Match Report - Burscough FC
Kettering Town FC: 0
Burscough FC: 0
Michael Monaghan 37
Kettering Town FC: 0
Gary Mulligan 73
Oliver Thorne > Peter Sweeney55
Dubi Ogbonna > Silvano Obeng65
Will Grocott > Andy Gooding70
Burscough FC: 3
Will Jones 53
Paul Williams 68
Nick Ryan 78
Karl Noon > Jon Conway80
Michael Monaghan > Mike Smith82
Billy Smart > Mark Beesley88
Before the game, Club Chaplain, Jez Safford, welcomed members of the Burton Latimer British Legion and a minutes silence was held, remembering the dead of the World War's and also those brutally murdered in Paris on Friday evening.
IN A NUTSHELL:
At half time, following a thrilling first period, it was anyone’s game. But the second half was dominated by the form team, who lived up to their billing, and Burscough ran out with a deserved 3-0 victory. The all-important goals came from Will Jones (53 minutes). Paul Williams 67th minute penalty and Nick Ryan on 78 minutes.
Michael Richens was not allowed to play, Steve Kinniburgh was away on business, Courtney Baker-Richardson was still not fit and Saul Williams and Jevani Brown were not in the squad. In came Ollie Thorne after injury and Chris Carruthers signed from Corby. The bench consisted of the returning Andy Gooding, and four under 21 players, Silvano Obeng, Peter Sweeney, Bleu McNeil and Ben Baker.
The weather forecast was spot on and it rained from around 11 am until half time and again as the game concluded. The pitch was understandably heavy - but playable.
The opening minutes saw both sides coming to terms with the wet surface and the strong wind blowing down the pitch from the south west.
Burscough looked confident on the ball and were moving it around on the floor for the first 10 minutes, with the majority of possession, but neither side created a chance.
In fact the Poppies could have taken the lead in the 10th minute, but keeper Calvin Hare made a good save as he palmed Liam Canavan’s excellent shot over the bar for a corner.
In the very next minute, Kettering had another great chance. Ollie Thorne’s free kick was over the defence. Elliot Sandy ran on and probably failed to realise he only had to beat Hare from around the penalty spot - and his left foot contact pushed the ball well wide of goal.
The Linnets went straight back upfield and a quick move saw John Connolly hit a left foot shot against the outside of Craig Hill’s left post.
Still the game flowed from end to end and James Brighton set up Canavan for another fierce shot which Hare did very well to push over the bar. From the corner, Will Grocott blasted the ball high over the top.
Sandy then had another good chance as he met Brighton’s free kick with a diving header - but straight at Hare. The striker was again in action a few minutes later but was beaten to Grocott’s through ball by Hare.
The wind – in Kettering’s favour- almost helped create a goal after 21 minutes. Craig Hill’s fly kick from his own area bounced high in the opposition half and Hare only just got back to again palm over. The resultant corner saw Brighton’s deep inswinger beat Hare but was headed off the line by a defender.
It was then Burscough’s turn to threaten a goal as they got a firm grip on the game. Now playing a high back line and moving the ball on the ground they were able to create chances and restrict The Poppies.
Hill saved Karl Noon’s shot and Connolly got clear, but fired straight at the Kettering keeper. Hill was then out to kick clear only for Noon to loop a cross straight back in and Will Jones glanced the header wide.
A 32nd minute quickly taken corner saw defender Anthony Brown put his 25 yard shot just wide of the left upright.
Kettering then nearly scored. Dubi Ogbonna chased a ball through with keeper, Hare, reaching the ball first. The clearance came off the Kettering striker and was going into goal until Brown got back to clear, almost from the goal line.
As the game calmed down a bit, the only other chance of the half fell to Sandy - but Hare was out well to get down to smother the ball.
After what was possibly the best general first half of football at Latimer Park this season, no Poppies fan could have anticipated what the second period would bring.
Burscough totally dominated the half in a show of great teamwork, energy and goal taking. Kettering had no answer at all and were initially undone on 53 minutes when Jones, on the left, curled a right foot shot past Hill and in at the far post.
A quick break just two minutes later saw Noon on the left clear - but he shot wide of the far post. On the hour, Jones tested Hill and the keeper saved easily.
Burscough had the possession and when Kettering did get the ball they could not keep it.
The second goal came from the penalty spot on 67 minutes. Michael Monaghan was sent clear wide on the left and was brought down, maybe unnecessarily by Hill. Paul Williams stepped up to convert although Hill got a good hand on the ball as it crept over the line.
It was almost 3-0 on 77 minutes as Brett Solkhon slipped over to let in Jones, but Hill got a touch on the shot which shaved the post and went for a corner.
However, from the corner, Nick Ryan easily lost his marker and met the cross from the right to head in.
All that Kettering had to show for the half was a shot from Canavan that left the ground and James Brighton’s cross which went just over the bar.
All credit to a very good team from Lancashire, whom we wish well in the next round, whilst Kettering will be looking for big improvement in their next game, next Saturday, at Merthyr Town.
Attendance: 435 – Thank you all for turning out on an awful day.
Klondike: (£130) Number 2684.
Winner: Keith Farrington (who travelled to the game from Reading).