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Back To Winning Ways - 8 March

paul shone hellenic football leagueBurnham manager Paul Shone was happy to get back to winning ways in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East on Saturday against Penn and Tylers Green. Writes Danny Varsalona @DannyV_BM in the Windsor Express.

The Blues put recent results behind them as they produced a convincing 3-0 win at home and Shone was pleased with his sides’ reaction.

“Yeah we were pleased,” said Shone (pictured). “It was a local derby and especially after a couple of below-par performances-It was good to get a comfortable win and in the end get back to winning ways with four more games to go.

George Weller opened the scoring for Burnham on the half hour mark before Lucas Sinclair bagged the first of his brace from the penalty sport just minutes later. The forward then doubled the Blues and his tally after the break to keep some breathing room for Burnham at the top of the table.

Sitting seven points clear at the top of Division One East that win comes at a good time for the leaders, who have faltered in recent weeks – being beaten by local rivals Holyport before being frustrated in a 0-0 draw by Milton United.  Looking ahead the Blues visit Abingdon Town in the league tomorrow.

 

No Pressure From Manager - 23 January

Burnham manager Paul Shone will not put added pressure on his side with talk of winning the Uhlsport Hellenic Division One East title, writes Sports Reporter Rob Stevens @Robs_Sport.

The Blues began the season with the aim of earning promotion back into the Premier Division following their relegation in the 2017/18 campaign. Their lead at the top of the table was extended to 15 points after a 4-1 win at Woodley United, although Shone admits they might have had the rub of the green at Rivermoor on Saturday.

Burnham can now mathematically secure the title by winning six of their remaining seven league matches, but Shone wants his side to take it one game at a time.

He told the Stevens: "We set out to win the league at the start of the season but we've not even spoken about it since. We will take each game as it comes and are looking to get the six wins to make it ours, but there are teams behind us that are capable of putting together a run. Maybe it will be six wins or maybe it'll be less but we won't talk about it because it will only add pressure on the lads. There's already pressure because we're top of the league and everyone wants to beat us."

Burnham fell behind to a goal from Max Laschok inside six minutes against Woodley, but Lucas Sinclair equalised before the half-time interval. The Blues secured their first win in three matches in all competitions with second-half goals from Sinclair, Dean Allen and Ollie Harris.

Shone commented: "The game was quite even in the opening 15-20 minutes and Woodley rightly took the lead. We were a little bit sloppy early on but then got going and it was another win on the road, which is pleasing. Sometimes decisions don't go for you but, when they do, it changes the aspect of the game. When you win week-in-week-out you tend not to notice these things but that's what happened on Saturday, and we scored two quick goals to sucker-punch them. All season long we've bounced back from a defeat or dropping points with a win. There has been a little bit of a blip recently but you're going to get that with the amount of games we play."

Burnham welcome bottom-of-the-table Chinnor to The Gore this Saturday (3pm) and Shone expects his side to increase their winning record to four matches over The Biz. He said: "No disrespect to Chinnor but they are what they are. They're a club that's happy with what they've got whereas we're pushing in a different direction. Their resources aren't the same as ours and we should be beating them. I expect us to produce a good performance at home and win the three points."

 

Looking To Tighten Grasp On Title - 21 December

Paul Shone says he couldn’t have asked for a better start to Burnham’s campaign, with the Blues looking to strengthen their grasp on the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1 East title over the festive period. Last week’s comfortable 4-1 win at potential challengers Thame Rangers moved the Blues eight points clear of their closest challengers for promotion, and Shone warned them there’s still plenty of room for improvement. Writes Daniel Darlington in the Windsor Express

Tuesday’s much anticipated Perpetua Floodlit Cup clash with another of the league’s inform sides, Holyport, fell victim to the weather, but Saturday’s game at Wokingham & Emmbrook and the Boxing Day fixture against Chalvey Sports (12.30pm at Arbour Park) should both go ahead with the matches being played on 3G pitches.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season,” said Shone. “It took us a while to gel and we suffered a couple of early defeats but since then we haven’t dropped a point in the league which is pleasing. We’ve got a mix of youth and experience which has helped us through our tougher games, and now we have to capitalise on what we’ve done and be even better.”

It seems only their own complacency can stop them now, but Shone doesn’t expect that will be a problem.

