Squires Gate 2-0 BARB FC
Billy McKenna (55)
Brett Ferguson (87)
Sat 07 Feb 2015 KO 3:00pm
The Royal British Legion Stadium
Bacup: 1. Jakovlevs 2. Wager 3. Bryan 4. Banda 5. Holt 6. Dee 7. Bellamy (c) 8. K.Hendley (Zubar) 9. Marie 10. Gervin (Foster) 11. Thompson (Ashfaq)
Subs not used: Morgan & Maine
Squires: 1. Fletcher 2. Richards 3. Anderson 4. Cook 5. Westwood 6. Penswick (c) 7. McKenna 8. McKendrick 9. Buchan 10. Murphy 11. Dunn
An error of judgement from goalkeeper Callum Jakovlevs allowed Squires Gate to pinch the win somehow as Bacup throw away chance after chance.
Having not played since the 10th January Bacup finally got some football in away at Squires Gate.
Manager Brent Peters made just two changes to the narrow loss away at Runcorn Linnets last month with Kyle Hendley coming back in along with Simon Thompson returning to the Borough.
As the match got underway the Borough looked in a buoyant mood spraying it around and keeping possession comfortably. The opening stages were dominated by Bacup with all the football being played in the Squires Gate half, Bacup were comfortable and it seemed it was only a matter of time until they broke the deadlock.
With the likes of Daniel Holt and Gareth Wager bellowing orders over the home side, the Borough seemed determined and driven to make sure they came out on top and nearly took the lead in the sixth minute. A lovely bit of skill from Michael Gervin saw him skip beyond his man and put a cross in which was cleared only as far as Thompson who’s snap shot was deflected just wide.
Another opportunity came from the resulting corner as captain Bellamy saw his flicked header fly over from close range.
Eight minutes in and Gate had to call upon their goalkeeper Ben Fletcher to keep Bacup out. Matty Bryan drove down the left-hand side and pulled it back to Thompson who turned and shot which was just saved and Bellamy couldn’t latch on to the rebound.
It really was one-way traffic for all to see in Blackpool and if it wasn’t for some good defending from another Bryan delivery then it would have seen the Borough take a deserved lead. The first goal would have been crucial in this game as if the Borough did get it you feel that they would grow and become stronger from it, just that clinical nature missing that was all.
It took the home side twenty to carve out their first chance as Davison Banda had to clear one off the line to keep the match goalless.
Probably the best chance of the half came in the 35th minute, Bacup won a free-kick about 25 yards out when Thompson was fouled he then showed superb initiative to take it quickly and dink it to the back-post to find Adrian Bellamy who just got caught in two minds of whether to hit it early or not. Instead the Bacup skipper delayed his shot and took too many touches which saw the fantastic chance spurned.
Half-Time: Squires Gate 0-0 Bacup
Unbelievably ten minutes into the second half the home side took an undeserved lead. To be honest you couldn’t see the Borough conceding but this goal was as soft as they come. As Billy McKenna scuffed his effort on goal all appeared to be food and drink for Bacup stopper Callum Jakovlevs, clearly not however. Most of the Bacup players had turned away and started to take back up their positions but what they didn’t know is that Jakovlevs made an awful piece of judgement as he thought it was going wide and it somehow trickled in to open the gate for gate.
This calamitous goal didn’t stop Bacup’s flow though as again they really should have found the net but again they somehow didn’t. Bryan down the left once more whipped in the perfect cross which substitute Jimmy Foster and Thompson somehow couldn’t turn it in.
The away side kept playing it out from the back passing it around but the Squires defence and goalkeeper had to be at their best which indeed they were to somehow keep Bacup at bay.
Three minutes to go and Bacup conceded another extremely soft goal. The Borough were pushing and pushing to get back in the game and won a corner in which they threw eight men into the box. However, the corner was cleared out to Banda on the half-way line who carelessly gave it away. Breaking down the other end and sub Brett Ferguson got enough contact on his shot to flick in off the post.
Full-Time: Squires Gate 2-0 Bacup
A result that I bet no one watching saw coming, again extremely harsh on Bacup who dominated the match and spurned chance after chance and conceded two soft goals.
REPORT: Jay Taylor