West Didsbury & Chorlton
Tre Baldwin-Willis (48) Mark Rogers (71)
Matty Bryan (85)
Tue 24 Mar 2015 KO 19:45pm
The Recreation Ground
Team: 1. Harris 2. Wager 3. Bryan 4. Banda 5. K.Hendley (Sub Birtles 6. T.Hendley 7. Bellamy (c) 8. Holt (Sub Ashfaq) 9. Thompson (Sub Oldham) 10. Gervin 11. Marie
Subs not used: Rahman & Morgan
Bacup & Rossendale Borough suffered a narrow defeat away at West Didsbury & Chorlton in which big chances were squandered.
The Borough named an unchanged starting eleven from the loss to Abbey Hey at the weekend however the substitutes bench was bolstered with Shane Birtles and Lee Oldham back in contention.
It was a literally freezing night in Manchester although things on the pitch started pretty fiery with the away side having the most of the ball.
Just five minutes into the contest and Bacup really should have taken the lead. Matty Bryan who was playing in more of an advanced role was put clean through on goal, one on one with the goalkeeper and the left-footer opened up his body and side footed it low which was saved by the stand-in stopper’s foot. At the time you think this is just a chance missed and more will come however, when you look back and reflect afterwards you look back to this glorious chance to go one up.
West still not having the better of the play did hit the back of the net shortly after with a tidy goal however the flag was raised and the attacker was offside.
With Bryan’s early clear cut chance not taken, Simon Thompson then went for the complete opposite attempt, from all of 40 yards he lets fly and I reckon most in the ground were thinking ‘it’s in’ with the keeper scrambling backwards panicking the ball couldn’t quite dip enough and dropped inches over the crossbar, was a stunning effort from way out.
Bacup were playing some lovely stuff and the majority of the first 45 was being played in West’s half and they came oh so close once again with Daniel Holt striking sweetly towards the corner however the goalkeeper once more pulled off a fine save to turn it past the post and keep the scores level.
Just over half an hour gone in the match and Bacup really should have been ahead at this point and it was Thompson again. A corner is whipped in and flicked on which drops to Thompson who slices and impressively slices it back to himself to give him a second bite at the cherry as he then smashes goal wards and is somehow blocked in a six yard box melee.
Half-Time: WD&C 0-0 Bacup
With all the decent first half work put in from the side in the luscious yellow kit this was all undone just a couple of minutes into the second half as West broke the deadlock. Tre Baldwin-Willis held the ball at his feet on the right edge of the penalty area and was guarded by a Bacup defender however the attacker drilled the ball towards the far corner which nestled into the back of the net.
Harris in the Bacup goal had much more to do in this half and had to be on his toes when a ferocious half volley was fired goal wards in which he saved well.
However having said that the home side doubled their lead with twenty minutes to go. A cross came in from the right hand side with real whip which was nodded back across goal by a free header which then led to Mark Rogers hammering it home.
With just less than 15 minutes to go Bacup had to quite simply go for it and push men forwards and they started to put vast amounts of pressure on the home side again. A corner floated in was met by Adrian Bellamy who powered a header downwards in which substitute Lee Oldham just couldn’t divert towards the goal.
Dominic Marie was having a quiet game for his standards although with ten minutes remaining he did go close to pulling one back as he cut inside from the left wing and fired a shot on target which was unconvincingly beaten away by the goalkeeper.
With five minutes left on the referee’s watch Bacup did pull one back to set up a grandstand finale. After a few ricochets around the penalty area the bobbling ball dropped to Matty Bryan who on the half volley struck with his weaker right foot I believe right into the bottom corner.
With just a few minutes left the away side were pushing extremely hard for an equaliser and it looked like it was there when Marie curled in a beautifully cross which Lee Oldham got up highest and nodded towards the bottom corner and if it wasn’t for a fingertip from the goalkeeper it would have been level.
Full-Time: West Didsbury & Chorlton 2-1 Bacup