Burnley lost their unbeaten home record on Saturday, going down 32-15 to high flying Trafford.
The score line did not reflect the closeness of the game, however.
Burnley were the architects of their own downfall, conceding far too many penalties to have any chance of taking the win, and struggling with the French referee’s interpretation of the laws.
Trafford scored first with a penalty, which was cancelled out shortly after by a Gus Ferguson penalty.
Burnley then conceded a string of penalties which put them on the back foot, and the visitors duly punished them, scoring their first try.
Burnley moved Luca Angelone to number eight, and his presentation work at the scrum showed this could be the link the locals needed.
An inch-perfect kick from Simon Finnan almost helped Joe Haley in at the corner, but shortly after Burnley lost a player to the sin bin.
In this 10 minutes with a man less, they defended strongly, but then sloppy play on Trafford’s line led to the Manchester side running the length of the field to score.
In the second half, both teams struggled to come to terms with the man in the middle’s decisions.
Burnley got a try through Billy Ingham, who powered over the line, converted by Ferguson, and the locals now had all the pressure.
A great kick and chase by the returning Matt Marquis at full back led to Burnley crossing the line, but a last-ditch tackle by the Trafford captain stopped a certain try.
From the resulting scrum, Trafford broke away and scored again to pull away and put the game beyond the locals.
Burnley did score a consolation try through Marquis, and positives were strong runs by Will Farnworth and Jack Donovan.
However, the home team conceded too many penalties, missed a few easy tackles and at times carried individually - all things to be worked on in training.
The seconds went down to an excellent Rochdale 24-5. The returning Chris Baxendale was Burnley’s scorer, with Thabo Ntini man of the match.
Tomorrow the seconds travel to Leigh, who the thirds host, both kick-off at 2-15 p.m.
On Sunday, all junior sides travel to Sedgley Park, kick-off 11 a.m., except the U13/15s, who are training.
The Colts travel to Crewe for a 2 p.m. kick-off.
For the Mick Ennis match on Sunday at 1-30 p.m., the Oaks Hotel has kindly allowed people to use their car park. The connecting gate will be open.