Burnley RUFC suffer disappointing start to league campaign

Action from Burnley thirds' 32-19 defeat at home to Vale of Lune
Action from Burnley thirds' 32-19 defeat at home to Vale of Lune

Burnley had a disappointing start to the season in their first league outing, suffering a 49-7 loss at promotion favourites Didsbury.

The locals suffered a harsh lesson in how they need to keep their shape and start matches quicker.

Going behind and being 15-0 down so quickly virtually killed off the match.

They did regroup and scored a try through Billy Ingham, converted by Gus Ferguson, but hopes of a comeback were shortlived.

Burnley’s ability to shoot themselves in the foot, and the home side’s ability to capitalise on those errors, led to an interception try, and a favourable bounce of a ball gave the home team two more tries.

In fairness to Burnley, a lot of players were making their debuts, but they will need to get up to speed at this level quickly if they want to challenge for honours this year.

The seconds had an excellent win at Sedgley Park, 23-14, while the thirds lost 32-19 at home to Vale of Lune after rallying in the second half.

Burnley Colts travelled to Burnage for their first match of the new season, playing on the home team’s impressive 3G pitch. The novelty of playing on the artificial surface did not seem to affect the Burnley game, which was intense from the start. Burnley were camped in the Burnage half for the first 20 minutes without a try.

The game was very much a stop-start affair with many scrums.

Burnley were on the back foot after giving several penalties, but good defence kept the home side at bay

Gareth Gregory ran in a try after a number of good drives for the locals as they responded positively to Burnages pressure to lead 5-0 at half-time.

The second half was similar, with Burnage frustrated at being unable to breach a rock-like Burnley defence, which eventually led to them having a player sent off.

Burnleys persistence eventually paid off as Richard Birchall forced his way through for a try to seal a 10-0 win.

Tomorrow, Burnley first and seconds are at home to Garstang and Wigan, and the thirds are at Garstang, all 3 p.m. kick-offs.

On Sunday the juniors are training at 10 a.m., with the Colts at home to West Park at 2 p.m.