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Runcorn Linnets 1 Bacup Borough 2
10:15am Monday 12th March 2012 in Bacup Borough Football Club
BACUP Borough came from a goal down to beat Runcorn in the League Challenge Cup and set up a mouth-watering two-legged semi final clash with local rivals Barnoldswick Town.
Adam Wade fired the home side in to a first minute lead but Runcorn failed to capitalised on their first half domination – mainly due to some excellent goalkeeping by Ryan Jones.
Bacup suffered another blow when Lee Oldham limped off injured, paving the way for 16-year-old Aleem Salim to make his first team debut.
But they were level just before the break when Daniel Cocks showed strength, skill and pace down the left flank and whipped in a cross for Tommy Turner to produce a wonderful well struck first time shot into the roof of the net.
Bacup were a different team after the break and young Salim impressed when in possession and went close with one well struck effort.
Adrian Bellamy also went close from another fine cross from Cocks.
But with 20 minutes to go, Turner showed great persistance to beat the Runcorn keeper to the ball to tee up Cocks to net the winner.
Manager Brent Peters said: “I was always confident that should we go in at half time having only lost the one goal. I was sure with the quality we have in the side we would turn the game around.”