Young Burnley side impress in final pre-season warm-up

Action from last weekend
Action from last weekend

Burnley concluded their preparations for the 2014/15 season with a friendly against national league Wharfedale`s development side.

Burnley opted for an experimental lineup in their final friendly, going down 40-15.

The locals had four 17-year-olds, Dom Murphy, Ed Evans, Jack Donovan and Richard Birchall, running out, who all made a good impression, as well as both wings Sam Mounsey and Joe Haley, who made some strong runs.

The returning Ashley Robinson also made some telling contributions.

Ash Robinson at scrum half is making darting runs, and it good to see him back competing in Burnley’s first team again.

The club were watched by next year’s British Lions manager John Spencer, who complimented the Holden Road-based club on the number of young players in their side, and is already talking of arranging another fixture against the locals’ promising youngsters next year.

The seconds left it late in a very rusty performance to beat Tarleton 13-12.

Burnley trailed to an early try after they were caught flat footed, but responded well as Tom Cooley and Ryan Bradley linked up well to put Thabo Ntini into space.

The visitors regained the lead with a converted try after a good handling move

It was only in the last quarter that Burnley finally got into their rhythm.

Some strong forward surges drew the visiting defence, and when the ball went wide, Wez Hughes scampered over.

Burnley were now in the ascendancy as they sought the winning score.

Ryan Bradley burst through but was pulled back for an earlier forward pass.

Then Burnley were awarded a penalty, but the distance proved too far for Gus Ferguson.

He made no mistake a minute later to snatch a very late victory.

The thirds had a difficult day in their first game at a higher level, going down 63-9.

Tomorrow the firsts and seconds are at Didsbury and Sedgley Park, while the thirds host Vale of Lune, all 3 p.m. kick-offs.

On Sunday, junior registration continues at 10 a.m., the Under 13s and 15s play Preston, with the other sides, including Burnley’s girls, in training.

The Colts travel to Burnage for a 2 p.m. kick-off.