Matthew Woolley (11) Christopher Lunn (32) (47) (66p) Matthew Beadle (76) (85)
|Michael Gervin (36) Adrian Bellamy (70p)|
Sat 04 Apr 2015 KO 3:00pm
Team: 1. Harris 2. Wager (Sub Thompson) 3. Bryan 4. Banda 5. Holt 6. T.Hendley 7. Robinson (Sub Ashfaq) 8. Birtles 9. Bellamy (c) 10. Gervin 11. Marie
Subs not used: Morgan, Rahman & Maine
Bacup & Rossendale Borough were punished by a strong 1874 Northwich side at the Barton Stadium on Saturday.
Manager Brent Peters made just two changes to the side that lost at West Didsbury & Chorlton with Shane Birtles given a starting place and Jordan Robinson coming in at right-back for his debut.
It was in fact Bacup who had the first clear cut chance to take the lead in the sixth minute through Dom Marie. Robinson played a ball forward having only just kept the ball in play to which Birtles beautifully plucked out of the air into the path of Marie who struck low and towards the near post but Matthew Conkie tipped it past the post.
However just five minutes later the home side broke the deadlock and that seems to be the difference, taking chances. Matthew Woolley’s first shot is blocked by Gareth Wager however the 1874 man gets up and scrambles it into the net.
Marie was joined up front by Adrian Bellamy in a much more forward position and they were linking up well and they did in the 16th minute which Bellamy found Marie who pulled the trigger but was just held onto by Conkie.
Robinson’s debut for the Borough didn’t last too long as he pulled up and had to be replaced by Junaid Ashfaq, Birtles dropped into the right-back position.
Just after the half hour mark and 1874 doubled their lead, Brandon fired a shot high and on target which slipped through Harris’ hands and Christopher Lunn was on-hand to tap in.
The Borough weren’t giving up though and pulled one back minutes later with a lovely goal. Tommy Hendley clipped a ball to down the line with the outside of his foot to Matty Bryan who simply pulled it back to Michael Gervin and he stroked it past Matthew Conkie to make it 2-1.
Half-Time: 1874 2-1 Bacup
The worst possible start to the second half happened for battling Bacup as Lunn netted his brace. He was played over the top to which he helped the ball over Harris and Davison Banda couldn’t quite clear it out of the goalmouth.
Bacup were still giving it their all and were so close to pulling another back and making it 3-2 as Bryan’s driven corner to the back post found an unmarked Adrian Bellamy who powered his header to the far corner but was cleared off the line by Paul Connor.
With 66 minutes gone the contest slipped slightly away from Bacup once more as Davison Banda conceded a penalty for a rash challenge. Lunn took it and dispatched coolly to complete his hat-trick, to which was the club’s first ever league hat-trick.
Just four minutes later and the referee awarded another penalty kick this time in favour of the Borough and I believe it was for holding/shirt pulling. Captain Bellamy stepped up and side-footed it into the back of the net to make the score line 4-2.
However with all that being said and with all Bacup’s gutsy efforts 1874 did seal the three points with 15 minutes left on the clock. With Wager subbed off, Bellamy was moved to centre-back and his header back was never strong enough to reach Harris and sub Beadle nipped in and scored to make it 5-2.
Northwich made it 6-2 in the 85thminute and it was Matthew Beadle again as he got in behind and finished well.
With a couple of minutes to go Bacup substitute Simon Thompson was shown a red card and not entirely sure why, think it was dissent.
Full-Time: 1874 Northwich 6-2 Bacup