‘We owe these one’ – Paul Bowes targets Longridge Town redemption as Burscough face tricky Christmas run

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Burscough manager Paul Bowes has reaffirmed his hopes for a successful season as they look to go into Christmas with back-to-back wins.

The festive schedule has allowed Linnets a chance to bask in their emphatic win over promotion-chasing Wythenshawe Town.

However the run-up to Christmas hasn’t been too kind as they have successive home clashes with Longridge Town before Congleton Town visit.

But for Bowes, he is looking to get one over on Lee Ashcroft after his side overcame the Greens by a single goal last time out.

“It’s a chance [to build on Wythenshawe win], we owe these one. We went there earlier on, we had a load of players missing, no goalkeeper, they beat us 1-0 late on,” he told Off The Park.

“So we owe these one and the lads know it, they’re a good footballing side, Ashy [Lee Ashcroft] sets them up well so it’s a different test again.

“The Wythenshawe game was down to who wanted it more, Saturday should be a good footballing game on our pitch, I know I’ve got a couple of lads missing but think we’ve got enough to cause these some problems and do damage against them.”

The Burscough boss highlighted two key-men for Longridge in Moses Yoak and Paul Turner, with the latter missing their draw with Ashton Athletic through injury this week.

He addedL “They’ve been changing it, Moses Yoak’s downplaying further forward, he used to play deep, he was playing centre-half when we played them.

“If you can Moses Yoak out the game, keep him quiet, you win the game, if we can get players round him it’ll prove, he’s their main man.

“I know they’ve got Paul Turner back who we know is a proven goalscorer but he got injured in the warm-up against Ashton Athletic, so I don’t know whether he’s going to figure, that’s another big one, he’s another if you keep quiet.

“I think if we can stretch the game keep it wide on our pitch and get in behind them, the lads we’ve got in the final third will do the damage. 

“They’re a very, very good side. I’m not expecting it and our lads aren’t expecting it to be an easy game. We know how good they can be, when they start moving it there’s no one better in the league results haven’t gone their way but everyone has that and goes through a stint with that.

“I thought we were going to go through but the lads worked their way through it against Wythenshawe. 

They welcome Congleton Town just a matter of days later as they look to go into Christmas with a bang.

“That’s going to be a hard one [Congelton Town] three days later. Totally different game,” he explained. “It was a battle when we played at their place with Gary Roberts and Tom Pope, they’ve got lads up front who love a battle, it’s a different game and that’s where we’ve got to adapt, I think that suits us more. 

“It’s two hard games, it’s a good opportunity two home games before Christmas to get six points on the board and try build some ground on Skem and Macclesfield if we can. We’ve got no Vase games, we’ve got to concentrate on the league and get some points on the board and hopefully mount a push second half of the season.”

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