BURNLEY were just pipped at the post by in form Bolton last Saturday.
The high flying visitors were given a torrid afternoon by a fired up Burnley side who pushed them all the way.
Burnley opened in determined mood scoring in seconds as skipper Nino Angelone crossed the line. The visitors responded with a beautiful try as their fly half made a good break and with a well weighted kick found his centre running through to catch the ball and score under the posts for a converted try.
The visitors were overconfident and Burnley hit straight back showing that their would be no easy points this afternoon. Billy Ingham powered over and Dom Leck added the kick to rock Bolton.
With Burnley dominant in the scrum as the Angelone brothers Luca and Nino and their willing assistant Danny Marshall took the game to the visitors and Bolton shading the lineout it was a tense affair.
Burnley were on the attack but from turnover ball Bolton scored a converted try to make the half time score 12-12.
In the second half, penalties were being awarded at regular intervals to both teams as no quarter was given. Bolton opted for territory while Burnley attempted to run possession.
From a penalty Bolton took the lead. Burnley again hit back and the scrums were going Burnley’s way after a massive effort by the Burnley forwards against one of the best packs in the league.
After repeated collapses by the Bolton scrum the referee lost his patience and awarded a penalty try, converted by Leck. Bolton showed what a formidable side they are and hit back as they ran a penalty to be fair some woeful tackling allowed the visitors to regain the lead and cement their promotion push.
Burnley can take great heart taking a losing bonus point as they competed well causing one of the best teams around considerable difficulties though momentary lapses and ill discipline let them down at crucial times.
The seconds progressed in the cup against Cheshire side Duckinfield 31-19 with tries from Gus Ferguson, Wes Hughes, Phil Thornton and a brace from James White Ferguson added one kick and the returning Alex Menderos two kicks. While another returning player, Tom Grady showed what a big miss he has been. Man of the match was Peter Timberlake.
The thirds went down 31-6 against Leigh who have won every game this season.
Burnley started well and after initial pressure won a penalty which Joe Parkinson slotted over. Leigh immediately hit back showing their pedigree.
Burnley competed much better in the second half limiting the visitors to only one try. Burnley added another penalty through Parkinson.Despite this Burnley had to defend for long periods full credit to Thabo Ntini , Mark Bertenshaw and evergreen Mick Uren for their outstanding defensive duties. Full-time 6-31.
Today, the firsts and seconds are home to Hutton and Fleetwood, the thirds are at Bolton, all 2-15pm kick offs.
On Sunday all junior sides are away, the tags/U10/U12s at Keighley, the U16s at Clitheroe and the U19s at Eccleshall. Meet 10-45pm