Burnham end the season on a high note
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Burnham ended their season with victory over Matson.
Burnham 34 pts
Matson 14 pts
BURNHAM finished the season with a victory at home over Matson.
The home side took an early lead when Elise bulldozed his way over for the first try. Matson hit back with two tries before Burnham got back into the game with their 20th pushover try of the season, making the score 12-14 at the break.
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The second half started the same as the first, with Burnham putting pressure on their opponents from the first to the last whistle, so much so that Matson only spent about five minutes in Burnham’s half in the entire second period.
Burnham’s next try came from pure physical presence from the forwards, finished by No 8 Stuart Blake crashing over.
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It was the backs turn next with a sublime training ground move. Off the back of an attacking scrum, Elisi passed the ball to Russ Pike and after work from Josh Holder and Tim Piper in the centres, young Alex Watkins threw a dummy and stepped his way inside to score.
Still with the backs, it came to the try of the game and was scored by man of the match Matt Love. He collected the ball inside his own half and used his speed to beat three defenders to race in untouched from 40 metres.
The last try came from the forwards and rightly so after their dominant performance. A penalty kick to the corner resulted in a catch and drive with Burnham’s Ollie Streeter touching down for his first try in over two years.
Burnham 2nd XV 0 pts
Taunton 48 pts
THE seconds travelled to Taunton to face third-placed Taunton Titans with a weakened side.
It was 20 minutes before Taunton broke through to cross the line, soon followed by another try. The colts who had turned out were outstanding and pitched in like veterans, but Taunton were dictating much of the play.
Unfortunately the odds were against this gutsy Burnham side and despite attacks launched by Ryan Reynolds, Lee Berry, Matt Slater, Tom, Glen and Lloyd, supported by the bulk of the pack, little headway was made.
On the other side of the coin, the Burnham defence saw great tackles put in by Oz, Ash Morris and Tiny Rees, but they could not halt the continued Taunton attacks.
On the positive side, Burnham have adapted well in Somerset 2 South, maintaining a stable standard of rugby throughout the season.