BURSCOUGH boss Derek Goulding is expecting a stern test as play-off chasers Lancaster City visit Victoria Park on Saturday.
Last weekend’s proposed fixture against Bamber Bridge fell foul of the poor conditions but as the worst of the weather subsides the Linnets will look to kick start their season.
Goulding’s men grabbed a solid 1-1 draw against City earlier in the season and the manager believes his side can take heart from that result.
“We got a good draw away to Lancaster and arguably we should have won that game,” Goulding said.
“When you consider the good results we’ve got against teams who are pushing at the top it frustrates us to see that we are so far off the likes of City.
“But this game will really motivate us because it’s a good opportunity to show that on our day we can compete with any side.
“It is hard to put your finger on why we are sitting in mid-table but we’ve just not been able to gather any consistency.
“We’ve struggled at home because I don’t think our pitch suits our style of play and that’s something that the club are looking to change for next season.
Having survived a fixture pile up in comparison to the sides around them, there is a real sense that the Linnets are in a prime position to begin picking up the points.
The two sides come into this one on similar form with two defeats in their last three and having been without a game in two weeks.
Unlike other sides, Goulding has not had any issues in keeping his squad focused and motivated coming into the final stages of the season.
Goulding said: “City are a good strong side and they’ve done really well at the top end this season.
“They have a good spine and they are solid defensively so it will be hard to break them down.”
“The situation is quite difficult for the team and I perhaps feel a bit sorry for them because I know the lads are desperate to get out there and play.
“I’m confident the game will go ahead this weekend and with a run of Saturday and Tuesday games coming up, inevitably we’re going to pick up injuries and fatigue could set in.
“The squad know that and even the players that haven’t featured as much are able to stay focused because they know their chance is going to come.”