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Burnham manager Paul Shone believes his side is 'breeding the right mentality' with wins.

Paul Shone was pleased with his side’s comprehensive victory over Abingdon Town on Saturday and stressed that winning games breeds the right mentality. The Blues were ruthless in all areas of the pitch but especially in the final third as they put nine past Abingdon, with Dean Allen bagging a hat-trick in the rout, while Lucas Sinclair, Ryan Tackley, Ollie Harris and Dan Malloy (x2) also got on the score sheet.

“Yeah, it was very convincing,” Shone said.

“No disrespect to them [Abingdon] but we wanted that. We looked at a few of their last results so we were expecting to win but we still had to do a professional job. It could have been more to be honest, we missed a few chances and their keeper saved a few – but three points is three points.”

With the win Burnham move 10 points clear at the top of the Hellenic League One East division, although second placed Aldermaston do have two games in hand. But Shone insists the aim remains the same as it was at the beginning of the season.

“From day one the aim was to get out of the league,” added Shone.

“Whether that be first or second and anything else was a bonus.

“We treat cup competitions the same as the league - winning games breeds a winning mentality.”

And Shone’s men will have plenty of opportunities to showcase that when they face Hellenic One West side Clanfield (85) in the Subsidiary Cup on Saturday before hosting Easington Sports on Tuesday in the Supplementary Cup.

“They’re two teams we don’t know an awful lot about,” admitted Shone.

“But I know they are doing well in their league. It will be a tough test.”

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