Burscough’s grit in six-goal thriller pleases manager Paul Bowes

Thomas McNamara scoring a wondergoal for Burscough.

Burscough boss Paul Bowes was pleased with his side’s attitude as they needed a late Thomas McNamara equaliser to secure a point.

They fell behind within the opening minute against Avro before the two North West Counties exchanged blows throughout the first-half.

But with the Greater Manchester side headed towards all three points, McNamara was on hand to equalise ensuring they returned to West Lancashire with a point.

Bowes sought reassurance from Nathan Martland’s display in the draw as he slotted in upfront after the departures of Josh Quarless and Dec Daniels dented their attacking arsenal.

As a result of the draw, they ended their run of defeats and look ahead to AFC Liverpool, a team they beat 6-4 earlier in the campaign.

The Burscough manager told Off The Park: “The lads done well, they dug deep, done well, the first half was horrible against the wind we just couldn’t get out our half, we had three or four chances and managed to score a few.

“Nathan Martland getting his second goal of the season, he’s worked hard, he’s had a couple of years out the game, he deserved a start on Saturday and he proved why.

“The lads responded well as a group to a couple of bad results they fought and got a draw. 

“I trust our group of lads, I don’t expect them to fold. They’ve earned their right for me to not think that, they give me everything they can, alright we had a blip since after Christmas but I believe in this group of lads.

“I know how good they are and how good they can be. It shouldn’t be a worry, they should be able to score goals, 1-0 down after two minutes is never ideal. 

“Before the game, I’d of took a draw all day. Coming away from the game, it could’ve went either day, I think a draw was fair, we had a couple of chances towards the end, they had a couple in the first half where Jack Reynolds made a few good saves. Could’ve won, could’ve lost so I’m quite happy with that. 

“It proved to the lads they can mix with teams up there, we’ve struggled against teams lower down for that we should’ve beaten.

“Avro are a good side, they’re on the tails of Charnock and Wythenshawe that’s where we should’ve been. If we hadn’t dropped points since Christmas, we’d of been up there with them and the draw proved we can be up there with them. 

“A lot has changed for both teams. It’s going to be a tough game, AFC when they turn it on they’re probably one of the best teams in the league, they play brilliant football.

“It’s going to be a hard game I’m expecting them that playing on Ando’s [Chris Anderson] team will probably do them a favour so our lads have got to manage it, we can’t concede silly goals like we did when we played against them at their place we’ve got to be switched on.” 

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