PREMIER DIVISION – JOSH HARRIS OF BACUP AND ROSSENDALE BOROUGH
Josh arrived at Bacup having been out of the game through a bad injury, but arrived with several glowing reports from various different managers, including his previous club Atherton Colls.
He is a talented keeper who has worked hard since his enforced absence to get back into the excellent form he produced constantly prior to his injury.
The first time Josh was introduced to his new team mates was one and half hours prior to the kick off for the game against AFC Blackpool, but not only did Bacup get three valuable points, and their first win since the opening day of the season, but they also kept their first clean sheet.
Josh’s second appearance was in the game at Silsden, and after another polished personal performance when called upon, he was beaten six minutes into injury time from the penalty spot which resulted in Silsden salvaging a 1-1 draw.
The final game of the month was against AFC Liverpool, in which Bacup went on to record their third win of the season with a 1-0 victory. Critical to this result and the fact Bacup secured another three valuable points was Josh’s performance.
In the opening stages of the game AFC Liverpool had three good chances, but on all three occasions Josh read the situation really well, and was positive with his decisions. The team then had the foundation laid, by excellent keeping, to go on to win the game, with Josh keeping another clean sheet, his second in three games.
Over the course of the month, Bacup kept two clean sheets, conceded just one goal in three games, from the penalty spot in stoppage time and collected seven out of nine points. It is no coincidence that this upturn in form has come to the fore since Josh took over the mantle of first choice keeper.