Linnets can mix it with the best

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Sport - BY SAM CAR­ROLL

BURSCOUGH pro­duced their best per­for­mance of the sea­son as they earned a 1-1 draw with high-fly­ing Charnock on Satur­day.

Richard ar­rived at Vic­to­ria Park on the crest of a seven game un­beaten run which in­cluded a 9-1 thrash­ing of AFC Dar­wen, while Burscough were look­ing to re­cover af­ter los­ing 3-2 at Padi­ham last Tues­day.

Terry Cummings, Luke Gib­son, who was signed from Charnock, and Jamie Clark all went close for Burscough in the open­ing 20 min­utes af­ter the hosts fought off an open­ing salvo from the vis­i­tors, but Carl Grimshaw man­aged to lose his marker and nod home against the run of play af­ter half-an-hour.

Charnock then set about show­ing why they stood 19 points clear of Burscough go­ing into the game as they dom­i­nated play dur­ing the open­ing stages of the sec­ond half, but the home side de­fended res­o­lutely.

Af­ter a night­mare start to the sea­son, Burscough had won four of their last seven, af­ter fail­ing to reg­is­ter a league vic­tory pre­vi­ously, and once more co-man­agers Dave Sut­ton and Nick Matthews had rea­son to be pos­i­tive about their side’s sur­vival chances.

With just over ten min­utes re­main­ing, Terry Cummings cut in­side and rat­tled a shot against the far post. As the ball froze tan­ta­lis­ingly on the goal-line, Ben Mad­docks re­acted quick­est and lev­elled the score for his side.

As the game reached its dy­ing em­bers, Burscough net­ted once more. Af­ter a clut­tered goal­mouth scram­ble from a cor­ner, the ball some­how ended up in the back of the Charnock net. As the home side turned to cel­e­brate, how­ever, ref­eree Ian Walsh stood un­moved as he awarded a free kick for Richard. In the en­su­ing protests, Burscough’s Gib­son re­ceived a book­ing for petu­lantly launch­ing the ball against the floor in frus­tra­tion.

Charnock had a glo­ri­ous chance of their own to take home the three points as Grimshaw wasted a glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity for his sec­ond as he headed wide from close range. Chad Whyte then had his own mo­ment to seal a win for the Linnets, but keeper Jor­dan Gi­d­ley pro­duced a good stop.

This was quite clearly Burscough’s finest per­for­mance of the sea­son as they proved, de­spite their lowly po­si­tion in the table, they can trou­ble any side on their day, and co-man­ager Matthews com­mended Luke Gib­son on his per­for­mance against his old club.

“When we signed him three weeks ago from Charnock they said he wasn’t good enough,” he said.

“He proved that com­ment com­pletely wrong to­day, but the whole team de­serve praise. It was an ex­cel­lent team ef­fort.”

Burscough in ac­tion against Padi­ham Im­age by Paul Mo­ran

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