DEREK GOULDING has asked his Burscough side to find a repeat performance against Garforth Town this weekend – whilst also adding a clinical streak to their play.
The Linnets return to Evo-Stik League First Division North action on Saturday after their midweek exploits in the Liverpool Senior Cup.
Burscough’s home game with neighbours Skelmersdale United was put back 24 hours after Tuesday night’s referee ruled the Victoria Park surface unplayable because of standing water in certain areas.
The first round tie was rescheduled for last night though Goulding felt the game could have been given the go-ahead on its original date – but the Burscough manager respected the official’s call.
Goulding was planning on using the those in his 22 man squad who have “not featured” as much as others so far this season against their West Lancashire rivals last night.
“Sometimes these County Cup competitions give us a chance to integrate a number of lads and allow me to give them a chance,” he said.
However, Goulding did admit that the rescheduling of the tie may make some of his players unavailable.
Two players not in the squad for last night’s rearranged game were Niall Cummins and Jamil Adam.
The pair are both carrying injuries and Goulding says he will continue to monitor their situations closely ahead of the weekend’s game with Garforth.
Both played in last month’s FA Trophy win over Garforth, with Cummins scoring twice as Burscough triumphed 2-1 and Goulding is asking his squad for a repeat performance this weekend.
“We played them in the FA Trophy at their place recently but like every team in non-League, they are going to provide us with a real test,” said Goulding.
“They will always put something in front of you to overcome but if we play as well as we did at their place in the Trophy then we can get a result.
“We probably scored a couple more goals that day and that is where we are at the moment.
“We could do with being a little bit more ruthless.
“Our games are a little tight and nervy at the minute.”
On the decision to call off Tuesday’s game with Skem, Goulding said: “The decision was not in our hands.
“You have to respect the decision of the referee because he is liable for it.
“I thought the pitch wasn’t too bad but it wasn’t our decision so it is hard to criticise the ref.”