Williams: Heavy defeat won't define Burnham's season but how we respond to it will

Saturday’s disappointing 5-0 defeat to Abbey Rangers won’t define Burnham’s season, according to player manager Manny Williams, but how they respond to it will.

The Blues have dragged themselves away from the bottom of the table in recent weeks with a series of impressive performances but Saturday’s second half collapse against Rangers wasn’t good enough, and Williams warned there’ll be ‘repercussions’ for players who fail to pull their weight in future matches.

Burnham went into Saturday’s away game having not lost in five matches, but, after an even first half, things quickly turned sour as they conceded four times in an increasingly ragged second half display.

“This game won’t define us, but how we bounce back from it will,” said Williams. “Every team will lose a game of football but what marks out a good team is how they recover from that loss.

“The disappointing thing is the manner of the defeat. We showed no commitment, no desire, no work ethic and the players looked tired. We made a lot of unforced errors leading to a number of their goals, but I put it down to being a bad day at the office.

“I’ve told the boys that I will not accept another performance like that.

“If they work their socks off and lose then fair play to the other team, but if we don’t work hard and then lose in the manner we did, I’ve made it clear that’s not acceptable and there will be repercussions for that. These players have set standards and it’s not fair to anyone if players turn up for football and don’t work hard.”

They’ll have a while to lick their wounds as well with the side not scheduled to play again until January 8, when they visit league leaders Hanworth Villa.

“The game we’ve got after the new year is harder than the one we’ve just played,” added Williams.

“But our performance will show me how far we’ve come as a squad. I’ve pondered on whether the break will be good for us or not. The boys have worked extremely hard over the past five weeks and have given everything so maybe it’s better to have a couple of weeks off and then regroup.

“But, after a defeat like that you sometimes want to regroup straight away and try and rectify it. As a player I’d have loved to play again straight away, but with a different hat on now, and with the injuries we currently have, it may be a blessing to have the next two weeks off.

“We will be coming in for a few days of training over the festive period though, and I’ll arrange one or two friendlies to keep us sharp and get us ready for Hanworth Villa.”

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