MARK BETTS will take nothing away from his Burnham side after a luckless 4-0 defeat against Lydney Town on Saturday.

Burnham were beaten for the first time under new joint-bosses Betts and Jon Palmer after goals by Pete Macklin and Jake Morgan, plus a Jamie Addis brace.

However, they were unlucky to lose a central defender to injury and have Callum Betts sent off at The Gore.

Betts told the Observer: “Up until the 40th minute we peppered their goal then, unfortunately for us, our centre back had to go off with a head injury.

“Lydney then got a corner and scored, so we were behind at half-time, which we really didn’t deserve to be. I was pleased with the performance at that point.

“We reverted a forward back to centre back for obvious reasons as Lydney are a big and well-organised side.

“We then had a player sent off after 12 minutes of the second half, but it was the wrong decision and decisions like that cost you the game.

“We had to play 33 minutes with 10-men and they wore our back three down.”

Betts continued: “We gave more of the old Burnham lads an opportunity to show what they can do and I take nothing away from those boys. They gave a good account of themselves.

“However, 10-v-11 never works but we still posed a threat to their goal and there were some good individual performances. I take my hat off to the team because because they gave 110 per-cent.

“We were getting shots away and just needed a goal but some decisions go against you and that’s why we got beat.”

The result means Burnham are still second from bottom in the Hellenic Premier Division ahead of a visit from Highworth Town this Saturday (3pm).

Betts said: “We’ve put in a seven-day approach so hopefully we will have new personnel involved, but Highworth are a good team with a prolific goal scorer so our centre backs will need to be switched on.

“We will go again and are strengthening all the time, looking to win three more games."