DEREK GOULDING hopes Burscough’s impressive win over Curzon Ashton at the weekend can give them the confidence to mount a play-off challenge in the coming weeks and months.
The Linnets were in eye-catching form as they turned over Curzon – traditionally one of the Evo-Stik League First Division North’s powerhouses – 5-2 on Saturday.
It is a win which moves the Greens up to ninth in the table, and Goulding says his side are looking forwards with a third of the season already behind them.
“We are looking up at the moment,” said the manager. “It is one of them where we maybe assess things more at the halfway stage, when we have played everyone in the league.
“This season, for us, was all about adjusting to a new league and getting some security. We are doing that, but we won’t know where we stand until the halfway point.
“I think the games against the teams above us will be key. If we can get some good results there we can start to close the gap to the top five, and once confidence is up, then who knows?
“We have some tough games coming up, but I was very pleased that we could go to a team like Curzon and score five.”
Goulding also believes the return of striker Niall Cummins to the side will make a big difference. Cummins scored twice against Curzon, having battled injury for much of the season.
“He’s the type of player every manager is searching for,” he said. “We are lucky to have him.
“He’s the kind of player who can turn draws in to wins.”
Burscough play at home to New Mills on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.