DEREK GOULDING has called on his Burscough players to cut out the individual errors as they prepare to start their FA Cup campaign this weekend.
The Linnets have seen a string of positive performances undermined by costly mistakes during their opening four games of the season.
They remain without a win in the Evo-Stik First Division North, though successive draws against Prescot Cables and Lancaster City this weekend hint at progress being made.
This weekend sees them travel to North West Counties outfit West Didsbury & Chorlton, for their FA Cup preliminary round tie. Goulding, who famously enjoyed Cup success with the Greens in 2005, says it is a chance for his side to kick-start their season.
“It's always a special competition,” he said. “If you think back to the 2005 run, it ranks up there with the best achievements in Burscough's history, alongside the FA Trophy win.
“We've actually been playing okay this season, the performances have been good. But we've been making some individual errors which have cost us, and we will need to cut them out.
“I've watched West Didsbury & Chorlton this season, and (assistant manager) Phil Backhouse watched them on Tuesday night.
“We feel confident enough, and hopefully we can get ourselves going now.”
He added: “I think you can get carried away worrying about the league table at this stage of the season.
“Our performance levels have been okay, and so we have to take the positives from that and build on them.”
Goulding will have striker Mark Beesley available for this weekend's tie, but Phil Clarke is unlikely to feature due to a minor injury.
“The summer period can be disruptive in part-time football,” Goulding added. “Holidays and work commitments tend to be more troublesome at this time of year, but hopefully we are through that now and we can kick on.”