07:30PM, Wednesday 08 January 2020
Gavin James (left)
Burnham FC boss Paul Shone enjoyed a comfortable afternoon watching from the sidelines as the Blues dismantled one of their top four rivals, Brackley Town Saints, 4-1 at The Gore.
Brackley arrived at The Gore above the Blues in the Hellenic Premier Division table, but Shone’s men proved far too strong for them as Sam Coles, Cameron Rohart-Brown, Gavin James and Firaz Chniba got their names on the scoresheet.
Afterwards Shone said the side was starting to reap the rewards of having a more settled 16-man squad.
They may look to readdress their ambitions in the summer, but, for now, they’ll be happy to maintain their current form and take the bragging rights from rivals in and around them in the table.
He said: “We knew that if we could match the result that we got at their place – when we won 1-0 – we’d stand a good chance. So 4-1 at home was a very comfortable afternoon for us. It was a dominant display and a good all-round performance against a side who were competing for the title last season.
“We worked hard in the first half and made it 1-0. Then we blew them away with our play at the start of the second half.
“The only downside is that we let them score a consolation.
“The boys worked really hard in those extra training sessions we had over Christmas and they were raring to go. The boys were chomping at the bit after our Boxing Day clash was postponed.”
The win was good enough to lift Burnham back up to fourth in the table, and – although leaders Westfields are someway clear at the top of the table – they’ve got every chance of finishing in the top four, or even challenging for second place.
Saturday’s victory was all the more impressive as the Blues hadn’t played a competitive fixture since their 3-0 home win over Holmer Green on December 21.
Shone said: “We might look to readdress our goals in the summer, but from our point of view top four would be excellent after the start we made.
“We’ve also still got to play many of the sides in and around us. Westfields we’ll play twice, Binfield, Bishops Cleeve, so we can make a dent with some of those games and that’s going to be our aim. There are some sides with a game or two in hand over us so they might be able to get back into the top four. But after the start we had we’ve changed it around.
“We’ve had a more settled 16 which always helps and now we’re reaping the rewards. We’ve had more continuity and consistency.”
The Blues are set to visit Brimscombe & Thrupp on Saturday.
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