Stockport Town were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Bacup Borough own Saturday afternoon after a week of change at Stockport Sports Village.
The Lions, lingering outside the playoff places, parted company with their manager, Dave Wild, as Wild moved up to a joint-manager role at Mossley FC in the Evo-Stik Division One North. Stockport’s Under-21’s manager, Jake Davies, will take over as Interim-Manager until the end of the season.
Saturday’s game at Lambeth Grove saw Rhys Webb put Town in front in the first half, but Bacup’s topscorer, Matthew Bryan, replied for the visitors as both sides shared the points.
The match got off to a good start for both clubs as Ruben Abreu got the first shot on target of the game, testing Karl Price in the Bacup goal. Borough then had their own chance to take the lead a few minutes later but Jordan Wilmore failed to convert a cutback cross inside the penalty area.
Stockport took the lead in the 24th minute as Webb, lingering on the edge of the penalty box, latched onto the ball after Abreu’s initial shot was blocked. Webb duly placed his shot into the top corner, leaving Price helpless between the sticks.
Many would say the game should have been out of sight for Bacup as Town missed three glorious chances to extend their lead. Firstly with Webb’s point-blank header being palmed away by Price in goal following a cross from the right wing.
Bacup’s keeper then nearly rued a poor pass as Stockport’s high pressure saw striker Ben Halfacre chip Price from outside the box with a curling shot, however, unfortunately for the Lions his shot curled wide of the post at the last second.
Town’s third chance in five minutes saw Webb once again involved, this time seeing his driven shot cannon off the inside of the post and back out as Bacup cleared. It was from this clearance that the visitors equalised as Bryan beat offside with Town playing a high defensive line, before rounding Kyle Haslam in goal and slotting home.
With the game back level Stockport increased their pressure and attacks, coming close to retaking the lead on the stoke of half-time but Abreu and Halfacre appeared to get in each others way in front of goal as the final shot was easily saved by Price.
Following the restart Stockport were forced back for the opening 10 minutes as Bacup pushed forward early in the half to take the lead. Bryan came close twice in quick succession as Haslam earned his stripes in goal after pulling off a spectacular recovery save after initially tipping away a corner.
As the match progressed, both sides began to cancel each other out as Stockport held on to possession and pushed forward but lacking the final pass, and Bacup lay in wait, ready to use their pace on the counter attack to punish any poor Stockport build-up play.
With 15 minutes remaining Stockport fans were almost mid-cheer as Matthew Hanson’s corner was spilled by Price inside the six-yard box, and it was Halfacre who was first on the scene to fire on goal but his effort was blocked on the goal-line by Bacup defenders and eventually cleared.
The game petered to a conclusion as neither side could come up with a winner and Brent Peters’ Bacup will leave Lambeth Grove the happier of the sides. The result leaves Town in 10th position, with a local derby away at Cheadle Town on Wednesday evening, kick-off 7:45pm at Park Road.