Battling Burnley RUFC unable to capitalise on promising start

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Burnley conceded tries at the end of each half as they lost out to third placed Trafford in a competitive encounter.

Burnley started the liveliest winning good ball from their solid scrum with Richard Murray feeding Simon Finnan who crossed for his fourth try of the campaign.

Unfortunately they could not build on their early momentum, letting Trafford out of the own 22 by conceding to many penalties; the home side going on to score two tries of their own before the end of the half.

Burnley were playing into the wind after the break and took the game to the home team with good carries from the Angelone brothers Luca and Nino, James Henderson, Sean Ward and the outside backs Tom Ives, Joe Till and gull back Ollie Lord.

The home defence held firm though and Burnley could not get over the try-line for a second time, eventually losing 21-5.

The seconds had a good 21-10 win over Lymm to keep them in touch with the top half of the table.

Tries came from Paul Mullaband, Ryan Bradley , Cameron Croasdale and Billy Lancaster with one Dom Leck conversion.

The thirds had an excellent 17-10 away at Blackpool which took them to the top of their league.

Burnley’s scorers were Jack Stockdale, Laurie Smith and Charlie Hill. Joe Parkinson added one conversion. There were excellent performances from Craig Hardy, Mark Bertenshaw and Andrew Emmott.

The Under 11s drew 7-7 at a highly rated Orrell. Burnleys’ score was from a Harry Nicholls try which skipper Morgan Williams converted. Toby Cole put on a great defensive display along with Bram Richmond, Tom Madran , Charly Haynes and Williams. Toby Cole got man of the match.