Burnley seconds come unstuck against Littleborough

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Burnley RUFC faced second-placed Littleborough after an earlier pitch inspection had deemed the pitch was fit to play after commendable work

Burnley started the brighter, but found the visitors’ defence a tough nut to crack

The locals were first to score after 15 minutes with their best team try of the season, as forwards linked and drove the ball up, and some good hands down the back line led to Will Farnworth feeding winger Tom Ives, who beat his man and, with a tackle coming in, managed to stretch out and score.

That was as good as it got for the locals as the visitors clawed their way back into the game as Burnley conceded too many penalties and made too many errors.

The away side spread the ball wide and scored in the corner after 25 minutes, and scored again as Burnley lost their own scrum ball. From this mistake, and some great footwork by the away fly half, he cut through a non-tackling home side, Boro scored a try and took the lead 10-5.

In the second half, Burnley were under the cosh with Boro dominating the set piece and running the game.

Too many penalties conceded led to a yellow card, and with 14 men it was going to be even harder to get anything from the game.

From the next scrum, Littleborough used the extra man and scored a third try.With Gus Ferguson , Ian Coates and Will Farnworth pressing the middle of the field, Burnley were again getting into the opposition 22 but could not secure more points.

Another scrum against the head led to the visitors outpacing the home defence, scoring a fourth try and taking the win with bonus points.

The thirds went down 24-3 to second-placed Eccles. Joe Parkinson was the home scorer.

Credit to Dave Walker playing his first game, and Gareth Gregory his first senior game.

There were good cameos from Charlie Hill, Charlie Hynes, Lee Mason and Danny Sharples.

The girls travelled to Southport recording a 58-5 win, wit hAlona Bythell was player of the match. All Burnleys players scored.

Only the thirds are in action today as they travel to Blackburn for a 2-15 p.m. kick-off.

Tomorrow the Under 7/8/9/10/11s are at home to North Ribblesdale at 11 a.m.

The Under 13s are training, and the Under 15s are at Heaton Moor, kick-off 11-45 a.m. The Colts are home to Rochdale at 2 p.m., and the Under 13 and 15 girls are at Littleborough.