BURNLEY’S home game with an improving Hawcoat Park side from Barrow on Saturday ended prematurely after injury to the referee.
The locals started in an enterprising manner, running the ball at every opportunity, but struggled to make much headway against the well-organised Cumbrians.
After Burnleys initial onslaught, the visitors started to win more of the ball and pegged Burnley deep in their own half .
The Burnley defence was exemplary and kept the visitors at bay, and gradually Burnley’s forwards started to regain the initiative.
Adam Spencer and Simon Finnan combined well at half back and started to find space to launch Burnley’s youthful backs.
In a great move, the ball went down the line, and only a great cover tackle on winger Robert Quinn stopped a certain score.
Sadly an injury on the stroke of half-time to the referee after a collision with a Burnley player meant the game came to an end as no qualified replacement was available.
Gus Ferguson’s seconds carried on their great form with a 55-7 victory at Rochdale to take them second in the league.
The pick of the tries came from Ryan Bradley (2), Dan King, Dom Leck, Tony Crosby, Ollie Lord and new second team manager Mark Spencer.
Gareth Hughes was the man of the match.
The thirds lost 24-0 to Bolton in a match excellently refereed by Mick Skelton.
Paddy Murphy, with the help of veteran Dave Collinge, skippered a very youthful side.
Burnley Under 16s wqent down 35-5 to a well drilled and quick North Ribblesdale.
Fly half Tom Cooley scored their try.
Burnley’s Under 11s beat Duckinfield and Old Bedians 49-21. Forwards Sam Matthews, Jake Johnson, Jon Mattocks, Zak Smith and Max Bennington dominated the opposition forwards in both scrum and lineout. The back line of Harry Smales, Kenan Eti, Albert Sanderson, Mason Heys (one try) and man of the match Edward Hanforth (six tries) were rampant. Sam Wold had an excellent game at scrum half and was successful in all seven conversion attempts.
There were also wins for the Under 10s and tags against Duckinfield and Old Bedians.
All teams are training on Sunday, with midweek training still at Unity College from 6--7-30 p.m.