The 2s travelled away for the final game of the season with a visit to Tor in Glastonbury; yet again Burnham were hit by travel sickness as a weakened side headed to this encounter; small in numbers yes; but big in spirit was the attitude. The first test was to overcome a mix up with the strips as the available strip due to a minor mix up was the colts! this called for in some areas a sharp intake of breath and that was just to get into the shirts!” followed by a quick reaction by Smith and Harding to raid Clarks village to rescue some shorts and socks this enabled to squad to  at least  turnout properly.

It a was a very  pleasant day for rugby and the  ground was hard which would benefit the  runners, as the  game got underway it was Tor who got off the  blocks first  with a deep run in from their own  half by the  outside centre; this was well received by the glut of replacement’s that  they  had amassed on the  side lines.
Burnham settled down and  began to play some good  rugby the forwards were cohesive in the loose and formed in the scrum the backs led by Mitchell and Conway had emphasised that  they were well capable of making ground from the service they were receiving; the centre pairing of Shaw and Smith was powerful.
The score line at this stage was being maintained byTor who despite the efforts of Burnham kept their side of the board ticking over.  
As the  half progressed TOR maintained the  pressure; a try saving tackle by Tim James saw him sidlined with  an injury; with George Willcox stepping into  the  firing line; Mat Mitchell on his come back  from injury went off with his place being taken by Jake Harding who continued service as usual, despite the  score Tor were not having it all their own way and before the  half ended Nathan Smith broke into  the Tor defence and crossed the  line for an unconverted try. This was a well-deserved score as the backs had been threatening with considerable pressure for some time; a well-deserved score.
On resumption of the game it seemed like a new Tor side had emerged; or started off as they had left off, but it was Burnham who retaliated fiercely again the Tor defence was tested the forwards were recycling ball from the loose and penetrating into the Tor defence particular good work by the Wall brothers is worthy of mention supported by Ben Bowket; in the backs Conway; Shaw; and Smith were threating when given the ball in space. Alas it was the sheer weight in numbers that held the upper hand as Tor were able to extract themselves out of difficult situations by a continual dribble of replacement’s,
It was during one sustained phase of pressure involving forwards and backs that  pinned the  home side on their try line; resulting in continues infringements by the home side a penalty try  was given. This justified the effort that had pinned down the home side for a considerable length of time.
The game had settled down to action end on end as the game ebbed and flowed; more tries should have come Burnham’s way but in many cases was thwarted by bad finishing, a sad reflection on the effort that was being displayed by all of Burnham’s squad.  A particular heavy tackle on Ryan Maynard saw him ending his season on the side after a very credible performance Ryan will think twice before taking off on a cross field run in close contact again!!     (Put that one down to experience)
The game moved into the final stages with Burnham having the last word and maintaining the pressure despite the score line.
On reflection it had been a dam fine effort to all who had turned to well-done the effort and commitment from all was exemplary; players who were playing out of position rallied round and gave great  account of themselves this is what  clubs like Burnham are made of.

On reflection of the seasons work Burnham have finished in seventh place in the league, playing18 games; wining 8; drawn1; losing 9; of which we forfeited 2***

We need to analysis these statistics to draw the learning account and correct these areas before the commencement of next season.
Our next task is Gullivers which is on the May Holiday weekend a can- do attitude is need to  rally round and support this very important event in the clubs calender let  Matt Mitchell have your availability soonest.
Followed on by the Club Presentation evening on 15 May get your tickets asap.


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