BACUP manager Brent Peters blasted his players for having England on their minds after a disappointing performance against Teeside's Guisborough in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup.

The NWCL Second Division side were knocked out of the competition and denied the £1,000 cash bonus which was on offer to the winners of the game for reaching the first qualifying round.

Guisborough scored after 65 minutes after keeper Adam Potts - one of the few players to come out of the game with any credit - punched the ball straight to the feet of the home side's striker on the edge of the area.

"On the day England played Germany in the World Cup qualifier, my players seemed to be more interested in their day out to the seaside and getting to a hotel after the match to watch the football," said a furious Peters.

"They were told my thoughts after the game. It isn't the money although my secretary is fuming because we have lost the money and the chance to play Rossendale United in the next round, but the players play the same no matter how much money is on offer.

"We didn't create anything going forward and we didn't give their keeper anything to do."


Bacup keeper Adam Potts is a doubt for tomorrow night's game at home to Alsager. He suffered a suspected broken finger against Guisborough.

Jason Leese (bruised foot) and Wayne MacKenzie (hamstring) is also a doubt and Mark Hall is out with work commitments.