Burscough 2-2 North Ferriby United
Report by Graham Riley
North Ferriby made it four points from their two away games this week as Burscough came from behind to force a 2-2 draw at Victoria Park. After Ferriby dominated for most of the first half and claimed two stylish goals, a penalty kept the hosts in the game at half time, and their fine second half performance was eventually rewarded by a breathtaking equaliser.
Ferriby took just 10 minutes to open the scoring with a well-judged piece of attacking play. Russell Fry lofted a ball forward from just inside the opposing half, and Wayne Brooksby timed his run to perfection, deftly lobbing onrushing Burscough keeper Sean Lake for his second goal in three appearances for Ferriby. Shortly afterwards, Gary Bradshaw volleyed Chris Bolder's flicked header fractionally over the bar, and the striker would make it 2-0 on 18 minutes, meeting Fry's cross with a close-range bullet header that left Lake with no chance. Steve Wilson was finally called into action in the Ferriby goal to smother Dave Roberts' dangerous ball from the feet of Gary McEvatt, and on 31 minutes Burscough were handed a foothold in the game when Ben Turner brought down Matty Parry in the box and McEvatt placed the spot kick beyond Wilson's dive. Bradshaw came close to restoring Ferriby's two goal advantage, but Lake was able to smother his curling half volley.
Burscough looked a new team in the second half; with the strong wind on their side, they began an onslaught on the Ferriby goal. Darren Brookfield was the first to come close when his dipping long range shot grazed the crossbar, then Shaun Judge's in-swinging corner nearly embarrassed Wilson at the near post but the keeper was able to punch over. Wilson's fingertips again came to the rescue when another corner took a deflection off both McEvatt and a Ferriby defender before finally being turned over. The equaliser finally came on 70 minutes, a superb 30-yard piledriver from Craig Mahon which had the keeper rooted to the spot. Ferriby nearly regained their lead when Bradshaw's ball in was cleared off the line, and again when Lake did well to parry at close range from Chris White. The hosts' closest chance for victory came late on when Wilson clawed away McEvatt's shot and the defence did well to work clear. Ferriby entertain Chasetown at Grange Lane at 3.00 on Bank Holiday Monday.
Man of the Match: Gary McEvatt (Burscough)
Burscough: Sean Lake, Peter Moore, Shaun Holden, Darren Brookfield, James Connolly (Ashton Bayliss, 65), Zak Riley, Matty Parry, Dave Roberts (c), Gary McEvatt (Jordan Smethurst, 86), Craig Mahon, Shaun Judge (Darren Byers, 72) Subs not used: James McCulloch, Lewis Field
North Ferriby: Steve Wilson, Paul Harsley, Ben Turner, Paul Ellender, Paul Foot (c), Ben Morley, Wayne Brooksby, Chris Bolder, Russell Fry, Gary Bradshaw, Chris White Subs not used: Kevin Larvin, Ged Dalton, Gareth Owen, James Williams, Ben Hallam