Dominic Marie (25)
|Connor Hughes (14)|
Sat 11 Apr 2015 KO 3:00pm
Team: 1. Harris 2. Bellamy (c) 3. T.Hendley 4. Wager 5. Holt (Sent off 35 mins) 6. Banda 7. Ashfaq (Sub Robinson) 8. K.Hendley 9. Thompson (Sent off 84 mins) 10. Gervin (Sub Morgan) 11. Marie
Subs not used: Rahman, Maine & Amburn
Nine man Bacup & Rossendale Borough earned a valuable point today against Maine Road however, should they have picked up all three points?
Dominic Marie netted the equaliser for Bacup half-way through the first half cancelling out Connor Hughes’ goal who had clearly been watching Charlie Adam last week as the Maine Road attacker scored from just inside the Bacup half.
Bacup fought like beavers as Chris Kamara would say and had to play with 10 men from the 35th minute as Daniel Holt was sent off and just to make matters that little bit harder Simon Thompson was shown a second yellow card in the 84th minute to leave the Borough battling with nine men.
Borough Manager Brent Peters made two changes to the loss against local rivals Colne with Matty Bryan and Shane Birtles dropping out for Junaid Ashfaq and Simon Thompson.
With the recent temperatures in the UK being toasty, they certainly plummeted for the match day as again it was sunny but it was freezing as well as the constantly wind which never helps the football on the pitch.
Bacup started brightly with Michael Gervin and Dominic Marie attempting to link-up on numerous occasions but couldn’t find the sufficient space to set the on-loan Halifax Town man in behind the Maine Road defence.
However it was the visitors who took the lead and it was of no fault of the Bacup players, it was one of them one in a million goals. The ball popped out to Connor Hughes who had just past the half-way line and quite simply went for ‘The Charlie Adam’ and it went in, remarkable to say the least.
Bacup simply carried on after this extraordinary goal and kept driving forward pushing forward for the goals they needed and had strong appeals for a penalty waved away just minutes later for handball.
Michael Gervin who was having a solid game drove down the right-hand side this time and smashed in a cross which nearly was diverted into the back of the net by a Maine Road defender and the home side were really knocking at the door now.
With this being said Bacup did in fact level the match in the 25th minute. Dominic Marie made a good run from the left-hand side all the way across the back line and Michael Gervin spotted the run and slid a delicious through ball to Marie who simply helped it on and past goalkeeper Ryan Livesey from the edge of the penalty area.
Marie had the opportunity to try his luck again this time from a free-kick 27 yards out which was struck well but easily held by Livesey in the end.
However with the Borough pushing to take the lead they suffered a major setback in the 35th minute as Daniel Holt was shown a straight red card. Connor Hughes broke clear of the Bacup backline and with Holt chasing Hughes went down and was adjudged to have been fouled therefore the defender was shown a red card. There didn’t look to be much if not any contact from Holt but the referee gave it and the home side had to adjust to the situation and get on with it.
Right on half-time the 10 man side really should have taken the lead. Simon Thompson fired in a deep corner from the far side to which Michael Gervin was and he hooked it back into the mixer and the ball fell kindly to Marie who was stood three yards out and he diverted goal wards but didn’t generate any real power whatsoever and was scooped off the line by a Maine Road defender. Although, the Bacup players seemed convinced that the ball had gone over the line, the linesman didn’t think so.
Half-Time: Bacup 1-1 Maine Road
Maine Road came close to taking the lead seven minutes into the second half as Richard Williams neatly chested and volleyed just over the crossbar.
Both sides were pushing forward with intensity to nudge into the lead and this time the home side came close as Adrian Bellamy did really well down the right wing and got to the by-line to which he smashed a shot come cross but it whistled just wide of the mark.
Bacup still had a man less remember and were still pushing forward for the crucial second goal and thought they had it when Thompson’s free-kick look destined for the corner but Ryan Livesey again got down superbly to hold onto the ball.
They had to be somewhat cautious and careful still as Maine Road were also pushing forward and Josh Harris saved superbly well with his feet to keep the score line level pegging.
Minutes later and Thompson came ever so close again with another free-kick this time closer in. He bent it over the wall but it drifted agonizingly wide of the target.
Tommy Hendley was also having another solid game for the Borough and he was next to try his luck but his bending strike was straight at the goalkeeper.
With just a little over ten minutes to go and with one long range screamer already been scored Simon Thompson wanted to try his luck from over 40 yards. Thompson struck it on the half volley and caught it so sweetly and it looked as though it was going to ripple the net but it heartbreakingly crashed off the crossbar. It didn’t end well for the Bacup man who was shortly after shown a second yellow card leaving Bacup having to trudge on with nine men.
With even more space opening up now Maine Road had a brilliant chance to all but win the game as Jamie Roe somehow shot over from 3 yards out.
There was to be one final chance in the contest and it fell to the home side, fell kindly in fact as the goal keeper’s kick went straight to Marie who jinked past two defenders and pulled the trigger but unfortunately again it was saved.
Full-Time: Bacup 1-1 Maine Road