BURSCOUGH’S last chance of Cup glory went begging on Monday night as they were beaten 2-0 on Tameside in a scrappy affair in the Doodson Sport Cup with Curzon Ashton.
The Linnets had a few decent chances to take the lead early on – Darren Brookfield taking control of a poor clearance from the Ashton back four, however his crossed fizzed just beyond Jamil Adam’s outstretched leg.
David Lynch was then fouled on the edge of the box. He took the resulting free kick himself but could only fire into the wall. Lynch would soon after loop the ball goalwards to the head of Niall Cummins – but the Linnets striker’s effort could only meet the bar.
Ten minutes from half time the deadlock was broken. A mistimed shot reached the head of a stumbling Curzon player and beat keeper Tim Horn.
The second half started much more positively for the away side. The Greens pressed much harder after the break, but they were restricted to long range shots due to resilient defending by the hosts.
It was a game that was mainly fought in the midfield but Burscough’s end product wasn’t enough to trouble Matthew Green.
In the 66th minute a well worked corner by the home-side saw Jonathon Hunt tower above the Burscough defence and head the ball home to double their advantage and effectively kill off the game.
BURSCOUGH will be looking to bounce back from Monday’s disappointment when they entertain Trafford FC at Victoria Park on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.