Bacup Borough defeated Ellesmere Rangers 2-0 at the Cleric Stadium today to secure the Edward Case Cup at The Cleric Stadium in Congleton today.
In a pulsating game watched by a stromg crowd of 593, it was Bacup Borough that played the better on the day and looked fairly composed throughout. Both teams had been strong in the competition up to this point and were arguably the two strongest teams in it throughout, so the omens were good for a decent final.
It was Ellesmere Rangers who started the livlier, good early passing moves and this looked to have nore fruit when Ellesmere had the ball in the net just on the 10 minute mark only for the effort to be disallowed. This seemed to shake them as in the next passage of play, Borough pressed forward and got themselves a corner, up stepped Kyle Siddle who crossed in the ball which was met by Michael Gerwin who's effort went in off the post to put Borough ahead.
Ellesmere dusted themselves down and continued to press forwards, half chances from Blake Robinson and Steve Hole being dealt with by the Bacup back line and their goalkeeper Mason Walker. Rangers continued to press but could just net get the ball past Walker who made two particularly good saves just before the break.
The second half got under way and it was Bacup who were on the front foot early on, Bradley Hancock forcing Jack Boswell in the Ellesmere goal to make a good save a couple of minutes after the break. Both sides were probing to try and create chances but both defences were seeing a lot of the ball but it was this defensive work that led to the next goal when Hancock was found on the left, he worked the ball inside the box but was brought down in an untidy challenge by the Ellesmere defender Will Evans and the referee pointed to the spot having red carded the defender. Toby Wright stepped forward and rifled the ball past Boswell into the bottom left hand corner to make it 2-0.
From that point on the game was a tactical battle, Ellesmere working hard to get on to the ball but Bacup closing them down early on and of course there were the obligitory amount of substitutions as the clock continued to tick. Even around 7 minutes of added time failed to see any more goals added as both teams started to tire. The final whistle went and that was the cue for large celebrations from the Bacup players and travelling party.
Congratulations to Bacup Borough and commiserations to Ellesmere Rangers, two very good teams who looked the part and put in a great deal of effort on the day.
Food for thought is that Brent Peters first non-league trophy was secured back in 1991 and here we are in 2023 and he is still winning the trophies. A massive achievement for Bacup Borough after a lot of effort, and their season isn't over yet. They now have a week before their next game, which is our prestige Cup Competition - The Macron Cup. They will face Congleton Town at Victory Park on Monday 8th May with a 1pm kick off.