06:00PM, Wednesday 08 May 2019
A moment of madness cost Burnham FC silverware according to manager Paul Shone as the Blues fell to a late defeat against Malmesbury Victoria in the Subsidiary cup.
Shone’s men looked on task to pick up a league and cup double as they lead 2-1 heading into the final 10 minutes of the match, but after clashing with a player inside his own box, centre-back Bradley Holland was dismissed for lashing out at the Malmesbury forward, giving away a penalty in the process.
Despite dominating the proceedings, the ten men of Burnham could not find a winner, and were hit on the counter late in the day as their fairytale ending to the season was abruptly cut short.
“It’s not the way we wanted to finish off the season,” said Shone
“It just wasn’t to be. We got off to the worst possible start, conceding after a 1:30 seconds after a goalkeeping mistake, but then we worked hard to get back into the game and deservedly levelled.
“Then there was only one team in it and we deservedly took the lead and with ten minutes to go we were in cruise control.”
“Then a moment of madness from our centre-half gives them a penalty, they score and then they go on to get the winner.”
It was a gutting end to the season for Shone’s men after enjoying a largely worry free league campaign, coming out on top of the Hellenic League One East, but Holland’s contribution was a telling one, and not for the right reasons.
“ There was a coming together and handbags at best,” added Shone
“ But then he’s (Holland) lashed out and the assistant referee has seen it and given the penalty.
“No qualms about it what so ever – but it cost us the game.”
Despite the result Shone was still pleased with his squads endeavours over the season and the Burnham boss is already looking forward to competing in the Hellenic League Premier next season.
“First and foremost our priority was to get out of the league and anything else along the way was a bonus, “ said Shone
“We had a great FA Cup run and on the whole it’s been a good season.
“Now we are looking forward to the Premier Davison - We will look to strengthen the side, bring two or three players in – but that’s not always easy. We have some targets in mind. We want to be up the right end of the table challenging, so it’s exactly the same remit as this season really.
“On the whole it’s been a great season and I want to thank the management staff and the players and long may it continue on and off the pitch.”
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