BURNLEY’S fine recent form came to an end as they lost 28-24 at travelled to Manor Park, Oldham.
The locals started well, using their superiority upfront to engineer two tries through second row Matt Calvert and back rower Richard Murray.
Oldham hit back quickly with good counter attacking, as Burnley’s superior scrummaging fell foul of the referee on several occasions.
A Dom Leck try and conversion reduced the deficit before Oldham got ahead 28-17.
Despite this, skipper Nino and Luca Angelone tormented their opposite numbers, and the Healey brothers Ben and Adam did the hard work when it was required.
Oldham’s fast counterattacking always stretched Burnley’s defence, the the locals finished the stronger as Matt Crowley grabbed another try - his ninth in five games - which Leck converted to put the game in reach, though sadly the clock was against them.
Burnley’s efforts were not totally unrewarded, with two bonus points for scoring four tries and losing by less than seven to virtually ensure Burnley’s survival after being bottom only five weeks ago.
The seconds overwhelmed Cumbrians Millom 111-15 and are chasing third place. Tries came from Paulo Angelone, Sam Atkins, Jim McDonnell, Matt Higson, braces from Danny, Ryan Bradley, Gavin Little, six from Joe Till and one from skipper Gus Ferguson who added a club record 13 conversions!
The thirds youthful enthusiasm was undone by an experienced Blackburn side, who won 22-0.
Tomorrow sees a dinner with a comedian at the club, with details from 424337.