Lin­nets beaten in in­jury time

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Celebrations - BY NEIL LEATHERBARROW BY NEIL LEATHERBARROW

IT all looked set for a draw at Vic­to­ria Park on Tues­day night.

With the score 2-2, the ref­eree had sig­nalled four min­utes added time and both teams looked to have ac­cepted a point, the four min­utes had elapsed when Whitchurch won a cor­ner, it was driven across the face of goal, Burscough goal­keeper Max Povey failed to deal with it and Joe How­ell net­ted the Whitchurch win­ner.

The first-half had been punc­tu­ated by a fluke goal by the vis­i­tors that went into the net via a bad bounce and two Burscough goals that at the time gave the Lin­nets a com­pletely jus­ti­fied 2-1 lead. All that changed with a bril­liant strike by Whitchurch to make it 2-2 at the in­ter­val.

Whitchurch had started the live­lier of the two sides and they took the lead af­ter four min­utes. Sean Grif­fiths was sup­plied a pass from the right and from 20 yards hit a curl­ing shot that sent Povey div­ing af­ter it.

Chad Whyte made no mis­take on the half-hour. Cum­mings crossed from the right and Whyte met the ball with a pow­er­ful down­ward header that sent it past Whitchurch goal­keeper Dave Par­ton to equalise.

Burscough were go­ing well in this pe­riod, forc­ing Whitchurch onto the back foot and in the 33rd minute they went in front. Cum­mings re­ceived the ball about a yard in­side the penalty area and twisted past a close mark­ing de­fender be­hind him, ex­cept the de­fender clum­sily tripped him and a penalty was in­evitable. Gary Grier took the Lin­nets spot kick, blast­ing it low into the cor­ner to make it 2-1 to Burscough.

Four min­utes later a real mem­o­rable mo­ment ar­rived. Tim San­ders stepped onto a bounc­ing ball around 25 yards from goal, his dip­ping shot flew over a per­fectly placed Povey and thun­dered into the Burscough net be­hind him, it was just un­stop­pable.

It looked odds on the draw in added time, then Povey didn’t con­nect with Tim San­ders cor­ner and How­ell headed the win­ner.

BURSCOUGH got the bet­ter of the sixth placed East Lan­cashire side in an ex­cit­ing en­counter. And at the same time boosted their own record by mov­ing up into 14th po­si­tion in the North West Coun­ties Premier Divi­sion ta­ble.

It shouldn’t have been much of a sur­prise that the game was an ex­cit­ing one.

An ar­ti­cle in the match pro­gramme pointed out that since 2012, meet­ings be­tween the two teams at Padi­ham had av­er­aged four goals per game, so the five goal thriller was just par for the course.

Much of the talk be­fore the game was about Burscough mid­fielder Josh Dun­roe who took to the field and warmed up with Padi­ham, it tran­spired that he was trans­ferred to them dur­ing the week and was to make his Padi­ham de­but against Burscough.

Lin­nets man­ager Dave Sut­ton re­placed Dun­roe not with a mid­fielder but with a six foot plus cen­tral de­fender Jorge Dublin, who had been ac­quired from Chorley be­fore the match. He was to make an im­pres­sive de­but. Burscough started the game well. Chad Whyte had a shot saved by home goal­keeper Tony Aghayere, then in the 12th minute mat­ters be­came ex­tremely promis­ing.

Danny Brady, who was play­ing in his cus­tom­ary right-back po­si­tion got for­ward and kept go­ing, he got into the penalty area and was be­tween two de­fend­ers when he looked to pull the trig­ger.

How­ever, he was pushed by home de­fender James Dean and a penalty was given.

Whyte stepped up but his spot-kick was a poor one and keeper Aghayere saved it com­fort­ably.

Still Burscough looked to have plenty of en­ergy and were forc­ing the hosts back onto the de­fen­sive, the hosts re­ly­ing on swift coun­ter­at­tacks, one of which was fruit­ful in the 25th minute.

The ball was lifted over an ad­vanced Lin­nets de­fence and Michael Fowler was in on goal.

Burscough vainly ap­pealed for off­side, but Fowler fin­ished well to give Padi­ham a lead that was ar­guably against the run of play.

Whyte had an­other shot saved this time on 32 min­utes, but then Padi­ham threat­ened again and Burscough did well to hold out.

Fowler played a neat ball to put strike part­ner Tom Hulme in on goal but Burscough goal­keeper Max Povey pulled off a good save and the ball went for a cor­ner. From the flag kick cen­tral de­fender Dean headed wide.

Burscough were still hav­ing more of the pos­ses­sion and in the 37th minute Brady got for­ward again but Aghayere’s full length dive kept him out.

An equaliser was com­ing and on 40 min­utes it duly ar­rived.

Whyte used his strength to hold off a de­fender and con­trol a cross, he then looked up and fired the ball into the far cor­ner to make it 1-1.

Burscough com­pleted their turn­around a minute be­fore half-time.

In­ter­est­ingly Lin­nets right-winger Terry Cum­mings tied Dun­roe in a knot and crossed the ball into the goal mouth where Matt Ward had left his marker stranded, the Lin­nets num­ber ten used the space to bring the ball down with his first touch be­fore slot­ting the ball into the net with his sec­ond touch, to give Burscough a 2-1 lead.

How­ever it al­most wasn’t a happy in­ter­val cuppa for Burscough as only a fine save with his legs by Povey pre­vented Hulme from lev­el­ling things up a minute into added time.

Although the sec­ond-half didn’t have quite the same goal­mouth ac­tion it wasn’t bor­ing at all.

Padi­ham had more of the pos­ses­sion as they pressed to save the game and Kane Hick­man put a shot wide of the Lin­nets goal on 54 min­utes.

But Burscough were very dan­ger­ous on the break and af­ter a free-kick was won, Brady had a shot palmed for a cor­ner, from the cor­ner Whyte saw an ef­fort saved.

As the half pro­gressed Whyte was thwarted again by Aghayere, but at the club­house end Dean saw an at­tempt de­flected for a cor­ner.

The out­come of the game was far from de­cided.

Eight min­utes from the end Burscough hopes got a huge boost via cen­tre-for­ward Whyte.

He chested down a long ball then showed the bal­ance of a bal­le­rina as he rounded two de­fend­ers be­fore hit­ting the ball across Aghayere to make it 3-1.

Burscough’s two goal ad­van­tage was needed as Padi­ham cer­tainly didn’t ac­cept their fate.

Liam O’Neill con­trolled the ball on the edge of the 18 yard box in the 87th minute be­fore fir­ing in a sec­ond for Padi­ham.

It was all hands to the pump for Burscough, and they had to hang on.

They did and might even have had a fourth but Jor­dan Lorde fired wide of goal.

Josh Dun­roe left Burscough dur­ing the week and lined up against them for Padi­ham on Satur­day Marc Tay­lor

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