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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 May, 2003, 17:03 GMT 18:03 UK
Burscough claim Trophy
Gary Martindale
Martindale bagged twice at Villa Park
Burscough 2-1 Tamworth

Two goals from Gary Martindale gave Burscough a famous win over Tamworth in the final of the FA Trophy at Villa Park.

A goal in either half from Martindale made it a dream return for Burscough's player-manager Shaun Teale, who spent six years with Aston Villa.

Tamworth went into the game as strong favourites and looking to make it a league and cup double, having already been crowned champions of the Dr Martens Premier division.

And they were nearly ahead inside two minutes when the ball fell invitingly for Scott Rickards but he headed over.

Rickards was at the centre of much of Tamworth's attacking play and when he laid the ball off Richard Follett fired in a powerful shot that was deflected wide.

Robinson was the next to prosper from Rickards but after finding space in the area he could only toe-poke into side-netting.

Burscough did not threaten until midway through the opening half when John Lawless attempted an acrobatic volley from the edge of the area that flashed past the post.

KEY MOMENTS
26 mins: Gary Martindale puts Burscough in front
55 mins: Martindale doubles Burscough's lead
79 mins: Cooper gives Tamworth late hope

Burscough gradually tightened things up at the back and Tamworth found chances harder to come by.

They were not helped by an injury to Rickards who had to leave the field after being the victim of a crunching challenge.

He eventually limped back on but his influence was not the same.

Tamworth's Rob Warner shot past the near post after a mistake by Teale.

But it was Burscough who took the lead when John Lawless's pass ran nicely into the path of the onrushing Martindale and he kept his nerve to slot past Tamworth keeper Darren Acton.

It's been a fantastic day for us, for the fans and for my family. This is as good as it gets
Gary Martindale

Mark Cooper almost responded immediately with a curling free-kick, but Matty Taylor was able to deflect over the bar.

Ryan Bowen almost added a second for Burscough when he got on the end of a corner.

But the underdogs did not have to wait long and when Lawless fired in a shot that Acton spilled Martindale was first to the rebound and he drilled the ball past the helpless keeper.

Cooper gave Tamworth hope when he reduced the deficit after getting on the end of a cross from Warner to poke past Taylor.

But Teale's men bravely held on to make it the proudest day in the club's 57-year history.


Burscough: Matty Taylor, Teale, Joe Taylor, MacAuley, Lawless, Bowen, Wright, Norman, Martindale, Byrne, Burns. Subs: Bluck, McHale, Gary Maguire, Molineux, Michael White.

Tamworth: Acton, Warner, Follett, Robinson, Walsh, Cooper, Colley, Evans, Rickards, McGorry, Sale. Subs: Hallam, Turner, Grocutt, Hatton, Barnes.

Referee: U Rennie (S Yorkshire)





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