REPORTS - SEASON 2001/2
City... 0 Burscough... 3
Those fans who
made their way north for the final game of the season were well rewarded
with a splendid display of attacking football from the Linnets who played
as though they were enjoying it, in great contrast to the anxieties and
relegation worries of the last few games. As early as the third minute
Mike Mason's header from a right wing cross seemed to be on target but
was somehow fingertipped round the post by Lancaster keeper Banks but on
11 minutes he was left helpless as a fine move ended with Mason playing
the ball through to Steve Alty who had timed his run perfectly and smashed
a 15-yard first-time shot into the near top corner. Lancaster's best chance
came on 24 minutes when Kevan headed just over and then a minute later
Steve Alty, through on goal on the right, seemed to be brought down but
with no reaction from the referee. Burscough looked dangerous with every
attack and seemed to have got their just reward eight minutes before the
break as a fine crossfield pass put Marvin Molyneux clear down the right.
The linesman briefly raised his flag as Jonjo Dann strayed into an offside
position but lowered it again as Marvin strode on and fired past a helpless
Banks. The referee awarded the goal with no objection from the linesman
and the players were well on their way back to the centre circle when a
deputation of Lancaster players with some assistance from the crowd persuaded
the two officials to consult and the original decision was overturned and
a free-kick awarded. The Linnets went into half-time feeling rather
badly done by.
In the opening
seconds of the second half Mason's shot from Dann's low cross was blocked
by the keeper and Molloy failed to convert the rebound. Five minutes
later, Mason's cross found Molloy again who hit the side-netting after
delaying the shot slightly too long. The missed chances were nearly
regretted as Lancaster's leading scorer Whittaker put one just wide but
the Linnets strong approach play was causing havoc in the Lancaster defence
with Molyneux in particular having an outstanding game and on 71 minutes
they got what they deserved as Mason fired home a fine shot from the edge
of the area. With seven minutes left veteran Ray Birch, probably
playing his last game for the club, did a perfect David Beckham impression
and curled a free-kick from 25 yards into the top corner to round off a
splendid team performance.
finish in 18th position in the league with 50 points - compared to 15th
and 52 points last season. Disappointing perhaps, but the loss of
leading scorer Lee McEvilly before Christmas, the loss of manager John
Davison in March, and the absence through injury for most of the season
of last year's Player of the Year, Andy McMullen, have all had their effect.
However, tonight's performance at Lancaster and the recent exploits of
the reserve and youth teams, must give cause for optimism for the future.
Birch, Evans, Molyneux, White, Alty (Lawless 67), Molloy, Knowles, Mason
(Toohey 85), Dann (Nolan 82), Bowen
FA Youth Cup Final
30th April 2002
6 Morecambe... 2 (after extra time)
The youth team
deservedly collected their second trophy within a week at the County Ground,
Leyland. In a flying start, Colin McDonald shot under the Morecambe
keeper after 11 minutes and five minutes later Mike Richardson made it
two with a tremendous 20 yard drive just inside the post. McDonald
shot wide when well placed, Sawtell headed over from a free-kick and Richardson
rattled the upright as Burscough dominated the game with some excellent
In the second
half, Morecambe as expected fought back hard, took control of the game,
and had achieved equality at 2-2 with only 60 minutes gone. It was
not looking good for the Linnets at this stage but they weathered the storm
and gradually fought their way back into it. McGlinchey just failed
to make proper contact with a left wing cross in the dying seconds and
the game went into extra time but was soon settled as Dominic Bird headed
a right wing cross over the keeper to regain the lead. Richardson's
shot, after rounding the keeper and then negotiating several defenders,
was handled on the line by a Morecambe defender, who duly received his
marching orders, and Steve Hussey converted from the spot. Morecambe
had no answer and were totally dismantled with further goals from McDonald
and substitute Dave Mason in the second period.
duly collected the trophy after a magnificently entertaining game of football
which was a credit to both sides.
27th April 2002
Athletic... 3 Burscough... 0
the better of the early chances, Chambers shooting over from close range
after a left wing cross from Prendergast. The Linnets should have
opened their account on 11 minutes when Frickley keeper Wilkinson spilled
a high cross and in the ensuing scramble Mike Mason shot over an empty
goal from ten yards when all he had to do was hit the target. Evans
bounced a header on the bar for Frickley and Taylor was fortunately in
the right place to hold another close range header from Collins.
In the first
minute of the second half Mike Mason's effort on spotting the keeper off
his line was just over the bar from 25 yards. Myers then sliced a
good chance wide for Frickley after a cross from the left but a minute
later on 57 minutes they took the lead through Collins after his first
attempt was blocked by Taylor. On 68 minutes it was 2-0 with the
best goal of the game. Prendergast's weaving run past three men down
the left ended with a pass inside to Collins who hit a wicked dipping shot
over Taylor from 25 yards. Taylor dived to push another long-range
effort round the post then on 78 minutes made another excellent block but
the rebound fell for Prendergast to lob into the top right corner for Frickley's
third, thus concluding a very disappointing second half for the Linnets.
Michael White made his full first team debut and gave a solid performance
throughout while young Michael Atherton got 5 minutes at the end.
5-0 defeat at Bradford means that the Linnets are assured of Premier Division
football next season (barring ridiculous accidents to a superior goal difference
of 16). It would have been welcome however if safety had been achieved
by their own efforts rather than relying on the failings of other teams.
In view of the still perilous position at the start of this game, the lack
of commitment (with certain exceptions) from many green shirts was rather
Evans, Molloy, Molyneux, Nolan, White, Lawless (Dann 78), Knowles, Mason,
Birch (Atherton 85), Bowen
FA Youth Cup Final
25th April 2002
2 Tiber... 1
The Youth Team completed
a hat-trick of Liverpool Youth Cup wins when they defeated Liverpool side
Tiber 2-1 this evening. Tiber led with a 14th minute penalty but
Burscough got on top and Richardson scored the equaliser on 38 minutes
after McGlinchey had hit the top of the bar and seen a shot cleared off
the line and Mason had side-footed wide from a Sawtell cross when it seemed
easier to score. Tiber had two great chances during the half but
were foiled by keeper Ian Lowe.
The Linnets surprisingly
went off the boil at the start of the second half and Tiber took the initiative
but on 71 minutes their keeper brought down a green shirt just inside the
area. Hussey stepped up to score from the spot and there was only one winner
from then on.
