Burscough re­strict Port to sin­gle goal in friendly

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BURSCOUGH put in an en­cour­ag­ing per­for­mance as they lost 1-0 to Southport in their lat­est friendly on Tues­day night.

A first win in five at­tempts this pre-sea­son was the re­ward for Southport’s per­sis­tence as they had to work for the vic­tory against their neigh­bours from the North West Coun­ties Pre­mier Divi­sion.

Burscough had been the first to threaten, goal­keeper Iain Turner sav­ing from Will Th­er­nald be­fore Ross Lloyd sent a shot over the cross­bar.

But goal­keeper Louis McCarthy kept his team in the game un­til Brad Jack­son earned vic­tory for Alan Lewer’s team mid­way through the sec­ond half, the right wing-back prod­ding home the loose ball af­ter an ini­tial ef­fort from Ethan Jones had been blocked.

Burscough go to St He­lens Town on Satur­day then host Vaux­hall Mo­tors on Tues­day in their next pre-sea­son fix­tures.

Mean­while, Skelmers­dale United have an­nounced yet an­other new sign­ing as boss Alan Rogers brings in new play­ers in an at­tempt to re­turn to the Evo-Stik North­ern Pre­mier Divi­sion.

Goal­keeper Jack Sims has joined on loan from Black­pool for the sea­son.

Sims signed a 12-month con­tract with the League One out­fit in April af­ter im­press­ing for their youth teams.

He has been at Black­pool since the age of 16, gain­ing valu­able train­ing ex­pe­ri­ence along­side the se­nior goal­keep­ers but he is keen to get reg­u­lar first team ac­tion for Skem.

Sims ad­mit­ted he wanted to break into se­nior foot­ball and he hopes to be able to get the op­por­tu­nity un­der Rogers at Skelmers­dale.

“I am look­ing for­ward to the loan move and I re­ally want to gain ex­pe­ri­ence in men’s foot­ball,” said Sims.

“I want to get out there and show peo­ple what I am all about and I hope we can do well.”

Rogers added: “Jack is a big tal­ent and the move will be a huge ben­e­fit to both him and us at Skelmers­dale.”

Sims could fea­ture in Satur­day’s fix­ture against Run­corn Lin­nets on Satur­day in one of sev­eral lo­cal pre-sea­son friendlies.

As well as the Lin­nets, Skelmers­dale will also face Bootle and Gres­ley be­fore they travel to Brig­house Town for their first league game of the 2017-18 sea­son.

On Tues­day night, Skem drew 2-2 with War­ring­ton Town af­ter re­cov­er­ing from 2-0 down.

Michael Vaughan-Mus­cat (cen­tre) in ac­tion against War­ring­ton Town in Skelmers­dale United’s 2-2 friendly draw on Tues­day Pic­ture by John Driscoll

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