Burscough : Monks, McMahon, Falloh, Pellegrini, Carnell, Elms, Riding, Boydell, Boden, Coughlan ©, Canache
Subs : Johnson, Ball, Middlehurst, Korneliussen, Lawless
Burscough took time to get going on Tuesday night and really by the time they did their opponents from eat Lancashire effectively had the game won.
Two goals down by the quarter hour mark and it could easily have been more, manager Richard Brodie’s game plan was well in tatters and it looked a long night ahead for the Linnets.
After a few seconds a loose pass in defence put Owen Watkinson in but his shot went wide of the goal.
Burscough did threaten, Nathan Carnell had a header saved by Colne goalkeeper Harry Allen and the keeper made an even better save to thwart Danny Boden.
In the 14th minute Colne found the net, Watkinson received the ball to feet with his back to goal on an angle, he was allowed to slip his marker, turn and hit the ball low into the Linnets net.
A minute later it was 2-0, Lucas Weaver running in unmarked and powering a header into the net from about six yards out.
Burscough goalkeeper Charlie Monks needed to be at his best and ended one storming run at goal and made another save from Watkinson, however he could do nothing about an accurate drive from Watkinson on 31 minutes that went just inside the post.
Things brightened up from a Burscough perspective a minute before the interval when they pulled a goal back and it was a very well worked goal, the ball was played into Boden who held the ball up well before releasing an on the run Alberto Canache, he in turn found an on the run Matt Coughlan who slotted the ball under goalkeeper Allen.
The general feeling during the interval was that Burscough had dodged a bullet and it wasn’t quite the impossible task it appeared to be. Colne weren’t reading from the same script as the home supporters though. Within a minute they extinguished the Linnets hope,
Weaver knocking home his second header of the night to make it 1-4.
As a contest it was finished, Burscough should have done better just after the hour when Charles Ball cleverly put Adam Boydell in on goal, but he chose to shoot with his right foot instead of his left foot and the ball went wide.
Colne made it five nine minutes from time, then Linnets substitute Marcus Korneliussen put a commendable effort into the top to get
Linnets second goal.
Most home supporters were quite pleased they could go home when referee James Milburn finally blew up for full-time after finding a remarkable eight minutes added time.
At Thursday night’s training Richard Brodie has to do plenty of work on his teams defending, it was poor on the night; goalkeeper Monks was by far his best player. But on the credit side his players did keep going until the end, which does prove that they will get better.