BRILLIANT Bacup Borough will grace the Reebok Stadium next month after they beat local rivals Padiham in the semi-final of the United Co-Operatives Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy.

Borough just edged out the Storks 2-1 at the County Ground in Leyland to reach the final of the competition for the first time since 1975 Daniel Cocks was the two-goal hero for Borough, who can now look forward to their big night out at the home of Bolton Wanderers on Monday, March 11.

There is a degree of confusion as to who they will play in the final, however, with the other half of the draw only at the quarter-final stage after the weather caused havoc.

Blue Square Bet Premier outfit Barrow have withdrawn as they bid to secure league survival leaving Marine to play Fylde and Kendal to host Southport.

The winners of those two ties will then go head-to-head at the County Ground for the honour of facing Brent Peters’ men.

Borough have won the competition just once and that was back in 1911 and their achievement in reaching the final is impressive given the competition they have seen off.

But they must put that delight behind them tomorrow when they travel to Ashton Athletic in a bid to win their first North West Counties League Premier Division game since they beat AFC Liverpool on November 16.