Pickles makes first team bow as Burnley beat Tarleton

Debut: Chris Pickles
Debut: Chris Pickles

Two pitch inspections didn’t deter Burnley from facing Tarleton in appalling conditions as highly-regarded coach Chris Pickles made his first team debut.

The first half saw the visitors carrying better and they scored the opening try after numerous pick and drives saw them over the line with the conversion made.

Burnley’s lighter pack grew in to the fixture as they adapted to the elements and they reduced the arrears courtesy of Luca Angelone’s well-taken try. Unfortunately for the hosts the resulting kick was off target.

The scoreline seemed as though it would remain at 7-5 in Tarleton’s favour as the interval approached but a late error allowed the visitors to extend their advantage on the whistle and take a 12-5 lead in to the break.

After half-time, Burnley began to carry really strongly, forcing the away side to kick away possession. The hosts took it well, with numerous carries by Jack Donovan (pictured) applying the pressure.

Captain Paul Mallaband, aided by the other forwards, eventually assisted Angelone in registering his second try of the afternoon.

The home side then handed 19-year-old Pickles his bow, deserving reward for his commitment to the club having progressed through the junior ranks.

And the change inspired Burnley to victory as Adam Wallis claimed the decisive try to make it 15-12 and help the locals leapfrog their opponents in to third spot in the league.