Bacup Borough 5 v 1 Pilkington FC (NWCFL Division One – North)
Bacup Borough returned to action at the Brian Boys Stadium yesterday for the first time in forty-four days. As the festive period comes to an end, the words from that famous old Christmas move The Wizard of Oz could heard from the stands “There’s No Place Like Home” as Bacup brought in the New Year with a five star performance against fourth in the table Pilkington Football Club.
The visitors started the match quickly and won a free-kick in the opening two minutes of the match, but the shot from forty yards out went high over the returning Harry Turners crossbar for a goal kick without causing him any trouble.
Pilkington then took the lead on three minutes, when a long ball down the visitors right came off the head of Callum Hewitt and fell to Declan Hill on the corner of the area. Hill hooked the ball over his shoulder towards goal and the ball looped over a full stretched Harry Turner into the top right corner of the goal to give the visitors an early lead 0-1.
On eight minutes, Bacup Borough should have drawn level as Ryan Siddle delivered an excellent cross from a free kick towards the back post, where Callum Hewitt climbs highest and crashes his header against the crossbar. The ball fell to Lewis Byrne on the rebound who turned smartly in the box but he fired his shot over the crossbar.
Bacup Borough drew level on twelve minutes, when Lewis Byrne marked his return to the starting eleven with a goal. He slipped past the Pilkington defence after good work down the right before slotting the ball past Ellis Taylor in the Pilkington goal to make it 1-1.
Bacup Borough took the lead on fourteen minutes, when Bradley Hancock made an excellent run down the left-wing before crossing to the back post were Anthony Hall controlled the ball before firing a shot pass Ellis Taylor to make the score 2-1.
The visitors were still dangerous on the break and on eighteen minutes they should have drawn level, when they won a corner on the right-hand side. The corner was delivered to the back post were Curtis meet the ball, but he could only put his header wide of Harry Turner’s right-hand post.
On twenty-three minutes, the home side could have extended their lead, when Daniel Warren won the ball in midfield after a loose pass before playing the ball out to Bradley Hancock. The full back went down the left-wing before hitting a first time shot across the area, that beat Taylor in the Pilkington goal before hitting the post and going to safety.
The match then had a ten minute spell without any clear cut chances, but the home side were well on top taking control of the game with some excellent possession football and great passing on a very muddy pitch. The visitors, who were not having a great defensive day were still dangerous on the counter attack as they showed just after thirty minutes.
Pilkington should have drawn level on thirty-two minutes, when they broken on the counter attack and had large numbers in the Borough area. The visitors had a number of efforts that were all blocked by the Bacup defence in their own six yard box before Bradley Hancock blocked the final shot on the goal line before hacking the ball clear to the halfway line and relieving the pressure.
On forty minutes, the visitors went close to added a second goal when an attempted cross by Bate clipped the top of Harry Turner’s crossbar as Pilkington looked to finish the half strong. However the final effort of the half fell to the home side on forty-four minutes, when Alex Mellor got behind the visitors defence and tried to lift the ball over Ellis Taylor but the goalkeeper made a good save and conceded the corner which came to nothing leaving the half-time 2-1.
The second-half came to life on fifty-two minutes, with some fantastic play by Kyle Siddle as he beats three men down the left wing before cutting the ball back from the byline. The cross is cut out but looked to have hit the arm of a Pilkington defender, however despite the claims for the home side the referee waved away the appeals
Bacup Borough extended their lead on fifty-seven minutes, when Lewis Byrne added a third as he cut inside from the left and hits one through the Pilkington defence, the ball slipped through the Ellis Taylor’s hands and into the back of the net to make it 3-1.
Pilkington goalkeeper Ellis Taylor started to feel the pressure on the hour mark as he give away a free-kick on the edge of the box after handling the ball outside the area. Taylor complained to the referee about the decision, which was given by the linesman but he managed to talk himself into the book as the referee showed him the yellow card. The free kick is rolled back to Bradley Hancock who blasted the ball against an on rushing defender and the ball was cleared to safety.
On seventy-six minutes, the home side added a fourth goal as Anthony Hall headed the ball home after Michael Gervin shot came back off the crossbar. Gervin let fly from outside the box and his shot beat Taylor before rebounding off the crossbar, for Hall to head home and make it 4-1.
In the final minute of the match Anthony Hall broke free of the Pilkington defence before being brought down by Ellis Taylor inside the Pilkington area. Hall picked himself up before slotting the penalty kick low into the bottom nigh-hand corner for his hat-trick and to make the final score 5-1.
Bacup Borough – Turner, R.Siddle, Hancock, Warren, Fallon, Hewitt, K.Siddle, Hussey, Hall, Byrne, Mellor (Subs) Gervin, Walne, Burton, Godsman-Pilling, Howard
Pilkington – Taylor, Burn, Howard, Giglio, Kenny, Curtis, Bickerstaffe, Bate, White, Hill, Marsh, (Subs) Prescott, Greene, Watson, Hughes
Goals – (Bacup Borough) Hall (3), Byrne (2) (Pilkington) Hill
Attendance – 234