Bacup Shine in the Sun
Dominic Marie (32) Yves Zama (70) (82)
|Brian Matthews (52) (73)|
Sat 18 Apr 2015 KO 3:00pm
Brian Boys West View Stadium
Team: 1. Harris 2. Bellamy (c) 3. Walker 4. Wager 5. Holt 6. G.Kuba-Kuba 7. Gervin (Sub Rahman) 8. Ashfaq 9. Marie 10. Zama 11. Morgan (Sub Maine)
Subs not used: Amburn
Bacup & Rossendale Borough are still alive and kicking after a spirited 3-2 victory over Cheshire based Winsford United.
Borough boss Brent Peters was forced into making several changes due to a number of key players being unavailable for varying reasons. Richard Walker, Glodi Kuba-Kuba who was making his first appearance in several months, Wayne Morgan was given his first start of the season and Junaid Ashfaq all came in.
On a beautiful spring day in Bacup it was indeed the home side who started off the brighter and first to every ball with Dom Marie, Michael Gervin and Yves Zama all looking sharp in the opposition’s half. The first noteworthy chance however wasn’t created until the 18th minute and what a fantastic opportunity it was. Yves Zama pressed with intensity superbly and won the ball back just inside the Winsford half and passed it square to Dominic Marie who carried the ball forwards and played a delicate ball through to the on-rushing Michael Gervin who just had the goalkeeper to beat but his low shot was thwarted.
Wayne Morgan had started spritely on the left-hand side of midfield for the Borough but on his first start of the season had to be withdrawn with less than half an hour on the clock due to a knee injury.
Just four minutes later though and this somewhat of a down moment was turned on its head as Bacup took the lead in the 32nd minute. The assist king himself Michael Gervin struck again as he fired in a brilliant cross from the right wing which landed right on the head of Dominic Marie who guided the ball perfectly into the top corner.
Half-Time: Bacup 1-0 Winsford
With the second half underway the home side spurned a fantastic chance to double their lead as a long kick from goalkeeper Josh Harris bounced over the blues’ defence which Yves Zama pounced upon and ran clear through just right of goal and as he carried the ball closer to the goal but in the end his tame shot was saved by Conor O’Keefe.
From nearly 2-0 to 1-1 in an instant as the visitors equalised just four minutes later. A long ball forward from Winsford was header backwards by Gareth Wager which was pounced upon by attacker Brian Matthews and flicked impressively over Harris to level the match.
As ever this didn’t faze Bacup and they kept pushing forward and were still the team in the ascendency and Michael Gervin was pulling the strings once more, this time he pinged a great ball over the top to Zama who was clattered by the on-rushing goalkeeper. Richard Walker stepped up to take the free-kick and bent it over the wall but Conor O’Keefe got the faintest of fingertips to push it onto the crossbar.
Ten minutes later and Bacup nudged ahead once again and it was Yves Zama who deservedly got a goal. It may not have been the prettiest of goals but who cares, firstly Kuba-Kuba fired a shot at goal which bobbled around the six-yard box and fell out to Matty Maine at the back post and just couldn’t get the ball over the line however the ball then popped out to Yves Zama who absolutely leathered it into the bottom left corner.
This lead however did not last long at all as Winsford poked back level again and it was Matthews netting his second of the match. A deep cross to the back post was flicked in by Brian Matthews in the 73rd minute.
With Bacup pushing hard for the winner and pressing outstandingly they got their just reward with just eight minutes remaining and it was certainly deserved. Yves Zama who had an impressive game in midweek was performing even better against Winsford United picked the ball up on the far side and it looked as though he cut out all of the gears and went straight into fifth gear as he powered past three blue shirts and side footed the ball under the despairing O’Keefe to put the Borough in front once more.
The home side had one final chance to rubber stamp the win as the visitors goalkeeper came charging out to clear the ball however could only clear to Kuba-Kuba just inside the half who went for goal from 45 yards but couldn’t hit the target.
Full-Time: Bacup 3-2 Winsford