Positives in defeat for locals

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Burnley travelled to high flying Hutton last Saturday and suffered a defeat in Simon Finnan’s first match as player/coach.

The locals can take many positives from the match though, as their defence made the home team work very hard for their scores out wide.

Burnley need to up their collective fitness levels to compete for longer and have a bit of work to do with their first phase lineout ball.

Burnley trailed 17-0 at the half but dug deep in the second half to only cocede one try.

Ben Healy looked a natural at wing forward, Josh Brown never stopped running, Tom Cooley made some well-timed runs, Tom Ives slotted in well at full back, and a big bonus was getting James White back onto the pitch.

The final score was 22-0.

The thirds had a great win over a tough-tackling Fleetwood side.

Burnley started at a great speed, Steve Harrison going over after a clever cross kick from Lee Shepherd, and Gus Ferguson added the conversion.

The second half was one-way traffic as Burnley faced a strong wind, and great tackling and Ferguson’s boot repelled attack after attack.

Eddie Blake was immense and Alex Menderos, back from injury, never put a foot wrong.

The final score was 7-0.

The Under 17s went down to an efficient and organised Ashton on Mersey.

Wes Hughes got an early try, but the talented opposition fly half found space well and set up several tries for a half-time score of 17-5.

Craig Hardy had a strong game in the lineout, Danny Collins drove well in the loose, Ash Nuttall and Kyle Snaith ran some good lines and James Henderson tackled anything that moved.

The final score was 32-5.

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Tomorrow the first team play runaway league leaders Littleboro, kick-off 2-15 p.m.

The seconds take on Kirkby Lonsdale, also at home at 2-15 p.m., with support more than welcome .

The thirds play at Chorley, meet noon.

This Sunday the Under 19s are at home to Bury, 2 p.m.

The Under 17s are at Toc H, the Under 15s and Under 12s, are training, the Under 11s and Under 9s are away to Garstang, and the tags are training.