Rusty Burnley RUFC are beaten at Garstang

Burnley youngster Gabriel Metcalfe recently met British Lions, England and Leicester Tigers scrum half Ben Youngs when he attended the Sale v Leicester match

Burnley youngster Gabriel Metcalfe recently met British Lions, England and Leicester Tigers scrum half Ben Youngs when he attended the Sale v Leicester match

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Last Saturday Burnley RUFC travelled to a Garstang side unbeaten at home all season, and soon realised why.

The home team scored early through a penalty after the Burnley tackler failed to roll away.

Burnley looked rusty after a four week lay-off, but the home side were down to 14 shortly after following a high tackle.

It didn’t seem to effect them though, as they scored a try in the corner after a simple catch and drive at the line out, though the conversion was unsuccessful.

The blowing gale affected both sides, despite which they put on a reasonable game.

The Burnley forwards began to pick and drive strongly, linking well, and it came as no suprise when captain Paul Mallaband passed to Ash Rothwell, who cut inside and scored.

Burnley were back in the game, with only a couple of minutes to half-time.

Unfortunately they showed their inexperience, conceding a penalty.

Shortly after, on their own line, they had a scrum and began pushing the home team, and with advantage called to Burnley, they thought they had a penalty, or at least another scrum.

But as the ball spilled loose, Garstang were first on it and scored to make it 16-5.

In the second half, Burnley got on the board first with a penalty through Ash Robinson.

Ed Evans, 18, came on for his first match at this level and had a bright debut, but Burnley struggled to break the home defence, and as they pushed for another score, the home scrum half broke away to stretch their lead and seal the game 21-8 .

Tomorrow the first and thirds host Littleborough & Eccles , and the seconds travel to Southport all 2-15 p.m. kick-offs.

On Sunday all the juniors except the Under 13/15s are at Glossop (10-30 a.m.).