BARB FC 2-0 AFC Blackpool
Dominic Marie (38) (76)
Bacup: 1. Harris 2. Wager 3. Bryan 4. Banda 5. Holt 6. Dee (Sub T.Hendley) 7. Bellamy (c) 8. K.Hendley 9. Thompson (Sub Foster) 10. Gervin (Sub Ormesher) 11. Marie
Subs not used: Morgan & Zubar
Blackpool: 1. Caunce 2. Carroll 3. Betteridge 4. Vaughan 5. Days 6. Taylor 7. Thomas 8. Muscroft 9. Duffield 10. Willoughby 11. Fleming
Bacup & Rossendale Borough finally recorded their second win of the season in a deserved 2-0 win at home to AFC Blackpool after a brace from on-loan Halifax Town striker Dominic Marie.
A goal in either half from Marie saw off the seasiders in a terrific performance from the Borough and, a much needed three points on the loving day of Valentine’s Day.
Manager Brent Peters made just the one change to the side that lost to Squires Gate last week in the goalkeeping position as Josh Harris came in to make his debut.
In Bacup’s first game at home in 2015 they were the ones who got off to the better start as a good break away finished with Simon Thompson rifling a shot just a couple of inches wide.
This was the only chance or half-chance in the first quarter of an hour as then Bacup’s Thompson and Bellamy both went into the referee’s book for dissent but then when an awfully late dangerous challenge comes in on Kyle Hendley the man in the middle doesn’t seem it to be caution worthy.
However, in the 23rd minute the home side pushed forward for the crucial first goal and nearly got it. A beautiful cryuff turn from Michael Gervin on the touchline saw him get away from his man and start the attack as Daniel Holt’s shot from 25 yards was well blocked and it was Gervin who picked up the rebound and tried his luck from the same range and only just dropped over the crossbar.
Eight minutes from the break the towering figure of Daniel Holt got in front of his man on a corner and had a run on him only to glance his header just wide of the target. However, less than a minute later Bacup did in fact take the lead. Dominic Marie picked up the ball on the left-hand side and bearing down on the Blackpool defender as the on-loan striker cut inside and shot powerfully which deflected off Chris Days and into the back of the net.
Half-Time: Bacup 1-0 AFC Blackpool
As both sides came out for the second half they knew the next goal was crucial and the Borough came close to doubling their lead just ten minutes into the second half. A lovely chip ball from Holt found Thompson on the right wing who flicked it over the Tangerine defender and fired in a teasing low cross which Marie was ever so close to pinching it past the goalkeeper.
AFC Blackpool were pushing for the equaliser but having said that they never really looked like scoring, they never tested debutant goalkeeper Harris however when called upon he made some terrific catches from crosses and set-pieces. The Bacup back-line was also putting in a tremendous shift, can’t pick out anyone in particular as Wager, Dee, Bryan, Bellamy & Banda were all absolutely outstanding.
With 14 minutes to go Bacup did score a second and the all-important match sealer and what a goal it was too. It was actually Marie who started the move off playing a nice one-two with Matty Bryan down the left-hand side and when the ball dropped to Michael Gervin on the edge of the box he threaded an exquisite through ball to Marie who was as composed as you want your strikers to be, he faked his shot, cut inside and blasted into the top corner to send the home bench into pandemonium.
Full-Time: Bacup & Rossendale Borough 2-0 AFC Blackpool
A simply superb performance from each and every one of them, deserved the maximum points.
Report: Jay Taylor