Hoole United 2nds kicked off 2016 in the same way they finished 2015 following on from a thrilling game in Skelmsdale. Despite the bad weather that is currently sweeping the North West, Burscough Dynamo have the luxury of an all-weather pitch and the game kicked off at 3pm under the floodlights.
Hoole were soon 1-0 up inside 7 minutes through curtesy of an own goal when Dave Whittle, who was returning from his knee Injury that he suffered in October broke down the right. A low hard cross was put into the mixer before a finish from the Burscough player gave Hoole the lead.
1Nil became 2Nil shortly after, when Whittle, who was having a 10 minuet purple patch broke down the right once more, this time his ball into the box found Chris Coppin who got enough on the ball to divert the ball into the goal, all be it with a hint of good fortune.
After this moment, Burscough began to get into the game and got out of their Christmas slumber. They pulled a goal back when the usually all action Jamall woke up and following a ball over the top. Lobbed the ball over the rushing out Martin Baker to bring Burscough back into the game.
Not dejected, Hoole restored their 2 goal advantage before half time when Wilky set up Whittle following a good team move down the left. A ball across the box found Whittle who slotted from 10 yards. Unfortunately, that was the winger’s last involvement in the game as he was substituted before half time as a precaution on his longstanding knee injury.
HT Burscough 1-3 Hoole
With the rain coming at half time. The 2nd half was a grubby affair. First game back after Christmas, on a fast pitch. Hoole began to tire, and following two good moves. Burscough pulled 2 goals back to get the game back to 3-3.
With the game ebbing and throwing, either team could have won. With the rain gathering pace, the conditions were not great. However it was Hoole who snatched the game late on. One a break, the ball bobbled around before Coppins ball was eventually bundled in for an own goal to give Hoole all 3 points and they start 2016 with 3 points.
After the game, a delighted Paul Taylor gave his thoughts.
“It was always going to be a tough game with it being the first one back after Christmas against a young side on a fast artificial pitch. We started excellently. Controlling possession and carving out chance after chance but we failed to convert enough. We let them get back into the game and from a comfortable lead we found ourselves at 3-3. Tiredness and injuries showed and we basically had 9 men. However the lads showed great effort and battled hard to nick a winner and hold out. It was an excellent 3 points and keeps us 6 wins in 6 in the league! Man of the match goes to Dave Tynan who continuously showed composure on the ball to get us playing football.”
MOM: Dave Tynan
Next up for the 2nds: (Unknown - Weather dependent)