Burnley youngsters progress in cup at Clitheroe

Pictured in shirts sponsored by Fort Vale

Pictured in shirts sponsored by Fort Vale

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BURNLEY Rugby Club saw last Saturday’s home games fall victim to the weather.

The thirds went down in a close game at Tyldesley by one score, 5-0.

However, on Sunday the Under 16s transferred their home cup match away to Clitheroe.

Despite surrendering home advantage, the locals put in a good performance.

In a great team display, the forwards were outstanding. Dom Murphy and James Mackem opened Burnley’s account and Jake Foster added a further try. After more pressure, Matthew Ford Lee darted through and converted his own try in the last score of the half.

Clitheroe fought back in the second half, but good tackling from Murphy, Elliot Gaughan, captain Richard Birchall and Ed Evans kept them to one score. Murphy added a further try, and man of the match Foster added the conversion.

The Under 19s won a tough physical match at Holt House against Colne. Burnley always had the edge in the forwards but struggled to break down a determined home defence. Lloyd Whittaker went over for Burnley’s first try, converted by Lee Ferrier.

Good driving led to Dec Hutchinson’s first try, shortly followed by his second. James Henderson was man of the match.

The first team play Mossley Hill on Saturday, the seconds travel to Fleetwood, and the thirds are at home to Bolton, all 3 p.m. kick-offs.

On Sunday the Tags/Under 10s/12s have a home tournament against Colne and Nelson, and North Ribblesdale Under 13/16s are in training.

The Under 17s are at Rossendale, 12-30 kick-off, and the Under 19s host Tyldesley (2 p.m. kick-off).