Burnham back to winning ways

Burnham put Stroud to the sword, running in 55 points at home.

Burnham 55 pts

Stroud 15 pts

BURNHAM returned to winning ways after their fruitless journey to Gloucester last week by putting Stroud to the sword.

During the first 20 minutes, the only time Stroud entered Burnham’s half was to chase their own kick-offs. Right from the off, Burnham harried and chased and crossed the line through Fotu Latu, Danny Spelman, Jordan Paul and Kiwi Muskett, but they then went to sleep for the next 20 allowing Stroud to convert a penalty.

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After Burnham had been reduced to 14 men, Stroud’s prop slipped through a gap to reduce the deficit to 14 points. Fortunately, Burnham woke up and just before half-time, Muskett cruised over to make the score 29-10 at half-time.

Burnham started the second half determined to continue in the same vein, forcing Stroud into a hurried clearance, allowing Bobby Hewlett to start and finish the move with a try.

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Six minutes later, another Burnham scrum enabled Latu to pick set Tuttiett free, before releasing Hewlett, who passed inside for Latu to charge over.

Burnham’s forwards kept their foot on the throttle, forcing Stroud to concede penalties and from one of these they produced a forceful catch and drive for Spelman to claim the try.

Burnham’s last try was a spectacular effort from Jordan Paul, displaying his pace to score from inside his own half. However, Stroud were rewarded with a last minute try to make the score 55-15.

Burnham’s next league match is away to Barton Hill on January 7, kick-off 2.30pm.

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