06:10PM, Saturday 09 September 2017
Burnham 1, Binfield 4
BURNHAM manager Mark Betts admitted he was considering his future at the club after watching his side capitulate in the final 20 minutes against 10-man Binfield.
The Blues deservedly trailed in the first half, when Harry Lee headed home James Knight’s cross from the right in the 35th minute.
But after stepping up the tempo in the minutes after the break the Blues got themselves back on terms when Gavin Austin hooked in off the cross bar from Tommy Attrell’s brilliant low ball across the face of the Binfield area.
Burnham were then presented with an excellent chance to pocket their first three points of the Premier Division campaign, when Josh Howell was sent off in the 75th minute for a late lunge on Nathan Balanta, one of the few Burnham players to come out of this game with any credit.
But instead of taking the initiative, Burnham looked almost panicked as they tried to chase a winner and, in their haste, they were picked off by a clinical Binfield.
First Alex Colverd swept home a low shot, after Sam Bunting had saved well from Danny Langford’s initial attempt in the 79th minute, with more than half of the Blues’ players caught too far up field. Then, barely two minutes later, Colverd again escaped the clutches of central defenders Ryan Gunter and Dan Wilson to dink the ball over Bunting to settle this fixture with eight minutes to play.
More shoddy defending in the final minutes presented Carlo Santoro with the chance to extend the visitors’ advantage at the death, the substitute striker showing talent and awareness to loft the ball over Bunting from inside the area for the goal of the game.
Burnham’s best opportunities aside from their goal arrived at the very start and very end of the first half. Both of them fell to Stefan Bennett who failed to beat keeper Matt Hill after being sent in on goal by Sodke Thompson after around 10 seconds. Then right at the end of the half, after a good move involving Thomson and Attrell, Bennett was again left free at the far post, but couldn’t keep his shot on target.
“I’ve got to be honest,” Betts said afterwards. “We’ve just had a chat in the office there. We basically need a new team, apart from the keeper. Sam Bunting is probably the only one who looks steady. Everyone else basically looks like they’re a million miles away.
“They were nowhere near it. It was like park football in the end. No disrespect to park football. I’m not a disrespectful guy but the fourth goal. To watch that. They basically just passed it like they’re in the park and just slotted it in.
“To watch that is just horrific. It’s a horror show.
“They go down to 10 men and they come alive and we go the opposite way.
Betts will continue to look for new players but admitted the process had become a drain. He added that the performance had left him questioning his future.
“It’s tiring, it’s draining. One door shuts and another one opens. What’s coming in isn’t really any better than what’s going out so it’s a massive task. Yeah, I need to speak to the chairman. To get decent players in you need to be paying decent money. That’s the bottom line. If you pay £20 you get a £20 player and that’s not being disrespectful to anybody but you want someone who’s not going to lose their heads after 90 minutes.
“If I’m honest I am at the stage now where I don’t know if I’m going to be here. After today’s performance I’m thinking I don’t know if there is going to be for me. But I will speak with the president. If we don’t get the help, we ain’t going to move forward.”
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