Sat 07
Lymm
24
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19
League
1st XV
Lessons to be learnt

Lessons to be learnt

By David Scott
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Burn travelled away to Lymm in their first game in North Premier and were beaten 24-19 by the Cheshire Side.


The scores were tied at half time and Burn would have gone into the break positive about their chances for the second period as they had been the better team, however a blitz at the start of the second half from Lymm seemed to take the wind from Burn and the home side went on to secure a bonus point win.

Much of the early play was in the Lymm half, with Burn on top, however at first the home side managed to keep Burn out, this was until the 11th minute when Burn kicked to the corner, caught and drove, with Wilf Whittle being in control of the ball as Burn crashed over. Leon Fifield was unable to convert. Within 10 minutes Lymm were level, they had barely been in the Burn half and Burn had the chance to clear the ball, however they attempted to run out of their own 22, a forward pass gave the Cheshire side a scrum, from it they spread the ball wide and a well worked backs move put them in the corner. The conversion was missed. From the kick off Burn were back on the front foot as Scott Richardson regathered the kick, Burn kept it tight initially before spreading the ball wide where Sam Gale joined the line, he burst through a couple of tackles and as he neared the line his go-go gadget arm came out as he stretched to score. Leon Fifield added the conversion. Burn continued to have the better of the play, however chances went begging as several passes just didn’t go to hand. Despite Burn enjoying more territory the scores were level at half time, as just on the stroke of half time another backs move from a scrum saw the home side cross for their second try, the conversion followed and the half time score was 12-12.

Within 2 minutes of the second half Lymm were ahead with a try and conversion, a fairly innocuous kick forward caused all sorts of issues for Burn, you can never trust a rugby ball when it bounces and on this occasion a big bounce took it over one Burn player into the path of another who could only palm it to an advancing Lymm player, he offloaded to a teammate who ran on to score under the posts. On 54 minutes Lymm extended their lead with their fourth try, they stole a Burn line out on their own 22 and then started to work their way up the pitch with powerful drives and good interplay enabling them to cross the Burn line. The conversion was missed, but they had a 24-12 lead. Burn were not out of the game, but were frustrated as chances were not taken as they tried to force the pass or Lymm ripped the ball. However, they did manage to hang on to the ball to score on 70 minutes. Corey Logan made the initial break, followed up by Conner Scrivens, the ball was then passed to Frank Scofic who just managed to hold off the defender to twist and score. Leon Fifield added the extra points. Burn still had hope there was time to strike again, however despite their efforts the game ended without any more scores and Lymm had a 24-19 victory.

Lessons can be learnt from this game, Burn will learn that at this level they are not going to score off every play and that they need to be more patient and retain the ball better, they were ripped of the ball and knocked on too often. They will learn that the opposition will be more clinical at this level, Lymm only really had three chances in the first half and managed to score from two, this saw the scores level after the first half, a half Burn dominated for large parts. However, Burn will have also learnt that they can compete at this level, Lymm are well established in the league and Burn travelled away and gave them a good game and at very least deserved their losing bonus point, this should give encouragement going forward. Burn welcome Blaydon to Ramsgreave Drive next week, which will be a tough game as the team from the North-East had a very comprehensive win this week.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 07, Sep 2019

Kickoff

15:00

Meet time

15:00

Competition

North Premier

League position

3
Blackburn
9
Lymm