League Premier Division
20th April 2002
2 Burscough... 0
- a hard bumpy pitch, bare of grass in places - produced a game that was
probably the most boring and least entertaining of the entire season with
good football in short supply from both sides. After 12 minutes Marvin
Molyneux shot just wide of the post from the edge of the area and on the
half-hour mark Matty Taylor had to come out smartly to block from Gateshead's
Lawson but both keepers had little to do. Lee Furlong was becoming
involved in a niggling battle with Gateshead's No. 3 Morgan and was eventually
spoken to by the referee as he became increasingly frustrated. With
a minute of the half left Furlong was quite rightly pulled up for offside
as he broke clear but hammered the ball in the direction of the Gateshead
keeper and was promptly booked by the referee for unsporting conduct but
then declined to let the matter rest and stupidly got himself dismissed
for dissent to leave the Linnets an uphill task in the second half with
only one forward up front. Jonjo Dann took over that role on 55 minutes
but departed on a stretcher less than 20 minutes later with a dislocated
having most of the play without troubling Matty Taylor and the game seemed
to be drifting towards the inevitable 0-0 and a priceless point for the
Linnets as the 90th minute was reached. We really should have known
better - the old injury-time hoodoo struck yet again! The ball bobbed
around from a right wing corner and finally fell for Jones to find the
bottom corner from close range and to add insult to injury a speculative
25-yard shot from Bowman found the same spot after an outrageous bobble
over Matty Taylor's outstretched hands. Rough justice indeed
for the ten men who had battled well in the second half but they had been
let down badly by the eleventh member who was no longer out there!
Leahy, Evans, Molyneux, Nolan, Alty (Dann 55, Mason 74), Molloy, Knowles,
Lawless, Furlong, Bowen
3 Burscough... 0
The first three
minutes set the pattern for much of what followed as Mike Mason shot weakly
at the keeper from wide on the right and Steve Alty shot wide from a reasonable
position on the edge of the area. Emley were also wide with a 20-yarder
but took the lead after only 9 minutes when Ryan Bowen failed to cut out
a cross-field ball which put Emley striker Simeon Bambrook in the clear
down the left and his finish to the far corner left Taylor helpless.
Alty again shot over after a corner was played back in by Mike Mason and
then on 23 minutes John Lawless robbed a defender in midfield and broke
through straight down the middle but with only the keeper to beat seemed
strangely hesitant and the resulting rebound off the keeper's foot refused
to fall kindly for Mason - a golden opportunity squandered. A minute
later Lee Furlong limped off to be replaced by Jonjo Dann. Burscough
were totally dominating the possession but it was Emley who came closest
when a tremendous effort from 25 yards struck the angle of the woodwork.
The second half
continued with the Linnets even more in control but they were not making
the final breakthrough to trouble Cuss in the Emley goal and the finishing
was constantly weak and off target. The inevitable finally happened
on 74 minutes as Emley saw one of their infrequent attacks pay off.
Matty Taylor was caught stranded at the side of his area and Bambrook calmly
made space and lofted a shot from 25 yards into an empty net. Bambrook
then completed his hat-trick on 90 minutes when allowed time and space
to run down the middle and beat Taylor easily.
evening for the Linnets who must ponder as to how they came to lose a game
by 3-0 after having 70% of the possession.
Molyneux, Molloy, Leahy (White 87), Nolan, Alty (Toohey 83), Lawless, Knowles,
Mason, Furlong (Dann 24), Bowen
13th April 2002
1 Runcorn FC Halton... 3
In this battle
of the two Linnets Burscough got off to a shaky start with the defence
absent without leave at the far post as McNeil controlled a cross from
the right and netted easily to give Runcorn the lead after only 5 minutes.
Three minutes later Matty Taylor came to the rescue with a double save
at the feet of a Runcorn forward totally in the clear and shortly afterwards
Runcorn missed another chance with the home defence again in disarray.
Billy Knowles just failed to get his head to a free-kick and Ray Birch
headed wide from an excellent Marvin Molyneux cross as Burscough finally
got themselves into the game. The equaliser came on 21 minutes as
Lee Furlong latched on to a ball just inside the area and produced a perfect
chip over the advancing Runcorn keeper. Mike Mason was then fouled
as his cross created havoc in the Runcorn defence but Ray Birch's free
kick was scrambled clear. There was certainly no lack of incident
in this game and on the half hour Runcorn somehow missed two golden opportunities
after a free kick on the right. Andy Barlow then came to the rescue
a minute later with a clearing header off the line as Runcorn attacked
again. Half time arrived with the scores still level although it could
quite easily have been around 5-2 to Runcorn.
replaced an injured Andy Barlow at half-time and was immediately in the
action with a fine ball through to Mike Mason whose 20 yard effort was
just wide, but Runcorn went ahead on 48 minutes as a cross from the left
was knocked back in at the far post for Cowley to score from close range.
Dann and Evans shot just wide for Burscough as play continued end-to-end.
Ged Nolan headed wide from a free kick as did Runcorn at the other end.
Mike Mason had a header blocked on the line on 75 minutes and Lee Furlong
who had worked tremendously hard all game couldn't quite get enough power
into a header after a nice bit of skill from substitute John Lawless and
then shot just wide. Runcorn sealed it with two of six injury time
minutes gone as Cowley's effort from a left wing corner was ruled to have
crossed the line despite a desperate clearance from the Burscough defence.
All in all,
an entertaining last home game of the season but unfortunately with no
Evans, Bowen, Molyneux, Nolan, Barlow (Molloy 46), Mason, Knowles, Dann
(Lawless 69), Furlong, Birch (Leahy 71).
9th April 2002
3 Burscough... 1
The first fifteen
minutes established the pattern for this game as Burscough's John Lawless
saw his 25-yard shot come back off the crossbar in the second minute and
thirteen minutes later a cross by Droylsden's Mark Bradshaw was headed
into his own net by Tommy Molloy to give the Manchester side the lead.
It took a fine full length save from keeper Paul Phillips to prevent Ray
Birch putting the Linnets level on the 34 minute mark but within ninety
seconds the home side were two ahead with a goal of rare quality.
bradshaw put Steve Porter clear down the left with a slide rule pass and
the former Burscough player unleashed a thunderous volley that failrly
flew past Taylor into the top corner.
Lawless both went close before the Linnets pulled a goal back on 57 minutes
through Mike Mason who reacted quickest to turn the ball past a stranded
Phillips after a left wing corner was headed towrds goal by Furlong.
Fourteen minutes from time Burscough were guilty of poor marking from a
right wing corner and Darren Wright was allowed too much space to head
home a third and deciding goal for Droylsden.
