Burnley RUFC push the leaders all the way

Burnley pushed league leaders Oldham all the way  in Saturday's encounter
Burnley pushed league leaders Oldham all the way in Saturday's encounter

Saturday brought table topping Oldham up to East Lancashire, and Burnley pushed them all the way at Holden Road.

The red and whites have only lost once all season and with the pitch in magnificent condition - and Burnley not having played for several weeks - the omens weren’t good.

A poor kick-off gifted Oldham a chance to attack straight away and they made no mistake, scoring after some slick handling out wide.

Burnley responded well as Adam Healy went over the line but couldn’t ground the ball. Luca Angelone made no mistake shortly after as he drove over, and Gus Ferguson added the kick.

Old boy Joe Hesse went to the cooler as the pressure mounted and the locals enjoyed their best spell

Oldham soon hit back as their excellent centre fixed his Burnley opposite to create space out wide to regain their lead

Burnley responded well, but couldn’t capitalise, missing an easy kick.

A sloppy Burnley line out led to some great Oldham handling and a great try to extend their lead.

This was followed up by another score as Burnley went in 20-7 down.

Burnley were much improved in the second half, and Simon Finnan darted over to give them hope.

Burnley introduced youngster Thabo Ntini for his debut after some promising games in the seconds, but though James Henderson went over late on, Oldham ran out 34-21 winners.

Tomorrow the first team travel to North Manchester for a rearranged fixture.

On Sunday, the junior sides are all training, bar the Under 13s, who are at Leigh.

The club are hosting a Rugby Camp over the half term on Feburary 19th and 20th, with details from Simon on 07988122186 or caldervale78@hotmail.co.uk