Superb effort falls just short

Rugby ball on a grass on a background of legs of players
Rugby ball on a grass on a background of legs of players

Burnley entertained potential champions Trafford at Holden Road in a fantastic match last Saturday.

The blue and golds tore into their visitors right from the kick-off, showing a physicality which has recently been lacking.

Burnley tackled anything that moved, and refused to let Trafford get a foothold in the game, despite struggling in the scrums.

The ample ball allowed half backs Adam Spencer and Simon Finnan to mix the game up well, keeping their opponents on the back foot.

One great break, then a beautifully weighted pass from Finnan, put Robert Quinn into space, who then finished it off, only for the pass to be adjudged marginally forward.

Shortly after Burnley suffered a blow, losing Mark Hanson to a serious injury.

Richard Murray came on and made an immediate impact, and his tackle in midfield led to quick turnover ball.

Danny Campbell received the ball and made a great break before feeding Tom Ives, who ran in from 20 yards to finish under the post, Rick Griffiths adding the conversion.

The visitors then launched wave after wave of attack, but Burnleys defence was magnificent, only to be breached with a penalty just before the half.

Burnley surprisingly used all their subs at the half, and this was to have a big impact on the match.

Soon after, Alex Menderos left the field injured and Burnley were down to 14 men.

The first half defence had tired Burnley, and the visitors slowly got good field position from fly half Armstrong, eventually getting a penalty.

With 20 minutes to go, Burnley’s whitewash was finally breached, and they fell behind.

Trafford then utilised their numerical advantage well, exploiting the extra space to run in two more tries.

Burnley finally lost 25-7 in what had been an excellent match .

The seconds lost 18-3 at an improving Bury, and tomorrow have a top of table clash against Broughton Park.

The thirds lost 22-0 to an experienced Garstang side in another excellent game.