Evans, Molloy (Dann 86), Molyneux, Nolan, Barlow, Lawless (Leahy 80), Knowles,
Mason, furlong, Birch (Alty 80).
0 Burton Albion... 0
In front of
a crowd of 531, the largest league attendance for over 30 years, the Linnets
completed a very satisfactory weekend by holding FA Trophy Semi-Finalists
and Unibond Champions-to-be Burton Albion to a goalless draw. Burton's
manager Nigel Clough was in their starting line-up at No.10.
The game started
surprisingly quietly and Burscough's first effort of note came on 11 minutes
as Mike Mason shot on the run but over the bar. Burton retaliated
with plenty of neat football and a shot across the face of the Burscough
goal. Lee Furlong was obviously struggling after receiving a knock
early on and it was no surprise when he had to call it quits after 25 minutes
to be substituted by Steve Leahy, which left Mike Mason ploughing something
of a lone furrow up front with Billy Knowles helping out whenever possible.
denied Burton with a superb block after 38 minutes and play immediately
switched to the other end where, after the best move of the half, Mike
Mason's effort was blocked and from the rebound John Lawless, six yards
out in front of goal, somehow sliced the ball up into the air with the
Burton defence in disarray.
A sudden change
in the elements at half-time found the Linnets facing wind and rain at
the start of the second half but managing for the most part to keep Burton
at bay, aided by a couple of fine saves from Matty Taylor. A Lawless
cross from the bye-line on 55 minutes was fumbled by Burton keeper Duke
but the ball refused to fall to a green shirt and Marvin Molyneux shot
over the top from wide on the right. A defensive slip nearly let Burton
in but from close range the ball was prodded over the bar. Burton
seemed to be fairly content with their point and for once there was no
nasty sting in the tail from the home point of view - the stalemate remained
unbroken and the Linnets acquired another well-earned point with their
second successive clean sheet.
Evans, Molloy, Molyneux, Nolan, Barlow, Lawless, Knowles, Mason, Furlong
(Leahy 25), Birch (Alty 84).
Alty, Leahy, Dann
30th March 2002
0 Burscough... 3
Jon-jo Dann is stretchered
off after only 12 minutes
Andy Barlow, Gareth Evans,
Matty Taylor and Ray Birch on defensive duties
Matty to the rescue again
with Ged Nolan looking on.
for the above pictures from the match to Alan Johnson at Altrincham FC
and his web-site at
After five consecutive
defeats, the Linnets well and truly stopped the rot with a superb victory
against the mighty Altrincham who were themselves on a run of six games
without a win. New signing Jonjo Dann again started promisingly,
winning balls in the air, but was unfortunately stretchered off after
only 12 minutes after putting in an over-enthusiastic challenge and coming
off worst with an ankle injury - Mike Mason substituted. Burscough
however were well in the game. A Lee Furlong cross was cut out by
keeper Coburn and John Lawless failed to control a sliced clearance and
shot over the bar. At the other end, Altrincham shot across the face
of goal with no-one to supply a finishing touch. The best chance
came on 35 minutes as a lovely through ball played in Ray Birch who almost
rounded the keeper and John Lawless couldn't quite take advantage of the
rebound as the Altrincham defence scrambled back to cover. Lee Furlong
had the ball in the net two minutes later but the flag was up for offside
and then headed wide from a Mike Mason cross. Altrincham came close in
injury time with a cross shot just the wrong side of the post.
Within a minute
of the restart the Linnets were in front. A ball played forward into
the box found Lee Furlong eluding the defence to comfortably beat the advancing
Coburn. Altrincham then had two great chances to equalise but shot
wide from good positions and Matty Taylor made a great save from a free-kick.
Birch, Lawless and Mason all shot over as Burscough attacked with some
promise and a Lawless cross to the far post was just too high for Lee Furlong.
On 75 minutes a low cross from the right found Billy Knowles with time
and space to double the lead and the icing was applied to the cake with
90 minutes up as Mike Mason applied the finishing touch to a Steve Leahy
free-kick after his initial header came back off the post - just reward
for a solid hard-working display by the youngster.
a splendid team performance to gain three much-needed and thoroughly deserved
Evans, Molloy, Molyneux, Nolan, Barlow, Lawless, Knowles, Dann (Mason 12),
Furlong, Birch (Leahy 78).
Leahy, Mason, Alty
Unibond League Premier Division
23rd March 2002
2 Worksop Town... 3
Up against Worksop
for the second successive week, the Linnets fielded a new signing in 21-year
old striker Jon-Jo Dann from League of Wales side Portmadoc. It was
also a welcome change to play a home match at last in pleasant weather
There was an
early escape for the home side as Worksop shot high and wide with Matty
Taylor stranded out of his goal and John Lawless shot over the bar as the
Linnets exerted pressure and looked quite lively. With 14 minutes
gone Lee Furlong made space for himself on the edge of the area and hit
a tremendous shot which had Worksop keeper Holmshaw beaten all ends up
but the ball bounced down off the bar. Marvin Molyneux was on hand
to sweep in the rebound but was inexplicably denied what seemed a perfectly
good goal by an offside flag. Lawless shot weakly when well-placed
and a dodgy defensive back-header almost caused Holmshaw some concern.
Burscough went in front deservedly on 38 minutes when Ray Birch's shot
from 15 yards was deflected and found the bottom corner after some good
work from Furlong.
Dann looked a little short of full match fitness but was nevertheless trying
hard and put a snap-shot just wide on 56 minutes but three minutes later
Worksop equalised as Gavin Smith headed home from a left wing corner with
the Burscough marking non-existent. Dann was again just off target
with a header from a corner but with ten minutes left it was Gavin Smith
again who put Worksop in the lead from close range despite Taylor getting
a hand to it. On 83 minutes Mike Mason replaced Gareth Evans and
with his first touch went clear down the left and pulled the ball back
for new signing Dann to strike a low first-time shot which went in off
the post. This appeared to have been an inspired substitution but
unfortunately the Linnets then seemed to forget that their No. 2 had left
the field. Worksop swept down the left given acres of space and the
situation was retrieved only with some difficulty. Not learning the
lesson the Burscough defence then repeated the mistake on 86 minutes and
despite a brilliant block by Matty Taylor, Todd somehow scrambled in the
rebound and what would have been a hard-earned point disappeared into thin
air yet again.
This fifth successive
defeat drops Burscough to 15th place in the league table and with games
against Altrincham and Burton Albion to come over Easter the alarm bells
are starting to ring rather too loudly for comfort.
