AFC Liverpool manager Chris Anderson hopes five-star display against Ashton Athletic breeds confidence for Burscough clash

AFC Liverpool's Lee McConchie celebrates his goal against Ashton Athletic

AFC Liverpool manager Chris Anderson was delighted with his side’s win over Ashton Athletic.

The win over the relegation-threatened side saw five different goalscorers for the Non League Reds as Anthony Lyons, Callum Schorah, Jesse Dowling, Kyle Sambor and Lee McConchie fired AFC Liverpool back to winning ways.

They shook off their cup hangover and recent defeat to Vauxhall Motors to put score five for the second time this year.

As a result, it has bred confidence within Anderson’s side as they go into the clash with Paul Bowes’ Burscough, a team that romped to a 6-4 win over AFC in the reverse fixture.

“It was definitely needed. I was able to change a couple of players and freshen it up a bit, we definitely needed to get a win on the board and put the performance in,” he told Off The Park.

“I was happy that we were 3-0 up at half-time, we talked about them and they’re not going to stop. It was critical that we stayed to the standards that we’ve played at and put a full 90-minute performance in.

“It was pleasing to score three goals then score two late on and keep a clean sheet, I was happy and everyone else was very happy. 

“It’s good that we got five different scorers as well, it’s all not going down to one player. We’ll always score goals, I know we didn’t on Saturday and we only not scored in two goals all season, I do believe we’ll score goals.

“Saturday was different because we went down to 10 men, hard to create, wind and performance-wise. 

“It makes it difficult, [Lee] McConchie’s made the referee make a decision so I’m not going to say it wasn’t a red over the two tackles because he did delay the tackle in the first one and then he’s not moved the ball quick enough and he has brought the lad down to stop the counter.

“It does a play a part, I think it was one of those days, they deserved the win Vauxhall, so no real concern. 

“This may be a good time to play Burscough and I might be wrong in saying that come 5 on Saturday.

“They aren’t the same as what they were, you lose your two main strikers and the ones bagging all the goals so that plays a part but they’ll still be tough opposition, still top five in the league, it’s not going to be a case of going there and thinking we’ll steamroll them, it’s going to be a tough one.

“It’s away from home, I think our form is slightly better than our home form hopefully that’s the same again on Saturday. 

“We’ve got to be confident. When you put five past someone, there’s got to be confidence, I was able to rest a couple players, give players minutes so hopefully the squad will be fresh all fighting for their position.

“[We’re] Confident but we know what they’re about just got to do the job, hopefully come out with three points. 

[Featured image: Dave Williams]

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