BURNHAM players are said to be “raring to go” as they hot up their battle for survival.

The Blues are once again facing relegation, this time from the Premier Division of the Hellenic League.

They are rock bottom with a miserly nine points from 23 games, which leaves just 11 fixtures remaining, and they will probably need to win more than half of them if they are to be safe from falling through the trap door.

It is not yet known how many teams will go down this season and, with just 18 teams currently in the division, it could be only two, even just one.

That gives Burnham some hope, but, as it stands at present, just getting up to third bottom looks a tall order.

The Blues trail 17th place Henley Town by three points and the 16th club, Oxford City Nomads, by five.

With 102 conceded, their goal difference is vastly inferior to their fellow strugglers and that means they will need an extra point to climb above them.

An alarming 18 goals have flown into their net in their last three games, with 7-0 (away) and 5-0 (at home) defeats to new league leaders Bracknell Town plus 6-1 at Brimscombe & Thrupp.

Since the match at Bracknell, the Blues have held some important training sessions in a bid to tighten up their defending and turn their fortunes around.

This Saturday (3pm) they make the short trip to third-placed Flackwell Heath, who were 9-0 winners at The Gore early in the season.

Then a week later Burnham face a crunch home game with Henley Town.

Coach Liban Omar, who was in charge of the team at Larges Lane on Boxing Day, admitted: “These are two big games coming up for us “We all want to put some points on the board, especially in the Henley game, as that could well decide in what direction the club will go in the future.”

He added: “We’re looking forward to these games. The players are raring to go and will be doing their best - that is all we can do at the moment.”