Heavy defeat for Burnley

Laurie Smith scores for Burnley thirds against Rossendale
Laurie Smith scores for Burnley thirds against Rossendale

An inexperienced and injury ravaged Burnley slumped by a cricket score at title favourites Littleborough last Saturday, going down 50-0.

The seconds were just shaded 16-12 at Bury, but the thirds restored local pride with a derby day 84-5 trouncing of Rossendale.

They were always hopeful of recording their first win, with several players returning and some talented new players joining the club from UFCB.

Straight from the kick-off it was obvious that Burnley had found the confidence of a side finally coming together, and played some outstanding rugby.

This allowed players to try moves, and most of them came off, with the forwards joining the backs. Rob Parkin gave a strong hand off to score his first try for the club, and Chad Lakin broke through tackles and off loaded balls impressively.

The back line looked like they had played together for years, but only met that morning and they were the ones that allowed the score board to tick over as fast as it did.

Joe Parkinson continues to improve and scored his first hat-trick, with some good support running, and landed eight conversions in a much-needed win.

Try scorers were Parkinson 3, Sam Walker 3, Laurie Smith 2, Nick Newton 2, Parkin, John Paul Walton and Lee Mason.

Thanks to those that played for Rossendale including chairman Mick Skelton, captain Jason Bell, Malcom Kerr and Matt Procter.

Tomorrow the seconds are home to Southport, and the thirds are at Eccles, both 3 p.m. kick-offs. On Sunday the Under 11s, 13s and 15s are home to Sefton and Bury. The tags/Under 9s and 10s, are at Skipton (11 a.m.). The Colts are at Fleetwood at 2 p.m.

The junior section host a Macmillan coffee morning from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.