Burnham hang on for a narrow victory

BURNHAM entertained Kingsbridge in what can only be described as a good old fashioned battle with both teams giving their all to maintain their current status.

BURNHAM entertained Kingsbridge in what can only be described as a good old-fashioned battle, with both teams giving their all to maintain their current status.

Burnham started well and after being awarded a penalty close to the Kingsbridge line, they chose to take the scrum. Skipper Stuart Blake was able pick up and power over for a try.

Kingsbridge hit back, forcing Burnham to concede a penalty and shortly after, the ball squirted awkwardly out of the side of a scrum, picked up by Kingsbridge’s left winger who scored in the corner.

Back came Burnham and after Rees won clean ball in the line-out, Tuttiet whipped it out to Elisi Vunipola, who then looped with Muskett before scoring, Chillingworth converted for a 12-8 lead.

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Vunipola then kicked ahead and gathered before setting up the ruck, which released Ollie Streeter to crash over for a try. Just before half-time, Kingsbridge caught Burnham offside and kicked a penalty.

Five minutes into the second half, Kingsbridge were awarded a penalty and managed to fashion an overlap to score in the corner. This set up a period of end-to-end play with Burnham finally gaining a penalty close enough for Chillingworth to duly oblige.

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Kingsbridge laid siege to Burnham’s line and after a series of penalties, gathered enough momentum to cross the line to finish the scoring.

On Saturday, Burnham travel to Newquay, kick-off 2.30pm.

Burnham 2nd XV 5 pts

Hornets 3rd XV 20 pts

Burnham 2nd’s turned out at home on Saturday to play a Hornets side brimming with confidence.

Hornets’ strength was a well-drilled forward unit which was making its presence felt, in spite of this, the first near miss went to Burnham when Matt Bonell chased and charged down only to have the try disallowed.

Hornets replied with a fine forwards move and scored a try. Pressure was maintained and had it not been for some well-organised Burnham defence and some outstanding tackling from forwards and backs, the score would have rocketed.

Hornets continued to exert pressure and after some fine moves linking forwards and backs, they ran in a further two tries to lead 15-0 at the break.

The second half was all Burnham as the backs linked up well through Lee Berry, Mike Edwards, Matt Love, Ryan at full-back and Ginge on the wing.

The forwards meanwhile, had got to grips with Hornets’ scrum and were matching them. Some outstanding hooking from Ashley and determined impact action from the replacements Podge, Mike and two guest players was having an impact on the game.

Despite this and against the run of play, Hornets crossed the line once more. Burnham managed a try from skipper Matt Slater as Hornets ran out 20-5 winners.

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