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Shone says Burnham will dust themselves down and go again after Shrivenham loss

Ashley James

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Burnham boss Paul Shone has said the Blues will ‘dust themselves down’ after Saturday’s disappointing defeat against Shrivenham and try to get back to winning ways next week.

A failure to convert chances was Burnham’s downfall against Shrivvy who capitalised in the second half to win the match 2-0, with goals from Tom Ballard and Ryan Stanners.

The Blues were hoping to bounce back from the loss on Tuesday night against Ardley United but freezing conditions meant the fixture was postponed.

Shone’s men will now return to league action next Tuesday against Easington Sports before travelling to Binfield three days later on Friday.

Given the busy week ahead, Shone knows there’s no point dwelling on the result as the Blues look to stay in the race for a top four spot.

He said: “Every game is going to be tough and the boys know that. There are still plenty of twists and turns in this league and we can’t feel sorry for ourselves.

“Goals change games and we deservedly should have had a few in the first half (against Shrivenham). But it wasn’t to be and credit to them because they came out and did a job in the second half. We now just need to dust ourselves down because we have games coming thick and fast.

“On Tuesday night we were meant to play at home against Ardley but it was called off. We had an opportunity to jump straight back in and get three points but we will now have to wait to do so.”

Shone added: “In a way, it’s done us a favour with Tuesday being called off and having no game on Saturday.

“There are a few players that are carrying niggling injuries.

“Ryan Avery (hamstring), Sam Coles (hip), Matthew Ayres (groin) and Gavin James (hamstring) are currently sidelined so it will do them good to have a little rest and make sure they’re 100% for next week.

“They’re four big players for us so it has done them the world of good.” Burnham are currently in sixth place of the Hellenic League Premier.

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