The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier
Published 18th August 2012
The Linnets begin life in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North today when Goole AFC make the trip to Victoria Park.
Burscough were relegated from the NPL Premier Division last season, finishing bottom of the table with just twenty-six points and only five wins to their name.
The Greens had flirted with the drop for a couple of campaigns previously as financial worries and uncertainty continued to burden the club.
And though hurt at their demotion last season, Goulding hopes Burscough can use their situation to start building for a brighter future by giving the club solid foundations.
“It’s another start and we are looking forward to it,” said Goulding.
“We just want to get the season up and running again.
“Hopefully we can start addressing the slide, so it is a fresh start but we are just looking to the start of the new season in general.
“We finished last season fairly well and hopefully we can pick up from where we left off. Hopefully then, we will bring a better atmosphere around the place. We need to make sure this is a new start for the club.
“We haven’t quite turned the corner and can’t really say that but hopefully we can start.
“The club have set up a development squad who will play in the Lancashire League. Hopefully we are taking the first steps to where the club was.”
Goole finished tenth in the First Division South last season but have been moved into the northern section as part of the usual summer restructure of the leagues.
John Reed, the former long-serving Buxton boss, was named their new manager at the end of the season and has undertaking a significant facelift of their squad.
Goulding believes Burscough will be in for a challenging afternoon on Saturday.
“John Reed is a very experienced manager and that is an indication of where Goole are wanting to get themselves,” added Goulding.
“It will be a tough test because they have invested quite a bit in the squad and have certainly invested in a quality manager as well.
“I’m expecting them to be quite strong but we will see on Saturday.”