Updated: Sep 26, 2019
Bacup Borough 1-2 AFC Darwen
It was not long after the Holker game, that AFC Darwen were facing their next away trip. This time, it was a shorter trip to Bacup.
2 additions came into the squad for the Bacup game, Sam Holt returned after his Summer holiday and Kiel Lonsdale was back in the squad after missing the Holker game. Luke Holden was missing as he was now on his holidays
Darwen again came out at a very slow place. It was just 3 minutes in that Bacup found themselves 1-0 up. Some sloppy defending at the back allowed an easy cross to come into the box and Alex Mellor was on hand to head the ball home. Not the start the team needed but we did manage to come back from a similar disappointment on the Saturday.
Darwen were really struggling to come to terms with the Bacup pace. They had youth on their side and utilised it. They were first to nearly every ball and attacked with great vigour. It seemed like we were not at the races. They could have been a couple of goals up in the first half an hour but for the finishing. Darwen did have a couple of chances to equalise. One from a rasping shot from Aaron Fleming only to be denied by Peter Monteith in the Bacup goal. He somehow managed to palm it down on to the floor and it bounce over the goal.
In the second half, Darwen made a change and off came Alex Kaye for the returning Kiel Lonsdale. He instantly put a bit of power into the heart of the midfield. Winning tackles that weren’t being made, winning headers that weren’t being jumped for. This woke up the rest of the players and Darwen were now on top of the game.
Just 9 minutes into the second half and Darwen were level. It was Aaron Fleming who had converted after a couple of misses in the first half. This seemed to inspire the Salmoners and only 2 minutes later Darwen won a free Kick 30 yards out. It looked Aaron was going to step up and take it but Jack Iley took over. He unleashed an unstoppable strike into the top left corner. 2 goals in 2 minutes had put Darwen in the lead. It was like Saturday all over again.
The game became end to end for the rest of the game but without an end product from either side. Darwen did have the better chances as the youth of Bacup began to waiver. They didn’t have an answer to the Darwen pressure.
The game finished 2-1 to AFC Darwen. You could say a good 3 points away on a tough night in Bacup.