Burnley put in performance of season to beat Garstang

Burnley skipper Luca Angelone powers over for one of Burnley's tries
Burnley skipper Luca Angelone powers over for one of Burnley's tries

Burnley put in their best performance of the season to overcome Garstang 22-10 on Saturday.

The large visiting side dominated the opening period, and it came as no surprise when they took the lead with a converted try.

This stung the locals into action, and from a scrum, the visitors failed to control the ball and Matt Crowley pounced to score a try which he converted

After a great Sean Ward run, Burnley won a penalty which Crowley converted, but after a good Garstang attack, they also scored a penalty.

Burnley then enjoyed a purple patch.

After superb forward work, some quick ball led to an excellent pass from Simon Finnan to put skipper Luca Angelone in for a Crowley-converted try.

It got better as, after a kick ahead, Crowley won the foot race to ground the ball to give the locals a comfortable 22-10 lead at the half.

The second half was an entirely different story as the visitors showed their pedigree and dominated proceedings.

Burnley only had a couple of brief forays into the other half, and had to mount a fierce rearguard.

Burnley lost two players to the sin bin but still their defence held, with confidence and self belief growing.

Burnley seconds had a good 40-12 win at Ashton on Mersey.

The scorers in an excellent team performance were a brace from Ryan Bradley, Tom Cooley, Lloyd Whittaker, Phil Thornton and Dom Leck and five Gus Ferguson conversions.

The thirds went down 21-12 to Vale of Lune. Matt Fisher and Eddie Blake scored tries, and Joe Parkinson added a conversion.

Burnley tags played Garstang, with scores from new players Oska and Luca Loftus and Jeremiah Robinson, with two apiece, Austin Coates and Deacon.

Tomorrow the seconds and thirds are home at 2-15 p.m. to Fylde and Preston.

On Sunday, tags, Under 9s and 11s are at Fleetwood.

Senior training is on Monday at Unity College and Thursdays at Thomas Whittam Sixth form between 7-8 p.m.

Junior training is at Unity on Wednesdays from 6-30 p.m.