Burscough2By MARK RIDGWAY
A FRANTIC final 20 minutes saw Cammell Laird claim another win, this time 4-2 at the hands of Burscough.
It’s now back to back wins over the festive period as goals from Freddie Potter, Joe Holt, John Couch and Jamie Henders sealed the latest success at Kirklands today.
In a lively opening few minutes Laird were the better side with Aaron Bowen testing Tim Horn in the Burscough goal before Mike Grogan headed wide.
Soon after the visitors should have been ahead, Niall Cummings found himself one on one with Kevin Atherton but the goalkeeper got the better of him saving low down.
The home side replied with a golden opportunity of their own however. Bowen squared for Grogan who headed onto the bar from near the goal line before the same man blocked Danny O’Brien’s rebound effort.
After the break the two mid-table sides cancelled each other out but as minds swung towards a 0-0 the game kicked into life.
Substitute Liam Caddick capitalised on a defensive mix-up and lofted the ball over Atherton to put Burscough ahead.
However, moments later and Lairds hit back, Joe Evans’ free-kick was met by the head of Freddie Potter who guided his effort across goal to level.
Caddick then had a singing drive palmed behind by Atherton before the home side edged ahead.
A quickly taken free-kick freed Henders down the right and his cross to the back post found Holt who powered through and prodded home.
It got even better for the hosts five minutes later when Craig Cairns squared for Couch to stroke home a third into the bottom corner.
As the game entered added time Liam Dodd powered a header in to make it 3-2 to make the final minutes nervy.
As the Cammells tried to play the clock down Bowen was hauled down in the box by Paul Williams, who saw red, for a last minute penalty.
Henders sent Horn the wrong way and smashed in the penalty to seal a 4-2 win and bring to an end a thrilling second half.
CAMMELL LAIRD: K Atherton, Potter, Dysart, Grogan, O’Brien, L Atherton, Couch, Evans, Henders, Bowen, Holt. Subs: Richards, Parle, Cairns, Gibiluru, Ferrigan.
BURSCOUGH: Horn, Camozzi, Quirk, P Williams, Duff, Tyson, Brookfield, Lynch, Cummings, Jones, Mayers. Subs: J Williams, Caddick, Rushton-Wood, Dodd.