Burbidge during pre-season (Photo Credit: Jon Ashworth sideoftheworld.co.uk / pooletownfc.co.uk)
Luke Burbidge was the man to provide some quality to a game devoid of any entertainment, with his two goals either side of the break breathing life into Poole’s win over Harrow.
Whilst the Dolphins eventually sailed to a 4-0 win, it took quite a while for either side to threaten offensively.
Burbidge’s goal after 42 minutes was befitting of the first half – a scrappy goal for a very scrappy game. Whisken’s attempted flick-on might not have made contact, but the ball eventually fell to Burbidge – who reacted quickest to poke the ball past Harrow ‘keeper Damien Las.
Speaking to All Poole Aren’t We, Burbidge said:“It’s come towards me, and Whisk has done a little dummy. I’ve tried to get it onto my right foot as quickly as possible, and I’ve hit it early.
“He’s gone down early, and to be fair, he’s managed to get a good hand on it. I think because it was so close to him, he couldn’t quite get it away, so it’s gone in luckily.”
Shortly after the break, Burbidge was back on the scoresheet – this time with a wonderous finish. Tony Lee worked hard to knock down a high ball, but no one could have expected what was to come next.
With the ball sitting up nicely, Burbidge swung his weaker left foot at the ball, sending it into the postage stamp of the top right-corner.
“Bit of a collector’s item on the left!” Burbidge exclaimed.
“If it was on my right, I probably would have backed my self a bit more. Jez has done really well – I’ve called for it, and he’s left it for me. I clocked the keeper slightly to the left, so I sent it to his right and hit it nice.
“Thankfully, it’s gone in and given us a comfortable cushion.”
It wasn’t just a comfortable cushion, as the Dolphins’ second goal of the afternoon effectively ended the game as a contest.
Poole boss Tom Killick praised his winger’s ability to conjure up moments of magic, stating: There has been a few! I remember him scoring one for Weymouth against us actually.
“Burbs is always liable to produce a bit of magic, whether it is an assist or goal. He’s always had that ability.
“He clearly still retains it – that’s what he’s in the team for really, to make that little bit of difference when it matters, and he certainly did it today.”
Burbidge followed up the fine volley with an even more impressive acrobatic finish, but was dismayed to see his hat-trick goal chalked off for offside.
“I set Corby, and then he struck it back, so for me to be offside was almost impossible – because I’ve laid it inside, I’ve gone for the rebound. I thought I timed it right, and I spoke to their full-back was said I was on.”
“I was a bit disappointed with that.”
Ever the team player, Burbidge wasn’t too upset to be subbed off – mainly thanks to securing three points, but also to allow Will Fletcher to come and grab his first of the campaign.
“I’m happy to get the win really. I never like coming off – the gaffer knows that, and I do have words with him sometimes, but I didn’t today! I was pleased Will came on managed to get a goal to be fair.”