Scoreline flatters league leaders Littleborough

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BURNLEY went down to runaway league leaders Littleborough last Saturday.

But the scoreboard hides a much-improved display.

Burnley enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges with a couple of runs from Mark Hanson, and were unlucky to go behind to a short range effort which was converted.

Burnley’s forwards had the edge in the set piece but were struggling in the loose.

Good pressure from the visitors led to two quick tries and Burnley lost hooker Danny Marshall and prop Phil Thornton to injury as they went in 19-0 down.

Two excellent tries meant the game was over early in the second half but Burnley dominated the last 30 minutes.

Excellent defence from Littleborough repelled waves of attacks and Adam Spencer, Simon Finnan and Ben Healy were all unlucky not to score as they lost 31-0.

The seconds beat Kirkby Lonsdale 45-0 in an excellent performance. Man of the match Matt Maquis got two tries, and Dario Leone, John Fenney, Ryan Bradley, Matt Higson and Gus Ferguson also went over, while skipper Ferguson added five conversions.

The thirds went down 22-3 at leaders Chorley in a spirited display, led by Lee Sheppard. Steve Harrison got a penalty for Burnley to trail 5-3 at the half. Injuries led to promising debuts for newcomers Jack Marshal and Dave Lord. Man of the match was Scott Cryer.

The Under 11s won 35-19 at Bolton. In a tight first half Eduard Handford got the first score, converted by Sam Wold who made all his kicks. Jake Johnson added a second, and Anya Richmond grabbed Burnley’s third early in the second half, injuring herself in the process. Bolton hit back, but further tries from Chris sealed a good win. Handford and Wold were men of the match.

Tomorrow the first and seconds are at home to Garstang and Blackpool (2-15 p.m.), the thirds are at Thornton Cleveleys.

On Sunday the Under 19s away at Duckinfield and all other are junior teams are training.