BURSCOUGH RICHMOND had a pleasant surprise this week when Mark Beesley joined the side after spending a short time with Skelmersdale United.
He is a very experienced player and will hopefully help the younger players at the club until the end of the season.
Turton kicked off but it took until the 25th minute before Richmond had a shot on goal, with striker Murt firing wide.
The home side were in for a tough match as with the cup clash against the same opponents earlier in the season.
The first good opening for the visitors came five minutes later when striker McCloughlan found space in the Richmond box. His shot was well saved by the hosts’ goalkeeper Moore, who turned the ball around the post for a corner.
A couple of minutes later Richmond took the lead after a mix-up in the Turton defence let in captain Lee McNabb to roll the ball into an empty net.
Richmond were awarded two corners in succession but couldn’t take advantage.
The first saw the ball roll agonisingly across the six yard box with the home forwards not close enough to knock it home.
Richmond went into the half-time break one-up but knowing the three points would have to be battled for in the second period.
On 50 minutes the visitors were awarded a free-kick about 25 yards out from the home team’s penalty area.
The ball was venomously struck by Scission, rattling the crossbar, and Moore in goal could only breath a sigh of relief when the ball was finally cleared.
At the other end of the pitch Beesley brought a fantastic save out of the visitors’ keeper Howard, the striker beating two defenders before hitting his own powerful shot.
Richmond at this stage looked like they were gaining the upper hand when they had their own defensive slip up on 75 minutes, striker Fitton taking advantage to level the scores. The remainder of the game could have gone to either side but in the end when referee Beckett blew the final whistle the draw was a fair result.