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BARFC Dirtrackers 26, BoS 2nds 39 (28/10/17)

| 31/10/2017

The Dirtrackers entertained a strong and youthful Burnham team buoyed with strength in numbers thanks to the help of league rivals who supplied five players to bolster the squad to a healthy 20.

The game started scrappily and it was Albion who were first to get into their stride and applying good pressure through a good series of phases of play. As we got into their 22 and looking to move the ball wide a pass went to ground with Burnham being the quickest to react and run a strong counter attack which saw them score near the posts and duly converted. This kick started Burnham into action with a series of strong carries and phases of play which at times the Albion defence struggled to contain.

With barely 15 minutes played Albion were forced to make their first change following an injury to 2nd rower Harrison Cornish.

Burnham’s game plan was simple and effective with both their hooker and inside centre seeing a lot of the ball with strong carries. This pressure saw Burnham to cross the tryline three times before Albion started to get their own game going again. A series of strong forward carries, with Jack Longman, Dawid Machinowski and Ewan Trebble-Westlake to the fore, Saw good progress made to set up a great field position in the Burnham 22 from which the ever dangerous Dan Page ran a line blind from the breakdown that was picked by scrum half Jamie Shore that saw him go over for the try which he also duly converted. Burnham came back strong and recorded two further tries in the half to record a half time score of 7-29.

Half time brought a number of changes as Albion looked to get all players involved and started the half the brighter of both teams however it was to be Burnham who added to their tally with a further two unconverted tries to see them extend their lead to 39-7.

Albion’s never give up attitude saw them continually apply pressure which Burnham struggled to contain legally and the penalty count against them grew steadily as high tackles and technical infringements in the scrum cost them dearly.

Continued Albion pressure led to their 2nd try which saw replacement 2nd row James Burrows crashing over following a strong carry by skipper Ewan Trebble-Westlake. Now in the ascendency Albion contained to play a hard, direct game which Burnham struggled to contain. Their constant infringements giving the referee little option but to reach for his cards placing their winger in the sin bin for a high tackle on Ward.

Albion continued to apply pressure and following a series of drives down the middle of the park the ball was spread wide for winger Liam Guest to squeeze through the narrowest of gaps to reach out and score in the corner.

With time running out the win was getting out of reach but such was the spirit that Albion continued to apply pressure and test the Burnham defence. Albion were camped in their 22 for long periods and earnt themselves a series of penalties from which the referee finally tired of and awarded a penalty try.

From the restart Burnham rallied and applied good pressure but strong Albion defence ensured their line was not further breached.

Despite losing the character and strength of the Albion comeback gives optimism to secure an away win when they travel to Chard for their Friday night fixture.

Final score BARFC 26 – 39 BoS II

Team:

  1. Matt Ruddle
  2. Ewan Trebble-Westlake (c)
  3. Jerry Phillips
  4. Harrison Cornish
  5. Sam Lee
  6. Tommy Arthurs
  7. Dawid Machinowski
  8. Jack Longman
  9. Jamie Shore
  10. Dan Page
  11. Sam Vowles
  12. Ollie Phillips
  13. Ryan Burge
  14. Steve Ward
  15. Taylor Galloway
  16. James Burrows
  17. Liam Guest
  18. James Nelson
  19. Darren Miller
  20. Harry Pentelow

Category: 3rd Previews / Reports -XV

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