A SECOND trip to the far north west in five days put paid to any hope of an extended run for the Linnets in the FA Cup, as the men in green exited at the second qualifying stage.
After a 3-1 defeat to Kendal Town in the auld grey town of Westmorland on Tuesday evening, Burscough travelled back up the M6 on a sunny Saturday, this time to Cumberland, to meet Workington, one of the 44 second-tier Conference sides that entered the Cup at this stage.
Workington's summer signing from Burscough, David Lynch, was in the starting XI for the Reds, while Derek Goulding made a number of personnel changes to his side.
Philip Clarke and Alan Collins dropped to the bench in favour of Joseph Camozzi and Jordan Williams, and Mark Beesley made way for Niall Cummins at centre-forward.
Burscough's now-familiar bright start was present as ever, with Darren Brookfield hurling a free-kick just wide with only one minute on the clock, and his corner kick shortly after causing panic in the penalty box.
Jordan Williams and Liam Caddick would also threaten to put the visitors ahead, but it was another Linnet who was to grab the opening goal after 20 minutes.
Liam Dodd, close to the halfway line, mistimed a backpass to Tim Horn in the Burscough goal to put Workington ahead with barely an effort of their own.
Dodd was nearly responsible for a second goal a minute later when he headed inches wide of the Workington goal, but from here onwards the Linnets’ offensive was to peter out towards half-time.
Five minutes before the break, Workington's Ross Wilson slammed a stunning shot into the Burscough goal, and the Linnets left the field two goals down but with most of the chances.
The second half started in much the same manner as the first did, with Burscough doing plenty of work in front of the opposition goal.
Caddick poked a shot inches wide after Jordan Williams hit the crossbar, before Goulding introduced Mark Beesley in favour of Williams, and Philip Clarke replaced Brookfield in the middle.
Replacing two of Burscough's best creators from the first period initially seemed unwise, but Clarke's presence was quickly noticed by the home side when his swinging corner was headed over by Dodd.
Beesley went one better when he slotted a pass across the box to Caddick, who netted his fourth goal in as many games with a quarter-hour of play remaining.
Caddick almost grabbed an equaliser only to be brought down heavily inside the penalty area, but his protests were in vain as the referee signalled for play to continue uninterrupted.
A last-ditch attempt to force a replay back in Lancashire also came to naught as Phil Quirk was replaced with an attacking midfielder in Conor Roberts.
In a match of many chances for Burscough, they were the architects of their own downfall, bowing out of the Cup by the odd goal in three, as their encouraging attacking play on the field failed to yield any benefits on the scoreboard.