Linnets brushed aside as Brig bag four again

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Bamber Bridge ran out comfortable 4-1 winners against Burscough in the Evo-Stik Division One North.

Brig scored four goals for a second week running and are now fifth in the league.

It only took until the 12th minute for the Irongate outfit to take the lead as Greg Johnstone cooly slotted past Tim Horn in the Linnets’ goal.

Johnstone’s afternoon took a turn for the worst after an awkward fall. Tests later revealed the Brig striker had in fact suffered a broken leg.

The loss of Johnstone only spurred Brig on, the experienced Matt Lawlor thundering a header home to double the visitors lead.

After the interval Burscough began to gain momentum. Darren Brookfield grew into the game and began to pull the strings for the team in green.

The Linnets were handed a lifeline when goalkeeper Steve James fouled the Burscough forward and Mark Beesley made no mistake in firing the penalty home.

Brig replacing midfielder Danny Wilkins for Tom Williams and switching formation to thwart the Burscough midfield.

His tactics were immediately effective as Lennie Reid broke down the left flank, squared to Williams who in turn teed up Curtis Thompson to strike past Horn from the edge of the box.

The rout was completed when Ali Waddecar and Williams exchanged passes down the line and the latter fired home a Waddecar cross home on the volley.

Bamber Bridge:- James, Mahoney, Lawlor,Alexander, Doughty, Kay (c), Wilkins, Thompson, Johnstone, Waddecar, Reid