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We performed against league’s best says Burscough boss Goulding

Big test against top of the league

Burscough's Bevan Burey finds himself closely marked by a Curzon Ashton opponent

Derek Goulding declared himself satisfied after Burscough pushed league leaders Curzon Ashton all the way in their clash on Tuesday night.

The Linnets eventually fell short at Victoria Park, losing 1-0, but drew credit for the nature of their performance.

And having beaten Wakefield by the same scoreline on Saturday, Goulding said he was happy with his side's work in the past few days. He said: “The players have done well. They were two close, hard-fought games, and one went for us one went against us.

“If I was being honest, three points from six is a decent return from those games.

“Wakefield was a really tough game, and we did well to win that. So to go from there to playing Curzon, who are at the top of the league for a reason, was a big test.

“I think our second half performance against Curzon was good. They dominated possession in the first half without creating too much, but after the break we probably shaded it and could have got something from the game.

“It was a decent performance and I was pleased with the players against tough opposition.”

Goulding's side currently sit 14th in the Evo-Stik First Division North table, and travel to 12th placed Clitheroe on Saturday.

They will be without injured duo Chris Dykes and John Connolly, and Goulding is anticipating another tight contest.

He said: “We are two evenly-matches sides, that is what the league table suggests.

“There are a crop of sides who are outside maybe the top seven, and striving to get up there and establish themselves in the top half. We are among them, and so are Clitheroe, so it will be a good test of where both sides are at.”

Goulding has spoken recently of a need to add a clinical edge to his side's play, and was rewarded against Wakefield by a trademark winner from veteran frontman Mark Beesley.

“He has that quality,” Goulding added. “If he gets a chance, if something falls to him, he can be clinical.

“It's just about balancing that with the need to do the other stuff. Sometimes you need youthful exuberance as well. Mark has done well for us this season, and it is just a case of when and how we use him.”

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