Burnham produced a confident performance, full of determination, vitality and skill and taking the opportunity to blood two more development squad players, with Ryan Beard playing from the start. From the kick off Burnham pressed their opponents to the extent of forcing them to take a hurried clearing kick,bstraight down Paul’s throat who sped back towards his opponents, slipped  a pass to Holder, who passed on to Russell Pike to score out wide.5-0.A few minutes later Burnham won good lineout ball in their own 22, drove on enabling Wikitera to burst up the pitch, two successful phases later, whipped out to the backs for Holder to set up Jordan Paul to cross the line.10-0. 15 minutes later burnham abain piled on the pressure through speed of thought and body, creating a flowing movement between backs and forwards, all the way across to the left wing before resetting and then back across to the right wing where Safar created enough space for Josh Holder to score in the corner. 15-0. On the stroke of halftime, Cheltenham were awarded. penalty lineout, then a scrum allowing them to score close to.15-7. Burnham brushed this slight setback asside and almost immediately from the start of the second half Burnham stole the ball from a maul, Spelman broke out and with 50 metres to go he found a willing Matt Love on his outside, passed it on for Love to race in under the posts. Holder converted. 22-7. Relentless pressure from Butnham gave Ryan Beard the chance to gather from the base of a ruck and neatly step through three tackles and noncantly cross the line, followed by a debut from Scott Havercroft to add the conversion. 29-7. 10 minutes later Burnham, even though going backwards, Jordyn Wikitera picked up and crashed through a demoralise Cheltenham to score. Havercroft converted.36-7. Nothing could stop Burnham now and even after a lengthy spell in their own 22, Shaw  with his inimitable strength, broke the shackles and sped out of the 22, gave the ball to a rampaging “rhino”, Wikitera to charge in from 50 metres out. Havercroft again added the extras. 43-7. Not to be outdone, again after a spell of Cheltenham pressure, Paul intercepted a pass deep in Burnham’s 22 and race 90 metres to score under the posts, bringing Burnham’s half century. Havercroft  continued with a 100% record.50-7. Cheltenham,to be fair,kept going and were rewarded with a last minute try. Final score 50-14. Well done Burnham. Burnham now have a balanced side that can, literally score from anywhere on the pitch. With the pace and agility of Jordan Paul, back to his best after a lengthy spell with injury, the defensivemode instilled by coach Muskett and the mobility of the forwards, Burnham are now a match for anyone. Fast, flowing aggressive in defence and very easy on the eye and with both the seconds and the development squads having successful seasons, Burnham appear to have a bright future. Congratulations to all involved. Burnham are away next week to Keynsham.


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