THE hard work of a battling first half performance was undone by poor defending in the second as Burscough were condemned to an opening day 4-2 defeat at the hands of Derbyshire outfit New Mills.
Burscough started the game slowly and were behind after just ten minutes when Carlos Meakin was offered a simple tap in which he finished with aplomb.
Things got worse for the Linnets when New Mills doubled their lead through Jamie Rother.
To the Greens’ credit they battled hard and just four minutes later the deficit was halved. Phil Quirk was felled in the box after a charging run and the experienced Mark Beesley coolly dispatched the spot kick in the 20th minute.
The penalty proved to be the shot in the arm the visitors needed and their second goal in two minutes arrived in the form of a brilliant solo effort by Jordan Williams, who provided constant problems for the New Mills defence all afternoon.
After getting themselves back into the game in the first half the Greens appeared to come out sluggish after the interval.
A defensive error by Paul Williams on the hour mark saw the home team awarded a penalty. Tim Horn went the right way but Carlos Meakin's strike just eluded him and saw Meakin earn his brace for the day and put the hosts back in the lead.
Burscough heads dropped and a miserable day was capped off by Micheal Fish putting the game beyond reach.