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The Bank Holiday weekend wasn't one that Borough will want to remember in a hurry after being on the receiving end of two crushing defeats at the hands of South Liverpool FC and Darwen FC.

Brent Peters side had six league fixtures left going into Saturdays encounter with the Merseyside club and knew all about the qualities of Martin Ryman's team.

Unfortunately things didn't go to plan and Borough came away from Jericho Lane on the wrong end of a 4-1 defeat. A defeat which also included the sending off of Joey Fallon, which will now see Borough's central defender miss three league cames leading up to the Edward Case Cup Final which takes place on May 6th.

Borough also entertained local rivals Darwen FC at the Brian Boys Stadium in front of a good crowd considering the terrible and adverse weather conditions.

Entertaining battle between the two sides on Bank Holiday Monday - Photo: Jacob Reader

Both teams performed well in the first half with goal's from Borough's Lewis Byrne on 10 minutes and an equaliser for Darwen FC courtesy of their leading goalscorer Leon Creech.

The second period certainly belonged to the visitors who quickly began to dominate especially from set pieces. And further goals from Charlie Lloyd and two from the former FC United player Max Cane saw Darwen FC take a 4-1 lead.

Brent Peters & Nigel Langley look on from their technical area as Borough venture forward

Also to had insult to injury Borough suffered another red card when left-back Mason Fallon was shown a second yellow for a late tackle. Disappointment from the Borough faithful inside the crowd as Fallon made his way back to the changing room.

Scott Johnston was able to add a second goal for Borough, but Darwen FC sealed their victory in style as Leon Creech secured a 5-2 win from the penalty spot. Taking his tally to 19 goals for the season.

Malachi Clarke dribbling out from the back under pressure from Darwen FC Nathan Bond

Gathering the thoughts of the Borough manager after the two games, he said; "It's been a disappointing few days. For whatever reason the lads have performed way below their usual standards. And it just goes to show that if you are not on your game you will get punished massively in this league."

"Lets not forget that we have made a number of changes in these two fixtures. We've been able to give game time to the likes of Ryan Siddle and Bradley Hancock, whilst at the same time been without the experience of Gareth Wager who I believe gives us added strength and leadership at the back. Things have been said to the players behind closed doors, so they know exactly where I stand on the matter. Lets just say that the cup final team hasn't been selected yet. A lot of water to go under the bridge between now and May 6th. We now gear up for Saturday's trip to Ashton Athletic."


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