BURNHAM were unlucky not to have secured their first Hellenic League point of the season on Saturday when they lost 1-0 to Brackley Town Saints at The Gore.

It was the first time this term Blues had not conceded more than one goal in a match and the single strike by Brackley could easily have been avoided.

Coach Luther Blissett explained: “We didn’t react quick enough to a free-kick, and the players admitted afterwards it was down to a lapse of concentration which led to the goal.

“But after a shaky first 15 minutes we defended a lot better.

“We’ve been working hard on our defensive play in the last couple of weeks and I think the fruits of it were seen in this game.”

With centre-backs Danny Wilson and Wayne Broadley outstanding, Burnham held Saints at bay for just over an hour.

But then a free-kick down the visitors’ right flank saw Ellis Minott’s cross volleyed home by Dan Wikin, giving keeper Joe Broadley no chance.

Burnham, showing a lot of energy, had chances to equalise, with Dan Watkiss hitting the top of the crossbar.

They had Stephanne Akmel and Ibe Bangura, both former Reading Town players, making their debuts and more possible signings were due to train at the club this week.

Burnham are also still shifting through a number of CVs as they continue to search for a new team boss.

“What we’re ideally looking for is a young, hungry, up-and-coming coach, who can come in with energy and new ideas,” revealed Blissett, who is in temporary charge of the team along with Paul Toms.

“The club doesn’t want a manager as such, as that’s going down the same road as they’ve gone over the past number of years, and look at the position the club now finds themselves in because of it.

“We need someone who wants to do something for football rather than just wanting a bit of money they can get their hands on.”

Burnham are home to league rivals Highmoor Ibis in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase this Saturday (3pm).