Burnley’s survival hopes boosted

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BURNLEY gave their hopes of avoiding relegation a boost as they won another pulsating match at Garstang 33-17 to please a large travelling support.

It was their third bonus point win in as matter of weeks.

Burnley’s foundation was a strong scrummage, with Adam Healey and Nino and Luca Angelone to the fore, which wreaked havoc with the hosts.

The locals raced into a 17-0 lead before Garstang regrouped to level, and after that it was one-way traffic as Burnley’s back row, Jack Stockdale Richard Murray and Ben Healey and later Adam Spencer, had a massive game and helped provide quality ball.

Dom Leck and Simon Finnan at half back mixed the game up well, and Stockdale, Leck, Ben Healey and the mercurial Matt Crowley scored tries, while Leck added four conversions.

Burnley have given themselves a fighting chance of survival, but must do it all again tomorrow at home to Bolton.

The seconds beat Bolton 41-0 with tries from Adam Lee, Ryan Bradley, Gabrielle, a brace from Tom Cooley, and one from Ash Nuttall on his senior debut.

Skipper Gus Ferguson added a penalty and four conversions.

Man of the match was Joe Till.

The thirds beat Carnforth 31-0.

Burnley, reinforced by their Spanish guests, dominated the forward exchanges, racing into a 20-0 half-time lead.

Carnforth rallied in the second half and proved difficult to break down, but Burnley added 11 further points before the end to give them confidence before tomorrow’s derby at home to Clitheroe.

Tomorrow Burnley firsts and thirds are at home to Bolton and Clitheroe respectively, kick-off 3 p.m., with all support welcome.

The seconds are away to Fleetwood.

Prior to the match a lunch will be held for all former players and supporters, incorporating a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the successful tour to Portugal.

More details are available from Mick (454118).

On Sunday, all junior sides are training at 10 a.m., while the Under 19s have a cup semi-final at home, kick-off 2 p.m.