Evans (Mason 83), Barlow, Molyneux, Nolan, Lawless, Birch (Alty 68), Knowles,
Dann, Furlong, Bowen.
Molloy, Mason, Alty
16th March 2002
3 Burscough... 1
After a quiet
opening the game developed into an end-to-end affair. Worksop were
first to threaten with a shot across the face of goal which went wide.
Lee Furlong shot just over with a first-time effort from a difficult angle
and then Matty Taylor had to be alert to save smartly at the feet of an
advancing Woksop forward. Marvin Molyneux and Tommy Molloy were both
guilty of weak finishes from promisimg positions before the home side took
the lead on 35 minutes. A cross from the left just eluded Andy Barlow,
starting a game in the first team for the first time, and Gavin Smith took
advantage with a good finish across Taylor into the far corner. Lee
Furlong shot straight at the keeper from the edge of the area and a Steve
Leahey cross was fortuitously deflected for a corner as the Linnets went
in for half-time probably slightly unfortunate to be behind.
a re-shuffle at half time with Steve Alty and John Lawless on in place
of Leahy and Dugdale. Marvin Molyneux immediately struck a powerful
effort just wide and for the first ten minutes of the half Burscough seemed
to be taking control - but then it all suddenly changed. On 57 minutes
Cropper increased Worksop's lead after a bit of a scramble and only a minute
later an excellent low cross from the right left Todd with a simple knock-in
at the far post. Lee Furlong then pulled one back on 63 minutes when
presented with a chance from a few yards out but any thoughts of a come-back
disappeared three minutes later when Ryan Bowen, who had already been booked,
was dismissed for bringing down a Worksop forward when in the position
of last line of defence - no complaints really about that one. That
effectively ended the game as a contest but the ten men at least battled
on gamely to the end without any further disaster.
Evans, Barlow, Molyneux, Nolan, Molloy, Leahy (Alty 45), Knowles, Dugdale
(Lawless 45), Furlong, Bowen
Lawless, Bennett, Alty
9th March 2002
1 Blyth Spartans... 2
Conditions at Victoria Park
were very windy yet again for what seems to be the umpteenth game in succession
but with wind advantage the Linnets started quite brightly in their first
game of the post-Davison era. After 4 minutes Lee Furlong had a shot
blocked and Steve Leahy's effort from about 15 yards was deflected off
a defender into the far corner. This early lead did not last long
and three minutes later a needless hand-ball in the area by Ged Nolan gave
Blyth a penalty which Robson rammed straight down the middle to level the
scores. A corner from Chris Stanton was deflected against the
outside of the post and then from a Tommy Molloy cross Billy Knowles' first
time flick was unfortunately straight at the keeper. Blyth were coming
more into the game and forced three successive corners after Matty Taylor
had saved superbly. Just before half time, Lee Furlong was fouled
on the edge of the area and Steve Leahy's free-kick was inches too high.
In the second half, Blyth
began to look more menacing in attack and alarm bells began to ring as
a header from a left wing cross went just over the angle of the woodwork
and a free-kick from 25 yards just fizzed past the foot of the post. Burscough's
light-weight forwards were making little headway. Their best chance
came on 75 minutes but Tommy Molloy's shot from Lee Furlong's through ball
was too high and on 82 minutes the inevitable happened when Lee Scroggins
scored for Blyth with a cracking 25 yarder which gave Taylor no chance
- a goal from the moment it left his foot. The Linnets applied some late
pressure; Billy Knowles just failed to make contact with a loose ball and
Ged Nolan had a header scrambled away, but it was all to no avail as another
three points disappeared into the distance on the wind.
Evans, Stanton, Molyneux, Nolan, Molloy(Alty 75), Leahy, Knowles, Furlong,
Bennett, Alty, Barlow
3 Burscough... 2
were fairly even. Ged Nolan was just wide with a header at the far
post after a corner had been nodded on and at the other end Hyde were also
close with a header. The Linnets were playing some neat football but without
creating too many openings and on 22 minutes Dave Dugdale shot wide with
an opportunity from 20 yards. There had been an incredible number
of stoppages during the first half for injuries to players of both sides
and Hyde capitalised on this in the sixth minute of injury time as they
made space down the right and a low cross from the bye-line was headed
home easily by Evans.
On 58 minutes
Andy Barlow came on in place of Steve Leahy to make his first team debut
and within a minute Burscough had equalised. Chris Stanton's lobbed
free-kick from 30 yards out was nodded down and back by Billy Knowles and
Tommy Molloy's low shot found the back of the net. This goal unfortunately
seemed to stir Hyde into action rather than the Linnets. They rattled
the Burscough cross-bar and on 67 minutes Maiden was allowed to run through
unchallenged to shoot past Taylor. Tommy Molloy was troubling Hyde
with some strong runs from midfield but further laxity in defence on 84
minutes saw Simon Yeo put in the clear to round Taylor and slot home Hyde's
third. Mike Mason pulled one back with a minute to go, nodding in
from under the bar after a scramble in front of goal, but it was too little,
Leahy (Barlow 58), Stanton, Molyneux, Nolan, Molloy, Lawless (Alty 78),
Knowles, Furlong, Dugdale (Mason 72), Bowen
Barlow, Alty, Mason
23rd February 2002
0 Bradford (Park Avenue)... 2
game ruined by a strong gale-force wind and one which will not live long
in the memory. The game started in almost identical fashion to that
against Bishop Auckland a fortnight earlier with a free-kick on the edge
of the area from Chris Stanton after 3 minutes, but with no end result
this time. Stanton's fiercely struck shot was heading just under
the cross-bar but Montgomery in the Bradford goal pulled off a brilliant
one-handed save to push it over the bar. Dave Dugdale then glanced
a header just wide but that unfortunately was about as good as it got for
struggling to make headway against the wind while Burscough could take
no advantage from playing with it and were strangely reluctant to chance
their arm from long-range which surely could have paid dividends.
of Lee Furlong with injury at half-time did nothing to help the cause and
left Burscough short of pace, very light-weight up front, and looking most
unlikely to conjure up a goal. Any hopes of a point from a 0-0 draw
were dashed on 68 minutes when Maxwell put the visitors in front with a
free-header from a right-wing corner and six minutes later Hayward settled
it with a superb strike from 20 yards into the top corner leaving Taylor
helpless. Bradford deserved their win in the atrocious conditions
simply because they put away two strikes in the second half while the Linnets
failed miserably to hit the target for 87 minutes, leaving Montgomery totally
unemployed apart from picking out the occasional cross.
