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Burnham 2nds 53, BARFC 3rds 15 (06/12/14)

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There were several changes again in the Albion ranks with Rae coming in for his first appearance of the season and the Day brothers appearing together for the first time. Albion were in scintillating form in their last performance against Minehead two weeks ago and hoped to carry on in that way.

In a scrappy opening Burnham took up the attack. In the 5th minute Albion missed a penalty to touch – a crime these days – Burnham ran the ball back down their line for the opening score. Albion did not heed the lesson and repeated the missed kick to touch in the 11th minute. That put them under pressure and yet a further poor clearance from the hand allowed Burnham to stroll over to increase their lead. Fortunately for Albion Buck was alert when he peeled round the front of a line-out to dash over in the corner to reduce the arrears. Burnham however burst through from the kick-off and spread-eagled the Albion defence to score immediately to maintain the 12 point gap. Just before half time Burnham scrum-half went up the blind side and although held, managed to get his pass away inside for a further score. Albion produced their best bout of play immediately before half-time with Johnson and Buck prominent but Burnham rescued the situation to end the half 22-5 ahead.

Any hopes Albion had of making inroads to this were somewhat destroyed in the 3rd minute of the second half when Burnham burst through some soft tackles to score near the posts. Albion fought back and with their pack keeping Burnham busy in both the tight and loose, got some reward for their concerted pressure when the referee awarded a penalty try – the conversion of which was surprisingly missed. Albion gave themselves further hope when in the 57th minute now playing a better controlled game, they produced their trademark line-out catch and drive which ended with Modrzynski crashing over for the seventh consecutive match. This brought the score to 15-29 but Burnham had other ideas of how to finish off and went on to score four further tries in the last 15 minutes, showing the form which has thrust them up into fourth place in the league.

Albion now return home to face the league leaders Wyvern in the last match of the first half of the season before meeting Wellington III at home on 20 December. Albion are in seventh position with six wins and four defeats. They have shown some inconsistencies, particularly in recent weeks and will be hoping to get back to winning form as quickly as possible.

Team: Burrows; Jordan Day Coates Johnson Rae; Habberfield Page; Modrzynski Frost Higginson James Day Buck Ruddle Walker Moulding. Replacements: Used – Harbour Shaw Berry Guest. Unused – Millburn.

Scorers: Tries – Buck Modrzynski Penalty.

H-T 5-22.

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