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Betts blasts stupid mistakes in Burnham FC's loss to Brimscombe & Thrupp

There could be a few new faces in the line-up next time Burnham compete in the league after joint manager Mark Betts blasted ‘stupid mistakes’ for costing the club in its battle against the drop.

Brimscombe & Thrupp visited The Gore on Saturday and went home with all three points thanks to a 4-2 victory.

Betts believes a draw would have been a fair result if it wasn’t for two errors which led to goals and ultimately cost his side, one of which he described as a ‘shambles’ and the other as a ‘gift’.

“Until we cancel out these stupid mistakes we are not going to pick up any points. We have to turn it around,” said Betts, who was parachuted in from Slough Town alongside Jon Palmer in January in a bid to stave off relegation to Division 1 East.

“As the weeks are going by it’s frustrating, the difference between the teams are mistakes.

“We get into a competitive match and certain people are just crumbling. Certain people keep making the same mistakes.”

Without a league fixture this weekend, Betts made clear The Blues would be using the break to bolster the squad and said he is hoping to bring in four established players who ‘can do the simple things right’.

The manager was hoping to have those players in place ahead of last night’s (Wednesday) friendly fixture against Basingstoke U21s which would give the signings a chance to bed in before Burnham’s focus switches back on a great escape in the league.

Betts’ boys next face another of the Hellenic Premier Division’s top sides in Ardley United on Saturday, March 11 and the gaffer is targeting three wins from the side’s last five games.

Despite admitting a loss in that fixture would be leaving a lot to do, he said the club remains hopeful it can be done.

“It was always going to be tough,” added Betts.

“Coming in and winning the first two games was an absolute dream.

“It’s definitely there – we remain positive.

“We’re not a million miles away.”

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