Somerset 2S

Burnham II 7, Minehead 18

BURNHAM braved the cold but were undone 18-7 against Minehead who proved too hot to handle.

From the start, Minehead put Burnham under pressure and a dangerous overlap which was thwarted on a number of occasions eventually breached the Burnham defence for a converted try for the home side.

This stung deep into the Burnham side who immediately countered attacked and it was through some brave last ditch defending that Minehead kept their lines intact.

Despite good work from Burnham they were unable to produce the much-deserved points on the board and Minehead polished off the first half with their second try, this time unconverted.

The second half started with Burnham having the territorial advantage and immediately set about attacking the home side with deep moves into Minehead territory carried out by Tim Piper, Alex Watkins and others but it was the finishing that eluded the Burnham side.

Mike Smith and Dan Thorne immediately brought about some additional dominance in the pack and the loose which provided good platform.

At the other end of the affray, Minehead were always dangerous and succeeded in converting two penalties to maintain their side of the scoreboard.

Burnham brought on Paul Landorfi in the front row who acquitted himself very well. It was from a good drive in to the home sides’ defence that a number of forward moves resulted in Rio collecting and breaking into the defence to feed Alex Watkins who crossed the line and converted his effort.

Unfortunately, they were unable to add to the score and fell to an 18-7 defeat.

Next week, they are at home to Morganians.