A LIVELY start to the game saw both teams come flying out of the blocks and Liam Caddick did well on five minutes to force a save from Sam Ashton.
Three minutes later, the home side took the lead.
Jordan Williams nicked a loose ball on the right and managed to square across the six-yard box for the onrushing Louis Mayers who smashed home on the left.
On 10 minutes, Burscough doubled their advantage as Caddick’s cross was only blocked as far as David Lynch whose shot forced a corner. From the resulting corner, Niall Cummins produced a superb overhead kick to make it 2-0.
Skem could and maybe should have pegged the Linnets back moments later when Gary Burnett’s shot beat Horn but struck the post.
It took a great save from the Burscough stopper again to prevent a later Burnett opportunity.
Burscough almost had a third on 40 minutes when another wicked Caddick centre was almost turned into the Skem net but it was the visitors who struck to half the deficit when Horn failed to clear a corner, the ball landed at the feet of Warren Bellew who executed a superb lob into the back of the net.
The second half didn’t come to life as quick as the first but was by no means quiet.
On 58 minutes the points should have been secured for the Linnets as main man Caddick played in Cummins with only the keeper to beat but the striker could only tamely pass the ball in to the arms of Ashton.
Two minutes later saw a goal worthy of a much higher division. Thirty five yards out on the right, from absolutely nowhere, Jordan Williams looked up and absolutely lashed a thunderbolt in to the top right corner of Ashton’s goal.
The visitors, despite pressure, never really looked like threatening.
The points were made safe for Burscough on 74 minutes when Caddick finally got his goal.
After Mayers smart pass set him down the left, the striker used his electric pace to burn past the static United defence and cooly finish past Ashton to round off the evening.