Burnley just came out on top in their first home league match of the season but left it very late.
Garstang came out all guns blazing and some weak tackling put the visitors on the front foot. They duly scored an unconverted try.
Burnley came back into the game as the scrum finally began to dominate with Billy Ingham, Adam Healy and Luca Angelone looking strong up front. From a Garstang line out good pressure trying allowed Ingham to charge charge a kick down and he raced through to score a try.
Burnley then struggled to take the kick off and Garstang turned the ball over eventually scoring to go in at the half 10-5 up.
Burnley started the second half with much more purpose. Their forwards were carrying well and the centre pairing of Will Farnworth and Ian Coates linked up well. Burnley continually surrendered field position with silly penalties which robbed them of momentum . With three minutes to go Adam Lee drove over the line and forced the ball down, excellently converted by Gus Ferguson to snatch the lead. Two points up Burnley needed to close out the game but they conceded a late penalty which fortunately for the home side fell short. They cleared their line to win 12-10.
A special thanks was given to match sponsor Robin Reid from SP Contracts.
The thirds went down 55-13 at Garstang, a great effort given they were down a couple of players. Cameron Croasdale and Mal Kerr scored Burnley’s tries. Joe Parkinson added a penalty and was the local’s man of the match. Their was good news for the Holden Road Club with news that five of their girls were picked for Lancashire. Anya Richmond, from Blessed Trinity, Willow Bell and Cerys Ellis, from Unity for the U15s and Polly Bell and Emma Wall for the U18s.
The Colts were edged out by West Park St Helens 22-15 in an entertaining game.Burnley’s three tries came from a Dom Murphy brace and Elliot Gaughan .
Tomorrow the first team travel to Littleborough, the seconds to Bury, the thirds are home to Rossendale, all 3pm kick-offs. On Sunday the juniors are training at 10am, the U13s play Unity College, the Colts are home to Crewe and Nantwich at 2pm, followed by West Brom v Burnley on the big screen .