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Ben Murray admits Burnham lacked their usual intensity in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Ascot United, a result that took them from top of the table to fifth in the space of hours.
The Blues headed into the clash at the Racecourse Ground at the top with a points difference to their hosts, however goals from Brendan Matthew and Ollie Harris earned Ascot a deserved victory. Oliver Bishop scored a late consolation from the spot for Burnham, but the Yellamen were able to close shop in the closing stages.
Next up for the Blues are two more away games, at second-placed Reading City on Saturday and 17th-placed North Greenford United on Tuesday, with Murray targeting a few positive results to keep Burnham in the promotion hunt.
“Saturday wasn’t a good game at all,” Murray said. “We had a few illnesses and injuries but there are no excuses because it was the same for the opposition. They didn’t give us enough time to play football and we made two stupid mistakes for their goals, but overall it was a fair result.
“In terms of intensity, we just couldn’t start which is frustrating because we played so well.”
He added: “As soon as they scored their second goal they changed form and became more defensive. We could have had a penalty half an hour earlier than us, but they also had a penalty than they missed.
The result puts Ascot one point ahead of the summit with a record 10 wins and one draw in 11 games so far, however, Murray stopped short of calling them the league’s best team. It is, however, an effective team that has shown the greatest consistency so far this season.
“They’re good at what they do,” Murray said. “I don’t know who the best team in the division is to be honest.
“You would expect it to be them and at home they will be hard to beat. They are efficient but they are not the best team in football or the most physical, but they are strong from set pieces and they have experienced players who serve them well, so fair play for them.
“We are in a series of difficult matches. We go to Reading City on Saturday and North Greenford on Tuesday.
“If we can get six points from those two games, we know we’ll be very much on the hunt, so those games are very important for us. Not being on top takes the pressure off of us and I’m glad someone has another takes care of it for the next matches.