05:51PM, Wednesday 14 August 2019
Burnham progressed to the next round of the FA Cup after overcoming Tring Athletic 2-1 on Tuesday, with a performance that ‘typified what Luca was all about’.
On an emotional night at The Gore the club paid tribute to their u18s and first team player Luca Skivington, who died in a car crash last week.
The Blues’ determined performance was also a fitting tribute to the player – who was Blues chairman Glenn Skivington’s son.
They took the lead through Aaron Berry’s 17th minute finish, then, after Matthew Mitchell had levelled things up for Athletic before half-time, Joe Blount netted the winner for the Blues.
They also had the luxury of being able to miss a late penalty as Tring finished the game with only nine men because of injury and a red card.
Burnham boss Paul Shone said afterwards: “That performance was what Luca was all about.
“It was determined, gritty and very honest. He was someone you could depend on.
“I got a message from Glenn before kick-off just asking for the players to leave everything they had on the pitch and they did that. There was no real team talk needed.
“It’s obviously had a major effect on certain players, and I didn’t think some of them would stand up to it. But they did, credit to them, this will be the week many of them became men.
"The club will become stronger for this and it was good to put some smiles back on people’s faces.”
Burnham visit Slimbridge in the next round of the FA Cup on Saturday, August 24.
Before that they visit Wallingford Town in the Challenge Cup this Saturday.
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