07:30PM, Thursday 29 August 2019
Burnham picked up their first league win – and first league goals – in the 5-0 win over Flackwell Heath on Monday.
With a number of ex-Heathens in their line-up Burnham were also pretty motivated to get their league campaign up and running.
It didn’t take them long to break the deadlock with Sam Coles lifting home the first over a stranded Watkins. Molloy then snuck in behind a static Heathens defence to extend the Blues’ lead before Joe Blount made it 3-0 prior to the interval.
Burnham’s disciplined approach to the game paid off in the 62nd minute when Leo Dacabo rifled home the fourth. Molloy then rounded things off with his second of the game, a tap-in from inside the six-yard box, with 15 minutes remaining.
The result left the sides one point apart in favour of Heath in the Hellenic Premier, with all of Burnham’s goals so far in the competition scored during this fixture. This was also the Blues’ first win and points in the league.
Richardson was without a few key players and rotated his squad slightly following Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup preliminary round win over Newport Pagnell.
Burnham drew 1-1 away at Slimbridge in the same competition, with a replay at The Gore on Tuesday.
For Flackwell, defender Mo Cessay and captain Dan Bailey were out on Monday, and Adam Thomas picked up an injury early in the first half.
“I just didn’t think we were at the races,” Richardson said.
“Mo has been nothing but magnificent, and he wasn’t there Monday. It made a big difference to how we operated as a team. At least four of their five goals came from down the middle from a flick on – but take nothing away from Burnham, they were the better team.
“We had chances, and any other day it would have looked like it was closer but on the day Burnham were [better].
“We just couldn’t take our opportunities – that is how football goes sometimes.”
He added: “That was the first time this season [a team] has outplayed us.
“I believe in my squad. One thing about my lads is, we go again. I am sure we will bounce back.”
Richardson hinted at a potential signing this week which will provide the Heathens ‘with a threat going forward’, adding that some of his new players will take some time to bed in.
His attentions then turn to the FA Vase tomorrow (Saturday) when they host former winners Arlesey Town at Wilks Park (3pm KO).
“It is like the FA Cup of our level. I have got no choice but to make it right,” Richardson added.
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