Borough defeat no true reflection of game
BACUP Borough produced a good performance away at Alsager Town at the weekend despite suffering a 3-0 defeat.
Though the scoreline suggested otherwise, the encounter at Wood Park was a close contest.
The hosts had tested Boro keeper Price early on. Matthew Bryan beat his marker for pace on the right hand side and played a well weighted pass in front of Josh Walne, but the Alsager goalkeeper Matt Conkie was quick off his line and rushed out to the feet of Walne to deny what could have been an early Bacup goal.
Just after the half hour mark Alsager took the lead, after Boro failed to clear, it took the Alsager forward two attempts to poke the ball home to open the scoring.
Bacup were still creating chances as the half went on, Anthony Hall causing defenders heaps of trouble.
Deep into first half added time, Alsager controversially doubled their lead. The goal came after what should have been a Bacup free kick in the defensive third was given in favour of the hosts resulting in confusion from both benches, never the less the free kick was played towards the back post where Oliver Jepson met the cross and made it 2-0 with a header.
With plenty to play for in the second half, Peters’ men were fired up and were straight on the attack, Anthony Hall carrying on where he left off in the first half, causing havoc again, burst through the Alsager defence but saw his right footed effort saved by Conkie.
Going into the last 10 minutes Alsager put the game to bed through a cross come shot, Jordan Erdman’s cross floating over the head of Price in the Bacup goal.
That defeat followed a 2-1 home win against New Mills last Thursday on a night where Bacup were able to pay their respects as a club to main benefactor Brian Boys – and it was a fitting performance by Peters’ men.
There were chances for both teams in the opening exchanges but the best move and chance of the first half came from the hosts. After a great piece of passing play on the lefthand side, Anthony Hall played a left footed ball into the box to Josh Walne whose headed effort was saved by the Millers goalkeeper. ●● Anthony Hall
Bacup could have seen themselves go 1-0 up after New Mills debutant Chris Middleton pulled back Hall on the edge of the 18 yard box.
The resulting freekick from Matthew Bryan was taken left footed and with the keeper beaten it unfortunately flashed wide of the right hand post.
On the stroke of half time Bacup took the lead courtesy of Matthew Barlow, the goal came from an Anthony Hall corner, it was swung in left footed from the left hand side and fell to the feet of Barlow who slotted his right foot strike past keeper Williams.
Just after the hour mark, Borough stopper Price produced a great reaction save to deny the visitors an equaliser and a way back into the game.
Matthew Bryan could have made it 2-0 with 20 minutes left after a lofted through ball bounced just right for him and he unleashed a stunning volley which clattered the inside of the post, the ball was then cleared by the New Mills defence.
Within minutes of Bryan hitting the post, Borough countered three on two, Hall broke clear and slipped the ball through to Bryan who rounded the keeper, came inside and put his right footed shot beyond the stretch of the scrambling Millers defender on the line to make it 2-0.
It could have easily been 3-0 when Matty Bryan played a superb ball into the box into the feet of strike partner Matty Barlow who was denied his second of the game, down to a great double save from the visitors goalkeeper Dean Williams.
In the closing stages of the fixture, New Mills pulled a goal back through centre half Mike Jones’ header from a free kick played in from the left.