Burnham's young players searching for greater consistency

Burnham get their Home Counties Division 2 campaign underway with a mouth-watering clash at home to local rivals Slough at the Memorial Ground on Saturday, and skipper Rizwan Nadeem is hopeful his young side is able to find the consistency that has escaped them in recent seasons.

Slough were relegated from Division 1 last season but have had an overhaul in the close season and Nadeem expects they'll be one of the main contenders for promotion if they settle to the task.

As a young, inexperienced side, Burnham have struggled with inconsistency and Nadeem is concerned it may be an issue again this summer. One impressive performance is followed by a poor one and that's left them languishing in the lower reaches of the league. They seem to be able to raise their game for the bigger teams but fail to apply themselves correctly against teams further down the table.

“On Saturday there's a 90 per cent chance of rain and heavy rain as well. We'll just have to sit in our cars.

“We've got a lot of young players, we're younger than last year. It's a development programme so it will take a bit of time but the talent and potential is there.

“Going forward, we have to apply ourselves. To go for a title or promotion you have to be consistent and, if we can get on a good run, with solid consistency from all the boys, then we could look to finish towards the top end of the table.

“But we often turn up one week, and don't turn up the next. That doesn't really help and that's why we've been a mid-table team.

“Against the better teams towards the top of the table, we always perform and our results are amazing. But against the teams that are fighting relegation, we just seem to switch off. If we can keep that strong mentality and mindset, and take every opponent as they are.

“It's almost as if we're playing against ourselves and wondering which team is going to turn up.”

Slough will be pretty unrecognisable from previous seasons, having signed several new players in an attempt to get back into Division 1 at the first time of asking.

“They have a new captain and new chairman there now, so the whole club has been completely revamped.

“We always fancy our chances against Slough. We've got an excellent record against them. My squad seems to have this extra urge to do well against them.”

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