Burnley produce best result of the season!

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Christmas came early at Holden Road in what has been a largely frustrating season to date.

Burnley produced their best result and more importantly performance of the season against high-flying St Edward’s.

The omens weren’t good with the Blue and Golds’ massive injury list.

Burnley were staring into the abyss after a quarter of an hour as the tough-tackling and attack-minded Liverpool outfit had forged a 13-0 lead through some great handling.

It got worse as stalwart Matt Calvert left the field injured.

However, this seemed to galvanise Burnley and replacement Steve Kent’s extra pace meant the visitors’ ball was slowed down and moves didn’t break down as easily when Burnley attacked, making the visitors work harder.

The forwards started to turn the screw, with young hooker Danny Foster making his debut.

This pressure led to a Dom Leck penalty as Burnley trailed 13-3 at half-time.

Burnley were a different side in the second half - while inexperienced, their enthusiasm more than made up for it.

Good scrummaging put pressure on the visitors, and from a quick penalty, Simon Finnan darted over, Leck adding the kick. Great ball from the forwards put the Liverpudlians under pressure and they gave away a penalty.

Then Burnley took the lead from a Leck penalty and the visitors were seriously rattled.

St Edward’s hit back to snatch the lead, but the Blue and Golds scented blood and were not to be beaten.

Burnley were oozing confidence, and now Spencer and Finnan were working well at half back and finding holes in a tiring defence.

Tom Ives always threatened when he got the ball, as did Mark Jackson.

Burnley’s scrum got stronger with the Healey brothers Adam and Ben revelling in the the tight battles.

Burnley launched drive after drive, and eventually Adam Lee grounded the ball, which the metronomic Leck converted for a final score of 23-16.

Burnley can take great heart from this performance, which was by some way their best of the season against one of the best teams in the league.They showed how they can play when they have some self belief and hopefully they can use the Christmas break to regroup and push on.