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Bacup boss cheered after torrid week
5:40pm Wednesday 31st October 2012 in Football
BACUP Borough boss Brent Peters has praised he resolve of his players after they put off-field pain to one side to begin the defence of their North West Counties League Challenge Cup title with a 5-1 win at Ashton Athletic at the weekend.
Borough eased to the in the competition they won last May win despite a troubled week at the end of a difficult month for everyone at West View.
Peters lost his mother Alice in the build-up to the match and his personal loss followed on from the death of former player Bryan Herbert and the grandmothers of his personal assistant and also of player Aaron Kirk.
“It goes without saying that this has been an extremely difficult period at the football club,” admitted Peters.
“Since the passing away of Bryan Herbert, the grandmother of my PAt Debra passed away as well as Arron’s grandmother.
That time was made even more difficult with the sudden loss of my mother.
“Saturday was a difficult day for everyone including the players but I was determined to be my usual self, trying to keep their minds fully on the fact that we were at Ashton to do a job, to defend the trophy we proudly won in May.
“This was a forceful point made and to this end at the end of such a heartbreaking week the lads collectively put in a really good polished performance.”
Of the game, Peters added: “I have read about Ashton being poor on the day and while I do not watch Ashton on a weekly basis, what I do know is how well we played how well we passed the ball.
“Even more pleasing was following their last game Andy Hill said we had to be more ruthless in front of goal and the lads answered that with five goals away from home.
“With all this in mind I do not think it was our hosts that were poor, it was more a case of how well our ball retention and finishing was.”
Borough are back in action tonight when they face a local derby with Padiham at West View in the North West Counties League Premier Division.
The game will turn into a tribute night for Herbert and the other four people connected to the club whohave died recently and they have dedicated their programme to the life of Herbert.
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