Daniel Holt (1) (36) Dominic Marie (32) (54)
|Paul Shanley (65) (70) Kristan Bell (90)|
Sat 14 Mar 2015 KO 3:00pm
Team: 1. Harris 2. Wager (Sub Birtles) 3. Bryan 4. Banda (Sub Ashfaq) 5. Holt 6. T.Hendley 7. Bellamy 8. K.Hendley 9. Thompson (Sub Rahman) 10. Gervin 11. Marie
Subs not used: Morgan
Bacup & Rossendale Borough blew Runcorn Town away with an incredible display to pick up another vital three points.
Daniel Holt & Dominic Marie netted braces to seal the win for Bacup in a match where the home side could have netted plenty more.
Bacup boss Brent Peters made just one change to the side that drew away at Winsford midweek with Gareth Wager coming back into the defence in place of vice-captain Shane Birtles.
I had barely finished my pre-match chips as the home side immediately took the lead with an absolute beauty. Kyle Hendley picks out Matty Bryan who drove down his well-known left wing and whipped in a dangerous ball which got cleared only as far as the on-rushing Daniel Holt who unleashes a thunderbolt into the top corner from 25 yards out, it really was the perfect start.
This was Holt’s first competitive goal for the club.
You could tell from the off that Bacup were massively in the mood pressing every ball with intensity not giving their opponents time to think and they nearly made it two fifteen minutes in when Davison Banda tried his luck from distance and was only just tipped wide by the young goalkeeper in between the sticks for Runcorn Town. From the resulting corner a glorious chance to double their lead came and went as Kyle Hendley somehow headed over from close range.
The man on-loan from Conference side Halifax Town looked determined again, the young striker eat sleeps and breathes goals and came close twice before finding the net and making it 2-0 to the Borough. Adrian Bellamy chipped a beautiful ball in behind Town’s defence and Marie pounces on these opportunities as he poked the ball over the charging out goalkeeper.
Bacup were not relenting one bit as they made it 3-0 just four minutes later through Daniel Holt once again. It was Matty Bryan who fired in a high cross from the left flank in which Simon Thompson and Bellamy both went for the same ball however it dropped to the Bacup captain who dinked it central where Holt was stood and simply nodded it into the empty net to put smiles all round on the home fans faces.
Runcorn Town simply couldn’t deal with the home side and all in attendance must have thought it was 4-0 when Gareth Wager anticipated well, drove out from the back and picked out Bellamy who poked goal wards however it dropped agonisingly over the crossbar.
Runcorn had their best chance on the stroke of half-time as Paul Shanley belts a free-kick off the woodwork.
Half-Time: Bacup 3-0 Runcorn Town
It didn’t take the Borough too long to find the net once more in the second half as Marie netted his second of the match. A calamitous moment for Runcorn as an awful mix up between goalkeeper Butler and defender Gibson allowed Marie to walk the ball up to the goal line and smash it into the back of the net.
The away side were awarded a penalty in the 63rd minute as substitute Shane Birtles was adjudged to have handled the ball, Shanley the captain stepped up and sent Harris the wrong way.
The game then started to open up that little bit more meaning plenty of chances for both sides and again the Borough nearly had a fifth goal. Marie terrifically pinged a ball on his left foot onto Michael Gervin’s who nodded across the goal where no white shirt was on-hand to tap in.
However, Town got another goal back with twenty minutes to go as a low fizzing shot from Paul Shanley again went through Josh Harris’ gloves and that was a shame to see after being so impressive since joining hence why he recently won NWCFL Premier Division goalkeeper of the month. This didn’t knock his confidence mind as he kept coming and claiming crosses outstandingly plucking them out of the air like it was no problem at all.
Runcorn did pull another one back though with just seconds remaining as Kristan Bell smashed in from 20 yards, just before squeaky bum time could even, well squeak, the referee blew his whistle and Bacup had them all important three points.
Full-Time: Bacup 4-3 Runcorn Town
Never like to pick individuals out, it was a terrific TEAM performance in which all 14 participants gave it everything for 94 minutes.
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