Burnham back to winning ways

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Burnham RFC v Wells. - Credit: Archant

Burnham returned to winning ways with a comfortable home victory over Yatton.

Burnham 31 pts

Yatton 10 pts

BURNHAM returned to winning ways against a young talented Yatton side in bitterly cold conditions.

The game was also helped by ex-World Cup referee Tony Spreadbury, whose constant encouragement and talk throughout the game was welcoming to all.


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Burnham started strongly with the forward pack asserting its authority and with Elisi’s probing kicks, they were camped in Yatton’s 22. After several mauls, Burnham’s first try came when they were awarded a penalty try.

With Elisi pinning the opposition back into their half, another penalty try was awarded to give Burnham a 14-0 lead.

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Burnham’s next score came when Jordan Paul caught a clearance kick near the halfway line. He cut through the defence and after beating several defenders, scored a fine try under the posts, converted by Tim Piper. Yatton hit back by scoring a well-worked try to make it 21-5 at the break.

The second half saw a more open game, with man of the match George Scott having a strong game. After six or seven forward phases, the ball spilled out to Piper who weaved his way in from 15 metres.

Next up on the score sheet was Mike Hocking, who scored after a fine line-out move.

With the pitch churning up, mistakes were getting frequent and Yatton scored with a breakaway try to make the final score 31-10.

Burnham 2nd XI 0 pts

Wyvern 22 pts

IN a close encounter, the seconds lost to a well-balanced Wyvern side.

The initial exchanges were in Burnham’s favour, with Rob Lewis, Will Conway and Ben Gibb, Mike Whitfield and Lee Berry prominent.

It was during a Burnham attack that a loose ball was picked up by the Wyvern inside centre who ran from halfway for a converted try. More good attacking play from Lewis, Berry, Will Conway, Ginge and Ryan Reynolds was halted when Wyvern intercepted to score another converted try.

After the break, the visitors scored again after concerted pressure. Tom Stevens started to take good ball at the line-out, producing some good forward drives and Ginge was taking scrum ball against the head.

All this was in vain as Wyvern had the last shout in the game with a penalty. The game ended with a frustrated Burnham in command with nothing to show.

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