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Burnham part company with Gifton Noel-Williams

It's been another eventful week at The Gore. There’s little doubting Burnham are starting to turn a corner on the field, with Tuesday’s 4-2 win at Oxford City Nomads another pointer to their recent improvement, however, they’ll have to continue their revival without the input of manager Gifton Noel-Williams, who’s parted company with the club.

Hours after their impressive victory at Oxford, where Elliot Amadieu netted a brace to take his season’s tally to five and Stephane Akmel and Buster Broadley were also on target, Burnham released a statement confirming the departure of the ex-Watford striker.

The former Hornet took over the reins from Dave Tuttle at the end of September and his presence helped inspire the Blues to precious wins over Ascot United and Highmoor Ibis. However, he’s struggled to combine his new role with existing coaching commitments, leading to him and the club cutting ties this week.

“Naturally we are disappointed that things have not worked out for Gifton,” said chairman Gary Reeves. “We wish him every success with his coaching.

“We are looking ahead with great confidence now. Luther (Blissett) has created two teams that have really inspired us in recent weeks and it is all to play for now here at Burnham once more.”

Burnham haven't said if they're looking to replace Noel-Williams.

Director of football Luther Blissett said Burnham’s players now believe in themselves and each other, and is confident the first team will continue their upward trajectory. Tuesday’s win took them to nine points, three shy of second from bottom Henley Town.

“The players have the belief they can win every game now,” he said.

“Tuesday night was a good performance and we deserved it. The next team in our sights is Henley Town. But if we start to look too far ahead we’ll take our eye off the ball.”

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