BURSCOUGH put their midweek nightmare against Rochdale Town in the Lancashire Cup firmly behind them on Saturday with a thoroughly impressive display against Curzon Ashton.
The visitors started brightly and with some good pressure earned themselves a corner.
Phil Clarke’s corner was cleared but only to Darren Brookfield, who whipped in a low cross for Niall Cummins to tap in from close range on 12 minutes.
Brookfield was a constant nuisance on the wing and delivered another fine cross this time to Clarke, who smashed the ball into the roof of the net to double Burscough’s lead.
The Linnets’ dominance was clear and on 40 minutes man-of-the-match Cummins got his second of the game.
A perfectly weighted cross from Clarke fell straight to the hard-working forward who calmly headed home.
The hosts must have had an ear-bashing at half-time and started the second period much more brightly. Matthew Purcell forced a save from Burscough keeper Tim Horn, but he could not do anything about the rebound and Purcell fired home.
Curzon’s resurgence was short-lived, however. On 67 minutes Will Jones restored the Greens’ three-goal advantage with a fine finish to knock the fight out of the home side. The home team’s woeful afternoon continued when they were reduced to 10 men for a poor challenge on David Lynch.
Jamil Adam then got in on the act late on. Great football from the away side saw the ball fed to Adam, who quickly turned and smashed the ball home.
Burscough switched off in the 90th minute and conceded a soft goal. Scott Metcalfe’s finish made the score a little more respectable.
BURSCOUGH: Horn, Camozzi, Quirk, Duff, Dodd, Clarke, Brookfield (Adam), Lynch, Cummins (J Williams), Jones, Mayers (Caddick) Subs (not used): Stewart, Tyson.