the game.”

TEAM: Lewis; Bellamy, Wager, Trippier, Banda; Dell, Birtles (C), O’Connor, Bryan; Barlow, Boyne

SUBS: Gervin (86), Thompson (76), Olayemi, Higgins (54), Hendley, Monteith (GK)

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Match Report: Holker Old Boys 5-2 Bacup Borough

By Joel Downings

After a thrilling opening day, with 10 goals, 3 penalties and a red card everyone at Bacup Borough would have been happy with a routine 1-0 victory. However that wasn’t to be the case.

Holker had the best of the opening 15 minutes, finding joy in the middle of the park. Brent Peters quickly reorganised his team and switched from three in the middle to a more conventional two. This led to play being switched to the flanks more often and ultimately helped lead to the breakthrough.

Adrian Bellamy’s free kick was swung in from the right towards the back-post, the Holker keeper rushed out to collect the ball but in the process fouled Benjamin Boyne. The Bacup number 9 stepped up and duly drove home the resulting penalty kick to make the score 1-0 to the visitors.

Old Boys had a number of half-chances before the half hour mark, Monteith seeing efforts high and wide from the home side’s number 9.

Bacup’s Jamie Higgins left the field of play with a foot injury and was replaced by Matty Ball after 40 minutes. The substitute immediately provided Matty Bryan with an assist, knocking in a cross for the winger to convert.

Holker got themselves back into the game on the stroke of half-time, Bradley Hubbold finishing to make the score 2-1 at the break.

Things didn’t quite go to plan for Borough in the second 45.  The away side kept Holker at bay for 20 minutes, creating some decent chances themselves, before Jamie Pattinson grabbed his first of the game to level things of up for Old Boys.

And Pattinson didn’t stop there, 2 more from the big striker in the next 10 minutes put Holker 4-2 up and there looked to be no way back into the game for Bacup.

The defeat was further compounded when Hubbold grabbed his second of the game and Holker’s fift to win the game for the Cumbria based side.

All-in-all it was a disappointing four hour round trip for Bacup’s players who got their fair share of stern words in the dressing room at the end of the game.

It is early days however and Borough will look to improve as the season rolls on.

TEAM: Monteith, Bellamy, Banda, Trippier, O’Connor, Hendley, Higgins, Boyne, Gervin, Bryan

SUBS: Dell, Holt, Olayemi