Somerset County First Division
Wrington Redhill 3, Burnham United 1
BURNHAM Utd suffered their third consecutive league defeat at second-placed Wrington Redhill.
James Chinnock scored Burnham’s only goal, while Mark Androw, Neil Androw and Jake Murray netted for Wrington.
The defeat sees Burnham remain in 12th place, having taken 25 points from 21 games, but they have seven games in hand on Keynsham Town Res, who lie in 11th place.
Weston & District Saturday League Division 2
Nailsea Utd B 6 Burnham Utd A 1
BURNHAM United A remain rock bottom of Division 2 after a 6-1 thrashing at Nailsea United B, and Langford Rovers Res sit just one spot higher, having earned a valuable point against Clevedon United A.
In Division 3, Wedmore climbed off the bottom with a 2-2 draw at AFC Nailsea and Shipham stay in second after a 2-2 draw at home to Banwell Res.
King Alfred Sports Centre suffered a shock 5-1 home defeat to Cheddar A to derail their title hopes, and in Division 6 Burnham Utd B were defeated 4-3 by second-placed Axbridge Town Res.
Highbridge Town maintained their position at the top of Division 1 with a 4-1 victory at Alcombe Rovers Res, but it wasn’t such a good afternoon for Highbridge Town Res as they were thrashed 7-2 by Galmington Dragons.
Somerset County Premier
Fry Club 1, Berrow 0
A DEPLETED Berrow slipped to a narrow 1-0 defeat at league leaders Fry Club.
It was a familiar story for Berrow as a side debilitated by injuries, unavailability and last-minute cry-offs travelled to the in-form leaders.
With so many players unavailable, another of the A team’s young players, Will Lonsdale, was promoted to the first team, and with Simon Peto and Tom Yates in the line-up Berrow’s squad had a youthful look about it.
You could have excused them if they had laid down and handed Fry a routine victory, especially after their nightmare midweek derby with Bridgwater Res, but with a solid game plan and an abundance of grit Berrow proved more than a match for their hosts.
As the first half wore on Berrow applied pressure on the break and were unfortunate not to take the lead through Dave Keirle.
Nick Slack swept up well and was only called into action once to save a free kick.
The second half saw Fry with a lot of the ball, but Berrow defending resolutely and looking dangerous on the break.
The hosts took the lead with 25 minutes left as Berrow failed to clear their lines and paid the price as the lively home striker pounced from close range.
Berrow’s response was excellent as they dusted theirselves off and sought an equaliser which, despite the best efforts of Peto, Scott Lismore and Pete John, went eluded them.
It again proved that Berrow have the ability to compete with any team in the league with a squad boasting plenty of quality and exciting young talent.
With commitment they are more than capable of challenging for the title, but the club has used more players than ever this season and has failed to name the same starting XI in consecutive matches all season.
Berrow’s man of the match was Keirle.
Somerset County Shield semi-final
Burnham United Under-16s 1 Bath Arsenal 0
TEN-man Burnham United secured a 1-0 victory over a strong Bath Arsenal side at the weekend to book their place in the final of the Somerset County Shield.
The game was won through hard work and guts by the whole team with various players having to play out of their normal positions.
Burnham started the stronger and after a near miss by hard-working Rosser went 1-0 up via an edge of the box shot by Harding.
Bath pushed forward with the back three of White, Durrant and Costello playing superbly, and James in goal made two stunning reaction saves and was assured throughout.
Though Bath had most of the play in the second half, Burnham, through Nix, Podbury, Jefferies, Harding and, of course, Rosser were always a threat on the break.
United held out for the win, and though the whole team deserves great credit the joint Barrington & Sons man of the match went to Chaz White and Nathan James.