Burnley wrapped up their home league programme with a 27-15 win over perennial promotion candidates Trafford on Saturday.
It was the locals’ eighth win in 10 outings
Burnley were slow out of the starting blocks, going behind to a well-struck penalty, but thereafter they took the game by the scruff of the neck and dominated for long periods.
Their forwards gradually wore down the visitors, and some nifty footwork from Matt Crowley allowed him to score a try.
Burnley should have increased their lead when Gus Ferguson was given a shot at goal, but the usually reliable kicker was having an off day.
Chris Baxendale and James Henderson both made good runs, and there was some neat interpassing that deserved more reward.
Eventually Burnley’s pressure told as Trafford lost two players to the sin bin in their efforts to stop the locals.
Burnley took full advantage as skipper Luca Angelone went over.
Will Holden was unlucky not to score later with one of his characteristic mazy runs as Burnley went in 10-3 up.
The second half brought more Burnley attacks, with Will Farnworth prominent.
Ferguson found his kicking boots, adding a penalty, before Simon Finnan stole a ball and ran 20 yards to increase Burnley’s lead, and Ferguson added the conversion.
The visitors hit back with two tries, and were in the ascendancy, but good work from Baxendale , Chris Wall and Richard Murray - in his last home game for the blue and golds before returning to New Zealand - stopped their attempts to snatch the game.
Then Ferguson produced a bit of magic with a wonderfully-weighted kick which found Matt Crowley, who raced through. Ferguson added the kick as Burnley won 27-15.
Tomorrow all three sides conclude this season’s fixtures.
The first and thirds travel to Didsbury and Chorley, while the seconds are home to Eccles, all 3 p.m. kick-offs.
A charity evening in aid of Macmillan Support takes at the club tomorrow night, with a Robbie Williams tribute act and Roger Westbrook.
For more details, call 424337.