Burnage go fourth in the league after an exciting encounter on the 4G.
The pitches at Burnage were a little soggy on Saturday so we had arranged a double header on the artificial pitch. Burnage Seconds comfortably beat Broughton Park to warm the crowd up for the afternoon’s main event; Burnage 3s vs Lymm 3s.
Concerns had been raised in the week that Lymm 2s did not have a fixture on Saturday and so they might field a slightly stronger side than normal, but to be fair to Lymm they did let a couple of third teamers play as well.
The game started at a ferocious pace and it was Burnage who were on the back foot with Lymm attacking in wave after wave. The Burnage defence held strong and it was only when the captain was judged to have been interfering with the opposition 9 that Lymm were given a penalty. The Lymm third team fly half kicked the ball from the 10 metre line, through the uprights over the club house and half way into the car park. It was looking as though it could be a long afternoon.
The Burnage pack was solid in defence and some big hits were putting pressure on Lymm who made some mistakes but we couldn’t turn pressure into points and after another penalty found ourselves 6 – 0 down. Matt Barrett went on a mazy run and found himself on the wrong end of the prop’s elbow. After a brief altercation with the ref the yellow became a red and Lymm were down to 14 men. Burnage kicked the penalty and it ended 6 – 3 at half time.
Rolling subs had been agreed and changes were made at half time. Experience and skill (Morris and Raspin) made way for youth and exuberance (Joe and Alex) at halfback and Canham came on for the exhausted Nathan. The new halfback pairing injected a little pace in the Burnage attack and we found ourselves in the Lymm 22. After a few missed opportunities and a McLuckie footrush Burnage got over the line and it was 8 – 6 to Burnage.
Lymm came back strong and attacked wide on the left. Biff had come on for the tiring Nick Little and made a seven point tackle. In the same play Phil Woon was judged to slow play down in the red zone (well done that man) and was shown a yellow by the ref. Lymm kicked the penalty and we found ourselves 8 -9 down with 15 left on the clock.
The game was tight and Burnage were attacking in the Lymm half. Alex kicked over the top and was then judged to have been blocked by the Lymm defence. A penalty was awarded and Tom ‘the runner’ Canham was keen to ‘run it’. Common sense prevailed and McLuckie opted for the posts. With the usual half backs off the field and Merrick in Salzburg nobody seemed overly keen to take the kick. Eventually Joe stepped up and smashed a low torpedo over to give Burnage a narrow victory.
The promised jugathon ensued at the club and then into Didsbury where Chris Maddock became beer mat flipping world champion. The youngsters then went to Fallowfield and I went for a kebab.
This week’s men of the match award go to Burnage 2s for their support during our game. Their endless cheering kept us going all game.