BACUP Borough boss Brent Peters believes the North West Counties First Division play-off final on Saturday will be a battle between two contrasting styles.

Borough head to Branton, who finished two places and nine points better off than Peters' side, with a spot in next season's Premier Division on the line.

Bacup secured a play-off spot with a strong finish to the season and their semi-final success at Stockport Town was their ninth game in 24 days.

"To get in the play-offs has been our target from day one," said Peters. "The way the last few weeks have gone in the way the fixtures have fallen and the season has panned out with the bad weather, it hasn't helped us.

"We've been cramming games in to get finished in time. It takes its toil.

"Players have other commitments. At the semi-final we had Matt Barlow missing because he was away, he thought the season would be finished.

"It's been a roller-coaster but I've never doubted the squad. They've given me everything they've got.

"In adversity they've dug in and been a credit to themselves. To get to the final is one thing now we need to do the last little bit otherwise it's all for nothing."

Barlow will be back on Saturday as Bacup look to get a first win of the season against Barnton, having lost 2-0 away earlier in the campaign and drawn 1-1 at home in April.

"There's nothing to choose between the two sides and I think it's two contrasting sides," said Peters.

"They seem to go direct quite a lot while we're more of a footballing side. That's why playing on plastic in the semi-final at Stockport Town didn't phase me. We've trained on plastic all season and I've seen the ability these lads have on that surface.

"Given the magnitude of the occasion it was our best team performance of the season.

"There's going to be a big crowd supporting Barnton, but nothing comes easy for us, it hasn't in all the time I've been here.

"We also have twists and turns but we go there in buoyant mood and confident account and hopefully we will give a good account of ourselves."