DEREK GOULDING admits the time has come for Burscough to start picking up points – but insists that his players have the quality to turn their season around.
The Linnets went down 2-1 at Cammell Laird on Tuesday night, sinking to 20th in the Evo-Stik First Division North in the process. They have taken just seven points from their first 10 games, and only Ossett Albion and Radcliffe Borough sit below them.
Saturday sees them host Harrogate Railway Athletic at Victoria Park, and Goulding says that he will be looking for his players to start adding results to what he believes are promising performances.
“Whatever way you look at it, it has been a poor start for us,” admitted Goulding. “I feel we should have had more points than we have currently, with the performances we have put in, but the table doesn't lie, and right now it says that 19 teams in the league are better than us.
“We've got to start picking it up now. We're 10 games in, and I always believe that 10 games is a marker to see where you are at. We are not in a good position, and we need to pick it up.
“I think we have quality players here. Some of the performances we have put in show that we can be a more than decent outfit. The problem is that we are making too many mistakes which are costing us.”
Goulding is particularly eager to ensure his side start games better.
He added: “The clock is always ticking in football, but you can't start looking too far ahead. You need to focus from the first minute, not look and think we will sort it in the second half or we will put it right next week.
“Against Cammell Laird I thought we played as well as they did, but they've managed to find two goals and we only got one.
“But there's nobody running away with this league, nobody battering teams. It's a tight league, and a couple of wins can make a massive difference.”
Goulding hopes to have influential trio Niall Cummins, Tim Horn and Paul Williams back for selection this weekend.
Meanwhile Burscough, having beaten Goole 5-1 in the FA Trophy last Saturday, will play local rivals Marine at the Arriva Stadium in the next round. The tie will be played on Saturday 19 October.