Sut­ton prophecy turns into re­al­ity

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere - BURSCOUGH ......................................4 BARNOLDSWICK TOWN .................1 BY NEIL LEATHERBARROW

“I told you it was com­ing,” the words of Burscough man­ager Dave Sut­ton af­ter his side had beaten Barnoldswick at Vic­to­ria Park on Tuesday night.

He had jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for his com­ment too, his young Burscough team had won two of their last four games and have been playing some de­light­ful foot­ball go­ing into the first ever visit of the East Lan­cashire side to Vic­to­ria Park, in­deed the two they lost were by a slen­der 2-1 mar­gin to late goals.

So yes it was com­ing and their first league vic­tory was in some style when it came and it lifts them off the bot­tom of the league too.

Burscough started slowly and they could have con­ceded early on, Barnoldswick hit the post in the 9th minute fol­lowed by an almighty scram­ble in the goal­mouth, but Burscough cleared their lines and started to get their game to­gether.

In the 12th minute an ex­change of passes be­tween Terry Cum­mings and Prince Ex­polo ended when Barnoldswick goal­keeper Con­nor King left his line and saved at Cum­mings feet.

In the 18th minute a Danny Brady free-kick was headed down by Peter Hen­erty and again King saved this time from Adam Gilchrist.

Burscough have a big pow­er­ful cen­tral de­fender Rex Ki­mona Puis­sance, in the 22nd minute he had pushed for­ward for a move that broke down.

Be­fore Puis­sance got back he was fed the ball on the right-hand side, then he set off on a drib­ble to the goal-line, he looked up and sent a de­light­ful chip to the far post, leav­ing Hen­erty an empty net to head into, giv­ing Burscough the lead. It was a re­mark­able bit of play for such a big player.

Things tight­ened up for a while then, mid­fields dom­i­nat­ing pro- ceed­ings, be­fore a spell of Burscough pres­sure be­fore the break when from a Jamie Clark free-kick, Ex­polo was only kept at bay by a brave block.

Burscough took a huge step to­wards their suc­cess in the 47th minute.

Clark who is a left-back who seems to en­joy a good over­lap, found him­self by Barnoldswick’s right side cor­ner flag, he sent the ball across goal, where Cum­mings wal­loped a skim­ming shot into the bot­tom cor­ner to make it 2-0.

The visi­tors now had to go onto the of­fen­sive and on 53 min­utes Burscough had a bit of luck. Andrew Hill hit a thun­der­ous free-kick against the cross­bar, it bounced down “Geoff Hurst style” and was cleared but it must have been a mighty close call.

In the 64th minute Barnoldswick had an­other shot this time from Jake Lloyd but that was blocked.

Again Burscough re­asserted and Brady was hit with a late tackle, but Clark’s free-kick hit the de­fen­sive wall and ran to safety.

It was al­ways a game in which Burscough had more of the pos­ses­sion but you still felt un­easy about them un­til they got a third goal, it ar­rived in the 74th minute, Cum­mings fir­ing home from about 12 yards.

In the 77th minute Hen­erty went close off a Gilchrist cross, be­fore with nine min­utes left Burscough made it 4-0, Hen­erty get­ting his sec­ond of the night.

On 83 min­utes it was al­most five as Hen­erty rat­tled the wood­work.

It could be said that Burscough eased off slightly in the lat­ter stages and goal­keeper Josh Sam­berg made one tremen­dous save from a de­flected shot that saw him go­ing the wrong way at one stage.

With moments left Barnoldswick did pull a goal back, when Zack Dale stuck the ball home via a de­flec­tion.

Barnoldswick prob­a­bly de­served a goal at that stage, but Burscough thor­oughly de­served their vic­tory, it lifts them up the league and con­tin­ues their good run of re­cent weeks, but most of all it keeps con­fi­dence high along with their hopes of mov­ing up the ta­ble.

Jamie Clark heads off the line for Burscough FC in their win over Skelmers­dale United in the Liver­pool Se­nior Cup John Driscoll

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