DEREK GOULDING believes Liam Caddick can help plug the gap left by the departed Will Jones at Burscough.
And the Linnets boss has called upon his side to find a consistent run of winning games as they look to move up the Evo-Stik First Division North table.
The loss of leading scorer Jones to Marine last week was quite a blow to Burscough's aspirations. The striker had scored 12 times in 14 games since his return to the club, and marked his Mariners debut with a goal in their 3-2 win at Kendal Town on Saturday.
But without him, Burscough barely struggled, winning 5-1 at Garforth Town, with Niall Cummins' hat-trick moving him to 13 goals for the season.
Caddick, too, found the net. And Goulding believes he can step up to the plate now Jones is gone.
“He was probably unlucky to find himself pushed out when Will came, to be honest,” he said. “He'd done well at the start of the season, but at the time Niall was struggling with an injury and I felt we needed someone to come in.
“Will became available, and he started scoring from the off. Liam has had to wait for his chance, but now he has one and I am sure he can take it.
“If we can strengthen the squad with the right kind of players, then we will. We never stop looking at ways of doing that.”
Goulding was pleased with his side's attitude in the win at bottom club Garforth. Burscough were 3-0 up by half time in Yorkshire, and 5-0 ahead after 51 minutes.
“It was good to see,” he said. “We approached it properly. It can be a thankless task, playing against the bottom team, because everyone expects you to win. But we never gave them a sniff, and it was good to see.”
Now, he says, the challenge is to find a run of wins. Starting at home to Radcliffe Borough on Saturday.
“We've not managed that really,” he said. “We've had good results and we've not lost many games, but we need to see if we can put a consistent run of wins together.
“The chance is there to do something. A lot of teams are struggling for real consistency, even towards the top of the table, so a few wins on the spin can take you up there.”
Burscough will be without midfield duo Phil Clarke and Chris Tyson for Saturday's game. The duo both have injuries.