Burn hang on to win
By David Scott
Burn kept up their good start to the season with a narrow 22-21 victory over Warrington at Ramsgreave Drive.
Two late tries from Warrington nearly spoilt Burns day and had the visitors kicked more of their chances then the Cheshire side could have left with a win, however, Burn held on to make it 3 wins in a row.
Burn took an early lead from a Leon Fifield penalty from 30 metres out. Warrington were back on level terms on 13 minutes with their own penalty. After this there wasn’t much else to shout about as both teams were struggling to get going due to mistakes. Warrington did have a chance to take the lead, but the kick hit the post. When Burn had the ball in hand they looked the more threatening, but they too often tried to force the play and gave up possession. On 24 minutes the visitors had a man sent to the bin for a high tackle and soon after Burn scored their first try. Marc Maher’s cross field kick was taken on the full by Phil Baines 40 metres out, he made a few yards before offloading back inside to Josh Reilly, he managed to invade the first tackler before having enough pace to see him all the way to the try line. Leon Fifield added the conversion to make the score 10-3. After this Burn found themselves on the wrong side of the referee’s whistle as they were regularly penalised, this stunted any momentum Burn had, it also saw a yellow card for Leon Fifield and 2 penalty kicks at goal for Warrington, but both were missed leaving the score at half time 10-3.
Burns penalty count continued at the start of the second half, this enabled Warrington to narrow Burns lead by 3 points following a penalty kick. 12 minutes in, Burn finally managed to keep hold of the ball, this enabled Marc Maher to make a break taking him to 30 metres out, he then passed to the well supporting Leon Fifield who ran on to score. Fifield then added the extra points. Burn would have hoped to push on from here, but yet again more penalties followed as did another 3 points for Warrington. Burn had to wait until the 71 minute mark to put pressure on their opponents, they had pressed Warrington back to their own try line, a clearance kick was charged down, Burn fell on the ball and recycled it before passing out where Jamie Brookes took the ball, his step and then power was just enough to get himself over the try line. Fifield was unable to kick the conversion, however Burn led 22-9. At this stage Burn looked comfortable and again would have hoped to maintain or push on, however again Burn continued to be penalised, this helped Warrington kick to the corner, a catch and drive followed which saw the visitors crash over for their first try. The conversion was missed. Then in the dying minutes there was practically a carbon copy try for Warrington with another catch and drive. This time the conversion was successful making the score 22-21. There was no time for any more points and the game ended with Burn winning by just 1 point.
Burn would have been left very deflated had they lost this game, as when they managed to keep possession of the ball they looked the more threatening. The penalty count will need to be reduced next week as they travel to Northwich where it is never easy to win.