Burnham give their best all-round performance
Burnham gave an excellent all-round performance in their victory at Whitehall.
Whitehall 3 pts
Burnham 29 pts
Burnham travelled to Whitehall expecting a tough Tribute Western Counties North match against a much improved side.
In the first-half playing with the wind at their backs, Burnham had the lion’s share of possession, but were guilty of dropping the ball once they had created an opening.
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After 30 minutes, the visitors turned the ball over on the Whitehall 22 and slick passing along the line saw Jordy Paul speed into a gap to score the first try.
Straight after the break and following a scrum, some great driving play from the forwards saw flanker Dan Spellman go over in the corner.
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Burnham continued to dominate in open play with Jordyn Wiketeria, McKechan and Gowan at the heart of everything.
In defence, Burnham were immense with some big hits coming in from Dickins and Muskett, while also not allowing Whitehall any space.
Eventually with some impressive driving play of their own, Whitehall earned a penalty that their full-back converted. Burnham continued to dominate open play and after a great display of forward control, Wiketeria drove over and Paul converted to make the score 17-3.
Soon after, centre Kiwi Muskett found a gap and went over for the bonus point try that Paul converted. Finally, Spellman went over in the corner following some slick passing by Muskett and replacement Ashley Tucker.
This was Burnham’s best all-round performance of the season, especially in the wet and windy conditions. Notable performances came from Tom Hocking at hooker, playing only his second match of the season, with Ashley Tucker and Matt Slater coming off the bench to impress.
Thanks go to physio Kim Brennan, who is leaving the area to pursue her career.