North Ferriby United 2-1 Burscough
By Graham Riley
North Ferriby bounced back from their midweek defeat to Matlock by dominating the first half and braving a late Burscough fightback to pick up a 2-1 victory at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
The home side took the lead with the first major attack of the match on 13 minutes, with Ben Turner aiming a low cross into the box for Gary Bradshaw to fire a fierce first-time shot into the centre of the Burscough goal. Steve Burton could have doubled Ferriby's advantage later when Bradshaw picked him out at the far post, but Burscough keeper Sean Lake was equal to the defender's header. Shortly after Alex Davidson's lob had bounced out off the post, Ferriby doubled their lead on the half hour, when Davidson dispossed Zak Riley on the edge of
the Burscough box and crossed for Wayne Brooksby to tap in at the far post. Gary McEvatt had the best chance for the visitors, his low shot looking goalbound until it deflected off a
Ferriby defender for a corner.
McEvatt would come close again early in the second half, with only the acrobatics of Steve Wilson in the Ferriby goal keeping out his cross-shot. Bradshaw was left with an open
net for Ferriby when Brooksby played him in after drawing out Lake, but James Connolly slid in to save the day at the last minute, while Lake himself made a smart double save from an Alex Davidson free kick and the subsequent rebound. Burscough made their hosts sweat in the final moments when they struck on 86 minutes, Lee McEvilly's long ball found fellow substitute Darren Byers in open space, and the striker broke into the box to beat Wilson one on one with a low shot.
Star Man: James Williams (North Ferriby)
Entertainment Rating: 3 stars
Ferriby scorers: Bradshaw (13), Brooksby (30)
Burscough scorers: Byers (86)