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Windsor FC given the blues by League Cup exit to Burnham FC

Aiden Higgs

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Last week Burnham boss Paul Shone called on his attackers to step up to the plate and take their chances in front of goal, and this they did in Saturday's encouraging 2-0 league cup win over rivals Windsor.

The Blues are currently 18th in the Hellenic League Premier Division, and their goal drought could explain the side's inability to climb the table.

The recent failures in front of goal looked set to continue when Aaron Berry missed from the spot after Burnham were awarded a 42nd minute penalty.

But those concerns abated a few minutes later thanks to Sam Coles long-range strike which gave the Blues a precious half-time lead.

Aiden Higgs then capped off the days' scoring with a second for the home side after the interval.

“I thought we were solid all through the pitch, and our defence was dominant all game,” said Shone.

“Windsor pressed us well and it resulted in us going a bit more direct at times but it paid off and sometimes you’ve got to change the tactics and the way you play to compensate for the team in front of you. They tried to stop us but in the end we got a deserved 2-0 win.”

A key moment in the game was Paul Coyne's sin-bin, which reduced the visitors to 10 men for a period and ultimately 'changed the complexion of the game' according to Windsor boss Mark Cooper. “In that first half we looked like we were the team in ascendancy.” said Cooper. “When Paul got sin-binned, I think it changed the game so we’re disappointed to go out of the Cup.”

Both sides return to league action tomorrow (Sat). The Blues visit Bishops Cleeve and the Royalists travel to Royal Wootton Bassett Town, for 3pm kickoffs.

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