Burnley girls star for county in North of England tournament

Burnley's Under 15 Lancashire representatives Anya Richmond, Willow Bell and Cerys Ellis
Burnley's Under 15 Lancashire representatives Anya Richmond, Willow Bell and Cerys Ellis

Five Burnley girls represented Lancashire in the North of England tournament at the weekend.

The three Burnley Under 15s - Anya Richmond, Willow Bell and Cerys Ellis - helped the Red Rose county to third place, while Emma Wall and Polly Bell helped the Under 18s to first place.

Meanwhile, Burnley’s first XV welcomed a North Manchester team struggling to find their feet in North Lancs 1.

On a a perfect playing surface,both sides opted to run the ball in a frenzied opening quarter, but Burnley’s eagerness meant they gave away a number of penalties, making the match appear more even than it should have been.

Burnley’s first foray near the line netted a score for try machine Billy Ingham, who crashed over from short range. Gus Ferguson added the conversion.

Burnley quickly established dominance in the scrum, which led to them becoming uncontested.

With both sides guaranteed parity of possession from the scrum, both sets of half backs had room and opportunity to display their repertoire of skills.

Ingham again crashed over after good work by the pack, and shortly after, at a ruck, a quick tap led to the ball going through several pairs of hands in the back line and Ferguson squeezed over in the corner.

Burnley were in the ascendency and looking to move the ball whenever they could, Chris Stothard particularly catching the eye with his runs.

After another good drive, Ingham added to his tally.as Burnley went in 17-0 up at half-time.

Burnley opened the second half in determined mood.

Sean Ward fed Mullaband, who did well to wriggle over.

There followed a great interchange between Adam Lee and Mullaband that eventually led to Ward being driven over the line, but he was held up. The inevitable followed as good work freed Mullaband to bag his second.

A good Robinson break led to him passing to the supporting Finnan, who in turn passed to the lurking Ingham to bag his third try to make it 36-0 at full time.

Burnley now face a tough clash at Oldham tomorrow.

The Colts beat Ormskirk 48-22 as Jack Donovan and Henry Sanderson scored two tries, Elliot Gaughan, Matthew Proctor , Gareth Gregory and Matthew Ford-Lee also went over, with Ford-Lee adding four kicks.

Tomorrow, the seconds host Tyldesley (3 p.m.), and on Sunday, the junior sides are away - Tags/U9/10/11s at North Ribblesdale, U13s at Widnes, U15s at Vale of Lune (all 11 a.m.) and the Colts at Aldwinians (2 p.m.)..