Ill-discipline costs Burnham victory

Ill-discipline and indifferent line-outs cost Burnham possible victory at Chew Valley.

Chew Valley 15 pts

Burnham 10 pts

BURNHAM travelled up country to play in a hard-fought match they could have won, but ill-disciplines and indifferent line-outs reared their ugly heads.

From the start, Chew Valley pressed hard, but Burnham’s superb defence kept them at bay for 30 minutes until Chew Valley were awarded a scrum, drove forward before releasing their backs to score a converted try.

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Four minutes later, Burnham won their own scrum, completed three successful phases before Beau Wickens touched down, converted by Piper.

Early in the second half, Burnham conceded a free-kick for a line-out misdemeanour allowing Chew Valley to use their backs to score out wide. Burnham transgressed again, giving Chew a penalty.

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Even though Burnham did their utmost to get back into the game, the only reward came from a Piper penalty to earn a losing bonus point.

Burnham 2nd XV 31 pts

Wiveliscombe 2nd XV 24 pts

THE seconds recorded an excellent victory over Wiveliscombe.

Some early linking play from the forwards led to Matt Fear crashing over for Will Conway to convert. The front row trio of Fear, Chris Leigh and Ed Lewis provided good service at the scrum and all afternoon they made the gain line.

Wiveliscombe played their way back into the game with two tries, but Burnham upped their game and following a clean take at the line-out by Tom Stevens, the ball was shipped to Conway who broke the line to convert his own try and repeated this just before half-time.

A number of changes at the break by Burnham saw Scott Havercroft making his debut for Burnham. However, Wiveliscombe scored twice in quick succession.

The pendulum swing back to Burnham and again it was the front row trio who led the way. First Leigh crashed over following a penalty and then Lewis linked well with Fear, allowing captain Conway to finish out the game.

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