Burnley back in groove

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After a long lay off Burnley finally got back to league rugby, and though they were never really tested they put on a very entertaining display against lowly Ashton under Lyne.

In far from ideal conditions, Burnley turned on a blistering first half performance as the forwards provided lots of quality ball.

The scrum were outstanding all afternoon, which allowed half backs Rick Griffiths and Simon Finnan to show off their ample football skills.

Tries from Finnan, James White, Griffiths, Phil Thornton, Garth Botha - four of which were converted - meant the game was effectively over before half-time.

Only then did the visitors get a penalty, but that was to be their last score.

Alex Menderos got the last score of the half to make it 40-3.

The second half was much the same as excellent lineout ball from jumper Rick Delstrother and a dominant pack allowed the talented Burnley backs plenty of ball.

Botha went over again, conveted by Griffiths, then a great pick up at a scrum by Griffiths, who fed replacement back row Steve Kent, took the score to 52-3.

White got another try to cap an excellent display at hooker, again converted by Griffiths.

Finnan then scored again, before the try of the match, which started with a great run by Menderos, who went down the entire back line before youngster Theo Coleman got over in the corner, converted by Griffiths as Burnley ran out 69-3 winners.

Burnley are sure too face a much sterner test tomorrow whenthey travel to Warrington side Birchfield.

Gus Ferguson’s seconds went fourth in their league with a good away win at Littleborough, and Bob Walshs thirds also climbed to fourth in their table with an impressive win over BAE Wharton in the Holden Road mud.

The Under 16s lost 12-5 at Wigan, with only 11 available players, with good individual play from Ash Nuttall, Jackson Linford and Dom Frankland.

However serious work needs to be done on the training ground on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. if this side want to improve.

The Under 14s lost 30-0 to Preston Grasshoppers in a match arranged at the last minute.

Burnley Under 11s played in this second round of the Lancashire Cup against Fylde and Vale of Lune, losing both games by a single try.

Burnley Under 9s and 8s tag took on Wigan, with each team playing two matches.

Wigan and Burnley had two wins each, an excellent result as it underlined the fact that the locals are up with the top Lancashire clubs.