Away defeat for Burnley’s rugby team

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BURNLEY travelled to Merseyside last Saturday for their first away fixture at St Edward’s Old Boys, and returned with a sense of what might have been.

An evenly-contested first half saw Burnley’s Tom Ives score a good try after great interchange of play between forwards and backs.

Dom Leck added a penalty after further Burnley pressure to level the scores at 8-8 at the half.

Burnley started well in the second half and should have scored on several occasions after good build up work. Sadly Burnley’s passing was not precise enough and an alert home team seized on some sloppy offloads to score a couple of breakaway tries.

Late on the locals conceded a penalty and the home number eight powered over the line as Burnley were still organising.

Burnley hit back through Billy Ingham but the home side had the last say to win 32-13.

The seconds had a hard-fought win over a determined Bolton who pushed them all the way. John Lancaster got two tries, Collinge added the third. Skipper Gus Ferguson added two conversions.

Man of the match was Dave Lord.

The thirds had a resounding 57-7 win at Chorley with a hat-trick of tries from Andy D, a Laurie Smith brace, John Fenney, Phil Greenwood and six conversions from Steve Harrison.

The Under 19s lost 34-19 at Glossop. Jack Fisk was man of the match.

Burnley’s scorers were a brace by Wes Hughes, James Wilde, and two conversions from Holden.

The Under 17s went down to a very good Littleborough.

Tomorrow, Burnley firsts and thirds are at home to Oldham and Colne and Nelson, the seconds are at Chorley, all 3 p.m. kick-offs.

On Sunday the Under 17s travel to Oswestry, and the Under 19s are home to Oldershaw, meet 12-45 p.m.

Junior training is from 10 a.m. to noon for six-year-olds and upwards at the club on Holden Road.