Uhlsport Somerset County League
Division 1
Staplegrove 2, Burnham United 5

BURNHAM started 2020 with a convincing 5-2 win away at Staplegrove, keeping the Seasiders third in the league table.

The visitors took the lead midway though the first half, when Joe Selway’s through ball set up Warren Whitfield to slot home.

The home side equalised shortly afterwards with a header, but United’s lead was restored on 40 minutes as Cameron Birch fired a right-footed screamer into the top corner, and it remained 2-1 at half-time.

Burnham upped their game in the second half and got their reward when Curtis Bradshaw rounded the goalkeeper and calmly slotted home.

Kane Powell then scored his second of the season with a left-footed strike.

It was 5-1 after a scramble in the penalty area; Josh Watkins sent the ball goalwards and the keeper punched into his own net under pressure from Russell Holley.

Staplegrove scored 10 minutes from time as the game ended 5-2.

Fusion Man of the Match: Jordan Costello

Burnham host leaders Timsbury Athletic on Saturday (2pm).

Division 3
Burnham United Res 1, Bishops Lydeard Res 3

BURNHAM Reserves started the game on top but couldn’t find the breakthrough, and Cy Rich put Lydeard ahead with their first shot on goal.

Burnham fought back with a Scott Lismore free-kick which was met by Harrison Givens, who headed home to make it 1-1.

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With Burnham on the front foot, they created chances but could not convert so the half ended 1-1.

The visitors started the second half well and scored two quick goals - through Zak Ryder and Reegan Scotcher - to go 3-1 up.

United never gave up but couldn’t get back into the contest, and they were reduced to 10 men in the 80th minute - Matthew Dibble picking up a second yellow card.

Fusion Man of the Match: Ben Windram

Burnham, now sixth in the table, visit 15th-placed Tunley Athletic this coming Saturday (2pm).


Weston-super-Mare & District League
Division 3
Uphill Castle A 2, Burnham United A 0

BURNHAM had the advantage of the strong wind being behind them in the first half, but didn’t take advantage and the half-time score was 0-0.

Uphill took full advantage of having the wind at their backs after the break, taking the lead early in the half and netting their second after a mistake in the Burnham defensive line.

Division 4
Burnham United B 0, Clevedon United A 7

ON a difficult playing surface, it was the visitors who started strongly, pressing Burnham’s defence constantly.

Clevedon scored their first goal after 15 minutes, and punished some poor defending with three more in quick succession to make it 4-0 at the break.

Burnham started the second half brighter with strong link-up play and fast counter-attacking, but luck was not on their side, and unfortunate slips at the back - due to the deteriorating surface - allowed Clevedon to score three more.

Ricky Smith ended the day with a hat-trick for the visitors, aided by Jonah Murray (2), Dan Fowler and Mitchell Scott.