BURNLEY made the long haul to Barrow to tackle second place Hawcoat Park in what proved to be a fascinating battle.
Burnley again showed signs of improvement and stood toe-to-toe for most of the match despite struggling in the line-out and from rolling mauls.
The home side, after good pressure scored a short range converted try from their second row. Two penalties from infringements led to Burnley trailing 13 - 0 at half-time.
Burnley stormed back with a penalty from man-of-the-match Alex Menderos , then a well worked try followed from livewire Ben Healey.
The home side dug in though and Burnley struggled to contain some strong drives which eventually created space out wide to allow Hawcoat in to score a couple of converted tries.
Burnley showed their characteristic spirit and never gave up scoring with a late try by Cooley, his first for the senior team converted by Menderos. Final score was 27 - 15 to Hawcoat. Man-of-the-match was Alex Menderos.
The Under 17s put in a good performance after a long trip to snow capped Buxton.
In a close first half against a well drilled team who had a good balance of runners and strong ball carriers Burnley lacked their usual ferocity at the breakdown.
Thabo Ntabo and Connah Sagar tackled well and Hardeeb Sidhu had a good debut. Matthew Nuttall and Craig Hardy carried well an skipper Declan Hutchinson and Chris Pickles relished the physical exchanges.
Good pressure led to Jordan Spencer getting his first try for the club. Man-of-the-match Danny Collins had a great game at scrum half as did the other half back Ash Nuttall playing his first game at outhalf.
In the end Burnley’s smaller squad tired as the home team made full use of theirs running out 27-5 winners.
Tomorrow the firsts and thirds are at home to Tarleton and Colne, kick-off 2-15 p.m. The seconds are away to Vale of Lune.
On Sunday all junior teams are at home to Colne, Under 19s home to Oldershaw, Under 15s away to Clitheroe and Under 17s away to Bolton.