Hard work pays off for Burnham

Burnham’s ecent hard work at training paid dividends with an excellent 20-3 victory at second-placed Barton Hill.

Barton Hill 3 pts

Burnham 20 pts

BURNHAM’S recent hard work at training paid dividends with an excellent 20-3 victory at second-placed Barton Hill.

The visitors were back to full strength and travelled with a full compliment of players including young colt Ben Stacey, who made a promising first team debut.

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Burnham started up the hill against a strong wind and from the whistle put the pressure on Barton. Good play by Ross McKechan, Elisi Vunipola and Russ Pike saw Burnham earn a scrum in Barton’s 22. A penalty was awarded which Tim Piper slotted over.

Barton soon equalised, but Burnham’s forward dominance was starting to come into play, with the young tight five (all under 22) in superb form. The visitors took the lead when they were awarded a penalty try after sustained pressure.

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The second half began with an early try for Piper after the forwards – Sam Coles, Mike Hocking, Ollie Streeter, McKechan and George Scott drove the opposition over their own line.

Quick thinking by Rio Cooper set Piper on the attack. Jordan Paul made inroads into the Barton defence and Russ Pike dived over the line to make it 20-3 as Burnham held onto a well-deserved win.

On Saturday, Burnham are away to Avon.

Burnham 2nd XV 10 pts

Morganians 3 pts

THE seconds travelled the short distance to Morganians for something of a local derby on Saturday.

Burnham started well with some penetrating runs by Ben Bowket and Ginge Sommerhayes, supported by Phil Collins and Lloyd. This pressure was maintained by Chris Lee and as the ball was slipped to Matt Love, he finished of a fine series of play by touching down under the uprights, converted by Lee Berry.

Morganians replied with a penalty to make it 10-3 at the break.

In the second half, good play by Ryan Reynolds, Will Grant, Dan Thorpe led to a penalty being kicked by Berry to make the game safe.

All Burnham players had contributed immensely to this game. In the backs, Chris Lee, Matt Love, Will Grant and Ryan Reynolds stood out and in the forwards, Glen Cutter, Phil Collins Lloyd, and man of the match Ginge Sommerhayes all enjoyed big games.

A GENTLEMAN’S evening is being held at the BASC on Saturday. Tickets are £10 each or £15 on the door and can be obtained from Lee Berry on 07989 320830.

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