Luke Hussey left frustrated as Burnham United crash out of the cup (From Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News)
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Luke Hussey left frustrated as Burnham United crash out of the cup
2:00pm Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport Latest
Shirehampton 6 Burnham United 2
BURNHAM United manager Luke Hussey was left frustrated after his side crashed out of the cup to Shirehampton.
United were beaten 6-2 by their opponents from a higher division, but Hussey said his side had been hurt by unavailability. He said: “I’m frustrated that an unusual set of circumstance meant both first and reserves went away with weakened squads and this can never happen again, but very proud of the performance of the players who gave their all against a good side and we learnt a lot about where we need to improve.
“We have no complaints about losing the game as they were a good side although the result doesn’t truly reflect how the 90 minutes went.”
Despite a weakened side, Burnham matched their hosts for over twenty minutes before a very clinical finish from an acute angle saw go behind.
The back line of Cleave, Cannard, Holley and Saunders soaked up a lot of pressure, but managed to resist most attacks.
Midfielders Leaf, Hirons, Stevens and Lamb continued with their normal passing game and despite the quality of the opposition, didn't look uncomfortable on the ball.
Despite Burnham being well organised and marshalling themselves well when out of possession, Shirehampton went further ahead through a well-worked opening and another good finish.
At no point did United let their heads go down or stop trying to play their football, and they were rewarded with a brilliant headed finish from Matty Scott, from an attack that started at right back and went through the entire midfield and forward line.
Relief was short lived as Shire hit back almost immediately, but with halftime approaching United had their best period and started to dominate possession.
They were soon back in the game when Mike Stevens hit a 30 yard drive past a helpless goalkeeper to give the visitors a sniff.
After the break, a stale mate ensued; but as the game wore on Shire's extra bit of class shone through and with no substitutes, United tired and late goals dampened a good performance.