Burnham Ramblers 0-1 Waltham Forest

Forest returned from their longest trip of the season with three points, but they made hard work of it against a Burnham side who showed why they had conceded 24 goals in their previous four games.

Forest were dominant from the start, and looked to take full advantage of the home side’s high defensive line. Chid Onokwai, Asher Modeste and Abdoulai Njai were all caught marginally offside in the opening minutes.

On 20 minutes Onokwai waltzed around two Burnham defenders in the penalty area before cutting back to Vicente Belho who made no mistake, smashing home form ten yards.

The goal seemed to make Forest take their eye off the job in hand though, and they were almost punished when Stephen French’s poor goal kick resulted in a one on one, but the Forest stopped atoned for his earlier mistake.

Njai and Onokwai both had good chances before half time, and a goal-mouth melee saw Nikko Stokes hit the post form about a yard out.

The second half continued in much the same way as the first, with Josh Strizovic (who appeared for Forest briefly last season) having a superb game to keep Forest at bay.

Larry Akanbi almost scored with his first touch, but Forest were becoming increasingly wasteful in front of goal, shooting high and wide when well placed, or delaying a shot for too long, allowing the home side to clear.

In the dying minutes French made sure of Forest’s victory with a superb diving save.

Forest now travel to relegation rivals Sporting Bengal United on Wednesday evening.

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