Pitch switch does Burnley no favours

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Burnley finally squeezed a game in as the cold snap abated.

But the wet weather meant their hosts Bury switched from their flooded ground to a smaller nearby school pitch, which didn’t bode well for Burnleys running attacking game.

The larger Bury forwards found the narrower pitch more conducive to their more physical, direct approach, and meant Burnley struggled as they didn’t have the room to use their talented back division.

The home side started in a bright manner, and dominated the first half, building up a 22-0 lead.

Several changes and some choice words from coach Getty Schinkel galvanised Burnley at the break, however, and they produced a much brighter second half, scoring a converted try to end up losing 22-7.

Tomorrow they host Hawcoat Park from Barrow, kick-off 2-15 p.m., in a must-win game.

Meanwhile, the second team maintained their winning sequence, beating Eccles 16-0 in appalling conditions.

The forwards dominated, with the visitors reduced to uncontested scrums .

A King try after good pressure, three Gus Ferguson penalties and a conversion kept Burnley third in their league.

A very young and inexperienced third team lost an excellent game against a tough and experienced Rossendale team, who had just a bit more of a cutting edge, winning 17-0.

Burnley were boosted by a number of students from Burnley College, who potentially have a very bright future.