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Paul Shone praised Burnham's 'desire to win' FA Cup clash with Bury Town

Burnham’s Tom Kemp delivers a cross during the 1-0 win over Bury Town on Saturday.


Paul Shone praised Burnham’s desire to win following the impressive 1-0 victory over Bury Town in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round, a result which sets up a high profile match away to Billericay Town next.

The only goal of the game on Saturday at The Gore came shortly after half-time from Daniel Fosu after which the Blues weathered a storm before claiming a senior scalp and the £6,000 prize money.

“Over the 90 minutes we deserved to win,” said manager Shone.

“Our energy levels were better than theirs, I don't know if they underestimated us.

“We took the lead early in the second half and after that we were always going to come under pressure, but we deserved to survive.

“Our keeper made a couple of great saves, but that’s what he’s there for.

“And we could have added to our goal as well, we had one cleared off the line, hit the post and had a one-on-one.

“I thought from one to 11, plus the subs, we were excellent. They all did the jobs asked of them.

“I thought we showed great desire to win.”

He added: “I told the players that result has put them in the shop window and that they now need to replicate that every match.

“There’s a good vibe around the club. A result like this instills confidence and helps us build the club.

“It shows people what we can do and that we are back in business.”

The Blues’ reward for overcoming Bury Town is a trip to Essex to face big spending Billericay, owned and sometimes managed by flamboyant multi-millionaire Glenn Tamplin.

Despite upheavals around the club, including it being put up for sale, the Ricay are second in National League South in their first season since promotion.

The contest is one to savour for the Burnham boss.

Shone said: “We couldn’t really have been handed a more high-profile tie.

“They have a lot going on down there, on and off the pitch.

“It will be a great day out for us and one for the young players to look forward to, playing at a ground which is probably Football League standard.

“The FA Cup throws up some shocks and we will go down there with no fear.

“I’m sure Billericay, and their chairman, will be expecting to win, but we won’t just roll over for them.”

Shone also has some inside information, adding: “Their caretaker manager, who is a friend of mine, has just left, so they don’t have anyone in charge at the moment.

“I’m told they don’t have anyone taking training, so we’ll see.”

Burnham followed up Saturday’s success with a 4-2 win over Binfield Reserves in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy on Tuesday with a patchy display, according to Shone.

“We rested a few players, but raced to 3-0 up and then took our foot off the gas,” he said.

“We let them back in before bagging a fourth to seal it.

“We were great for 20 minutes, poor for 20 minutes and then OK for the last 10-15 minutes, but still we won.

“That’s what it’s all about, instilling that desire to win.

“It keeps the feelgood factor going.”

The cup matches keep coming for the Blues who head to Northamptonshire to play Wellingborough Town in the FA Vase Second Qualifying Round tomorrow (Saturday).

Burnham go with some confidence and with little to lose.

“We’ve done our homework on them,” said Shone.

“They are a good side who play at a level above us, one which tends to be quite strong and physical.

“We will set out our stall, as we did on Saturday. It would be great to go a round or two in the Vase.”


Two-page coverage of Burnham FC, including photos, in this week’s Maidenhead Advertiser


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