Burnley wilt in the heat

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Burnley started in scintillating fashion on Saturday at Littleborough, but wilted in the heat.

After only two minutes Billy Ingham crashed over, but the home side hit back with turnover ball which led to their winger getting his first try.

Burnley hit back through skipper Angelone, but lost a player to injury, which was to have a major bearing as the backline was disrupted.

Littleborough’s other winger hit back with a score, and the hosts then scored a try, before Burnley scored two tries through Ingham and Angelone, both getting their second, one of which was converted by Dom Leck.

Just on half-time the home side snatched the lead as their winger ran the length of the field to make it 22-19.

The second half was one -way traffic however as the excellent Littleborough backs carved holes in a tired and poor tackling Burnley defence to run out 63-19 winners.

Burnley thirds entertained high-flying Chorley in a pulsating match, with the locals’ forwards outstanding.

Chorley took a fortunate lead, but pressure on the kicker meant it was unconverted.

A great Jamie Cunningham chip was unlucky not to lead to a score, but a good run from Ryan Bradley led to newcomer Michael scoring in the corner.

Chorley then regained their lead and Burnley trailed 10-7 at the half.

Burnley dominated the second half and Chris Banks got a good score.

Chorley hit back with a penalty to give them a hard-fought win as Burnley eventually just came up short, going down 13-12.

Burnley Under 17s lost 40-5 to Bolton, after starting a player short.

Bolton ran in 28 unanswered points despite some good defending by William Euxton and the occasional strong run from Dom Frankland.

The second half was much better with Craig Hardy doing well in the lineout.

Kyle Snaith at scrum half improves with each match, Dec Hutchinson had some strong runs and led to captain Joe Ellison crashing over for a try.

Good defence from Lee Ferrier and Tyabo Ntini kept Bolton at bay, and James Henderson had a good game at number eight.

The Under 12s opened their season with an outstanding 33-0 win against Rossendale.

They continued their good form with a 68-7 win over North Ribblesdale.

The club will be open tomorrow from 8 a.m. for the England v France World Cup quarter-final, followed at 3 p.m. by Burnley playing Hawcoat Park, with all welcome.