Burnham 2nd’s turned out at home on Saturday to play a Hornets side brimming with confidence. Placed high
in the league with their sights set on high positioning. A previous encounter earlier in the season had been
disastrous for the home side and they were keen to make amends. Again a very impressive turn out greeted
the skipper, this is indeed encouraging, and heralds a trilogy of games in the next few weeks that are crucial to Burnham if they wish to establish themselves in the upper echelons of this league.

The game got under way and it was clear to see both sides were evenly matched with the play flowing between ends. The Hornets strength was obvious, a well drilled forward unit which was making its presence felt, in spite of this, the first near miss went to Burnham when Matt Bonell chased and charged down only to have the try disallowed. Hornets replied with a fine forwards move and scored a try, unconverted, 5 nil down. Pressure was maintained and had it not been for some well-organized Burnham defence and some outstanding tackling from forwards and backs the score would have rocketed. Hornets continued to exert pressure and after some fine moves linking forwards and backs they ran in a further two tries failing in each case to convert the game went to half time Burnham 15 nil down.

The second half was all Burnham the backs linked up extremely well through Lee Berry, Mike Edwards, Matt Love, Ryan at full back and Ginge on the wing the forwards meanwhile; had got to grips with this Hornets Power unit and were matching them play for play and dominating, some outstanding hooking from Ashley and determined impact action from the replacements Podge, Mike and two guest players was having an impact on the game. Despite this and against the run of play Hornets crossed the line once more. The Commitment of the Burnham players was admirable but try as they did they could only manage one try from the skipper Matt Slater This was not enough to get back into the game and Hornets ran out winners 20-5.

This was a disappointing loss but in no way should all who played feel that they have let the club down. In fact to the contrary the determination and commitment was exemplary.

Next Fixture is away to Bridgwater Albion. Training for all second team players Thursday 27 Jan. 

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