Following on from last week’s shoots of recovery,Burnham produced signs of fruition and for the first time this season they did not fall behind at any stage.With the forwards beginning to gel and provide their fair share of the ball,combined with some defiant defence,they were able to supply sufficient good ball for the backs to show just how good they can be.From 1 to 15 everyone played his part.Phil Collins back after an absence,shoring up the scrum.Sam Wall showing that even at a tender age he has a good rugby brain.Richard Manley,whose workrate in the loose,emphasing what a smart acquisition he is becoming.The solid partnership of Alan House and Ross Mckechan in the second row in set play and outfield.Tom Stevens,first outing this season,grafting as blind side forwards should.Henry Bigwood making a considerable nuisance as the open side.Luke Gowan commanding respect as number 8.Sam Lewis,growing in maturity,spotting gaps as well as providing a clean service for his backs.Tom Chaffey,displaying his versatility at flyhalf,keeping the line moving as well as some astute kicking.Tim Piper,doing what he does best,always an eye for the gap.Alan Wheller,showing yet again his strength,pace and tackling ability.Finally the back three,Matt Love,Ross Babbington and the redoubtable Jordan Paul,creating havoc with their linking and powerful running.Burnham took the lead after 3 minutes as Barton Hill were caught offside,3-0,only to return the compliment 9 minutes later.3-3.For the next 15 minutes both sides strove to break the deadlock until eventually Burnahm were awarded a penalty inside their own 22 quickly taken by Lewis,out to Piper to release Love to thunder down the wing before passing inside to Jordan Paul to sprint away and score under the posts.Piper converted10-3.Shortly before halftime Barton Hill reduced the deficit after Burnham were penalised at the scrum.10-6.Not to be denied Burnham came straight back and after turning over the ball followed by a strong drive out to Tim Piper to dummy inside and out and then dash to the line and convert.17-6.Barton Hill started the second half in determined mood and after successfully gathering a penalty lineout they drove on so that they were able to cross the line.17-11.The next try was a replica of the last,only this time it was Burnham’s,with Sam Wall claiming his debut first team try.22-11.All credit to Barton Hill they laid siege to Burnham’s line for a long period and were denied by some heroic defence,whereupon eventually broke their stranglehold,kicked clear,pressurised the resulting lineout before releasing Tom Chaffey to cut through the defence like a scythe through wheat.27-11.burnham were not quite finished,because straight from the kickoff,they set up three competent phases allowing wheller to set off on a tackling breaking run before slipping the ball inside to a marauding Jordan Paul.Piper converted 34-11.Final score.Yes,we can say Burnham made mistakes,but they were comfortably out weighed by the outstanding response.Head coach Graham Buller commented,that despite late cry offs,Burnham showed greater committment,held their defensive line in place,were more destructive in the loose thereby allowing them more freedom to produce their game plan.Well done Burnham. Burnham are away this week to high flying Bristol Harlequins.Kickoff 3pm.


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