Burnham fail to take advantage

PUBLISHED: 10:17 23 September 2011

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Burnham fail to take advantage of the wind as they lose to Barton Hill.

BURNHAM gave a disappointing performance against Barton Hill, going down 36-19.

Burnham elected to play against the wind, but following a poor clearance kick, Barton Hill scored a converted try. Burnham hit straight back and took a quick tap penalty to skipper Blake, who recycled the ball for Tim Piper to cross under the posts, who also converted the try.

Five minutes later Piper spun the ball out to Rees, who then released Matt Love to score in the corner, but in doing so landed awkwardly and it was subsequently found to be broken.

Not to be denied, Barton Hill secured possession after Burnham dropped a wet ball, allowing the scrum-half to dart over to make the score 14-12 to Barton at half-time.

With the wind behind Burnham, the supporters expected Burnham to capitalise, but for the next 20 minutes, Burnham lost their way and conceded two converted tries and a penalty goal.

This was followed by a breakaway try to make the score 36-12. However, Burnham had the last say with a quick tap penalty to Jordan Paul, who touched down in the corner, Piper converting to finish the scoring.

Burnham’s next match is against Whitehall at home on October 2 (3pm).

Burnham 2nd XV 10pts

Wyvern 12 pts

The Seconds hosted their first league match at home to Wyvern and lost a close encounter by just two points.

Burnham had the upper hand in the early stages with Mike Winfield linking with backs Will Conway, Lee Berry and Rob Lewis to make good gains. Ginge and Bobby Hewlett both made strong runs and this paid off when Mike Whitfield opened the scoring with a try.

Wyvern immediately retaliated with a converted try, only for Whitfield to touch down his second to see Burnham lead 10-7 at the break.

There was good play from Cain Harding, Ryan Reynolds, Ed Lewis, Podge, Will Conway, Ashley and Glenn, but Wyvern managed to cross the line again to take the lead.

With the game moving into the final stages, Ginge crossed the line but this was disallowed for offside and Wyvern hung on to win 12-10.

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