Burnley are left kicking themselves in defeat

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Burnley bounced back from last week’s disappointing performance with a much-improved showing against a strong Eccles side.

But they will be kicking themselves at letting the visitors off the hook, eventually going down 26-22 in an exciting game.

Burnley took the lead through the boot of Zane Smith, and increased their advantage with a Lee Ferrier try.

The visitors hit back from a Burnley error, then they intercepted a pass to go in front, extending this to take a 19-8 half-time lead.

Adam Lee got a try back, converted by Smith, but Burnley fell asleep, and the visitors pulled away.

Late in the game, the home side scored again through a James White converted try, but ran out of time as they were looking to get the winning score.

Man of the match was Luca Angelone.

Positives for the home side were Jack Donovan, who carried well, George Hibbert’s defensive tackles, while Rob Lawless showed his strength in defence and attack.

The Under 13s had a great 30-0 win at Clitheroe.

Burnley’s scorers were Charles Wilkes, Ben Uttley , Blake Tonks, Troy Richmond, Jack Harvey, Tabassum Munir and Tommy Handley.

Tomorrow, the first XV and third XV are away at Fleetwood and Colne respectively.

The second XV are at home to Preston, all 3 p.m. kick-offs.

On Sunday the Under 7/8/9/10/11/12s are at home to Garstang, and the Under 13/15s are at Garstang, all 11 a.m. kick-offs.

The Under 14s are training, the Colts are at Newcastle under Lyme, meeting at 9 a.m., the ladies are at Sefton, kick-off 2 p.m.