Ash James is aiming for a 'top four finish' with Burnham FC in new league

Burnham FC manager Ash James said that the Blues are aiming for a top four finish in the Combined Counties Premier League North this season when he spoke to the club’s media during a training session at Bisham Abbey earlier this month.

James has been inspired by what he's seen from his players in their pre-season preparations so far and is looking forward to a schedule of friendlies in July that will really test the mettle of his squad.

Burnham defeated Beaconsfield u23s 4-0 in their first friendly match on Tuesday and will face Thatcham Town on July 13, Binfield on July 17, Marlow on July 20, Holmer Green on July 24, and conclude their schedule of warm-up matches with a ‘exciting local derby’ against Slough Town on July 27, a game that's been arranged in honour of Burnham's Manny Williams.

James said: “We’ve got some other good friendlies like Thatcham, who are my previous team, Marlow, and a big one towards the end against Slough Town which will be a nice local derby.

“I am really excited because there will be a good crowd for that one.

“By the end of it [pre-season schedule], we’re looking to have the squad locked down.

“The team we have is good and we’re hoping to retain a lot of the players from last season.

“But I’m always looking to add quality to improve us.

“There are targets I’ve set, and the coaching team have set.

“We want to aim for a top four finish, and we think that will be a good season for us. You don’t want to be anywhere lower than that.”

On training at Bisham Abbey, James added: “The facilities are top class.

“We’ve been lucky enough to train here and use the 3G and grass pitch.

“Training on this surface is only going to gear us up for going into our stadium and playing on there.

“We’re looking to play a good style of football, a good brand of football this season.

“It’s exciting times ahead for sure.”

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