Somerset County Division two West

Burnham United Reserves 2, Combe St Nicholas 4

A DETERMINED performance from Burnham United Reserves wasn’t enough to avoid a convincing home defeat by a strong Combe St Nicholas side on Saturday.

Burnham’s back line of Matt Young, Joe Rossiter, Kieran McLauchlan and Jordan Costello stayed strong early on to ensure a goalless first 25 minutes with young Nathan James, making his senior debut in goal, dealing with any shots.

However, the opening goal from Combe cam from a long way out, and they scored again soon after to make it 2-0.

Mike Burnell headed in for Burnham from a Harry Wedgewood-Potts delivery to make the half-time score 2-1.

In the second half it was much the same with Burnham defending for the majority of the half and Aaron Hardwidge outstanding in the middle of the park.

Combe added a couple more goals on the hour, but Burnham continued to battle and scored from a sweeping counter-attack which Joe Selway coolly finished off.

Man of the Match: Joe Rossiter Match day sponsor: Matt Counsell, Burnham United FC Chairman Team: James, Young, Rossiter, McLauchlan, Costello, Wedgewood-Potts, Hardwidge, Penfold (Martin), Hicks (Worthington), Selway, Burnell (Waite).