Clitheroe stun Burscough with late goal flurry

Goalscorer Oli McLean in action for Clitheroe at Burscough on Saturday Picture: Peter Ryan
Goalscorer Oli McLean in action for Clitheroe at Burscough on Saturday Picture: Peter Ryan

Two late goals saw Clitheroe win an incident-packed game at Shawbridge on Saturday.

The sides were locked at 2-2 with 11 minutes remaining when former Rimington skipper Oli McLean crashed the Blues in front, and before coach Sam Heap sealed the points three minutes from time.

The game saw a debut for young Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Preston, signed on loan.

On six minutes, a James Walker free kick flashed off the head of Ross Dent, and a minute later, Preston found himself in acres of space on the end of a bouncing ball and lashed it home from an angle.

Jordan Williams, back at his old club, was Burscough’s star man and Paul Horridge in Clitheroe’s goal was called upon several times to make vital saves.

Alex Ralph was also starting to make an impact for the home team, and having driven an effort narrowly over after 29 minutes, he and Preston combined well to sling a cross onto McLean’s head after 44 minutes, but it went narrowly over.

Deep into stoppage time, Clitheroe were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, and a step over by Walker saw Danny Wilkins power the ball home.

The second half belonged to Burscough for long periods, although on 48 minutes, though a pinpoint cross from Simon Garner to Preston drew a point blank save.

On 51 minutes, Liam Caddick rolled Walker, ran with the ball and drilled it home.

Williams was still causing problems, and on 66 minutes, Charlie Collinge was lucky he had a covering defender as he received a yellow for bringing him down on the edge of the box.

Horridge tipped the resulting free kick over the bar in spectacular fashion.

However, from the corner, slack defending saw Eddie Toner force the ball home.

At this point, the home side stirred and on 79 minutes, Heap headed the ball on to Preston to set McLean free, who shrugged off his marker to leather the ball home.

And then on 87 minutes, a fumble by the Burscough keeper saw Heap gather the ball and slam in a fourth goal.