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U16s MATCH REPORT | Burscough FC v Chorley FC 30 January 2018

Chorley U16’s were back in action last night, this time in a re-arranged friendly against Burscough FC. The two sides met back in November in an entertaining 3-3 draw so expectations of a good match were high. 

Chorley welcomed back Captain Luke Livesey to the starting line up that saw a number of changes to the side that beat Stoke RTC at the weekend. Burscough started the match on the front and dominated the ball for the opening exchanges going close with a couple of speculative shots. Chorley seemed to be struggling to get into the game and whenever the ball went into midfield it seemed to be very quickly back in Burscough’s possession.

The back line of Chorley were holding firm however, but in the 17th minute Burscough broke the deadlock, and in some style. The Linnets #9 received the ball at his feet 12 yards our with his back towards goal and in one movement flicked the ball over his head and he spun and slotted the ball into the bottom corner away from the grasp of Liam Doyle in goal for Chorley. 

For the next 15 minutes it was all hands on Deck for Chorley as Burscough continued to press forward. Chorley’s back 4 however, as they have been for most of the season, were rock solid and protected Doyle’s goal. Chorley did manage to get their 1st real shot of the match off after 25 minutes when the ball dropped to Reece Prescott 20 yards out, but it went just wide. The last 5 minutes of the half were more even as Luke Creegan started getting more of the ball from Chorley’s midfield and was able to put Burscough’s back line under a bit of pressure.

The half ended 1-0 to Burscough, and they were good value for their lead. The half time break saw both managers decide to make a number of changes.
The 2nd half kicked off and you could see straight away Chorley had come out more determined to get at Burscough. They were into tackles quicker and the passing was evidently sharper. Our first effort on goal of the second half came from centre half Ben Larnach who picked the ball up on half way and after going passed two Burscough midfielders hit a shot from fully 30 yards that sailed high and wide.

This was much better from the young Magpies though as it set the tone for the rest of the half. Reece Tunstall had a 20 yard effort just narrowly go wide not long after. Chorley were now clearly on top and looking dangerous going forward.

The match was stopped for 10 mins on 17 minutes into the half after a clash between the Burscough keeper, one of their defenders and one of our lads which left the Burscough defender in agony on the floor. Fearing the worst, the referee decided to halt the match until the stricken defender could be carried off with what looked like a serious ankle injury.

The pause in play didn’t stop Chorley’s forward momentum and after a couple more half chances Chorley hit Burscough with a double strike inside 2 minutes. With 15 to go Taylor Brickell picked up the ball, on the left, 35 yards out and after skipping passed 2 defenders calmly picked out the far corner to level the match up. 90 seconds later Dom Berry did the same from the right-hand side. Picking the ball up and moving passed a defender he calmly slotted the ball passed the keeper and into the net.

This seemed to sting Burscough back into action and with 9 minutes left they could have equalised. Another long range effort from their #16 narrowly missing the Chorley goal.
Chorley’s back line held firm and with 5 minutes to go Reece Tunstall picked up the goal his 2nd half work rate deserved. Again, it was from long range but this time his 25 yard effort flew passed the keeper and into the top corner.

The match ended 3-1 to the young Magpies making it a 5 match unbeaten run. A good result in the end after struggling in the 1st half.

Management comments:

“Another impressive game against a tough side, Burscough have a good reputation at youth level and provide strong opposition, our main emphasis today was to work our defensive capabilities in our shape from the first half and have a free flowing attack in the second.”

“ The lads are becoming very knowledgeable players and using every part of our training sessions in match day. Hopefully we can carry on our 5 game unbeaten run in the league”

Action can be caught on Phil Dewhurst YouTube channel “Chorley U16s”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oANVaY5JrNM

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