There have now
been 17 games between Bradford and Burscough and none of these have ever
resulted in a home win. That particular record never looked in danger
of coming to an end in this one.
Not often you see both teams playing in green and white. Bradford
played in their normal strip of white jerseys with a green band and green
shorts, with the Linnets in their usual green jerseys and white shorts.
Apparently the ref had O.K'd it and in the event it didn't seem to be a
Evans, Stanton, Molyneux, Nolan, Leahy, Lawless, Knowles, Dugdale (Alty
83), Furlong (Hanson 45), Bowen
P.Taylor, Alty, Hanson
Marsden Trophy, Semi-Final
19th February 2002
0 Accrington Stanley... 1
Hopes of an
appearance in the final of this competition for the first time in
35 years were dashed by Stanley's injury- time winner on an absolutely
atrocious evening when a very strong wind and driving rain made a lottery
of the whole affair. It was a great shame that a semi-final of importance
to both teams had to be decided under such conditions.
the elements seemingly in their favour in the first half but the wind proved
more of a hindrance than a help and it was Accrington who had the better
of the game and more chances.
Accrington pressure in the second half, the Linnets came more into the
game and were playing much better against the wind than with it.
On the hour a neat bit of football played Dave Dugdale in the clear but
a glorious opportunity was spurned as he somehow contrived to shoot over
the bar from about 8 yards with only the keeper to beat.
replacing Steve Alty on 70 minutes, immediately began to create problems
for the Stanley defence and had a shot saved at the foot of the post by
Speare who also struggled to cut out a low cross from Mike Mason.
It had been
obvious for some time that one goal was probably going to settle it and
unfortunately it went the way of Accrington. With extra-time looming
and two of four injury-time minutes played, the Linnets' defence failed
to close down Gary Williams and from 25 yards he curled a shot past Taylor
into the top corner. For the umpteenth time this season, disappointment
at the death was the order of the day - it would be nice to win a game
in the last minute just for once!
Evans, Stanton, Molyneux, Nolan, Leahy, Alty (Lawless 70), Knowles, Dugdale,
P.Taylor, Hanson, Lawless, Birch, Bagnall (G/k)
16th February 2002
1 Burscough... 3
got off to a sensational start and were on target just 23 seconds after
the kick-off. Receiving a ball played forward by Chris Stanton down
near the left corner, Marvin Molyneux controlled, turned past his marker,
went to the bye-line and despite still being under pressure put over a
tremendous cross to the far post where Lee Furlong (returning after a one
match suspension) rose and thumped a powerful header just under the bar.
Furlong then had a shot saved by keeper Naisbett and also shot just wide
from Dave Dugdale's through ball. Burscough were now well on top
with Furlong and Dugdale always looking dangerous and causing havoc in
the Whitby defence. With 21 minutes gone, Furlong just beat Naisbett
to a through ball from Chris Stanton at the edge of the area but was forced
out wide in the process and still had a lot to do. The covering defender
on the line, however, could do nothing about the accurate shot which glanced
in off the inside of the near post. Chris Stanton then hit a cross
from the left just the wrong side of the bar with the keeper beaten and
it was no surprise when the Linnets went three up after 36 minutes.
Naisbett misjudged and dropped a cross from the right and Dave Dugdale
with his back to goal hooked it in from about 10 yards.
more into the game in the second half but Matty Taylor in goal was rarely
troubled. Steve Alty headed wide from a Furlong cross and Furlong was denied
his hat-trick by Naisbett when seemingly through on goal. Whitby
pulled one back on 75 minutes with a penalty from Logan, awarded supposedly
for a push by Billy Knowles, but couldn't capitalise further and Burscough
held out comfortably for a well-deserved three points.
Evans, Stanton, Molyneux, Nolan, Leahy, Alty (P.Taylor 87), Knowles, Dugdale
(Hanson 90), Furlong, Bowen
P.Taylor, Barlow, Hanson
9th February 2002
1 Bishop Auckland... 0
the suspended pair of John Lawless and Lee Furlong, kicked off towards
the Mart Lane end with the strong, almost gale-force, wind in their favour.
In the first two minutes a good cross from Michael Mason found no-one able
to get the necessary touch and Marvin Molyneux shot powerfully but just
wide. With 3 minutes gone, the Auckland defence conceded a free-kick
just outside the area and Chris Stanton made amends for his late mistake
of the previous week with a powerful low shot through the wall which found
the bottom corner to give the Linnets an early boost. From a good
low cross by Mason, Dave Dugdale almost increased the lead on the half-hour
but Bishop's keeper Campbell somehow blocked low down without knowing too
much about it.
In the second
half Auckland had probably the better possession but failed to make their
wind advantage count and neither keeper was unduly troubled. Both
teams struggled in the adverse conditions and the winner in the end was
undoubtedly the wind. The Linnets held out fairly comfortably for
the unaccustomed luxury of a clean sheet (their first in the League since
13th October) and a well-earned and valuable three points.
Evans, Stanton, Molyneux, Nolan, Molloy, Alty (P.Taylor 78), Knowles, Dugdale,
Mason (Leahy 87), Bowen
2nd February 2002
2 Gateshead... 2
For the second
week running the Linnets shot themselves in the foot (or to be precise,
both feet) and during the closing moments put their supporters through
the entire range of emotions from elation to total frustration.
The game started
brightly enough although without too many chances, Gateshead coming closest
with a powerful shot just over the bar and another forcing a fine save
from Taylor. A dipping free-kick from Tommy Molloy almost found the
net but Gateshead keeper Swan just managed to save at the foot of the post
after seeing it late. A Furlong cross on 21 minutes saw Dugdale unable
to make sufficient contact at the near post as Swan managed to scramble
the ball away and ten minutes later Dugdale was again unlucky in a repeat
performance. On 39 minutes the Linnets took the lead as Marvin Molyneux
celebrated his 20th birthday by latching on to a through ball down the
left with the Gateshead defence all at sea and comfortably beating the
advancing Swan. At the same moment Lee Furlong was forced to leave
the field, to be replaced by Michael Mason, after an earlier nasty collision
with his own player had left him dazed and obviously rather more hurt than
at first realised. Right on half time Burscough were indebted to an excellent
save by Matty Taylor as he pushed a close range shot round the upright
to preserve the lead.
