DEREK GOULDING has challenged his Burscough players to start imposing themselves on games after they slid to a 3-1 defeat at Kendal Town on Tuesday.
The Linnets, looking to capitalise after securing a first league win of the season against Salford City on Saturday, raced into an early lead at the Northgate Vehicle Hire Stadium, but were unable to kick on, and suffered a third defeat of the campaign.
Goulding has been encouraged by his side's performances so far this season, even if results have not always matched them, but says now is the time for his side to start killing teams off.
He said: “I was disappointed that we didn't take advantage of the good position we found ourselves in.
“You don't get a goal start very often in this league, and when we did we should have looked to kick on and press it home.
“We didn't do that. I think we let Kendal back into the match too easily, which was particularly disappointing. It's something we need to work on, imposing ourselves on the game more and killing teams off when we have the chance to.”
The defeat leaves Burscough firmly rooted in the bottom half of the Evo-Stik First Division North table, with just one win from eight league games so far this season.
They will, however, enjoy the distraction of an FA Cup qualifying tie at Conference North side Workington on Saturday, with financial and footballing incentives on offer.
Goulding said: “It's up to the players to react now. I made a few changes to the side at Kendal, and it is down to the players to respond and prove that they are worthy of their place.
“We've got a few injuries knocking round. Connor Roberts has a problem with his knee that we will have to assess, and Paul Williams has a knock too. You will get that at this stage of the season.
“The main thing for us is that we get back into it, and respond in the right way to the setback.”