ROYAL Wootton Bassett Town manager Sam Collier admitted his side got exactly what they deserved in their 3-1 loss to Burnham on Saturday.

Not helped by the loss of goalkeeper Declan Lehmann at half-time due to a cracked rib, Bassett conceded twice after the break as they suffered defeat for the fourth time in a row.

Bassett started well at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground as TJ Bohane headed in from Brad Pagliaroli’s, however, Burnham were on level terms just minutes later.

The visitors went on to score twice more as stand-in stopper Dale Richards made a mess of a pair of soft efforts – something manager Sam Collier felt would not have happened had his number one still been stood between the posts.

Collier said: “We started brightly and scored a good goal, but they equalised not long after.

“We looked extremely comfortable throughout the first half, but then when we’ve come in at half-time, our goalkeeper Declan Lehmann had cracked a rib.

“So he went off and we had to put the left-back in goal. That pretty much sums up our luck at the moment.

“We’ve got a right-footed player at left-back and a defender in goal, which is never ideal.

“Both goals – I’m adamant a proper goalkeeper would have saved them, but we got what we deserved in the end.”

Defeat for Bassett sees them remain third from bottom of the Hellenic Premier Division on nine points from 13 games.

Collier says his side will have to abandon any hopes of pushing for promotion now and it is likely to be a season of trying to survive relegation unless results reverse dramatically in the near future.

He said: “We were still way off where we need to be and it’s not acceptable at the moment.

“It’s nowhere near the standards that we set in the last two years when managing this football club and I can’t tolerate it any longer.

“Things will have to change, and they’ll have to change quickly.

“Games are passing us by, and before you know it, we’re halfway through the season and suddenly we’re looking at staying in the league instead of pushing up it.

“We’ve got plenty of talent in that dressing room, but I’ve got to question the heart and desire from a few of them.”

Elsewhere, Fairford Town’s fixture against Ardley United was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, as was Shrivenham’s clash with Easington Sports.