Burnham succeed on the home front once again”
Burnham 2s entertained  a Minehead unit at the  BASC to  start  of the  carnival season, Burnham have now got within Somerset 2 a reputation of putting out a formidable squad on the Homefront and this Saturday was no exception, a copious amount of talent  turned out offering a substantial array of firepower to  select  from.
The weather was very friendly to the Burnham strategy of play allowing for a fast game on the main pitch which lends itself to open running rugby. The core of the 2s was still smarting at handing over the previous weeks win to Taunton in a poor showing of support and were set on making amends. The 2s had gaps in the form of injuries and call up to the first, never the less it was a formidable squad that formed up. Matt Mitchel who was walking wounded from the previous week donned the cap of organiser and set out the starting line up and nominated the replacements.
As in the past the intelligent use of replacements would prove to be vital in the strategy of how Burnham was to conduct operations in this encounter.
It was a well-balanced unit that kicked the afternoon of the official was known to the side as he had officiated over a recent game with the 2s.
Minhead are not having the  best  of seasons it has to  be said; but it was clear that they were certainly not visiting just  to  make up  the numbers and they  started off  well what would be interesting would be to see if they could keep the fitness levels up, this enthusiastic start put Burnham under early pressure; as the home side consolidated to  find cohesion, it was Wills Conway  who provided the  breathing space with  an individual opportunist try by breaking into the  visitors half and running a try in under the  post; followed by a conversation. Good start.
This put the visitors out of step somewhat giving enough time for Conway to claim a further three points from a penalty conceded after some scrappy play by Minehead.
Minehead sprung back and mounted a series of committed attacks into  the  Burnham half; the home side had settled and absorbed the pressure and turned it around when a turnover ball released Ben Gibb who took off like a Banshee to place the ball over the visitors line try; conversation failed. Again Minehead came back and were rewards by a fine try by their inside centre.
Burnham were linking backs and forwards well with impressive precision this was paying dividends and producing some fine flowing rugby had it not been for some committed defending by Minehead the score would have moved into orbit, but the attrition was paying off as again due to sheer pressure Tom Wall linking extremely well with Warner and brother Sam broke out; set up after an impressive carry; followed up; received and scored a fine try. Again the conversion was missed but Burnham were now in a comfort zone.
The half time break brought about certain replacements in addition to those who had appeared during the half, the direction was to maintain momentum in the same vein as before. The start of the second half saw business as usual the opener was a fine display of forward domination and cohesion of setting; passing; and supporting; which drove deep into the Minhead half and was finished off by Conway who completed the job; followed by a well taken conversion. Burnham by this stage were putting down some very impressive rugby with forwards and backs coordinating very well the down side to  this was we began to lose our self-discipline and was frequently penalised by the  referee. This brief relapse did not stop the score board from ticking over Alex Watkins came into  the attack force and powered over for a fine try; Chris Warner showed true determination in scoring despite being dropped by a tap tackle; and Elliot Donnelley  finished the afternoon of by receiving a final pass from Ben Gibb to  touch  down under the posts, the final two tries ably converted by Conway.
A good result brought about by a coordinated squad; well led by Matt Slater; organised by Matt Mitchell.
This was a unit performance that produced a fast flowing game;
It was obvious that certain phases of play as rehearsed in training was implemented; exercised; and successful; mainly lineout; loose play; backs moves; and maul set piece.
The turnout was very encouraging; we will not win this league nor place ourselves in any position to contend high positioning in the league by only winning home games; we must show consistency and start by having this level of playing support for away games
The self-discipline lapsed; the total amount of territory penalised was in access of 40/50m! this is not acceptable in a close game it could have cost us dearly;  
We lost J Osgood to a shoulder injury in the second half we wish him a speedy recovery; and look forward to seeing him back in the no 7 shirt soon.
Our next game is away to  Wyvern who are unbeaten this  season; but its Honours even with this   side  as we  shared the spoils last season on one each;  Victory away will only be  achieved with  the  same level of  support  shown on Saturday.


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