Gate battle for a hard-fought point

Squires Gate v Bacup Borough. Andy Richards is put under pressure by Bacup's Adam Turner.

Squires Gate v Bacup Borough. Andy Richards is put under pressure by Bacup's Adam Turner.

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GATE warmed up for today’s North West Counties Premier derby against AFC Blackpool, at School Road, by earning a hard-fought point against Bacup.

Gate were quickly on the back foot against the visitors, who were determined to avenge last month’s defeat by Russ McKenna’s side.

And with only five minutes gone, they went ahead through Adam Dale, who beat the defenders to be first to a deflected ball into the home goalmouth.

Gate soon picked up their game, with Ben Fishwick getting hold of midfield, and he equalised a minute before half-time, after going close with a couple of efforts that went the wrong side of the post.

Neil Beasley made a great save to prevent the visitors regaining the lead, and the home side looked to be taking control in the second half, with Scott Harries making some dangerous runs.

The home side took the lead 10 minutes after the restart, when a foul on Sam Farrow resulted in a free-kick just outside the penalty area.

And up stepped Louis Mayers to give the keeper no chance with a shot which flew into the top left corner.

But Gate’s lead only lasted a minute, before Kingsley Williams popped up to convert a cross from the left.

The rest of the game lacked sparkle and had an end-of-season feel, and player-boss McKenna sounded disappointed afterwards.

He said: “The game started flat and we allowed them to score a poor opener. We dominated the rest of the half and deserved the equaliser.

“We started the second half well and went into the lead only for the game to go flat again. There were few chances and all in all it was a poor game.”

With local bragging rights at stake, today’s 3pm kick-off should be anything but flat.

Gate: Beasley, McKendrick, Horn, Benfield, Taylor, Farrow, McKenna, Fishwick, Dixon, Mayers L. Harries, Subs. used Forbes Craggs, and Richards.