Burnley Juniors beat the weather

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BURNLEY’S senior programme was decimated by the weather last weekend - however, the juniors were more lucky.

On Sunday morning the Under 12s travelled to Kirkby Lonsdale, who hosted a triangular round of matches that also included a game against Carlisle. The first match between Kirkby and Carlisle, won by the hosts in near-perfect rugby conditions. But as Burnley took the field to play Carlisle, the heavens opened.

The freezing rain did not put off Burnley, who started the better team. An early penetrating run by John Mattox was supported by Anya Richmond, who laid the ball off to Mason Heys, who burst over the line to score.

Burnley, whose pack was by now dominant, took the game to Carlisle, and before half-time Edward Handford scored two further unanswered tries, one of which was converted by Sam Wold to make it 17-0.

Burnley started the stronger in the second half, scoring three further tries. First Sam Butterworth scored following a fine solo run from halfway, then came a try scored by Wold after a flowing move. Finally Handford rounded off his hat-trick when he returned the kick-off. All three second half tries were converted, two by Wold and one by Butterworth.

Carlisle scored two converted tries of their own to make the final score 38-14.

Player of the match was awarded to the only girl on the team, Richmond, for her stand out performance in the second row.

The second game saw Burnley face Kirkby Lonsdale to decide the winners.

Burnley immediately picked up where they left off against a more physical Kirkby Lonsdale, with an early try from full back Harry Smale. It was nip and tuck for the rest of the half, though Kirkby responded with a try of their own before half-time.

Burnley regained their composure in the early exchanges of the second half, scoring three tries in quick succession. Two from Handford and a second try from Smale made the game safe. All four Burnley tries were converted, Wold and Butterworth scoring two apiece.

Kirkby did manage one further converted score, but Burnley again emerged victorious winning 28-14, with Handford taking the man of the match award.

Tomorrow the firsts play Bolton, the seconds travel to Garstang in the cup, and the thirds host Blackpool - kick-off 2-15 p.m.

On Sunday the Under 16s host Fleetwood, the tags Under 10/12s are at Blackburn, and the Under 19s at home to Ashton on Mersey.