Makeshift Burnley RUFC side end on high note

Father and son Patrick and Dom Murphy starred in Burnley's victory at Birchfield on Saturday
Father and son Patrick and Dom Murphy starred in Burnley's victory at Birchfield on Saturday

Burnley travelled with a very makeshift side to Widnes and came away in their final match with a hard-fought 22-19 victory over Birchfield.

The locals lined up with players out of position, some feeling under the weather, and even a lad and dad combination, with club chairman Patrick Murphy and son Dominic taking to the field.

In the first half, Burnley were showing their power up front as Nino Angelone dominated his opposite number.

Back row-cum-centre for the day James Henderson made some good carries and got the team closer to the line, with Luca Angelone eventually powering over for the first five points.

The scrum turned the screw again and walked the home team over the line, and Angelone again touched down, converted by Gus Ferguson.

Burnley, however, conceded a number of penalties which brought the home team back into the game.

They also scored a try on the half to give Burnley a 12-5 lead at the turnaround.

Burnley switched a few players round at the half, with 17 -year-old Austen Ralph slotting in a scrum half.

The home side nearly scored, but Joe Haley’s tackle saved the day

Ferguson added another penalty, but the home side hit back with a converted try to make for a tense finish.

Skipper Paul Mullaband squeezed over in the corner, a try which was brilliantly converted again by Ferguson.

The home side again responded, but Burnley held on for a great victory as they ended the campaign eighth in RFU North Lancashire Division One, with eight wins from their 20 outings – signing off with four in their last six games.

Meanwhile, the junior awards take place at the club tonight from 7 p.m., with all welcome.

There will be special guests from Sale Sharks, hot dogs, a disco and raffle.

Tomorrow the seconds and thirds conclude their seasons.

The seconds are at Tarleton, and the threes at home to Bolton, both 3 p.m. kick-offs.

On Sunday the Under 7-11s are at Preston, the Under 13s are at home to Fleetwood, and the Under 15s are training.

Holden Road is also the venue tomorrow night for Burnley Belvedere’s player reunion night – featured in last week’s Express Sport.

Belvedere have decided to make contact with as many former players, managers and officials as possible and invite them to a complimentary lunch at the clubhouse at 1 p.m.