Burnley RUFC win a thriller

Burnley's man of the match James White goes over for one of his tries against Colne and Nelson
Burnley's man of the match James White goes over for one of his tries against Colne and Nelson

Burnley travelled to face local rivals Colne and Nelson in the first derby match for many years, and claimed victory at the death.

Burnley dominated the opening stages and were twice denied try-scoring chances by excellent Colne defence as Dec Hutchinson and James White were held up over the line.

Colne took the lead through a penalty, but Burnley responded through man of the match White who finished off a good move.

Colne refused to lie down as Matty Tindall produced a bit of magic to put Colne in for a try, and with the conversion, the hosts led 10-7 at the half .

In the second half Colne extended their lead before Burnley finally got to grips with the referee’s interpretation of the laws. Burnley battered the Colne line with a series of attacks and eventually White grabbed his second try as he got the last touch after a an impressive forward drive. Sam Moussey kicked a brilliant conversion to give Burnley a 14-13 victory.

Tonight, a special veterans match between Burnley and Rossendale takes place at the club, kick-off 7 p.m. Tomorrow, the firsts and seconds are home to Didsbury and West Park, and the thirds are at Eccles, all at 3 p.m. On Sunday the Under 15 girls are at Vale of Lune, and the Under 18s are at home to Eccles.