Wheelie good win as Chorl­ton well beaten

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BURSCOUGH ex­tended their un­beaten league run to nine games with their sixth away win of the sea­son last Satur­day.

At the same time they de­feated two for­mer Lin­nets – Dave Pow­ell who has taken over the man­ager’s chair at the Brook­burn Road club since leav­ing Skelmers­dale and ex-Greens striker Ciaran Kil­heeney who was in the home team’s line-up, as was exSkelmers­dale goal­keeper Mar­cus Burgess.

Burscough were with­out reg­u­lar de­fen­sive part­ners Luke Gib­son and Danny Brady for the en­counter.

Although Burscough won quite hand­ily in the end, it might have been a dif­fer­ent story as West Dids­bury had the ball in the Lin­nets’ net in the ninth minute, Kil­heeney head­ing home but hav­ing his cel­e­bra­tions cur­tailed by a raised flag from an as­sis­tant ref­eree.

In the 14th minute Burscough struck the opener, Prince Ekpolo fir­ing the ball low past keeper Burgess.

West Dids­bury fought back but the Lin­nets’ rear­guard was hav­ing none of it and held them pretty much at arm’s length when they went onto the at­tack.

Just on the half-hour Burscough gave them­selves a level of se­cu­rity with a se­cond goal. The home de­fence strug­gled to clear their lines as Burscough ha­rassed them. The ball fell to Con­nor Fin­layson and he net­ted to dou­ble the lead.

Lin­nets boss Terry Green has put to­gether a con­fi­dent out­fit since his ar­rival at Burscough and af­ter set­tling down they had dom­i­nated the first half of the game, lim­it­ing West Dids­bury to not much in the way of chances.

Soon af­ter the in­ter­val Burscough had one big scare. Steve Hall set up Kil­heeney but he di­rected the ball past an up­right and Burscough could breathe again.

In the 55th minute Burscough went 3-0 up. Some over-elab­o­rate pass­ing in the home de­fence was pun­ished by some press­ing Lin­nets for­wards. Jor­dan Lorde in­ter­cepted a ball across the back­line and gave Burgess no chance at all with his shot at goal.

West Dids­bury did get some brief hope eight min­utes from the end.

Joe Faux cut in from the right wing and fired a com­mend­able shot across Burscough goal­keeper Max Povey and into the far cor­ner of the net.

How­ever, the hopes the home team had was com­pletely killed off in the 86th minute, Chad Whyte mak­ing sure his name was on the match­day hon­ours list with his 29th goal of the sea­son.

It was an ex­cel­lent win for a patched-up Burscough lift­ing them into fifth place in the Hall­mark Se­cu­rity League Premier Divi­sion ta­ble.

Since Pow­ell’s ar­rival in the west of Manch­ester, West Dids­bury had not lost at home as they moved out of the drop zone, so they posed se­ri­ous op­po­si­tion.

Burscough will have to find sim­i­lar form if they are to re­tain their un­beaten run this Satur­day as they face the daunt­ing task of trav­el­ling to Con­gle­ton Town who are se­cond in the league and have only dropped six points at home all sea­son. The match at the Cheshire Silk 106.9 Sta­dium kicks-off at 3pm.

Prince Ekpolo was on the score­sheet for Burscough against West Dids­bury & Chorl­ton last Satur­day Marc Tay­lor

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