Burnham register a narrow victory

Burnham RFC v Chew Valley.

Burnham RFC v Chew Valley. - Credit: Archant

Burnham recorded a narrow victory over Chew Valley, with the match preceded by a minute’s silence as a mark of respect for the passing of Christine Piper,

Burnham 15 pts

Chew Valley 12 pts

Burnham’s match against Chew Valley was preceded by a minute’s silence as a mark of respect for the passing of Christine Piper, a club supporter, volunteer, husband to life member John Piper and mum to player/coach Tim.

In the first half hour, Burnham won their set piece scrums and line-outs. However, Burnham could not find touch from the back and allowed Chew to run at the Burnham backs.

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Matt Love almost scored from a breakaway, before Jordan Paul converted a penalty. From the restart, Burnham gave away a penalty and from the resulting line-out, Chew scored a converted try.

Good work before the break by Danny Spellman and Henry Bigwood failed to break the Chew Valley defensive line.

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After the break, Kiwi Muskett touched down from a line-out, converted by Paul. Winning another line-out, Burnham had control over the ball and Jordyn Wikitera scored the final Burnham try of the match. Unfortunately, the conversion was missed, but Burnham were dominating the game with a score of 15-7.

With a Burnham knock-on, Chew Valley hit back with a try, but missed the conversion. Burnham defended ferociously to hold out for victory.

On Saturday, Burnham are away to Avon, the coach leaving at 11.45am.

Wiveliscombe 2nd XV 7 pts

Burnham 2nd XV 38 pts

Burnham ran out determined to continue their winning streak with confidence gained from beating Wells the previous week.

They got off to a shaky start, giving away 10 penalties in the first 20 minutes, but managed to create space for Brandon Pettit to touch down between the posts, converted by Timmy Piper.

Burnham quickly capitalised on this advantage and Mason Shaw barrelled through the opponents to put the ball down, again converted by Piper.

Shortly after from a Burnham scrum, Tom Stevens offloaded to Shaw, who passed out to winger Elliot Donnelly to score and make it 19-0 at the break.

In the second half, Burnham continued to dominate and good hands saw Pettit score in the corner. This was soon followed by a try for TJ, before Wiveliscombe scored a converted try.

Burnham finished the scoring when Piper passed to Jack Pope to touch down, converted by Piper.

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