Burnham battle back for share of the spoils at Stag Meadow

Burnham recovered from three-goals down early in the second half against Windsor on Tuesday night to take a share of the spoils, and afterwards player manager Ash James said he was slightly disappointed they didn’t take all three points.

James was happy enough with his side’s late response as Manny Williams (two) and Melvin Nsomi scored to cancel out goals from Kabir Kareem, Excellence Muhemba and Charlie Lossaso, whose goal came from the penalty spot.

In the latter stages the Blues struck the post twice and had a penalty appeal waved away as they pushed for a late winner following the dismissal of Lindell Stewart, leaving Burnham’s boss a little unsure of whether to be happy or disappointed with the evening’s outcome.

“I felt we controlled the game from start to finish,” he said. “But we found ourselves 2-0 down at half-time and then we gave a penalty away five minutes into the second half.

“The response to that was great from everyone, and we showed terrific character to roll our sleeves up and get back in the game.

“We were quite disappointed in the end because we’ve hit the post twice and had a penalty turned down with the score at 3-3, when they were also down to 10 men.

“If you’re 3-0 down and you come back to take a point away from home, it’s a good result, but it’s a hard one to break down. We can’t be too harsh on ourselves though. It was a good, local derby and everyone loved the game. That’s the main thing I suppose. It was a good night all round in the end, and it sets us up nicely for Saturday’s FA Vase game against Bedford at home.”

The point lifted Burnham up to 12th in the table, while the Royalists also move up to fourth, having played seven matches already this season. Results have been mixed for the Blues, who were thrashed 5-0 by St Panteleimon on Saturday, but James has generally been happy with the team’s performances.

“We started well, but then had a couple of losses and everyone starts panicking,” he said. “However, in terms of our performances there have only been one or two displays where we haven’t been up to scratch.

“Each of our three drawn games could have been wins and from now on we must be more clinical and take our chances and also work on making it harder for teams to score against us.

“If you can get a string of wins together it won’t take a lot to move up the table.”

Holyport, who were beaten 3-0 at home by Edgeware Town on Saturday, have also made an indifferent start to their Combined Counties Premier Division North campaign. They sit 15th in the table with only one win, and four losses to their name so far. Next up for them is a trip to Broadfields United in the FA Vase on Saturday.

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