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Burnham boss Shone confident Blues have moved past 'bump in the road'

Gavin James


Burnham boss Paul Shone is confident his players have moved past their 'bump in the road' after chalking up their third straight league win with victory over Royal Wootton Bassett Town on Saturday.

Earlier in the campaign Shone called on his frontmen to step up their game and they responded in the best possible fashion in the 3-1 win over Bassett.

TJ Bohane had headed Bassett in front on the half hour mark, flicking in Brad Pagliaroli’s first time cross but the in-form Oliver Harris grabbed the Blues an immediate equaliser, slotting home coolly to level matters at the break.

On 65 minutes, Gavin James curled a low strike off the post and into the bottom right corner from the edge of the area and the former Slough Town and Maidenhead United striker sealed all three points 10 minutes from time to condemn their hosts to a ninth defeat on home soil.

“The last three games have been very good and we’ve won all three,” said Shone.

“But prior to that, it was that cutting edge in the final third that we were lacking. The forward players are coming to the forefront now and the defenders are doing their job as well so as a team collectively we are sort of clicking in the right direction.

“Sometimes we have a little blip and a few bumps in the road but how you come past it is down to the players mentally and physically on the pitch.

“It seems like they’ve overcome that now and hopefully we’re heading in the right direction we want to be.

“Long may it continue and the boys put in the performances that we’re asking of them.

 “We set targets at the beginning of the season and obviously after the start we had, we had to readdress those.

“If we can finish in the top six after the start we’ve had that’ll be brilliant,” he added.

A poor run of form in the opening weeks of the season saw Burnham flirt dangerously with the relegation spots.

At one stage they lost three consecutive fixtures and Shone admits he's had to reassess his aims following that rocky start. But they're beginning to move in the right direction once again and the man who helped guide Flackwell Heath to the league title a few seasons ago is confident the Blues can put pressure on the top six between now and the end of the season.

The Bassett result lifts Burnham to 10th in the Hellenic Premier Division ahead of tomorrow's (Saturday) clash with Lydney Town at The Gore. The Blues will also look to repeat their recent cup win over Windsor when they visit them in the league on Tuesday evening.

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