THE green shoots of recovery are clearly visible at Burnham after new manager Alan Paris recorded a first win since taking charge at The Gore two weeks ago.

Burnham moved off the bottom of the Hellenic League Premier Division table with a 3-2 win at Abingdon United on Saturday.

The Blues made 10 signings as Paris set about re-shaping his squad and it appeared to have had an immediate impact.

Jordan Dowdican gave Burnham the lead early on at Northcourt, but Graham Edney levelled the scores before the half-time interval.

Goals from Charlie Fox and Mickel Platter, the latter one of those new signings, after the break gave The Blues clear daylight before Samuel Wharton pulled one back late on for Abingdon.

Speaking to the Observer, Paris said: “It was a deserved win really and could have been by more goals. We should have been a couple of goals ahead at half time.

“We had chances, but Abingdon got a goal back and that made it look tighter than it actually was.

“We scored some superb well-worked goals, but gave away two through sloppy mistakes. If we can cut out those sloppy mistakes then we will start to do okay.

“It was a great feeling and a big relief being the new manager of a club that’s bottom of the league and with only one win.”

Windsor secured bragging rights with a 2-0 win away at Burnham on Tuesday. Goals from Keiron Knight and Haydon Clack after the break secured the points for the visitors.

Paris commented: “We knew it would be a hard game because they’re the in-form team in the league at the moment and thrashed Flackwell Heath on Saturday.

“We knew they would be very strong and confident so we did very well to keep it goalless up until the penalty. Barry Hayles used all his experience to get that.

“There is naivety in areas so we will need to improve, but Windsor were the better team and they should be with a squad that has been together all season.”

Commenting on the progress he has made since arriving at The Gore, Paris said: “We are really working with very few players, we only had one sub for the last three games, so it has not been a great start really but progress is going to be slow.

“You can’t just get anyone in, you need a bit of quality and be able to fit in with the boys that are already here.

“We’re finding the building process slow but we are starting to get there. We had a few players unavailable in midweek but things are starting to come together slowly.

"The basis is lot of local boys but we're going to bring in players from other areas.

"It's going to be a hard slow process so I'm not going to set myself any targets other than to be out the bottom five or six in the next few weeks.

"We're hoping to win a few matches but it's hard to bring in quality with the small budge that we have.

"The attraction to come here is not great at the moment being bottom of the league. But, people will come and play for me and I hope the attraction is for the years to come."

Burnham return to action with a trip to Oxford City Nomads next Tuesday (7.45pm).

Paris said: "It just depends on the day really. We will have availability issues but I hope we will have the basis of the squad from midweek."

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