Burns bids for per­fect ten to save the Robins

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Hughes

WES Burns is tar­get­ing a haul of ten goals this term, and if the on-loan for­ward can in­deed reach dou­ble fig­ures he might just pre­serve Chel­tenham’s Foot­ball League sta­tus.

Burns cap­i­talised on a de­fen­sive mix-up to give the Robins an early lead over play-off chas­ing New­port County on Fri­day night – his fourth goal since join­ing on loan from Bris­tol City at the start of Fe­bru­ary.

But Miles Storey lev­elled pro­ceed­ings just be­fore half-time at Rod­ney Pa­rade as the vis­i­tors were forced to set­tle for a point that keeps them em­broiled in a scrap for sur­vival.

They now travel to midtable Portsmouth on Tues­day night and af­ter caus­ing New­port left­back David Tu­tonda no end of trou­ble – the 19-year-old was sub­sti­tuted early in the sec­ond half – Burns in­sists he is full of be­lief.

“The more game-time I’m get­ting, the more my con­fi­dence grows and that is start­ing to show on the pitch now,” he said.

“When you’re a winger it’s a com­pli­ment when the other team takes the full­back you’re up against off the field.

“It was a good de­ci­sion for them be­cause it wasn’t work­ing for the left-back. We go again on Tues­day and hope­fully we can get all three points.

“Af­ter the Ac­cring­ton away game, I set my­self a tar­get of five goals for the sea­son but I think we could maybe be look­ing at dou­ble fig­ures if I carry on the way I am now.”

Burns pounced with just 13 min­utes on the clock as he rounded Joe Day and slot­ted into the un­guarded net fol­low­ing a mix-up be­tween the goal­keeper and de­fender Kevin Feely.

Storey met Ryan Jack­son’s 38th-minute cross and looped a header over Trevor Car­son to equalise be­fore Feely nod­ded County’s best sec­ond-half chance over the bar from close-range.

In truth, the draw, which extends the Ex­iles’ win­less streak to three games, was a ham­mer blow to their play-off chances as Jimmy Dack still searches for his first home win since tak­ing charge.

The next op­por­tu­nity comes on Tues­day against Lu­ton, and as­sis­tant manager Wayne Hatswell is eye­ing an im­proved at­tack­ing dis­play. “We had to come back from a goal be­hind and we just couldn’t quite find that fin­ish­ing touch in the fi­nal third,” ad­mit­ted Hatswell.

“The goal knocked the stuffing out of us but we ral­lied and it was a great header from Miles.

“We just didn’t have that qual­ity in the fi­nal third that you need to win games like this.

“It’s a point gained for them but we’ll take an­other point on the board and the play-offs are still in our hands.

“We’ve got Lu­ton at home on Tues­day and we just need to get that win on the board – the sooner, the bet­ter.”

STAR MAN WES BURNS Chel­ten

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