Burscough de­liver a Zama ham­mer blow to Charnock

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere - BY NEIL LEATHERBARROW

BURSCOUGH dom­i­nated the first-half hour and gave as good as they got for the re­main­ing hour but they still found that they were a goal down 11 min­utes from full-time.

And only a heroic ef­fort res­cued a point and re­stored some ele­ment of jus­tice to the “Par­bold Hill Derby” at Vic­to­ria Park.

The oc­ca­sion saw the de­but of new Lin­nets man­ager Terry Green and his vo­cal style of en­cour­age­ment on the touch­line let all the home sup­port­ers know he was there.

The play­ers re­sponded to their new boss well and many would ar­gue they should have net­ted twice in the open­ing 12 min­utes.

First a shot from Adam Owens was par­ried by Charnock goal­keeper Adam Hallen, the loose ball cre­at­ing may­hem, one shot was cleared off the line an­other hit the post, then a de­fender blocked an­other shot be­fore Hallen was able to end the scram­ble by grasp­ing the ball.

Then on ten min­utes, home goal­keeper Max Povey put the ball long down the pitch, Chad Whyte headed it on and Yves Zama was in on goal, but Hallen left his line and saved well.

Be­fore in the 12th minute Ryan Grier got for­ward and put his shot wide.

In the 21st minute Zama took pos­ses­sion in the cen­tre-cir­cle and set off on a run, hold­ing off a cou­ple of chal­lenges be­fore his shot was kept out by Hallen.

On 25 min­utes Zama was away again and this time slipped the ball to Whyte on his left, this time Hallen thwarted Burscough with his legs.

It was in the 37th minute when Charnock fi­nally threat­ened the Burscough goal and then it was via a Jack San­ders header from a free-kick that could be de­scribed as fairly tame.

In the five min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val Burscough went close twice more, Luke Gib­son putting a shot wide from a Jamie Clark free­kick, then Hallen saved Charnock again, this time from Whyte.

Charnock Richard are a good team but they couldn’t have com­plained if they had been 3-0 down at the in­ter­val.

How­ever they are an ex­pe­ri­enced and strong team and af­ter the restart it was clear they had had a big sort­ing out in the dress­ing room. It was a dif­fer­ent game and chances be­came rare.

Hallen made an­other save in the 55th minute, Whyte be­ing frus­trated af­ter he got his head to a Danny Brady free-kick, at the Mart Lane end Povey made a div­ing save from an Alex Rolph curl­ing free-kick on 64 min­utes.

De­fences were well on top in the sec­ond­half with Brady and Gib­son par­tic­u­larly out­stand­ing in the mid­dle of the Lin­nets back­line.

In the 79th minute the game changed. Burscough won a cor­ner and Gib­son and Brady went for­ward, the ball was quickly cleared to Charnock’s renowned cen­tre-for­ward Carl Grimshaw who has re­cently com­pleted 400 games for the club.

Grimshaw ran on, held off two de­fend­ers and slammed the ball into the Burscough net from 15 yards.

Burscough went onto the at­tack but were fended off, Charnock at times hav­ing all 11 play­ers in or around the 18 yard box, it was clearly galling to the Burscough sup­port who knew the missed chances in the first-half had cost them once again.

The ref­eree sig­nalled four min­utes added time, then two min­utes in Burscough equalised.

Whyte brought the ball down around 35 yards out, turned and ran at the Charnock de­fence, he man­aged to slip the ball be­hind them to an on the run Zama, who sent the ball low un­der Hallen into the net. The Charnock Richard smash and grab raid had been foiled and jus­tice was done.

Burscough in ac­tion against Run­corn Town Paul Wat­son

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