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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 (3073086)
Linnets triumph in eventful clash
by Tom Martin

Mossley 2 Burscough 3

BURSCOUGH produced an impressive away performance in difficult conditions to come away with this narrow victory over rivals Mossley in an eventful clash.

The win takes the Linnets up to 10th place in the Evo-Stick First Division North, just a point behind Mossley but with four games in hand.

Saturday's success, on pitch with a light covering of snow, was achieved courtesy of a brace of penalties by skipper Paul Williams and a strike by Karl Noon.

Undoubtedly, however, the visitors' cause was helped by the home side's lack of discipline which saw them reduced to nine men by the finish after two players received straight red cards in the second half.

It was Mossley though who opened the scoring on 14 minutes when Scott Kay floated in an inviting corner kick which was headed home by Tom Dean.

Sam Robinson thought he had doubled the lead shortly only to see his effort ruled out after being caught narrowly offiside.

Burscough got back on level terms in the 27th minute when Michael Monaghan went down under a challenge in the box with the referee pointing to the spot and skipper Paul Williams stepping up to convert the resulting penalty.

Mossley thought they had scored again when Mike Fish burst through only to see his seemingly goal-bound effort come back off the inside of the post. Fish reacted quickly to claim the rebound but his second effort was blocked on the line by a defender and the chance was gone.

Burscough were then awarded another penalty when Will Jones' powerful drive struck Mike Thomas on the arm and Williams gratefully slotted home his second spot kick of the game.

Six minutes into the second half Burscough were back on the scoresheet, Karl Noon sliding home a precise finish to make it 1-3 and when Kyle McGonigle was given a straight red shortly afterwards following a robust challenge in the middle of the pitch the Linnets looked home and dry.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Mossley continued to press and substitutes Mitch Bryant and Dougie Carroll combined for the latter to stroke the ball home from 10 yards on 72 minutes.

But with Mossley now pushing for an equaliser Bryant then got involved in a needless off-the-ball incident and he too was shown a straight red.

Even with nine men Mossley continued to seek a leveller but Burscough were able to hold on for the three points.


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