Allanson try enough as Burnley edge a tense encounter at Oldham

Burnley ran out 5-3 winners
Burnley ran out 5-3 winners

Burnley came away with a very good 5-3 win on Saturday after subduing a determined Oldham side.

An extremely heavy pitch resulted in a very low-scoring match, but the intensity of the play was fierce.

Oldham’s back three looked sharp, but Burnley’s committed cover defence managed to absorb their early attacks.

Good scrummaging from Luca and Nino Angelone, and James McDonald, made light of all three props they came up against.

Oldham took the lead through a penalty after a strong tackle by Richard Murray was judged illegal.

Burnley resonded with powerful runs by Chris Baxendale, and Ben and Adam Healy. After numerous scrums on the home try line, number 8 Christian Allanson picked up and powered over to give Burnley a slender lead.

The second half was a similar story, with few opportunities for either side.

Burnley lost a player to the sin bin, but, for 10 minutes, held out with 14 men despite Oldham throwing everything at the locals’ defence.

A final mention must go to the 10 minutes of the game when third team skipper Jason Bell came onto the field, and for the first time in living memory all three Burnley captains were playing alongside each other in the first team.

The seconds went down 11-9 in a tense struggle at home to high-flying Sale. Burnley took the lead through a Steve Harrison penalty, but Sale hit back with a try before Harrison added another penalty.

Shortly before the half Burnley extended their lead.

Early in the second half Sale reduced the arrears to one point, and a desperate Burnley rearguard was only broken late in the game when an infringement allowed Sale to grab the lead and edge out the game. Paul Mullaband was man of the match.

The Under 13s had a good win over a never-say-die Clitheroe side. Burnleys scorers were Harry Smales, Chris Knowles, aWilliam Berry brace and a hat-trick from man of the match Jon Mattocks. Alex Minozzi and Sam Wold added a conversion each.

Today, the Under 7/8/9s are at Preston, the Under 11s are training, while the Under 13/14s and Under 17s are at home to Fylde and Trafford.

Anya Richmond, Hannah Worthington and Emma Wall have been selected to represent Lancashire Under 15s against Yorkshire in Halifax.

Polly Bell was also selected but is injured.