After 12 minutes
of the second half, however, it all went pear-shaped again. Despite
some uncompromising defending from Gateshead at times it had never been
a dirty game and there seemed no reason for the fracas which suddenly broke
out in midfield. Tommy Molloy was provoked into exacting his own
retribution with a petulant push in the chest at an opponent under the
nose of the referee who had no option at all but to display the red card.
Sheer stupidity - although it was annoying that the Gateshead player who
seemed to be responsible for this bit of nonsense escaped scot-free.
Burscough's ten men now came under pressure and it was no surprise when
Bowey equalised for Gateshead on 67 minutes with a close range shot into
the roof of the net after the ball had come back off the bar. Matty
Taylor now kept his team in the game with a series of fine saves and a
1-1 result was looking likely but this game had some final twists up its
With three minutes
left Dave Dugdale was put through on goal and looked certain to score but
delayed too long and allowed Swan to smother the ball - a great chance
squandered. Then with a minute left a free-kick from the right found its
way across to Ged Nolan on the far side of the area and his speculative
shot curled perfectly just inside the far post to apparently give the Linnets
the winner, but with two minutes of injury time played Chris Stanton failed
to cut out a long ball into the middle to let Gateshead's Preen in for
All in all,
a draw was probably a fair result after Burscough had let themselves down
badly with the sending-off, but after doing the hard work to get back in
front it was terribly frustrating to see two points snatched away at the
Evans (P.Taylor 72), Stanton, Molyneux, Nolan, Molloy, Alty (Leahy 77),
Knowles, Dugdale, Furlong (Mason 39), Bowen
P.Taylor, Leahy, Mason
Marsden Trophy, 3rd Round
29th January 2002
4 Darwen... 1
through to the semi-final of the Lancashire Trophy with a fairly comfortable
victory against Darwen from North-West Counties Div 2 who had beaten a
full-strength Morecambe side 4-2 in the previous round.
made most of the early running. Molloy surged through on the left
but his shot swung just wide of the far post and then Lawless shot straight
at the keeper from 20 yards. The break-through finally arrived on
28 minutes when a free-kick was swung in from the right and nodded on for
Ged Nolan to run on to and score his first goal of the season fairly easily.
Darwen's best chances of the half came from free-kicks with a couple of
efforts just over the bar and they were rewarded for a spell of pressure
in injury time when Matt Swailes' snapshot from 25 yards found the bottom
Darwen may have had of repeating their Morecambe exploits were soon dashed
at the start of the second half. On 47 minutes Lee Furlong swung
over a fine cross from the right touchline and Dave Dugdale's header totally
deceived keeper Baldwin as it lobbed gently into the top corner.
Four minutes later the Darwen defence was unable to clear a Lawless cross
after a neat move down the right and Tommy Molloy was on hand to hit home
from close range. Darwen, to their credit, kept on battling but most
of the chances came at the other end. Lee Furlong was a whisker away from
connecting with a Dugdale cross in front of goal but finally got on to
the score sheet to wrap it up after 82 minutes with a simple tap-in after
Baldwin had failed to collect a Molloy free-kick from the left.
Evans, Stanton (Bennett 85), Molyneux, Nolan, Molloy, Lawless (Alty 78),
Knowles (P.Taylor 88), Dugdale, Furlong, Bowen
P.Taylor, Alty, Bennett, Leahy, Bagnall (G/K)
President's Cup, Quarter Final
26th January 2002
1 Ashton United... 3
interest in this trophy came to an unexpected end with a defeat against
First Division Ashton United that was totally self-inflicted.
minutes, a header from a cross by Marvin Molyneux saw the Ashton right-back
clear off the line by the post with more than a suspicion of handball and
from the resulting corner the same defender blocked on the line again.
The Linnets then forced a succession of corners but couldn't make the breakthrough.
A quick Ashton throw caught Burscough napping but Taylor came out quickly
enough to ensure the shot went just wide. A very strong wind blowing
from corner to corner was in Ashton's favour but was making life difficult
for both sides.
The last fifteen
minutes of the half, however, were a total disaster for the Linnets.
On 31 minutes an Ashton forward, seemingly well boxed-in near the corner
flag, was somehow allowed to wriggle free down the line and his cross was
eventually converted by Cornelly to give Ashton the lead. Eight minutes
later, a reckless challenge by Bowen on the left of the area conceded an
unnecessary penalty.Cornelly's spot-kick, low down the middle, was blocked
by Matty Taylor but after two further attempts from the rebound Cornelly
finally found the corner of the net much to Burscough's disbelief.
Another Burscough shot was blocked on the line, an Ashton defender sliced
narrowly wide of his own goal, and then Lee Furlong and two Ashton defenders
were booked after an incident that had been threatening to blow up for
a while. With 45 minutes up, Dave Dugdale was clearly fouled on the edge
of the area and, unlike the match against Accrington, the referee played
a good advantage as John Lawless picked up the loose ball. From his cross
a general melee developed at the foot of the post with the keeper and several
players disputing possession. Lee Furlong was ajudged to have been
somewhat over-enthusiastic in his attempts to play the ball and received
a second yellow card followed by the red and to make matters worse John
Lawless followed him for subsequent remarks made to the referee.
The match was
seemingly all over but to their credit Burscough's nine men battled hard
in the second half. Ashton's tall and physically strong defenders,
including Joe Royle's son Darren, for the most part held firm and the Linnets'
best efforts were a shot screwed wide by Dugdale and a 25-yarder from Gareth
Evans held by the keeper. With quarter of an hour to go, Michael
Mason (newly signed this week after playing in the youth team a couple
of years ago) came on and within three minutes rifled a beautiful 20-yard
drive into the top corner to give Burscough some hope. Despite further
pressure they couldn't find an equaliser and with three minutes of injury
time gone, Dormer scored a third for Ashton with a shot from the edge of
the area that Matty Taylor should have saved. That just about summed
up Burscough's day - talk about shooting yourself in the foot!
Evans (Alty 90), Stanton (P.Taylor 70), Molyneux, Nolan, Molloy, Lawless,
Knowles, Dugdale (Mason 75), Furlong, Bowen
19th January 2002
Trinity... 3 Burscough... 1
After last week's
memorable match, this was definitely a case of "after the Lord Mayor's
show" as the Linnets suffered ninety minutes they will rapidly want to
forget. It all started promisingly enough - on 12 minutes Ray Birch fired
in a 20 yard effort which keeper Ingham saved superbly at the expense of
a corner and a few minutes later a fine cross-field ball from Marvin Molyneux
found Billy Knowles well-placed just inside the area but again the keeper
saved. Gainsborough were looking threatening in attack and on 27
minutes took the lead when Lee Ellington turned smartly just inside the
area and was tripped by Molyneux. Ellington himself scored easily
from the spot.
now seemed to be struggling with an injury and was forced to depart on
37 minutes to be replaced by Dave Dugdale. At the same time one of
the referee's assistants ("linesman", if you prefer the old-fashioned term)
also departed with an injury and play was delayed by several minutes while
a substitute was found and kitted out.
