Linnets’ optimism destroyed
IN the space of a few minutes it went from great optimism to despair for Burscough at Victoria Park on Tuesday night.
When The Linnets turned around at half-time 0-0, having been the better of the two teams in the first period, things got even better 45 seconds after the restart when they took a thoroughly deserved lead.
However, goals in 53, 55 and 59 minutes, one of which was rather controversial, effectively killed off their challenge before Winsford punished them harshly.
It was close for a while, though Burscough threatened after four minutes, Lee Healey putting a thunderous shot just over the crossbar from distance, then on 24 minutes Terry Cummins crashed one against the Mart Lane end crossbar only to see it bounce down the wrong side of the line.
In the 32nd minute an energetic exchange of passes down the left hand side between Dean O’Brien and Cummings resulted in the latter firing into the side netting from an excellent position.
Loud voices were audible from the Winsford dressing room during the interval and they went straight onto the attack, when that broke down the ball went to Cummings in a central position, he cleverly fed the ball through to Healey behind the Winsford backline and the big striker smashed a shot into the visitors net to give Burscough the lead.
On 53 minutes Winsford levelled. A move down their left-wing presented Callum Gardner with an empty net which he accepted with pleasure.
In the 55th minute Gardner struck again his skimming free-kick sneaking in at the far post to make it 1-2.
The third goal completely finished Burscough off, they are struggling in the league and having lost their lead so quickly especially under such circumstances flattened them.
The rest of the game belonged to Winsford; they scored further goals via Chris Middleton, Fowles and Robbie Hatton.