“Saturday will be really tough, because Wokingham beat Premier Division Abingdon 2-1 in the cup in midweek so we’ll have to go there and show them some respect,” he said. “It’s (complacency) something the boys know damn well won’t be accepted. They know the levels they’ve been at and the levels they want to get to. They’re experienced players so I wouldn’t expect it to happen.”

 

Promotion Not A Formality - 23 November

With 21 points from nine games Burnham look likely to be set for promotion from Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1 East this season, but manager Paul Shone won’t allow his players to believe it’ll be a formality. Writes Daniel Darlington in the Windsor & Eton Express.

They were once again at their ruthless best in Saturday’s 8-0 win over Milton United at The Gore, while Shone admits they’ve been scoring goals for fun in recent weeks in both the league and cup.

He says the cup wins have kept the side ‘ticking along nicely’, while their performances in the league have seen the side rise to the summit, two points above second-placed Aldermaston.

Second from bottom Milton arrived at The Gore with a game plan to frustrate Shone’s men. It worked for much of the first half, however, their hopes went out the window when the Blues netted just before the break. Seven unanswered goals followed in the second half, including a hat-trick for Dean Allen, who now has 11 goals in five matches for Burnham.

“They came with a game plan to defend, and that came unstuck a little bit when we scored before half-time,” said Shone. “We then came out on the front foot, scored a couple of quick goals, and showed them no mercy really. We stuck to how we wanted to play and were scoring goals for fun at times. All in all it’s very pleasing. We are where we want to be at the top of the table and hopefully we can stay there. But you get nothing for being top in mid-November. That’s our aim though, we want to get promoted this year either as title winners or runners-up. We want to get back into the Premier Division and I know these players are capable of competing at the level above. We’re building something here and next year these players will be schooled in men’s football.”

Tomorrow they head to Penn & Tylers Green, a side they’ve comfortably beaten three times in cup matches in the past few weeks, scoring 20 goals in the process. But Shone won’t allow his players to believe this will be another procession.

“Their management team will want to put those results behind them and cause an upset,” added Shone. “People will say this is a formality because of the results we’ve had but that won’t be the case. We’ve got to be prepared for a really hard game.”

 

Burnham Wary Of Cup Upset - 9 November

paul shone hellenic football leaguePaul Shone wants Burnham to replicate their impressive ‘brand’ of football against Wrightchoice & Unity tomorrow in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, a competition the Blues boss believes his team could win. Writes
Graeme Copas in the Windsor & Eton Express.

Burnham head into the match having comfortably overcome Chinnor 3-0, a result which took them top of Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1 East and maintained their winning run.

Shone (pictured) knows that cup success isn't guaranteed, but is keen for his side to have success in the cups as well as the league. “On paper we are favourites, but we have done our homework on Wrightchoice, know Wrightchoice (of the Thames Valley Premier League) and will be wary of an upset,” he said. “We know what it's like to be playing senior opponents in a cup, we have had this in the FA Cup, so should know what to expect from them.“This is a competition we can do well in and maybe reach the final.”

Following relegation last season, the Blues are also on course for a quick return to the Premier Division, although Shone is wary of looking ahead. He said: “It’s nice to be up there, but we are not getting carried away and all that matters is that we are in the top two come the end of the season.”

Assessing the win at Chinnor, he added: “3-0 was a fair result in terrible conditions and on a tough pitch. We had to grind out a result, it was not the prettiest, but we did well.”

Burnham are in Subsidiary Cup action on Tuesday when they host Penn & Tylers Green in the final group match before the knockout stages.

 

emirates FA cup logoNothing To Lose - 22 September

Burnham manager Paul Shone believes his side have nothing to lose and everything to gain from their much-anticipated Emirates FA Cup match at Billericay Town today.

The Blues have been on an upward curve this season and already beaten three higher-league clubs to reach the second qualifying round - accruing over £11,000 in prize money along the way. However, that is a drop in the ocean to big-spending Billericay who are currently second in the National League South and 87 places above Burnham in the English football pyramid.

Billericay announced Dean Brennan as their new manager in midweek and his first job will be to see off the minnows from Uhlsport Hellenic Division One East, but stranger things have happened in the FA Cup.

Shone told the Slough Observer: “People will not expect us to get anything and some have already written us off. When you look at the quality of players Billericay have people might be right to give us no chance, but we will go about our business and give it our best shot. Our boys know that if they don’t turn up and perform then they’ll get walloped, but it can work both ways. Billericay probably won’t give us any respect and will think they have a right to win, but look what happened to Bury Town in the previous round.“If we can frustrate them for small periods then you never know, their players might start to do things that they shouldn’t. I’m confident they boys can run them close if they do the right things. We can hurt them if we do our jobs."