The match was
effectively decided in the first period of the second half as Trinity turned
the screw with a display of fine attacking football. On 51 minutes,
Gowshall increased their lead with a firm glancing header to the far side
of the net from a right-wing corner with the Burscough marking non-existent
and on the hour Lee Ellington, a thorn in Burscough's side all afternoon,
made it three after the defence had failed to clear the ball.
continued to threaten, the Linnets were struggling to maintain respectability
and were not helped by Neil Hanson's departure with injury. However,
the storm was weathered without further mishap and with twelve minutes
to go a neat move ended with John Lawless being played in down the middle
to beat Ingham for a consolation.
Ray Birch then
departed the scene in some discomfort and for the last few minutes Burscough
were down to ten men having by now run out of substitutes.
The bad news
after the match was that Ray Birch had cracked 4 ribs and looks likely
to be out for some time.
Hanson (Evans 75), Stanton, Molyneux, Molloy, P.Taylor (Alty 65), Lawless,
Knowles, Birch, Furlong (Dugdale 37), Bowen Subs: Alty, Evans,
12th January 2002
3 Accrington Stanley... 2
In front of the season's
best crowd of 327 at Victoria Park, Burscough fielded a weakened side without
Ged Nolan (suspended) and Andy McMullen (injured) against an Accrington
team unbeaten in seven matches and holders of the Premier Division Team
of the Month award for both November and December.
The Linnets almost took
the lead in the first minute as Lee Furlong burst through but his shot,
under challenge from two defenders, was weak and saved by keeper Speare
down to his left. On 18 minutes Furlong and Accrington's Jonathan
Smith were both booked on the intervention of a linesman. Two minutes
later Smith brought down Furlong and received a second yellow card followed
by the inevitable red. Play became increasingly niggly after this
but neither keeper was called into serious action and Burscough were not
really able to make their one-man advantage count. Furlong was wide
with a clever back-heel flick, Knowles just failed to make contact with
a cross from the right and Molloy's shot after a good run was held by Speare
to his left. Goal-less at half time with no indication of the drama
Burscough brought on 18-yr
old Dave Dugdale at the start of the second half in place of Steve Leahy
and after five minutes the referee failed to play advantage and whistled
up for a Linnets' free-kick as Furlong ran through to lob the ball over
the keeper. With an hour gone Stanley suddenly found acres of space
down the left and from the cross Carden was left with time to control at
the far post and put his team in front and the Linnets up against it.
Burscough were finding more
space now against the ten men but were doing themselves no favours with
some appalling deliveries of the final ball into the box. However,
on 68 minutes they at last got it right and Molyneux's cross found Tommy
Malloy out on the left and his shot was hit low to the far corner for his
first ever goal for the first team.
The game was then decided
in the space of an amazing three minutes. With quarter of an hour
left, Dave Dugdale latched on to the ball wide on the edge of the area
and under pressure from a defender curled a superb 20 yard chip shot over
the keeper. A minute later Accrington had levelled with the Burscough
defence conspicuously absent again as James ran through down the left and
his shot beat Matty Taylor at his near post. Their celebrations were equally
short-lived as again within a minute the Linnets retook the lead.
John Lawless made space on the right and crossed beyond the far post where
Tommy Malloy knocked it back in for Dugdale to gleefully smash in his second.
The drama was not yet over
as Stanley almost got another instant equaliser but Chris Stanton at the
foot of the post hacked a goal-bound shot off the line. The closing
stages were marked by some rather physical tactics by the Accrington defence
and the Linnets ran out the winners of a well-deserved and hard-earned
Hanson, Stanton, Molyneux, Molloy, Leahy (Dugdale 45), Lawless (P.Taylor
80), Knowles, Birch, Furlong, Bowen Subs: Alty, P.Taylor, Dugdale
Marsden Trophy, 2nd Round
8th January 2002
3 Squires Gate 1
progressed to the quarter finals of this competition with a fairly comfortable
victory over Squires Gate from North-West Counties Div 2 although, having
beaten Marine in the previous round, the opposition were not to be taken
shot just over the bar as Burscough applied early pressure but survived
a scare when Squires Gate failed to take advantage of a bad back-pass by
the home defence. On 10 minutes a cross from Lawless on the right
was flicked on to Furlong who netted easily from close range despite looking
in a suspiciously offside position.
visitors were not going to lie down; Bagnall was forced to save at
the foot of the post and a cross from the right was headed on to the top
of his crossbar when it seemed easier to score. Lee Furlong was looking
lively up front and it was from his cross on 18 min that the ball broke
to Ray Birch who picked his spot to score comfortably from about 10 yards.
It was Birch again who warmed the keeper's hands with a powerful shot from
the right and Ged Nolan saw a 25-yarder whistle just wide of the post.
pulled a goal back however on 39 minutes after Bagnall could only parry
a close range shot.
After 51 minutes
the game was more or less decided when an intended cross from Ryan Bowen
way out on the left flank somehow found its way into the far top corner
of the net with the keeper a helpless spectator. Bowen then shot
just wide of the far post from a good opening on the left but there were
not many more incidents of note as the Linnets seemed content with what
they had. Full marks though to Squires Gate who never gave up and
moved the ball around quite well.
Hanson, Stanton, Molyneux, Nolan, McMullen (Dugdale 54), Lawless (Alty
68), Knowles, Birch (Leahy 83), Furlong, Bowen
Dugdale, Alty, P.Taylor, M.Taylor
29th December 2001
0 Hyde United... 2
United are currently in bottom spot in the Premier Division but this result
just emphasised once again that there are no easy games in this division.
closest effort of the first half came after an excellent three-man
move which ended with Dugdale's shot striking the top of the bar and bouncing
over. Just on half time, Dugdale missed a glorious chance to give
the Linnets the lead after a corner but screwed his shot wide from just
six yards out.
at both ends had been somewhat wayward but on 52 minutes, Hyde's Kevin
Leadbetter (ex-Skelmersdale United, now on loan to Hyde from Southport)
showed how it should be done with a 20 yard snapshot which found the far
corner with Matty Taylor apparently unsighted.
shot after breaking through on the right produced a splendid save from
veteran keeper David Felgate but Burscough were not helping their cause
with some wayward passing out of defence - Marvin Molyneux in particular
being an offender. Some late pressure from the Linnets gave the home
supporters brief hope but one always had the impression that the ball was
not going to find the back of the net on this particular day and it was
probably no surprise when, with 90 min up on the clock, Hyde broke down
the left and Yeo was left with a simple finish after a shot was blocked.
power up front was missed but ironically it was his replacement, 18yr old
Dave Dugdale, who was Burscough's best forward on the day.
