Burnley climb to fifth with victory

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BURNLEY had a great weekend as all three senior sides recorded victories.

Burnley firsts secured a bonus point away win in a polished performance at North Manchester last Saturday, rising to fifth in the league.

The locals initially struggled against a determined home team and the referee’s interpretation of the game.

The home side scored two early penalties to take the lead, but Burnley regrouped and began to make inroads through strong runs by Ryan Bradley and skipper Nino Angelone, which led to Ben Healy powering over for a try, converted by Hugo Lever.

With Burnley now well on top, a strong scrum led to Steve Kent diving over for a try. Lever again added the conversion to make it 12-6 at half-time.

Burnley continued their dominance in the second half.

Luca Angelone and Simon Finnan scored tries, then substitute Matt Crowley scored two splendid tries after the forwards and backs had linked well as Burnley won 38-6.

Lever added two more conversions.

Matt Calvert and Tom Ives made strong contributions.

Burnley seconds continued their unbeaten start to the season but left it very late.

A Gus Ferguson penalty edged them home 25-24 with two minutes to go against Aspull.

Burnley started brightly with James White making a fine debut at scrum half. The blue and golds looked like they were going to swamp the visitors as two Billy Lancaster tries and a Ferguson conversion helped the locals to a 12-5 half-time lead.

The visitors fought back well, but a try from Adam Lee, a conversion and two Ferguson penalties steered Burnley home.

Lancaster was man of the match.

The thirds won 48-10. The first half was very close Skipper Jason Bell, Eddie Blake and Ashley Hancock scored tries, and Hancock added a conversion.

In the second half the locals pulled away as fly half Chris Wall found gaps. Danny Foster scored the try of the match and there were further scores from Charlie Hill, Rob Murra, and two from returning Joe Astin. Hancock added three more conversions to cap an excellent day.

A depleted Under 16s went down away to a very strong Keighley side 40-0. Despite Burnley’s good defence, the home side eventually broke through. A disappointing loss, but a good workout before this week’s big cup match.

Tomorrow the first and second teams are home to Mossley Hill and Wigan, and the thirds are at Tyldesley, all 3 p.m. kick-offs, with all support welcome.

Today the tags are training, the Under 10s travel to the Littleborough Festival, the Under 12s and 13s are training, the Under 16s in the cup at home to Clitheroe, (11 a.m.), the Under 17s host Marple (12-30 p.m.), and the Under 19s are at Colne (2 p.m.).