DEREK GOULDING hopes the thumping of Farsley FC can act as another springboard for Burscough’s resurgence.
The Linnets are 10th in the Evo-Stik First Division North standings following last weekend’s 5-1 win over their Yorkshire rivals.
Farsley began the season as one of the favourites for promotion but sit eighth in the table after losing to Goulding’s men.
Burscough are unbeaten in three league matches heading into Saturday’s game at lowly Goole AFC and the manager believes the impressive win over Farsley can provide his squad with further encouragement for the weeks ahead.
“Before the game we mentioned that Farsley started the season being anticipated as being one of the top sides,” said Goulding. “Hopefully this win can instil some confidence in the lads and give them more belief in what we are trying to build here.
Strikers Niall Cummins and Will Jones both bagged doubles in the win and Goulding knows keeping the pair fit is important for their plans this season.
“Successful sides needs decent strikers and we need to keep Will and Niall fit,” said Goulding.
“Since we brought Will back to the club he has started to slot a few in and Niall has a history of being a goalscorer.
“Niall seems to be fully fit now and the softening up of the pitches has maybe helped.
“Hopefully he stays that way and the rest of the squad stays fit so we have competition and we can keep pushing each other on.”
Midfielder Phil Clarke is sidelined with cruciate ligament damage in his knee, though it is unclear how long he will be out for.“It is hard to say,” admitted Goulding. “The physios are saying it will take so long but Phil is more positive and thinks he’ll be back sooner than they are saying. It could be three weeks.”