Burscough 0 – 2 Hyde United
Burscough Football Club were once again looking to close the gap on Goole and Prescott Cables to keep hopes of survival alive. They faced an inform mid-table Hyde United on Saturday afternoon but were unable to fathom a win.
Both teams were desperate for the three points and it was evident from the first whistle. Both sides created goal scoring opportunities within the first ten minutes but were unable to break the deadlock.
It was the visitors who came the closest as Lawrence Hunter broke free beating an offside trap from Burscough, his shot struck the outside of the post.
Minutes later the visitors took the lead, good work from Big Khamsuk, who was a nuisance all afternoon, beat his man before squaring the ball to Matthew Beadle who couldn’t have missed an open goal from six yards out.
Burscough and Hyde both pushed for the next goal which produced an end to end entertaining first half.
The hosts did create chances and run of play suggested that The Linnets were close to an equaliser. However, they just lacked that cutting edge and assertiveness to convert. The second half was a scrappier affair as both sides failed to find any rhythm and take hold of possession.
Burscough manager Keith McCann made several changes in order to galvanise his team and salvage a point at the very least. Callum Scott and Danny Ashburner both provided fresh legs for The Linnets but were unable to make a difference.
More misery was to be heaped on Burscough as with less than ten minutes to the final whistle substitute Chris Sutherland was brought down inside the box leaving referee Craig Buxton little choice. Sutherland took the penalty and sent ‘keeper Richie Mottram the wrong way to make it 2-0.
Scorer Sutherland then nearly turned provider as he found Ayrton Bevins in space who rattled the bar from outside the box.
The game finshed 2-0 to Hyde United who remain mid-table. Burscough remain at the foot of the table but with games coming thick and fast their hopes of survival are not over. Keith McCann still has plenty of time to save The Linnets, their next game is a trip to the previously postponed game at Goole.
Report by Ross Chandley
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