DEREK GOULDING has revealed his disappointment at another cup exit – but says it will allow Burscough to focus on moving up the league table.
The Linnets’ hopes of an extended run in the Doodson Sport Cup came to an end on Tuesday night when they lost 3-1 at AFC Fylde.
Burscough now only have the Liverpool Senior Cup to concentrate on outside of their Evo-Stik First Division North games.
Goulding places value in remaining in as many cup competitions as possible but says the midweek exit gives the Greens the chance to pour all their efforts into the league.
This weekend, Burscough welcome New Mills to Victoria Park with Goulding challenging his players to improve on their current position of 16th in the table.
“We are just looking at the next few games in front of us and trying to pick up some points,” said Goulding.
“After the Ramsbottom defeat we said we wanted to become harder to beat. Initially we have done that and I felt we were unfortunate not to win on Saturday against Ossett.
“Cup games can interrupt your league programme but I like to stay in them for as long as we can.
“They are out of the way now so we must focus on getting a run of wins together and picking up a batch of points that can put us closer to the middle of the table.”
Conor Roberts’ late strike against AFC Fylde cut the host’s lead in half on Tuesday night.
But as Burscough went in search of pushing the game into extra-time, Fylde struck a third.
“The game was slightly closer than the scoreline suggests,” he said.
“Fylde just had that little bit more conviction and self-belief that comes with the success they’ve had over the past couple of years. We matched them football-wise but it is about converting that into goals. We didn’t manage that.”
Paul Williams is struggling with a back problem and Jordon Williams is doubtful with a groin strain.