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Northwich Victoria
 (24', 34', 50', 61', 88')
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B Whittle (72', 87'), A Shinks (90'), M Ayres (49' Sent Off)
Tue 21 Aug 19:45 - Hallmark Security North West Counties Football League - Premier Division Attendance 85

Burscough 5 Vics 3


Vics leave it too late

The Vics were well-beaten by Burscough when the teams met for a North West Counties League Premier Division fixture on Tuesday night
BURSCOUGH had maximum points secured inside an hour of Tuesday’s meeting with Northwich Victoria, who they host again in an FA Cup tie this weekend.
An emphatic victory in the first encounter may give them a psychological edge although Vics boss Steve Wilkes will expect an entirely different version of his side to show up.
“I think one or two turned up and didn’t fancy it after seeing the state of the pitch,” he said.
“You need to roll up your sleeves and battle if you want to compete at the top end of the table, and that’s something we didn’t do for the first 70 minutes.”
The visitors did rally in the closing stages, scoring three times, but by then they had been reduced to 10 men following defender Mark Ayres’ dismissal as a punishment for being booked twice.
They might have taken the lead when John Connolly met Joel Brownhill’s free-kick with a header that went narrowly wide.
However the Linnets - beaten in each of their previous three North West Counties League matches to date - took control from the moment Terry Cummings swerved a shot into the top-corner from the edge of the penalty area on 24 minutes.
They doubled their lead shortly afterwards when Matthew Ward intercepted Antony Shinks’ header, which was intended for goalkeeper Danny Taberner, before finishing coolly.

The Northwich custodian denied them a third goal when he saved low from Gary Grier’s shot.
A difficult task for the visitors became harder when Ayres, cautioned before the break for a cynical foul on Chad Whyte, was shown a yellow card again for repeating the trick.
Ryan Grier’s strike from distance, after the resulting free-kick had been cleared, squirmed through Taberner’s legs for 3-0.
Burscough captain Danny Brady then timed perfectly a tackle to thwart Connolly after Billy Whittle had flicked on before Cummings doubled his personal tally to net the home team’s fourth goal.
Vics improved following the introduction of Rory Gorman and Theo Brierley, signed on loan from Buxton, for the final half-hour.
Whittle’s glancing header reduced their arrears before he netted a second at the back-post to make it 4-2.
Burscough kept them at arm’s length when substitute Jordan Lorde steered in a fifth goal from Cummings’ cross before Shinks stooped to nod in Gorman’s free-kick to complete the scoring late on.
Burscough |Robinson (GK), Brady, Clark, Parkes, Ryan Grier, Gary Grier, Cummings, Dunroe, Whyte (Doherty 64), Henerty (Canache 69), Ward (Lorde 61) Subs not used White, Povey (GK) Goals Cummings 24, 61 Ward 34, Ryan Grier 50, Lorde 88
Vics | Taberner (GK), Camozzi, Ayres, Bickett (Monson 54), Kenny, Barski, Whittle, Shinks, McDonald, Brownhill (Brierley 59), Connolly (Gorman 59) Subs not used Matthews, Cooke Goals Whittle 72, 87 Shinks 90 Booked Ayres (foul) Sent off Ayres (second caution)

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Key moments

Goal Goal for Burscough
Goal Goal for Burscough
Red Card Mark Ayres is sent off for Northwich Victoria
Goal Goal for Burscough
Goal Goal for Burscough
Goal Billy Whittle scores for Northwich Victoria
Goal Billy Whittle scores for Northwich Victoria
Goal Goal for Burscough
Goal Antony Shinks scores for Northwich Victoria


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90:00 Goal 5 - 3
Antony Shinks scores for Northwich Victoria
88:00 Goal 5 - 2
Goal for Burscough
87:00 Goal 4 - 2
Billy Whittle scores for Northwich Victoria
72:00 Goal 4 - 1
Billy Whittle scores for Northwich Victoria
61:00 Goal 4 - 0
Goal for Burscough
60:00 Sub On
Theo Brierley is substituted on for Northwich Victoria
60:00 Sub Off
Joel Brownhill is substituted off for Northwich Victoria
59:00 Sub On
Rory Gorman is substituted on for Northwich Victoria
59:00 Sub Off
John Connolly is substituted off for Northwich Victoria
54:00 Sub On
Kirtis Monson is substituted on for Northwich Victoria
54:00 Sub Off
Liam Bickett is substituted off for Northwich Victoria
50:00 Goal 3 - 0
Goal for Burscough
49:00 Yellow Card
Mark Ayres is yellow carded for Northwich Victoria
49:00 Red Card 2 - 0
Mark Ayres is sent off for Northwich Victoria
End of period 1
34:00 Goal 2 - 0
Goal for Burscough
27:00 Yellow Card
Mark Ayres is yellow carded for Northwich Victoria
24:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Burscough
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Burscough
  • Northwich Victoria
  • 0
  • Goal 24:00'
  • Mark Ayres Yellow Card 27:00'
  • Goal 34:00'
  • Mark Ayres Yellow Card 49:00'
  • Mark Ayres Red Card 49:00'
  • Goal 50:00'
  • Liam Bickett Sub Off 54:00'
  • Kirtis Monson Sub On 54:00'
  • John Connolly Sub Off 59:00'
  • Rory Gorman Sub On 59:00'
  • Joel Brownhill Sub Off 60:00'
  • Theo Brierley Sub On 60:00'
  • Goal 61:00'
  • Billy Whittle Goal 72:00'
  • Billy Whittle Goal 87:00'
  • Goal 88:00'
  • Antony Shinks Goal 90:00'

Team selection

Taberner, Danny Taberner, Danny
Shinks, Antony Shinks, Antony
Kenny, Kieron Kenny, Kieron
Whittle, Billy Whittle, Billy
Ayres, Mark Ayres, Mark
Barski, Brandon Barski, Brandon
McDonald, Stuart McDonald, Stuart
Camozzi, Joe Camozzi, Joe
Brownhill, Joel Brownhill, Joel
Connolly, John Connolly, John
Bickett, Liam Bickett, Liam

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# Team Pl Pts
1. City of Liverpool 38 91
2. Bootle 38 89
3. Congleton Town 38 78
4. Northwich Victoria 38 67
5. Ashton Athletic 38 61
6. Charnock Richard 38 61
7. Runcorn Town 38 60

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