It was a good weekend for Burnley RUFC’s seconds and thirds, as both recorded identical away wins in the cup.
The seconds arrived at Garstang with little time to prepare, playing into a strong sun. But they were quickly into their game, taking an early penalty lead after two minutes from skipper Ferguson’s boot.
More pressure led to another penalty five metres out in front of the posts. The home side waited for the kick at goal, but a quick tap was spread wide for Pete Timberlake to score.
In the second half more Burnley pressure led to a converted try for Ryan Bradley.
Garstang hit back with a try in the corner, but forward domination and defence won the game, with strong performances from Billy Lancaster, Tom Grady and man of the match William Yip in a 15-5 victory.
Burnley thirds surrendered home advantage in their cup match as a frozen pitch made Holden Road unplayable.
The team travelled to the Fylde coast with several players out injured, but they took the game to Blackpool from the start with strong runs from the forwards, especially Paddy Murphy and Rob Metcalfe.
Excellent running from Joe Parkinson at full back kept Blackpool on the back foot and gained some good field position for Burnley. This allowed Jason Bell to score a try with a jinking run through the Blackpool backs.
Injury forced some changes early on in the game and Charlie Hill went to the unfamiliar position of second row, where he wasn’t out of place.
A quick penalty taken by Chad Lakin drew several players and a miss-pass out to Danny Foster allowed him to crash over for the second try.
The locals started the second half 10-0 ahead, but Blackpool came out in determined mood using a strong mauling game. As Burnley relaxed they conceded penalties which gave the home side a line out close to the line, which they caught and drove over for their first score. The game got scrappy with both sides conceding a number of penalties but Burnley still looked the more likely to score. Strong running from Adam Lee put Rob Metcalfe over, but he was adjudged to have made a double movement. Shortly after there was no doubt as he crashed over to make the final score 15-5.