DEREK GOULDING has called for Burscough to shed their ‘draw specialists’ tag by picking up some wins, as the Linnets boss looks to mount an assault on the top half of the Evo-Stik First Division North table.
Burscough have drawn seven of their 12 league fixtures so far this season, including a 2-2 stalemate against Salford City on Tuesday evening.
They have, however, been beaten on just three occasions so far, and sit in a solid mid-table position currently, some eight points off the play-off places.
Goulding, though, believes his side have been performing well enough to add more wins to their tally.
The Linnets face a trip to league leaders Mossley this weekend.
“It’s a game we are looking forward to,” he said.
“We played really well on Tuesday against Salford, and we felt we had done enough to win the game to be honest.
“We were the dominant side.
“We can take a lot of positives from it. We have earned the draw specialists’ tag I suppose, and it is true that we would like to have had a few more wins. We feel we have done enough in certain games to get them, too. Still, I look at it as a platform we can build from. Last season we were losing games every week, whereas this year we are much harder to beat. So we have taken that first step in our progression, to stop the defeats.
“The next step is to turn the draws into wins, and we feel we can do that if we keep developing.”
Goulding admitted he had been disappointed to see his side crash out of the FA Trophy after a 1-0 home defeat by Ossett Town on Saturday.
“They used their experience to be honest,” he said.
“There was nothing in the game really, but we were disappointed we didn’t put them under more pressure than we did.”
He did, however, say he would enjoy gauging his side against a Mossley team that has opened up a six-point gap at the top of the table.
“It’s good to see where we are at,” he said.
“There is an extra incentive with them being top of the league.”
Goulding will make checks on the fitness of Chris Tyson, Liam Duff, Dave Roberts, Paul Williams and Liam Caddick this week. Liam Dodd, 18, could be in contention to feature, having made his debut against Salford.