Burnley travelled to Southport for a cup match last Saturday in their first run out of the season and had a good workout in a disjointed and ill-tempered match.
The home team took the lead, scoring in the corner but missing the conversion.
Burnley hit back through a great try from Gavin Gregory, who did well to stand his opposite number up and then sprinted away to score.
Southport’s larger pack made sure it was a hard afternoon for the Burnley forwards, who had to fight for every bit of possession.
The front row of Danny Marshall, Howard Whittaker and Billy Ingham did well to take several scrums against the head.
Danny Rycroft did well at scrum half with some very untidy ball.
Burnley’s lineout did not really function, and discipline will need to be tightened when the league campaign commences tomorrow.
Southport scored again before the half, which was converted to turn around 12-5 ahead.
The second half was not the greatest, as a pedantic referee rarely let the game flow, to both teams’ frustration.
Burnley opted to use as many of their squad as possible, and this meant they struggled to build up any momentum, though it was great to see Nathan Welsh making a return for the Blue and Golds with some strong runs.
Burnley scored a penalty through Alex Menderos’ boot, but Southport hit back to score another try.
Burnley then upped their game and showed glimpses of last season’s form, with good runs from Welsh and Luke Smith, and finally Simon Finnan split the home defence and scored under the posts, but was injured in scoring.
Menderos got the kick and Burnley were back in it.
With Finnan still injured, the referee abandoned the match with five minutes to play.
Tomorrow Burnley open their league programme, travelling to Birchfield.
The seconds and thirds are at home to Wigan and Leigh respectively, with all support more than welcome.