BURSCOUGH missed a chance to get back to winning ways on Saturday, but a clean sheet at home to Ossett Albion was satisfying enough for a Linnets side rebuilding after their defeat at Ramsbottom the previous week.
New signing Michael Brown, who signed in midweek from Marine, was impressive on his debut and was in the action early on as he fed a ball through to James Short who could only fire wide from long distance.
Linnets captain Paul Williams, who recently turned down a more lucrative offer at a rival club in order to stay at the Greens, was unfortunately substituted after just 20 minutes through injury.
As Burscough applied early pressure in the game, Mark Beesley was unable to convert a couple of decent chances, firstly a cross from Liam Caddick was just beyond the Burscough strikers reach. Just moments later Beesley had another chance but his shot was just dragged wide.
Conor Roberts had a chance to give the Linnets a lead on the stroke of half time but his effort was no problem for the Albion keeper.
The Linnets started the second half in a similar vain to the first. Pressure by the Greens led to a free kick on the edge of the box. Roberts’ strike had the Ossett goalkeeper worrying as he scrambled off his line and punched clear.
With 10 minutes to go Liam Caddick had another chance to put the home team ahead but his low shot went inches wide of the post as Burscough desperately searched for a winner.
John Conolly had the Greens’ final chance of the game as his rasping shot was stopped by the keeper, moments before Tim Horn was called into action to make a great save.