Burscough deliver a Zama hammer blow to Charnock
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.