Burnley finally lost their unbeaten start to 2014 at home to table-topping De La Salle on Saturday, but they could be pleased with their performance in a 19-5 loss.
In a fiercely competitive and physical encounter, the locals’ winning run was always going to face a severe examination.
Burnley competed well at scrum and lineout, with Adam Lee and James Henderson doing well, which gave the visitors few options.
Della opted to kick away possession for territory, trying to force Burnley mistakes.
It worked well as they built a 9-0 lead from infringements.
Burnley missed one penalty, but finally found a chink in the visitors’ armour when they lost a player to the sin bin to go in 9-5 down at half-time.
Burnley competed well, but again with plenty of ball found the Salford side’s defence very difficult to escape.
The visitors switched tack in the second half, asking questions of Burnley’s defence out wide, and the loss of Matt Marquis to injury didn’t help the cause.
Della got a well-worked try to give themselves breathing space, then in the last play they stretched the lead to 19-5.
Burnley were disappointed, but pleased with how they stretched and asked questions of a very good side.
The thirds stayed top of their league with a 53-0 win over Carnforth.
Burnley’s scorers were man of the match Ben Williamson, Pete Allen, Howard Metcalf, Joe Parkinson, Danny Sharples and braces from Lee Mason and John Paul Walton.
Burnley Under 11s had a double header.
They beat Skipton 28-7 with tries from Liam Bythell (2), Bram Richmond and Morgan Williams.Charly Haynes added four conversions. Men of the match were Brandon Sharp and Mitchell Heys.
In a second match the locals went down 21-12 to Garstang Williams. Harry Nicholls scored Burnley’s tries with Haynes adding a conversion.
Tomorrow the firsts and thirds are at Thornton and Ormskirk, and the seconds home to Ashton on Mersey, all 3 p.m. kick-offs.