Boro kids keep run going
MARK CHALINOR BACUP Borough under 18s continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-0 victory at Feniscowles.
Bacup had the better of a scoreless first half with the Feniscowles defence struggling with the work rate of debutant Louis Holding and direct running of Sam Green.
Jack Chaloner and Jimmy Bassam controlled the midfield and anything that got past them was dealt with by the solid defence of Kieran Reece, Joe Colliston and Jordan Walker.
Bacup deservedly took the lead when Ryan Lewis on as a sub was quick to intercept a pass then set Bailey Hindle away on the right wing, his pinpoint cross from wide on the right was met superbly by Jack Chaloner who had timed his run well from midfield and his header powered past a helpless Feniscowles keeper into the top corner.
Holding thought he had scored on his debut but was flagged offside and there were further opportunities that went begging as Bacup took control.
The game was settled from a corner which was excellently delivered by Oliver Crew, Holding met the ball with a firm header and Robbie Kershaw flicked the ball home.
Bacup continued to dominate the game, dealing well with any attacks offered. ●● Orlando-Young’s free kick beats Danny Taberner to open the scoring SHAW LANE ..................... 2 RAMSBOTTOM UTD ....... 2 JON HASLAM
RA M S B O T TOM United ventured over to Barnsley more in hope than expectation as they came up against the nomadic Shaw Lane club that has risen through the pyramid at a sharp rate of knots on the back of a supposedly wealthy backer who has filled his team with experienced non-league players.
Promotion to Evo-Stik Premier last season meant that the Rams were facing a side near the top of a league above, and met them on the back of a dreadful away record and a humiliating 4-0 home defeat in their last match.
Hardly a background to fill the Rams faithful with too much to look forward to, and an early goal for the hosts seemed to confirm such an outlook.
However, the muchchanged Ramsbottom line-up did more than correct their recent deficiencies, and had it not been for another controversial refereeing performance, may well have returned home with their first away victory of the season.
The game was played in difficult conditions with a swirling wind racing across the pitch.
Virtually every high ball finished up some way from it’s intended destination, usually out of play and over the fences.
The first contentious decision made by the man in black arrived after just 15 minutes. Jerome Wright was adjudged to have fouled when he protested that the award should have gone the other way.
The referee, as was to be the case throughout the afternoon, became the centre of attraction, and the subsequent free- kick taken by Orlando-Young, just outside the box, caught the wind and sailed inside Danny Taberner’s left hand post.
Whilst the hosts pushed up regularly with the wind slightly in their favour, the visitors refused to lie down, and after 37 minutes Tom Brooks was unlucky to see his low drive clawed away at the last minute by Stewart in the home goal.
However, the frustration only lasted for a few seconds, for, from the resultant corner, debut boy Josh Heaton rose highest to firmly nod home the equaliser.
Indeed, the Rams could have taken the lead as the half-time whistle was about to sound, but Jamie Rother’s drive was just too high.
The visitors did not have to wait long to push their noses in front.
Barely a minute after the break, Greg Daniels fired home from an acute angle, and suddenly the hope was turning to expectation.
The home side should have equalised minutes later when former Altrincham goal machine Damien Reeves inexplicably side-footed wide from six yards out when a goal looked certain, but back came the Rams, with Daniels agonisingly inches wide at the other end.
As the game wore on, the home side pushed forward, but the resolute Rams defence worked hard to repel any danger, with Tom Brooks and ●● Greg Daniels, scorer of Rams’ second goal, on the ball
‘We came under the cosh late on but defended for our lives’
Brad Roscoe both clearing off the line to preserve the lead.
A third goal would have seen the game safe, and Brooks tried his luck from distance only to see Stewart smother his effort.
With the clock ticking down, three minutes into time added on saw another example of poor refereeing, as Mr Jones decided that a scramble in the box had seen a visiting