BURNHAM impressed Mitchell Woodward with their work rate and effort during the 2-0 win against Abingdon United in the FA Cup on Tuesday.

The Blues won the extra preliminary round replay at The Gore thanks to goals from Dan Fosu and Lucas Sinclair.

Woodward admitted Burnham had chances to win the original tie, which finished 2-2 on Saturday, but he was always confident that the Blues would progress.

The assistant manager told the Observer: “The first 15 minutes went really well in midweek and we took the game to them.

“There was only one team in it at that stage, but then we almost took our foot off the gas so the rest of the first-half was relatively even.

“It looked like we were coasting and just thinking we were going to win. I knew we couldn’t continue to be complacent in case Abingdon nicked a goal.

“We turned up a couple of gears in the second-half and it was one-way traffic. We hit the post and the bar so it could have been four or five.”

Burnham earned a replay against Abingdon from the Hellenic Premier Division after a 2-2 draw at Northcourt on Saturday.

Ramel Sutherland gave the Blues the lead inside the first minute, before Samual Wharton levelled for Abingdon just two minutes later.

The home team took the lead through Lester Davis four minutes before the break, but summer signing Ashley James secured the replay with an 81st minute equaliser.

Woodward commented: “We didn’t have a striker available so we set up to go 4-4-2 with two wide players up front and the formation worked really well.

“We scored early on but then got a little sloppy defensively and Abingdon equalised.

“It was really even for the next 15-20 minutes and neither side wanted to commit too much.

“We got on the ball and halted them. We had a bit of success but a mistake from us allowed them to go into half-time with the lead.

“We had two or three more gears to shift through and played well in the second-half. We kept on playing the way we wanted to, never panicked, and were comfortable.

“It was one-way traffic in the second-half and we definitely had a couple of clear-cut chances to nick it.”

Burnham return to action in Hellenic Division One East with a visit to The Gore from Thame Rangers this Saturday (3pm).