Burnley firing on all fronts - Tripathi

Burnley captain Bharat Tripathi and wicket-keeper Chris Burton appeal in vain for a lbw decision in the game against Lowerhouse.
Burnley captain Bharat Tripathi and wicket-keeper Chris Burton appeal in vain for a lbw decision in the game against Lowerhouse.

Decorated Burnley captain Bharat Tripathi believes the club’s success transcends beyond the first team’s historic achievements this term.

The Worsley Cup and Twenty20 champions are on the brink of an unprecedented Lancashire League treble after opening up a 17-point gap at the summit of the table.

And, understandably, that dominance has overshadowed the rise of the club’s second and third string in their bid to land domestic silverware.

While Tripathi’s men are six games away from snatching Lowerhouse’s crown and landing their first league title in just short of a decade, the club’s other representatives are just four points adrift of the leaders in their respective divisions.

Todmorden top the pile in the Second Eleven League while Haslingden have the advantage in the Third Eleven League having played a game more.

“This could turn out to be an unbelievable season,” beamed Tripathi. “It could be the best campaign that the club has ever had. Our success goes beyond what the first team is achieving.

“We get the exposure which means the seconds and thirds go under the radar, It shows the club is progressing and moving in the right direction.”

Tripathi added: “It shows we are strong in all departments and the junior section is thriving also.

“The first team is the face of the club but it means a lot more if the remainder of the club is developing as well.

“It’s going to be tight. It’s great that the club has this profile and it’s a great indicator to measure our success.”

Turf Moor will play host to a couple of mini derbies at the weekend, starting with Colne tomorrow while Nelson are the visitors to Belvedere Road on Sunday.

“There are six games left and the end is coming around quickly,” Tripathi said. “We’ve got some tough fixtures remaining but hopefully we can build on the 17-point advantage that has given us a bit of a cushion.

“We’re just aiming towards achieving our ultimate ambition.

“We can’t afford to take our foot off the gas because every moment of every game is crucial.

“The pressure is on us but we’re looking forward to two mini derbies which are both at home. They will be difficult games but if we can win both then things will start falling in to place.

“Every single game has a significant bearing but we feel that these are games we should be winning.”

Meanwhile, defending champions Lowerhouse slipped 44 points behind the pace after losing to Enfield at the weekend.

The West Enders will be looking to consolidate third spot with victory over a pair of local rivals.

Seedhill is the destination today where Nelson are the hosts while a short journey to the Horsfield to tackle Colne follows on Sunday.