AS part of the non-league Groundhop UK, Town found themselves travelling to Bacup for the early 11am fixture.

460 football fans would be present to witness a game that arguably shouldn’t have gone ahead.

Bacup’s pitch had been written off as waterlogged just earlier in the week and was clearly not in the greatest shape.

This said Town actually started the brighter of the two teams, however it would be Bacup’s new signing Dennis Sherriff on the 7th minute who open the scoring.

Town would equalise from the penalty spot seven minutes later, thanks to Dale Korie-Butler.

The saturated pitch would prove to become a huge obstacle for the visitors as Town’s players struggled with the conditions.

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At 2-1 down Town found themselves reduced to ten men when player/assistant manager Phillip Clarke received two yellow cards in quick succession to receive his marching orders.

Down to 10 men and on a pitch that clearly favoured the home side, it began to feel like a damage limitation exercise.

At 4-1 down at halftime the match was all over for Town.

The second half was more of the same as ten-man Town struggled on the worsening pitch.

An additional two late goals for the home side sealed Town’s fate and the game ended 6-1.

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Town are back at Ruskin this Thursday 10th with a 7.45 kick off against AFC Darwen in the First Division Cup.