AFC Liverpool manager Matt Potter was delighted with his side’s display as they ran riot in a 6-1 win over Burscough.
Elliot Hughes got the Non League Reds off to a perfect start with his first goal for the club inside two minutes. Although they had to withstand pressure from the Linnets, including two efforts striking the post, before going in at the break 2-0 up.
The second-half saw AFC Liverpool step it up a gear as Kyle Schorah added his second and the Reds’ third shortly after the hour-mark.
Ryan Katumba sparked belief of a comeback after heading home to reduce the deficit. However, a six-minute flurry saw James Howell score twice and Schorah secure his hat-trick to add gloss to the result.
“August you’ve got to get as many points as you can and get that kind of run. It’s that habit of doing well and being organised, on the back of Saturday we wanted a positive reaction – we got that in a very, very good manner,” Potter told Off The Park after being quizzed on his verdict.
AFC Liverpool came into the league fixture on the back of a heavy defeat to Northern Premier League West outfit, Trafford.
But for Potter, he was pleased to see a reaction, he added: “We learned a lot from Saturday, opened a few eyes and asked a few questions, we looked to address it from Sunday and into this game and that’s what we got.
“I’m happy with the response that we got and again now it’s build on that momentum and keep performances going.
“It was a really good start,” he said on Hughes’ opener. “We conceded early against Squires Gate, conceded early against Trafford so it’s nice to get an early goal for a change. It gave us the advantage and they had to chase the game a bit more.
“Against the game, it flips and changes where sometimes you’re on top and sometimes you’re chasing it. At half-time, they’re 2-0 down they had nothing to really lose so they were going to get at us so it was up to us to manage the game then and keep a clean sheet which we wanted but they pushed on and got one.
“Other than that, it’s pleasing, they managed the game well, kept it tight then the chances killed the game off.”
The passages of play for AFC Liverpool’s six had different qualities. Hughes’ strike was a piece of quality, Schorah’s treble featured cleverness, composure and style whilst Howell’s first was out of the top drawer with a touch of luck for his second.
Potter expressed his delight at the manner in which the goals were scored, he continued: “It was really good. Jay Howell scored two, he’s not known for goals.
“I think the last goal he scored for us was the first game when I came in as assistant manager at Ashton Town. His first one was right in the stanchion then his second was a deflection but again, the whole load of it.
“Kyle (Schorah) got a hat-trick, Elliot Hughes got off the mark with a goal which is superb, Billy (McCarthy) with the assists and the creativity coming through so it was pleasing. That’s what you want, not the same type of goal that makes you predictable so I think that variety helps quite a lot.”