Battling Burnley earn draw as players lead Mick Ennis tribute

Burnley players remember long serving Belvedere & Caldervale sports club member Mick Ennis
Burnley players remember long serving Belvedere & Caldervale sports club member Mick Ennis

Burnley began their return fixtures on Saturday against a Didsbury side that had thumped them earlier on in the season.

The return match at Holden Road was a much more even contest. Burnley scored first through an unconverted try after a strong carry by Luca Angleone.

Didsbury were soon back in the game following a charged down kick, when their quick winger sprinted onto the ball to score.

Simon Finnan chipped through and Joe Haley sprinted onto the ball picked up well and went over the try line.

In the second half, Burnley’s ill discipline surfaced again, losing two players at different times to the sin bin. After weathering the storm, Gus Ferguson slotted over a penalty to extend Burnley’s lead to 13-5. The visitors kicked a penalty of their own and then scored a try with a chance to take the lead from the kick. Luckily for the home team that opportunity was missed and the game finished all square 13-13.

Burnley Under 7s through to Under 11s travelled for a three way at Tarleton with the hosts and Preston Grasshoppers .

For the Under 7s, Corbey Tonks ran well and Austin Coates got many a tag .

The Under 8s played a six a side tag rugby scoring some good tries, with Gabriel Metcalfe running well, supported by Oliver Bettany, Deacon Tonks, Miles Carr Oddie and Henry Shorrocks.

The Under 9s put in some excellent tackling and passing, Harry Cole scoring some good tries with Harvey Riley supporting well.

The Under 10s keep getting better with each week managing to beat both Tarleton and Preston Grasshoppers. The squad comprised of Troy Richmond, Jenna Gillatt, Blake Tonks, Mason Ward, Joe Molloy, Ben Uttley, Jack Uttley, Max Thomas and Charles Wilkes.

The Under 11s also played extremely well. This match saw Burnley score a number of tries courtesy of Freddie Shorrocks, James McDermott and Jack Slater, with some great tackling and running form Ben Hargreaves, Josh Mullrooney and Brandon Sharpe.

Only the seconds are in action tomorrow at home to Sale.

On Sunday the Under 7s - Under 11s are training, the Under 13s play Southport at 11am, the Under 15s are away at Wythenshawe at 11am. Also on Sunday the annual carol concert with Pendle Youth Orchestra starts at 7pm. All proceeds to the Orchestra and Pendleside Hospice.