Linnets Beaten




By Neil Leatherbarrow


Burscough : Monks, Carnell, McFall, Coughlan ©, Moran, Middlehurst, Riding, Pellegrini, Lawless, Ball, Boden

Subs : Johnson, Stark, Bjork, Korneliussen, Forshaw

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New Burscough interim manager Lewis Sumner began his reign with a superb 2-1 away win at Glossop North End last week but was disappointed with his first home game in the Linnets hot seat, Longridge had moved themselves away from the bottom end of the North West Counties Premier Division recently including a draw at Bury and a 6-0 defeat of Skelmersdale so posed tough opposition.

First Half

The early exchanges were fairly evenly matched and from a good cross by Matty Coughlan, Danny Boden might well given  Burscough the lead with a far post header that went the wrong side of the post, while Tom Lawless could only find the side netting after a good through ball.

Just before the half hour mark Longridge began to get into the game in a stronger way, Burscough goalkeeper Charlie Monks making a couple of good saves one from a long range speculative effort that threatened to catch him off his line, the second from  experienced forward Dean Ing bringing the best out of Monks.


However on 37 minutes Longridge did find the net, Morgan Homson-Smith hoisted a free kick in from the right and defender Sam Olawumi lost his marker and headed home to make it 0-1.


Burscough did react well, Lawless putting one over the crossbar and Will Riding having a free-kick parried away by away goalkeeper Kier Barry.


Moments before the break number nine Ing tried a clever overhead kick but Monks wasn’t to be beaten by it.


It was perhaps fair to reflect during the interval that the difference was that Longridge had taken their opportunities better.





Second Half

Longridge went in for the kill after the interval but Burscough looked to have weathered that storm until they got hit with two goals in four minutes that effectively decided the destination of the three points.


On 56 minutes Aaron Hewitt set up Ing with a squared ball and he netted confidently.


In the 60 th minute former Southport and Bootle player Homson-Smith got the third Longridge goal after Ing set him up.


Burscough didn’t just relax and take defeat, Lewis Sumner refreshed things by bringing on three recent signings in Conor Forshaw, Bobby Bjork and McKenzie Stark and on 69 minutes Forshaw was only kept out by a brave defensive block.


In the last twenty minutes Boden was put in on goal but a superb tackle by Olawumi denied him.


Five minutes from full time it was 4-0 as Scott Harries played a one two on the edge of the Burscough area and rounded Monks to score.


Bjork hit the post in the latter stages, before Burscough did finally find their scoring boots in added time, Boden scoring from 15 yards after a corner was only partially cleared.





Burscough Goal Scorers


Post Match Thoughts

Longridge were the better team on the day due to being ruthless in the striker department, but it might have at least have been a lot closer if the Linnets had been less wasteful in front of goal, it had been a good entertaining game but not the right outcome for new man Sumner.