Burnham-on-Sea RFC edged past Newton Abbot 25-21 in the latest Regional 2 Tribute South West to secure their first ever win at level six last Saturday.

Burnham travelled to the Rackerhayes with arguably their strongest side of the season so far.

Although the Swags fell to a heavy home defeat against Cullompton RFC last time out, the lads arrived in a positive mood, determined to get their campaign up and running.

Sam Lewis opened the scoring for Burnham with his usual quick tap and go before he showed great strength to power over and give his side the lead.

Scott Beard followed up with one of his own, after swift quick hands from Tim Piper put him over in the corner after a solid scrum from the forwards.

Alex Watkins then also went over in the corner on stroke of half-time, following wonderful runs by Will Hopkins and Brandon Pettitt, to make it 15-14 in favour of the visitors at the break.

The second half was all about guts and determination and sticking to what Burnham do best. Quick ball fast ruck speed and strong set piece.

From a 10-metre lineout captain Ryan Beard sliced and diced his way through to score under the posts. Scott Havercroft converted and nailed a penalty from 30 metres with four minutes to go to keep pressure on the hosts.

Burnham fielded the kick-off with multiple phases to see the game out well-deserved winners.

Player/backs coach Piper said he was delighted for his side to come away from Devon with victory.

“As a coach I am really pleased for all the lads to get the win,” he said.

“We knew they had it in them it was just about them believing it themselves.

"They've took a couple of beatings last few weeks where we could easily have shut up shop and thrown towel in. But the lads stuck to it worked really hard in training to keep going each week and they've now got their reward.

“We have a rest week where some bodies will be getting some much needed rest along with other lads now returning to action it we can return in a much stronger position.”