Burnham outplayed at Bideford
Burnham were brought down to earth with a disappointing defeat at Okehampton.
Okehampton 19 pts
Burnham 11 pts
BURNHAM travelled to Devon with high expectations of continuing their winning ways, but they were brought back down to earth with a bump.
They were out-thought, outplayed and at times looked lost as their opponents played with far more conviction.
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All the facets that Burnham normally excel at -scrummaging, mauling and teamwork did not happen and more to the point, Burnham cannot expect teams in the lower half of the league to capitulate because of their previous results.
Burnham’s points scorers were Kiwi Muskett with a try and two penalties by Tim Piper.
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Burnham must now put this result behind them and concentrate on their forthcoming match against Truro.
Burnham 2nd XV 7 pts
Minehead 41 pts
THE seconds travelled to Minehead with a squad depleted by injury and other commitments.
The game started on an even keel, with Burnham holding the scrums well despite giving away a considerable weight disadvantage and Joe Osgood and Tom Stevens dominating the line-out.
Minehead took the lead with a penalty and followed this up with two tries. Good play by Matt Slater, Tiny Rees and Alex Watkins put the hosts under pressure, but they could not break through.
The second half started with good carries from Mark O’Regan, Will Grant, Elliot Donnelly and Nathan Smith before Watkins was able to touch down a fine try, converted by Will Conway.
Minehead, with the aid of the new substitutes, were able to exploit the gaps in the visitors’ defence and increased their lead considerably.