St Helens Town 2-0 BARB FC
Andrew Gillespie (27) Kristian Bell (39)
Sat 29 Nov 2014 KO 3:00pm
Team: 1. Jakovlevs 2. Cosgrave 3. Zubar 4. Holt 5. Bellamy (c) 6. Hendley 7. Gervin 8. G.Kuba-Kuba (Sub J.Brown 9. Ormesher (Sub Rahman) 10. Konstantinos (Sub Ashfaq) 11. Walker
Bacup & Rossendale Borough had two key defenders missing due to late pull-outs as they went down 2-0 away at St. Helens Town.
After having not played a game in two weeks it gave manager Brent Peters a chance to bring some fresh faces in which he did as he made six changes. Bacup gave debuts to Tslalemis Konstantinos, Michael Gervin, Kyle Hendley and Martin Ormesher. Usman Zubar and Richard Walker also came in.
Manager Brent Peters was left frustrated after losing two key defenders late on to unforeseen circumstances which incidentally led to having to put square pegs in round holes in terms of players playing not in their comfortable positions and it was ironic that the two goals came from these positions. Other than that the new look side did look better but will obviously take time to tell.
On a murky brisk day at Brocstedes Park it was in fact the Borough that came closest first as after some positive work down the right from Martin Cosgrave, Gervin crossed in but was inches too high for Ormesher.
The first clear cut chance came on quarter of an hour and it fell to the home side as Andrew Gillespie was played clean through much to the confusion to BARB as they were adamant he was offside however it took a good save from Jakovlevs to stop Gillsepie’s shot.
St. Helens did however take the lead in the 27th minute. As the Bacup left-back who is actually a central midfielder stepped out of the back line to go and engage the winger a big space was left in behind which was exploited by St. Helens as they played a ball into this space and the captain Andrew Gillespie got in and stretched to poke home. A wrong decision which was naive from the make shift full-back gifted Town this goal, also a question on the goalkeeper as the goal scorer had to fully stretch to poke the ball home.
St. Helens’ second goal came twelve minutes later when right-back Martin Cosgrave was caught two on one and when the cross was delivered it was headed in by Kristian Bell. Again, naivety from the left-back as if he had tucked in then the rest of the back line would have shuffled across.
Right on half-time Martin Ormesher struck a free-kick for Bacup on target but was palmed away fairly easily by Rory Crowther.
Half-Time: St. Helens 2-0 Bacup
At the break BARB changed things slightly by moving certain personnel into different positions and it seemed to work as it was an improved performance.
Just three minutes into the half and the Borough got the perfect opportunity to get them back in the game. Usman Zubar didn’t give up on a loose ball towards the St. Helens goal and his pace got him to the ball first before being taken down by goalkeeper Crowther, stonewall penalty. Martin Ormesher stepped up to take it however Crowther redeemed himself as he saved the spot-kick. He also got up quickly and saved the rebound from Hendley. That would have been a perfect time to score and would have set the half up perfectly.
It was difficult for BARB to break down St. Helens Town as they had a 2-0 lead to defend and didn’t really need to commit men forward. They came close however in the 65th minute as some superb skill and close control by Michael Gervin allowed him to skip past two and chip a lovely ball in to Ormesher whose volley dipped just over the crossbar.
Individual decision making costing Bacup again, things do look improved however, still 20 games to go….
Full-Time: St. Helens Town 2-0 Bacup & Rossendale Borough
Report by Jay Taylor