BURSCOUGH battled to the final minute at Moor Lane on Saturday when Jordan Williams' Man of the Match performance snatched a vital victory at Salford City.
The prolific striker's hat-trick along with a penalty from Greens captain Paul Williams, was enough to earn a crucial three points and put behind them the bad luck suffered at home to Ossett Town the previous week.
The home side had the first chance of the game when Darren Brookfield hauled down a City player, however the free kick was wasted and ballooned over the bar.
Brookfield was back in the action just minutes later when the influential midfielder swung in a corner that skimmed the head of Williams and just wide of the net.
Arguably the most controversial moment of the game came on 25 minutes when Salford striker Rio Porya escaped punishment for a clear punch thrown at Williams.
Burscough were dealt further bad luck ten minutes later when Ahmadi took advantage of the referee's earlier lenience. Purcell pounced upon an error by the visitors defence and passed the ball across to Porya to score the first of three on the day.
The Ammies’ lead lasted only a minute however when from the restart Liam Caddick broke away on the left before crossing into Jordan Williams. Williams collected the ball and despite being marked managed to get hit shot away low inside the near post.
The second half started very fortuitously for the Greens when three minutes after the restart the away side were awarded a penalty. Caddick and Jordan Williams were causing chaos down the left flank when the City defender brought down Williams outside the box. The referee bizarrely misjudged the angle and awarded a penalty kick.
As the clearly aggrieved Salford players protested, Williams kept calm and dispatched an excellent spot kick into the top corner to give the Linnets the lead for the first time in the game.
On the hour mark the Linnets doubled their lead. Burscough once again broke forward on the left, beating the offside trap. Jordan Williams picked up the ball and lobbed the Ammies keeper to get his second of the game and give Burscough a 3-1 lead.
With the bad luck Salford had received earlier, one may have expected the hosts to collapse, but this wasn't the case as Porya was at it again.
Keeper Tim Horn was unable to control a low shot in the box and Porya was able to pounce on the rebound to earn himself a brace.
The Salford striker was a constant thorn in the side of the Linnets all afternoon in more ways than one and five minutes after he had got his team back in the game he had them on level terms.
The Ammies were on the attack and Porya brought the ball down before moving forward and firing a low shot that beat Horn to his left.
From then on the game looked destined for a draw, but Greens striker Williams had other ideas in injury time.
James Short burst forward from left back and charged almost the full length of the pitch to send in an inch-perfect cross to Jordan Williams, who struck from close range to earn himself a well deserved hat trick and give Burscough all three points.
Burscough are back in action next Saturday when they travel to Padiham, before a home game on the 25th at home to promotion chasers Curzon Ashton. Both games kick off at 3pm.
l Burscough team: Horn, Camozzi, Short, P Williams, Duff, Brookfield, Toner, Connolly (Roberts), J Williams, Caddick (Brown), Dykes (Smith). Unused subs: Quirk, Beesley.
l Star man: Jordan Williams