Burnham move up to third after scoring a league double against Sumas – Photo 1 of 1
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It may just be the start, but the cream is already starting to rise to the top of the Combined Counties North Premier Division.
Ascot United currently lead with five wins from five, and Flackwell Heath are fifth, just three points behind after six games.
Nestled between them in third is Ben Murray’s Burnham, who have taken a position towards the top of the table after four straight league wins.
The last of those came at home to Wokingham & Emmbrook on Saturday, where Anas Igozouln scored twice, and Ethan Light got the other in a comfortable 3-0 win at the 1878 Stadium.
The result also saw the Blues claim a double against the Sumas this season, having beaten them 3-1 away in the league just 10 days before.
Speaking this week, Murray said he had been encouraged by the Blues’ start to the campaign and was delighted to see the team up there alongside the sides he expects to challenge for the honors this season.
However, he also insists he won’t look at the standings until at least November, believing that teams’ positions may be slightly skewed until the teams have played each other at least once.
“They (Wokingham) had six or seven new players in their squad so it was a bit like playing against a new team,” Murray said.
“We stuck to our game plan and our central midfielders controlled the game.
“The opposition knew how we were playing 10 days ago, but they still couldn’t quite figure out how to get around our form.
“They changed that in the second half, but our group still figured out how to get around that. On our home ground we were able to play a lot more football and do things the right way, so we were happy.
He added: “I don’t look at the rankings until November anyway, but I heard we were third of the boys.
“I don’t see the point of watching them until I’ve faced everyone once. I know we are playing well and the performances are improving every week, the consistency is there so the group is in a good position at the moment.
The Blues were back in action on Wednesday night when they traveled to AFC Aldermaston in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup.
The 6-1 defeat at Waterside Park means the side are barred from all cup competition this season but, on a positive note, they will now be able to focus their full attention on their league campaign.
The Blues are on the road again on Saturday when they visit bottom of the table Oxhey Jets.
The Jets have managed just one point in their opening five games, but Murray points out they have faced many in-form teams in the league before, including Ascot United, Flackwell Heath and London Lions, and believes their position could be a fake one. He suspects they’re probably much better than the chart suggests, another reason he doesn’t bother looking at it until November.
“It’s too early in the season to start speculating,” he said.
“It’s a cliché, but we take every game as it comes. It’s a young group so it’s a matter of consistency with us. It’s good right now, the guys are in good spirits and it’s good to be up there.
“We reflect on our progress from last season, and we didn’t beat Wokingham last season – we lost and drew against them while I was there, so getting back-to-back wins against them shows some progress.”
He added: “Oxhey Jets haven’t managed to win in the league yet, but they’ve come up against some of the top teams in the division, London Lions, Ascot etc. The teams we’d expect to be up there, so I think it’s going to be a tough game for us.
“It all depends on our state of mind. I think it will be a tough away game and I know they had a good win in the Vase on Saturday.
“One of the reasons I don’t watch the leaderboards is precisely for that reason.
“A team like Oxhey Jets, my lot might look at them and think they’re down and haven’t won a game.
“But it wouldn’t be a smart thing to do because they played decent teams. It will be a good game.”