Lin­nets’ op­ti­mism de­stroyed

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere - BY NEIL LEATHERBARROW

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.

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