Ramblers boss Wilson wants Southend performance to be a catalyst

First published in Local Sport

PROUD Burnham Ramblers boss Keith Wilson wants his side to use their heroic performance at Southend United as a catalyst for Essex Senior League success.

The Leslie Field team gave their League Two hosts a major fright in last Tuesday’s Essex Senior Cup tie, before losing 4-2.

Wilson described it as one of his favourite nights in football and said the display was the best since taking over as Burnham boss.

Now he wants them to use it, and the confidence gained from the occasion, as a springboard for league success.

“We’ve got to use that performance as a catalyst, because we were excellent and the final score massively flattered Southend,” said Wilson, who singled out the “unplayable” Charlie Kirby for special praise after he “terrorised” the Shrimpers’ left-back.

“(Southend assistant manager) Graham Coughlan even apologised afterwards and said the best team lost.

“In the second half we absolutely murdered them.

“Their goalkeeper pulled off two amazing saves and I don’t know how we lost."

Ramblers returned to the bread and butter of league football on Saturday and won 3-2 at struggling Clapton.

The result leaves them third in the table, with games in hand on top two Great Wakering Rovers and Enfield 1893.

Ramblers beat Basildon United 3-1 on Tuesday night in the quarter-finals of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy.

Sawbridgeworth pay a visit to Leslie Field on Saturday for an Essex Senior League encounter (kick-off 3pm).

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