“It’s a match we’re all looking forward to and we will give a good account of ourselves. You need that little bit of luck in games like this, but you make your own luck in football. We won’t make it easy for them but if we do win people will probably say it was a miracle. We’re not expecting to get anything but, if we can frustrate them from the start, then we will see what happens. It’ll be a great day out for the players and the club will make money from it as well.”

 

Burnham To Hot For Bury Town - 10 September

emirates FA cup logoBurnham went into Saturday's Emirates FA Cup first round qualifying tie as real underdogs against a Bury Town side who are playing their football two divisions above. Not many of the 138-strong crowd would have predicted that Burnham would advance but after a cagey affair, Daniel Fosu’s close-range strike early in the second half proved to be the difference.

paul shone burnham fc hellenic football leagueFA Reporter Jacob Potter writes: Burnham famously reached the first round of The FA Cup back in 2005, where they were beaten by Aldershot, and Paul Shone (pictured right) and his young side will be hopeful of progressing through the competition after this impressive display.

Shone, who previously managed Flackwell Heath, expressed his delight at the hard-fought win. He said: “There’s the prize money for us progressing to the next round, so for the club off the field, it’s great. But also, for us on the field, it shows that we’re doing something right and that we’re certainly going in the right direction. The club’s ambition is to move up and onwards and that’s our main objective.”

What is even more remarkable about the win is the number of youngsters that featured for Burnham, including the likes of Ramel Sutherland, Theo Alexander and Kian Duncan. Shone was full of praise for the young players that have featured so far this season and feels that some of his side have the ability to be playing at a higher level.

He added: “They have got the potential to do very well. They’ve got the right attitude and that’s exactly why they’re at this football club as this club wants to move forward. There’s a few in that dressing room that can go and play two or three levels higher than they currently are but that’s ultimately down to their work ethic and how much they want it.”

Alexander was a constant threat throughout, causing the Bury Town defenders numerous problems, while Ash Watson struck the post midway through the first half from a free kick. Bury Town were made to rue missed chances as Jake Chambers-Shaw and Tommy Robinson were denied by Burnham goalkeeper Sam Bunting who was in inspired form to keep the Isthmian League side at bay.

Burnham now wait to see who they face in the second round qualifying, but one thing you can guarantee is that they will not fear any team in the hat. The result means that Burnham are one of three teams currently playing in the tenth tier of English football to have reached the second round qualifying, alongside Atherstone Town and Anstey Nomads.

Jacob Potter is part of The FA Young Reporters’ Club. He is 22 years old and graduated with a Sports Journalism degree from Southampton Solent University in the summer of 2018. A huge Reading fan, Jacob follows them home and away. 

 

New Era For Burnham - 30 June

Burnham Football Club are looking forward to a new era for the coming season, under completely new Management. 

The Directors, Malcolm Higton, Rod Saunders and Michael Boxall have all retired and a new Chairman has taken over, Solicitor and former professional Footballer, Glen Skivington.  The football team has the very experienced Manager, Paul Shone, in charge and he is already building for promotion from Uhlsport Hellenic League Div 1 East at Step 6 of the national football league structure back to the Hellenic Premier League at Step 5.  There will be quite a few games against local teams this year such as Holyport,  Chalvey and Penn and Tylers Green.
 
The new Management team, with Adam Wardle as Treasurer, Naseem Bashir as Director of Football and Coaching and Gary Reeves as Secretary, have already undertaken refurbishment of the Club building and are looking for ways to develop links with the Village Community.  They will have a “Beat the Goalie” competition at the Village Fete on 14th July in Burnham Park.
 
Burnham are also now a member of the BBFA Pledge project which supports Disability in football .
 
A number of pre-season friendly games against testing opposition have been arranged at the Gore in Wymers Wood Road, SL1 8JG.   With low admission prices, so do come along and see what the new team can do:
 
Saturday 14th July 12 midday       Burnham v Basingstoke
Saturday 21st July 12 midday       Burnham v Maidenhead
Tuesday 23rd July 7.30pm            Burnham v Oxford United
Saturday 28th July 2.00pm           Burnham v Enfield

 

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