Daniel Cocks (38) Adrian Bellamy (45)
|Ashley Hill (19) Calvin Haughton (75) Nathan Eaves (89)|
Wed 15 Apr 2015 KO 20:00pm
Team: 1. Harris 2. Bellamy (c) 3. Birtles 4. Wager 5. Holt 6. T.Hendley 7. Cocks 8. Marie 9. Zama 10. Gervin 11. K.Hendley
Subs not used: Thompson, Rahman, Morgan, Maine & Ashfaq
Bacup & Rossendale Borough looked on course to picking up a crucial three points however two goals were softly conceded in the last fifteen minutes to be defeated by Alsager Town.
The Borough made three changes to the draw against Maine Road with Shane Birtles coming back in, Yves Zama playing his first game since September and Daniel Cocks for his first match since October.
With the skies gradually becoming darker it was the home side who started the brighter putting Alsager on the back foot time and time again. The first chance of the contest did fall to Bacup as Daniel Cocks’ corner found the towering figured of Daniel Holt who headed goal wards but it was hacked away from danger.
Bacup were clearly and on top and in control of the match however the away side struck gold with their first effort on goal and a rare surge into the Borough half. George Mannior whipped in a cross from the left-hand side and was met by Ashley Hill who glanced a header past Josh Harris who did get a finger on it but couldn’t quite keep it out.
The Borough carried on from where they left off after the goal and still looked a threat going forward and came close shortly after as Yves Zama did really well to win the ball back and to set up Michael Gervin who cut outside and bent one which was just tipped wide by Chris Fletcher.
Daniel Cocks who was clearly well up for the occasion and was playing terrifically went on an incredible run in the 37th minute. He picked it up on the right side and turned on the turbo breezing past two to the left wing where he continued his run then cut inside past another then jinked past another red shirt (I thought Messi was in Paris not Bacup) and still dribbling the ball Cocks reached the edge of the penalty area but couldn’t quite make the room to pull the trigger and was eventually brought down by an opposing defender. Daniel Cocks dusted himself down and stepped up to take it and he nonchalantly curled the ball round the wall and into the right of the net and to be honest, he deserved a goal just for the unbelievable run.
With Bacup really starting to play some lovely attractive one touch football they came ever so close to taking the lead through Cocks again with another free-kick, this time it was from 30 yards out and he curled one which looked destined for the top corner but Fletcher just got there to palm wide.
With the first half nearly coming to an end it all started to happen; firstly Marie guided a cross inches wide of the target, then Michael Blundell got in behind for Alsager but Harris stayed big and made a superb save and finally Bacup did score a second right on the half-time whistle. Daniel Cocks curled in a corner and Adrian Bellamy bulleted in a header.
Half-Time: Bacup 2-1 Alsager
The second half was much less eventful with both sides continuing to push forward with the home side being the more assertive and seeing more of the ball.
In the 51st minute Dominic Marie came close as he cut inside from the left-hand side and fired a rocket off his right foot but again was sufficiently tipped over by Chris Fletcher in the Alsager goal.
The next noteworthy opportunity in the match came all the way in the 72ndminute and it fell to Marie again who carried the ball across the penalty box from left to right beating two defenders and shooting at goal which goes agonizingly just over the crossbar.
With this being said the visitors equalised just three minutes later as a free-kick was launched into the Bacup penalty area and Harris came out to claim but seemed like he was clearly impeded and as the foul was not given Calvin Houghton was on-hand to tap in.
And finally with the home side still pushing and to make matters worse Alsager Town netted a third in the last minute as substitute Nathan Eaves sprung the offside trap and bent it round the advancing Harris, heartbreak for Bacup.
Full-Time: Bacup Borough 2-3 Alsager Town