Daisy Hill at the double for Bacup
HALLMARK SECURITY LEAGUE DIVISION 1 DAISY HILL .................... 1 BACUP BOROUGH ......... 2 MATTHEW LAWSON BACUP Borough completed a double for the season over Daisy Hill with a victory more comfortable than the 2-1 scoreline would suggest.
Two goals to the good by the interval having controlled the opening period, they were given a scare when the home side pulled one back late on but held on comfortably for a deserved victory.
Borough started off brightly, and had the ball in the back of the net in the opening minutes of the game when Anthony Hall finished neatly past the Daisy Hill keeper but the linesman on the far side had his flag up for offside.
However, early pressure paid off and Borough were in front inside the first 10 minutes of the game. Darcy O’Connor played a defence splitting pass into Matty Dell who was in space on the right hand side. He advanced in on the keeper before delightfully dinking the ball over the top of him and into the back of the net.
Bacup continued to be the dominant side in the opening exchanges and could have extended their lead had it not been for a smart save from the keeper and then the upright.
Bacup stopper Harry Turner didn’t have much to do in the first half but when called upon following a rare attack from the hosts he produced a great save low to his right.
On the half hour mark Bacup deservedly doubled their lead. A corner from the right hand side was taken short by Rob Welsh and played into Anthony Gervin whose lofted ball ●● Bacup goalscorer Matthew Dell was headed home by captain Adrian Bellamy.
Bacup came close to a third before the break, a great turn from Hall gaining him an extra yard and allowing him to advance into space in the middle of the park before playing a sweet reverse pass back into Bobby Carter whose left-footed effort skimmed the far post.
The second half started with chances at both ends but the score remained 0-2 in favour of Bacup Borough.
The first meaningful chance of the second half came just after the hour mark when Hall slipped past two defenders before seeing his effort saved at the near post.
With only 15 minutes left on the referee’s watch the hosts piled on the pressure and pulled one back to make the score 1-2.
Straight from the restart Borough almost regained their two-goal advantage. A well worked attack down the right saw Carter do well to hold the ball up before finding the feet of Dell who flicked it round the defender into the feet of substitute Josh Walne. Unfortunately for him he didn’t get a solid connection on the strike.
With five minutes left of the game remaining the hosts were reduced to 10 men after their centre half was shown a second yellow card and given his marching orders from the referee.
Following the red card Borough controlled the game right until the end and came away 2-1 winners to do the double over Daisy Hill.