Disappointing opening day defeat for Burnley as inexperience shows

Five Burnley girls recently attended a coaching clinic at Manchester Rugby Club
Five Burnley girls recently attended a coaching clinic at Manchester Rugby Club

Burnley opened their league programme with a disappointing home defeat to Didsbury.

An inexperienced Burnley side gave away numerous penalties and turnovers, and some lacklustre final passing took away any momentum.

The visitors took the lead after a minute from an offside, then added a try from a well-worked move down the blindside to score in the corner.

Sam Mounsey reduced the arrears with a penalty, but another infringement saw the visitors extend their lead.

In Burnley’s finest spell, they put several phases together, Tom Ives leading the way, offloading to Wez Hughes to wriggle overin the corner to make it 11-8 at half-time.

In the second half, more pressure resulted in Nino Angelone crashing over the line after good work by Mike Bell.Mounsey added the extras and Burnley were in front.

But the visitors, after another penalty, kicked for the corner and drove over to snatch the lead, before adding another well-worked try to win 21-15.

Burnley seconds went down to Aldwinians 25-15.

On Saturday the first team are at St Edwards, the seconds go to Lymm and the thirds to Bolton (3 p.m.).

On Saturday night at 7-30 p.m. there is a special charity event at the club for the Anthony Nolan Trust. Admission is by donation.

On Sunday the Under 17s host Glossop at 12-30 p.m., the Under 19s are at Rochdale at 2 p.m. and all other junior sides will be training at 10 a.m.