Late rally not enough as Burnley come up just short

Joe Holden scores Burnley Seconds first try
Joe Holden scores Burnley Seconds first try

Burnley Seconds went down in a tense and exciting encounter against Rochdale at Holden Road.

Burnley started in scintillating fashion threatening to overrun the visitors as Joe Holden went over from short range.

His brother Will was running the game but as the larger Rochdale pack got on top, Burnley found themselves living off poor quality ball.

The visitors got ahead and gradually started to increase their lead but in the last quarter skipper Ferguson came off the bench and it looked like Burnley might still get something from the game. Tom O’Grady scored a late try but the visitors defence held firm to record a 10-16 win.

Burnley Tags travelled to Bolton with some new players having a go – Jackson Allen catching the eye playing two 20 minute games.

Burnley defended really well and at one point the Bolton referee awarded the ball over to Burnley as Bolton could not score.

Burnley’s scorers were a Harrison hat-trick and one a piece from Deacon Tonks and Max Youle. Any child wanting to play just need to turn up at 10am this Sunday when the team plays Littleborough.

The Under 9s took 17 boys and girls to Bolton with tries comes from Brandon Sharpe, Charles Wilks, Harry Cole and Sam Shackton. The Under 11s had a deserved win also at Bolton. Burnley’s score came from hat-tricks from Bram Richmond, Toby Cole, Alex Minnozi and one a piece from Liam Bythell and Max Cudworth.

For more information about junior rugby contacted Simon Finnan on 07988122186. On Saturday Burnley firsts and thirds are home to Mossley Hill and Colne & Nelson. The seconds travel to Bury, all 3pm kick offs. On Sunday the U7-U9s play Littleborough at home, ko 11am, the U11 are training, the U13 and U14s are at Sandbach, ko 11am, the U17`s travel to Ashton under Lyne, ko 12-30pm