BURNHAM have moved up to fifth position in Hellenic Division One East after a 4-2 victory against Wokingham & Emmbrook at The Gore on Saturday.

A goal from Josh Harris gave Wokingham the lead, but the Blues took the advantage into the break thanks to strikes from Bradley Holland and Ramel Sutherland.

Ashley Watson scored twice after half-time to give Burnham a clear lead, before Sam Lawrence pulled one back for the visitors in the 90th minute.

Blues manager Paul Shone told the Observer: “It was good to get back to winning ways in the league.

“The performances we’ve given so far have been mixed but we were very good on Saturday. It was very positive from start to finish and we played football like we know we can.

“We fell a goal behind against the run of play from a sloppy pass but that’s one of those things because we try to play football the right way.

“There was only one side in the game and we went back on the front foot and got the equaliser.

“We always looked in control of the game and actually missed a penalty to further extend our lead right at the end of the first-half.

“It was a good, commanding display and I’m very pleased to respond to a defeat with a win.

“The players know what we can do and now we can build on that in league fixtures further down the line.

“We’ve had two defeats in the league and been deservedly beaten, but both came after matches in the FA Cup so maybe that has been a distraction.”

Burnham turn their attention back to the FA Cup and a home first qualifying round tie against Bury Town from the Isthmian League North Division this Saturday (3pm).

Shone commented: “We’ve had a whole week to recover so we will go into the tie refreshed and in good health.

“Some people are not used to playing Saturday and Tuesday, and hopefully the players can cherish days like this. It will be great for their confidence going forward.

“It’s one both the players and I are looking forward to.

“Bury Town are two divisions higher than us and on paper should come down here and beat us, but luckily football isn’t played on paper.

“We’ve had Bury watched and spoken to managers that have played against them.

“Sometimes teams from a higher level think they can just turn up and win, but Bury have also done their homework on us so will not be taking us lightly.”

He added: “It’s a statement that we’ve beaten two teams from the league above in the cup and shows people that we are heading in the right direction.

“It’s good to set some pennies into the club as well.

“If we can play like we did in parts last weekend then we will be no pushovers and Bury will know that they will be in a game.”

The Blues return to action with a visit to The Gore from AFC Aldermaston on Tuesday 18th September (7.45pm).

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