Debut hat-trick for Ryan as Burnley RUFC see off Preston

Burnley thirds enjoyed a victory over Preston
Burnley thirds enjoyed a victory over Preston

Burnley thirds took centre stage with no other senior games, and they enjoyed a useful win against Preston.

Burnley started the game at a terrific pace and Preston could not handle the bigger pack, with the two power houses Martyn Jackson and Eddie Blake making holes in the opposition, the latter crashing over for a score in the first five minutes.

Burnley were hungry for points and debutant Ryan Small, playing at 12, ran in two tries against a smaller defence who couldn’t handle himy.

The locals were dominant in all areas and quickly stopped any Preston attacks with some solid defence from Mark Bertenshaw and Steve Harrison, limiting them to two penalties and a solo try from their speedy full back.

Matt Fisher grabbed his customary try just before half-time.

At the break Burnley made several changes, and this disrupted play and allowed Preston to score another try.

Blake had a couple of chances ruled out by the referee, but Small grabbed his hat-trick and the game was finished off by a good team try scored by scrum half Bill Dooley for a final score of 38-20.

Burnley Under 13s played a special floodlight three-way match last Friday at Keighley.

Playing one of Yorkshire’s strongest sides, Burnley went down 20-0, but in a close affair against Bradford, Burnley went behind before coming back. The front row was credited with a try converted by Sam Wold, and Harry Smales scored an amazing try after a mazy run, Wold again adding the conversion.

The Under 11s tackled a very large Fleetwood side, going down 28-19 after trailing 21-0 at half-time.

Burnleys scorers were Patrick Hudson, Liam Bythell (2) and one conversion apiece by man of the match Morgan Williams and Charly Haynes.

The Under 9s came away with a fine win at Fleetwood, scoring 11 tries withTroy Richmond man of the match.

Burnley Under 8s played out a 20-20 draw at Fleetwood, with a promising debut for Grace Allen.

Today, Burnley’s three senior sides are at De La Salle, Southport and Carnforth (kick-off 2-15 p.m.).

On Sunday, all junior sides are training. The Under 17s play at Liverpool St Helens at 12-30 p.m.