Burnley Seconds hold on to victory in failing light

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Burnley RUFC seconds hosted Sale at Holden Road on the Saturday before Christmas.

Burnley had the edge in the opening exchanges, winning several penalties as both sides vied for supremacy in the middle of the park.

The locals opted to kick for goal, but the kick was just wide, and a second kick slightly closer a minute later also went wide.

Sale took the lead slightly against the run of play, converting their try.

Burnley responded well, and after a series of drives Dom Murphy scored, with the conversion unsuccessful. But Sale utilised their large pack to execute an excellent drive which netted a converted try to lead 14-5 at half-time

The second half started well for Burnley as Jake Foster went over after excellent work by the forwards, and Ferguson converted.

After more drives, Ferguson opted to drop goal to give Burnley the lead by one point.

Ashley Rothwell went to the bin for coming through from the side which seemed a bit harsh, and with Burnley down to 14, the visitors fancied their chances.

After some powerful drives they won a penalty, which they duly converted to regain the lead.

However, Burnley’s character shone through as they played their most spirited and gutsy rugby of the season. They won a penalty which Ferguson kicked, and then added another shortly after.

Incredibly the seven-man pack won another which took them seven clear.

Sale showed why they are second in the league as, after winning a penalty, they kicked for touch, easily winning the line out before they drove over, with several of their backs joining in.

The conversion would tie the game, but in fading light, the kick went astray as Burnley held on to win 24-22.