P.Taylor, Molloy (Birch 58), Molyneux, Nolan, McMullen, Lawless (Alty 85),
Knowles, Dugdale, Furlong, Bowen
UniBond League Premier Division
26th December 2001
2 Burscough... 1
through near blizzard conditions on the North Wales coast, Burscough were
somewhat unfortunate to return pointless after a hard working display that
saw them enjoy the greater share of possession for much of the game.
had the best of the first half chances with Billy Knowles heading just
wide on 11 minutes following a Birch free kick. This was followed
by a good effort from Lee Furlong before Bay's Marc Limbert had a shot
blocked at the other end. Dave Dugdale twice went close before the
Welsh side took the lead in first half injury time through a looping header
from Dean Williams.
sustained spell of pressure after the restart, Knowles scored a deserved
equaliser on 57 minutes with a typical snapshot from 15 yards out.
Ten minutes later the Linnets fell behind again as Jason Jones got behind
their defence to give Taylor no chance. The visitors continued to
push forward but nearly fell two behind with six minutes left only for
Taylor to pull off an incredible reflex save from a McIlvogue header.
Birch (Leahey 75), Alty, Molyneux, Nolan, McMullen, Lawless (Hanson 72),
Knowles, Dugdale, Furlong, Bowen
Cup (Group Stage)
3 Radcliffe Borough... 0
The game got
off to a lively start with Linnets keeper Matty Taylor tipping a shot onto
the top of the bar, Radcliffe forcing four successive corners and seeing
a header also bounce on the bar - and that was just in the first three
minutes! After that edgy opening, Burscough soon settled and on 12
min. Steve Alty played in Lee Furlong who took the ball round the keeper
to the bye-line and from there walked it into an empty net. The McEvilly/Furlong
duo were looking dangerous in every attack but it was obviously not going
to be Lee Mac's night as, after a typical surge forward, he stubbed his
shot straight to the keeper and then miskicked another chance from six
yards. Radcliffe, however, were by no means out of it and came more into
the game as the half progressed, playing some good passing football.
the second half, Lee Furlong put the result more or less beyond doubt with
a confident finish as he was put clear after the Borough defence had messed
up a quick free kick and the Linnets seemed quite happy to hold on to what
they had. Radcliffe struck the foot of the post and forced Taylor
to another fine tip-over, but with two minutes left it was that man Furlong
who waltzed clear again and completed his hat-trick with a well-placed
shot to the far corner.
Hanson, Alty, Molyneux, P.Taylor, McMullen, Lawless (Dugdale 88), Knowles,
McEvilly, Furlong, Bowen.
15th December 2001
2 Burscough... 3
In an entertaining
game at Irongate, Burscough deservedly took all three points against a
Bamber Bridge side much changed of late with a new manager and a host of
new players in their line up. 'Brig' started the game playing some
purposeful football and it was no surprise when they took the lead after
17 min. Neil Hanson failed to get in a tackle, Andy Moran was played in
and beat Matty Taylor with an angled shot to the far corner. The
Linnets forced their way back into it and began to look dangerous with
McEvilly and Furlong (back after a long absence through injury) causing
problems. On the half-hour a lofted ball over the defence found Furlong
on the right touchline and his first time cross was headed home powerfully
by McEvilly who had to receive treatment after colliding with the keeper.
Eight minutes later the Brig defence was all at sea as Furlong was put
through and made no mistake with a rising drive across keeper Sharrock
into the top corner.
after the interval the lead was increased as McEvilly got to the bye-line
after a strong run down the left and crossed for Furlong to smash it into
an empty net from 6 yards. A runaway win looked to be a possibility but
within three minutes Brig had pulled one back as Moran found the roof of
the net after his first attempt came back off the post.
As usual, the
Linnets then made life difficult for themselves by often failing to clear
their lines properly in the face of some determined home pressure and were
indebted to Matty Taylor for a superb double save. They should have increased
their lead however when Ryan Bowen somehow contrived to head over the bar
from a perfect chipped cross from Billy Knowles when it seemed far easier
In the final
stages Brig ran out of steam and their frustration showed with two minutes
left when keeper Sharrock was shown the red card apparently for dissent
after trying to take a quick free-kick from 10 yards too far forward.
Hanson, Stanton, Molyneux, Nolan, McMullen, Birch (Leahy, 80), Knowles,
McEvilly (Dugdale, 85), Furlong, Bowen.
Cup (Group Stage)
2 Burscough... 1
With a Lee McEvilly
headed goal disallowed, this was not to be Burscough's night and Marine
took the lead with just nine minutes left. Andy McMullen seemed to
have earned a point with an 89th minute equaliser but Marine then grabbed
all three with the last kick of the game.
P.Taylor, Molloy, Leahy, Nolan, McMullen, Birch, Knowles, McEvilly Dugdale,
8th December 2001
3 Whitby Town... 1
The Linnets never
really threatened in a first half in which Whitby were probably the better
side. Dave Dugdale broke through early on to bring a good save from Naisbett
in the Whitby goal but the rebound was scrambled clear. At the other
end Matty Taylor produced an incredible reaction save from a close-range
header to deny Whitby's Ure. The second half opened in much the same
vein until a run into the box by Ure ended with a trip just inside the
area by Paul Taylor and Logan scored from the spot to give Whitby
the lead. At this stage it was difficult to see where Burscough were
going to find even one point from but the game suddenly changed dramatically
on 67min. as Lee McEvilly controlled a cross from the right and his shot
somehow took a strange deflection and found its target at the foot of the
far post. Suitably encouraged, the Linnets began to attack and on
77 min. a neat interchange between McEvilly and Dugdale ended with a typical
McEvilly surge across the area to finish with a crisp left foot shot past
Naisbett. With three minutes left, McEvilly was put through in the
clear, rounded the keeper with some style and side-footed home for his
third hat-trick in about six weeks.
P.Taylor, Birch, Leahy, Nolan, McMullen, Lawless, Knowles, McEvilly, Dugdale,