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Bacup Borough
Prestwich Heys
A Bellamy (32'), B Carter (82')
Full time
Thu 3 May 20:00 - North West Counties Football League - Division One Attendance 33

Bacup land final blow to automatic promotion hopes

Heys set for the play offs

Heys hopes of automatic promotion were ended as they slipped to defeat at Bacup Borough.

It was a frustrating night for Heys who enjoyed long periods of possession. Indeed, the opening half hour of the game was played almost exclusively in the Bacup half.

However, Heys were met with some dogged resistance by a determined home side who defended stoutly and when their defence was pierced, home keeper Karl Price made some fine saves. Even so Heys had their chances but where, as recently as last week, those were being taken, as with the defeat to Whitchurch on Tuesday, shots were scuffed, and final passes didn’t make their intended target. Football’s fickle fortunes have swung against them this week.

Bacup 2 Heys 0 (4th  May 18)
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Jon Lyons’ team went into the game knowing that nothing less than victory would hand promotion to Litherland REMYCA. It was a motivating factor that sprang a lively opening.

A couple of early corners set the template as Heys camped in the home half. In the 12th minute it looked like their pressure was to tell. Some good passing ended with Ash Stott teeing up Alfie Belcher, on the edge of the area, but his well struck shot was parried to safety by Price.

Stott flashed a shot across the face of goal and then had the ball in the net, only to be deemed offside.

When the impressive Max White burst into the box only to see Price block the shot with his legs, one wondered if it was going to be one of those nights.

Such fears were soon compounded. On the half hour, with their first sight of goal Bacup nearly scored when Davison Banda’s header was clawed from under the bar by Michael Smith. Three minutes later Bacup led.

From a free kick, Matty Bryan swung in a cross and Adrian Bellamy rose above everyone to head home.

Looking to respond, Belcher saw a shot deflected over and Chris Baguley fired wide.

The pattern continued after the break as Jake Wood saw a header come off the top of the bar and Price dropped low to gather a Chris Baguley free kick. There was no doubting Heys endeavour but the cutting edge was missing.

Unlike, the first half though Bacup were much more of a threat going forward. With the ever-dangerous Bryan providing a regular outlet their attacks threatened a second goal. Only a great save by Smith prevented that as he dropped low to palm away a fierce shot by Elliott Collinson.

As the game entered the final quarter Rio Wilson-Heyes went on a solo run, riding three challenges, to bear down on goal. However, in keeping with the night, he scuffed his shot allowing Price to gather comfortably.

With Heys disappearing down more increasingly blind alleys, they were ripe for the counter and in the 82nd minute they were undone for a second time.

Great running from Bryan opened Heys up and when he picked out Rees Welsh the latter’s super cross ended with Carter powering a header into the top corner.

The damage might have been worse when in the 86th minute Kyle Brooks let fly from the edge of the area, but Smith pulled off a super save.

Heys night was summed up in the 88th minute. A scramble in the box, saw Lee Bruce scuff a shot and then Anthony Hall fail to get full contact from six yards, allowing the ball to be cleared.

Ultimately, Bacup deserved their victory. Heys appear to have lost their way a little. It is hoped this is only temporarily for it would be a travesty if their sparkling football of this season was to go unrewarded.

Team: Michael Smith, Darius Photiou, Danny Vincent, Max White, Jake Wood (Capt), Jacob Holt, Alfie Belcher, Chris Baguley, Ashley Stott, John Main, Rio Wilson-Heyes Subs: Lee Grimshaw (for White 55 mins) Lee Bruce (for Stott 55 mins), Anthony Hall (for Main 56 mins), Mark Baguley, Liam Lawlor

Max White

Player of the Match

Max White

Key moments

Goal Adrian Bellamy scores for Bacup Borough
Goal Bobby Carter scores for Bacup Borough

Videos and photos

Bacup 2 Heys 0 (4th  May 18)
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90:00 Player of the Match
Max White is awarded player of the match for Prestwich Heys
82:00 Goal 2 - 0
Bobby Carter scores for Bacup Borough
60:00 Sub On
Lee Bruce is substituted on for Prestwich Heys
60:00 Sub Off
Ashley Stott is substituted off for Prestwich Heys
55:00 Sub Off
Max White is substituted off for Prestwich Heys
55:00 Sub On
Lee Grimshaw is substituted on for Prestwich Heys
55:00 Sub On
Anthony Hall is substituted on for Prestwich Heys
55:00 Sub Off
John Main is substituted off for Prestwich Heys
End of period 1
32:00 Goal 1 - 0
Adrian Bellamy scores for Bacup Borough
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bacup Borough
  • Prestwich Heys
  • 0
  • Adrian Bellamy Goal 32:00'
  • Max White Sub Off 55:00'
  • Lee Grimshaw Sub On 55:00'
  • Anthony Hall Sub On 55:00'
  • John Main Sub Off 55:00'
  • Lee Bruce Sub On 60:00'
  • Ashley Stott Sub Off 60:00'
  • Bobby Carter Goal 82:00'

Team selection

Smith, Michael Smith, Michael
Photiou, Darius Photiou, Darius
Wood, Jake Wood, Jake
Wilson-Heyes, Rio Wilson-Heyes, Rio
Holt, Jacob Holt, Jacob
Vincent, Danny Vincent, Danny
Belcher, Alfie Belcher, Alfie
White, Max White, Max
Stott, Ashley Stott, Ashley
Main, John Main, John
Baguley, Chris Baguley, Chris
Bacup Borough
  • 1. Adrian Bellamy
  • 2. Bobby Carter
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League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Silsden 42 103
2. Litherland REMYCA 42 99
3. Prestwich Heys 42 91
4. Whitchurch Alport 42 88
5. Sandbach United 42 84
6. Cammell Laird 42 72
7. AFC Blackpool 42 68

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