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Visitors fail to read script

BURSCOUGH players had failed to read the script of what should have been the first of many Tigers' victories in their bid to win the title.

BURSCOUGH players had failed to read the script of what should have been the first of many Tigers' victories in their bid to win the title.

Worksop boss Paul Mitchell had warned in the build-up to this first game of the season that nothing is ever certain in football.

Tigers undoubtedly have an excellent squad of players but there is still an awful lot of work to be done to ensure they fulfil their ample potential.

Patience will be the order of the day for the eager fans as promising new players bed into an obviously talented outfit.

Even so, this game could have been won if chances had been taken and an unfortunate defensive error by Brian Linighan had not gifted the second clinching goal to Burscough.

The Linnets' victory was their first ever against Worksop after the Tigers have won four of their previous five encounters.

It was a predictably cagey start by both sides but it was the visitors who settled quicker and gained the vital edge in midfield where Tigers' Krystof Kotylo was strangely subdued.

The edgy style of play also suited Burscough as possession was squandered readily by both sides and long hopeful balls were planted goalwards.

Burscough's opener came on nine minutes when new player-manager Shaun Teale headed a corner back into the goalmouth and Joe Taylor was allowed to jump and head the ball high into the net.

Stunned by the visitors' goal, Worksop started to gain a foothold in the game and the pacy trio of Adam Muller, Alan Pierce and Andy Todd began to ask questions of the defence.

The best piece of skill in the whole game came in the 25th minute when Pierce sold a wonderful dummy that allowed the ball to skim through for Muller to dart on to.

Unfortunately, the finish from the former Sheffield Wednesday man did not match the build-up and he placed his shot wide.

If that had gone in, Worksop may well have taken the points but Burscough can also point to a John Lawless free-kick on 30 minutes, which clipped the crossbar, as evidence of if onlys.

The introduction of Darren Beesley and Andy Smith for Kotylo and Pierce gave the home side fresh impetus with the former, in particular, creating scoring opportunities both for colleagues and himself.

Ryan Ludlam began to race down the right wing in the second half and a brilliant one-two on 53 minutes with Steve Hawes sent a ball fizzing across the six-yard box but there was nobody there to finish.

The killer blow came in the 76th minute when Linighan's backpass fell short and Peter Wright had a simple tap-in.