Burnley RUFC thirds canter to easy win over Leigh but seconds struggle

Burnley thirds in action against Leigh.
Burnley thirds in action against Leigh.

With Burnley firsts taking a week off, the limelight fell on the seconds and thirds.

The seconds dominated the early part of their game against Leigh with home side opting to go uncontested in the scrums which made the game a very tight affair.

Skipper Danny Marshall scored a try for the locals and Gus Ferguson’s trusty boot added three penalties and a conversion.Burnley just could not find a way through the home defence to go down 20-16.

Burnley thirds started at full strength for the first time this season . Unfortunately Leigh didn’t have a full front row so the game started with uncontested scrums.

Both sides started brightly looking to keep the game flowing and play fast rugby. Leigh’s winger opened the scoring as he chased down a kick through and regathered to score. This brought the Burnley side to life and they started to play some excellent rugby, with all the team running strongly and looking for the support runners.

Tries from Dom Leck, Laurie Smith, Joe Parkinson, Paul Murphy, Tom Cooley and a brace from Lee Mason meant that Burnley had a strong first half lead. The set piece was working well with Malcom Kerr back at hooker and securing lineout ball and Burnley relished playing off the front foot. The second half started with Burnley making some changes making sure that all of the players were involved.

Mickey Smith returned to scrum half and the ever improving Matt Harbour joined the front row union. The changes disrupted the flow of the game slightly and allowed Leigh more time to attack with some strong runs from their forwards and deft play from their young fly half who always put the Burnley line under pressure.

Leigh managed to score two tries before Burnley regained composure and shape and countered with strong runs themselves from Chad Lakin and Martyn Jackson. The speed of Lee Mason was too much for Leigh and he grabbed his third try. Further scores from Nick Roberts, Laurie Smith and Sam Mounsey rounded off what was a very competent display from Burnley and captain Mark Bertenshaw can be pleased about the progress the team is making. Final score was 66-17.

Tomorrow Burnlet firsts are in action at Ashton-under-Lyne at 2-15pm.On Sun all the junior sides are at home v Garstang at 11am except the U13/15s who are training.