BURSCOUGH FC will return to league action this weekend after suffering a narrow defeat to local rivals Marine in the FA Trophy.
Derek Goulding's men entertain seventh-placed Bamber Bridge at Victoria Park, knowing they need to start picking up wins if they are to climb the Evo-Stik First Division North table.
The Linnets currently sit third from bottom, having taken just 10 points from their first 11 league games of the season. They did, however, win their last league match, 2-1 at home to Harrogate Railway Athletic, and showed decent form during their two Trophy games with Premier Division Marine this week.
Jordan Williams' goal earned the Greens a deserved 1-1 draw at the Arriva Stadium on Saturday, and Burscough competed for long periods in Tuesday night's replay at the Vic, before succumbing to an own goal from the unfortunate Mark Beesley, seven minutes from time.
“We were a bit unfortunate,” said Goulding. “I thought we competed well in both matches to be honest. On Saturday we were the better side until Jordan's red card, 15 minutes from the end.
“And on Tuesday there was nothing really in the game, we just got on the wrong end of a bit of bad luck with the own goal.
“But we will keep plugging away. Performances are not bad at all, we just need to try and get a settled side on to the field. If we do that then we can start to get some points on the board I am sure.”
Goulding is expected to be without influential midfielder Chris Tyson for this weekend's clash. Tyson pulled up with a groin problem during the warm-up on Tuesday night, and was unable to take his place in the side against Marine. He was replaced by Beesley, who went on to have a decisive influence, though at the wrong end of the field.
Last season's top scorer Niall Cummins is also a doubt, as he is suffering with an Achilles injury. Joe Camozzi has a hamstring problem and will definitely miss out, whilst Phil Quirk and Connor Roberts are suspended.