Burnham cannot cope with Stanford's power

RUGBY: STANFORD’S first string pulled off an impressive 24-0 victory over third in the league Burnham-On-Crouch.

Having played Burnham earlier in the season away from home, Stanford knew the game would be a tough one. Stanford welcomed back from injury their influential captain Liam Morley. From the off Morley collected a high ball and took his side into the Burnham half and that is where they stayed for a long period.

The confidence that Stanford showed was evident when they turned down several kicks at the posts to open the scoring. It all paid off when Morley started a powerful run which he then finished off.

Callum Reid added the extra points. Minutes later Reid slotted a penalty to edge the home side further ahead.

Stanford’s defence was outstanding and when Burnham did get close to their line they were driven back. Burnham were forced to kick possession away because of the strength of the Stanford defence.

And one kick fell to Mark O’Connell who followed up his own lofty kick to touch down. Reid slotted the points.

The second half was again Stanford’s.

Outstanding play by Danny Jackson, Matt Hornsby and man of the match Ryan Edgeway made sure that Burnham were kept at bay. Stanford crossed the line again, with Ryan Slaney scoring his first senior try for the club. The first string deserved their 24-0 win.

On the adjoining pitch Stanford’s second string took part in their Merit league game against Ilford III. Spurred on by great home support they produced some of their best rugby of the season. Ross Noakes returning to the club after several seasons away and Dominic McDonald were both singled out by captain Paul Newberry for their selfless play. Stanford won 47-19 in a true team effort victory.

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