Holden Road was no place for the faint- hearted as Burnley were just pipped at the post by Bury in the last play of the match on Saturday.
The locals had started brightly, with Billy Lancaster catching the eye in the lineouts, and were much more eager than their rivals.
Only silly penalties in the 22 took the edge off Burnley’s attacks.
Alex Menderos kicked a penalty after 20 minutes, and shortly after Dom Leck dived over the blindside of the ruck but an unsighted referee failed to give the score.
Aggrieved, Burnley were not too be outdone and shortly after Lancaster drove over to give the Blue and Golds an 8-0 lead.
Bury hit back and used their advantage in the scrum to secure good ball, and spun it wide for a converted try to make the half-time score 8-7.
Burnley rang the changes at half-time to try and counter Bury’s dominant scrum, and the changes worked immediately as Burnley started to secure good ball going forward, making Christian Allanson’s role easier at the scrum base.
Burnley dominated territorily and won several penalties, but were unable to play quick ball with the poor conditions and some over-officious refereeing.
Menderos missed a kick at goal, and with the clock ticking down it looked like the locals were home and dry, but their inability to close down the game was to prove costly as Bury finally won some ball, and in a very long period of added time battered the locals’ line, eventually going over in the corner to snatch the game 12-8.
Last Sunday, club players Jack Stockdale and Ryan Bradley represented an England Deaf XV, who defeated Towcester 45-7.
Burnley thirds went down 38-3 at Thornton.
Tomorrow the first team are home to Tarleton (kick-off 2-15 p.m.), and the seconds and thirds are away at Vale of Lune and Warton.
On Sunday, all junior teams are training, with the Under 17s and Under 19s at home to Oldershaw and Bury.