Bacup denied by last-gasp penalty.
Silsden 1 – Craig Nichols (90p)
Bacup 1 – Simon Thompson (45)
Team: 1. Harris 2. Wager 3. Birtles 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 & Rahman
An injury time penalty dispatched by Craig Nichols cancelled out Simon Thompson’s first half goal and denied Bacup & Rossendale Borough back to back victories.
Bacup made just the one change to the side that beat AFC Blackpool 2-0 at the weekend as Matty Bryan was unavailable so was replaced by club vice-captain Shane Birtles who was making his first appearance of the season after breaking his leg last campaign.
However it was the home side wearing red who started more so on the front foot and had two good chances early on. First of all Davison Banda needlessly gave the ball away on the half-way line to Craig Nichols who charged towards goal but his shot was off target. Secondly Silsden delivered in a low teasing ball right across the face of goal which was diverted towards goal but well held by goalkeeper Josh Harris.
Bacup did grow in the game though and started seeing more of the ball and spraying it around. First two chances for the Borough were free-kicks as first it was Dom Marie tried his luck but was easy for goalkeeper Daniel Thorpe and secondly Daniel Holt won and took a free-kick which cannoned into the wall.
Other than Silsden’s first two chances in the first few minutes it was pretty much all Bacup in the first half and really should have scored two or three. A lovely one-two between Michael Gervin and Dom Marie allowed Marie to stretch his legs and use his pace in-behind however his shot was on target but was tame and easy for Thorpe.
Michael Gervin was having another impressive match for BARB as this time he turned his man 360 degrees, incredible skill to create the room to have a go, and he did striking well but just over the crossbar.
Gervin and Marie were linking up terrifically, it was like they were in-sync as again Gervin gets the ball, he picked his head up and played Marie in clean through however, the linesman on the far side raised his flag and I was in-line with the play and the striker was clearly onside and would have been clean through on goal.
In the 26th minute Bacup attacked Silsden once more this time some neat interchange of passing between Adrian Bellamy and Shane Birtles down the left-hand side which resulted in Shane getting to the by-line and rolling the ball right across the face of goal which no yellow shirts were in the box to grab themselves a tap in.
Having said all of this Bacup did in fact break the deadlock right on the stroke of half-time through slightly fortunate circumstances you could say. Simon Thompson received the ball on the right-wing, cut inside onto his favoured left foot and fired in a cross, that cross however was high and it looped over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. We all knew he meant it……………
Half-Time: Silsden 0-1 Bacup
In all honesty the match was a game of two halves with Bacup bossing things in the first and in the second Silsden upped their game and took the game to the Borough.
Josh Harris had another impressive match in just his second game for the club but again his handling and shot stopping was second to none as in the 63rd minute he pulled off a terrific point blank save to deny the Yorkshire outfit. Minutes later and Harris was tested again with an effort from the edge of the box fired at his goal which was well beaten away.
Bacup may have had their backs against the wall in the second half but they were certainly defending superbly well as a unit however a jinking run from substitute Christopher Wademan drew in the foul from another substitute Tommy Hendley and referee Mr Powell pointed to the spot in stoppage time. It looked a soft one for me but Craig Nicholls sent Harris the wrong way and it ended honours even.
Full-Time: Silsden 1-1 Bacup
Report: Jay Taylor