08:00AM, Friday 05 January 2018
ALAN Paris admits Burnham are running out of matches to salvage their Hellenic Premier Division future.
Just 11 league matches remain for the Blues to get the points they need to pull themselves away from danger. They’re currently second from bottom.
On Saturday they missed a host of chances in a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Fairford Town, and Paris knows they’ll have to start converting their opportunities if they’re to avoid the drop down into Hellenic League Division 1 East.
Life doesn’t get any easier for Burnham in the short-term either. On Saturday they go to league leaders Highworth Town, who’ve lost only once all season.
“Saturday was a step in the right direction in terms of the result, after losing a few matches,” he said. “But we should have taken three points. They only had one shot on goal and they scored from it.
“But we’ve been looking better of late. We’ve been looking like we’ll score goals and have been creating lots and lots of chance. It’s very encouraging to see that, and I’m sure we’ll start taking those chances.
Taking their chances has been Burnham’s Achilles heel all season, and, with forward Abdul Alli pulling his hamstring 15 minutes into Saturday’s clash, they look even more toothless going into Saturday’s clash against the leaders.
“Highworth have lost only once this season, so it’s difficult to see us getting points from that match,” said Paris.
“But we have games coming up against sides in the middle of the table and we’ll be targeting points from those. Those games are there to be won.
“We have to start winning matches, because they’re running out. We’ve only got 11 left and I think we’ll need to win five of them.”
“The bottom two go down as it stands, but if we can finish third from bottom that would be a success, considering where the team were when I arrived.”
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