Cup final reward for Burscough
Tue 24th April 2018 | Burscough | By Ian Templeman
Burscough manager Dave Sutton believes that a place in the Macron Cup final is a fitting reward for some of the performances his team have delivered recently.
The Linnets clinched their place in the final with a 3-0 win over Irlam in the semi-final second leg on Saturday, after a goalless draw in the first leg.
Dave is hoping that the boost of a cup final appearance, and the team's performances against Irlam, will now be carried over into their remaining league games as they battle to avoid relegation from the Premier Division.
"It would have been a really sore point if we hadn't got to the final, because we have played really well recently, both in league and cup games, and we have looked a really good team", said Dave.
"When we played Northwich Victoria (in the Macron Cup quarter final) we played some of the best football I have seen any team play at this level.
"But we have been giving silly goals away at times and haven't had much luck, but in the cup it seems that we have really raised our game.
"Against Irlam it was hard (going into the semi final second leg) because we'd played Saturday, Monday, Thursday and again on Saturday and it's not easy especially when we knew away goals count double.
"At their place we put in a really good performance, it was more one sided than the second leg.
"I thought we should have been ahead after that game, although I think they had a few players missing in that game because there were some new faces in the second leg.
"But we have achieved something now, to reach a cup final. The club hasn't been in a final in 15 years when they won the big one when Shaun Teale was here (the FA Trophy final in 2003), and they were paying good money then.
"There's been a lot of pressure on us to play football, because when you are near the bottom of the table it's tough, and the second leg was a real pressure game.
"But the lads responded and it makes you wonder why we can't play like that (the cup games against Irlam) in the league every week.
"If we can get to the final and win it, and obviously stay in the league as well, that would be a good season for us.
"We've got a decent set of lads and we can then build on that for next season".