Burscough rue experience in FA Vase exit but Paul Bowes asks players to bounce back and ‘prove everyone wrong’

Burscough's Danny Brady in action against AFC Liverpool

Burscough manager Paul Bowes has called on his side to bounce back and put together another winning run after a defeat and a draw in their last two.

Burscough’s FA Vase run came to an end as they were beaten by Pilkington last weekend 2-1.

They followed that result up with further disappointment as they squandered a two-goal lead against Ashton Athletic to lose ground on the leading pack.

But for Bowes, he is content with how the situation looks and despite exceeding their previous expectations, he doesn’t want to stop looking up.

After taking over, the Linnets went from crawling through their games to picking up three points and going onto a magnificent run of form that saw them move into the top five.

They face a trip to Barnoldswick on Saturday, but the Burscough boss had an objective for his side, he told Off The Park:

“In the end it came down to lack of experience in our squad. We’ve only got quite a young squad, people don’t realise, we’ve only got four lads over the age of 24 and it showed.

“We were doing well first half but they got the goal, we were on top for the majority then it was Jekyll and Hyde, it was a terrible second half. That’s where we’ve missed players like Kevin Pollard and Peter Henerty.

“We’re missing the older lads and it’s starting to show in games and it seems to be where people expect us to go and beat teams where you need the experienced lads to drag us through.

“They seem to be fine against sides where they’re motivated, it’s the lesser sides I think the lads just expect to win and that’s where you need the older lads to step in. 

“Very frustrating. Exactly the same story as Saturday, it’s out of character but it’s got to boil down to experience, that’s all I can put my finger on and put it down to.

“I’m hoping to have Kev Pollard back available in the next couple weeks, Peter Henerty, Ryan Smith and just brought Joel Richardson in from AFC Liverpool another experienced lad.

“I don’t think we’re going to have many chances to catch Skem or Macclesfield, Wythenshawe and Avro will be up there as well. I think we’re punching above our weight as it is, obviously want to stay as high as we can and set ourselves in a good place for next year. 

“Not an easy away and it won’t be easy if the weather is anything like we’ve had. The experience with the lads we’re having I think it’s a good one for the lads to bounce back up there.

“If you can go and get three points up there, you can go get three points anywhere it’s a hard place to go. We beat them 2-0 earlier in the season but got to do it on their pitch, in the rain and prove you’re a good squad.

“I think the squad as a whole should be going up there and thinking we can win especially being in the form we’ve been in. It’s a learning curve for the lads, they’ve got to bounce back again, it’s down to them and prove everyone wrong.”

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