Burnley RUFC pay for missed chances

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BURNLEY had plenty of chances to take this game but poor execution allied to a raft of injuries proved costly.

Trafford looked sharp early on, opening their account with a penalty and then a try, as Burnley found themselves under early pressure from a succession of penalties from the Leicester exchange referee.

The forwards did then begin to get some ball and made some drives, releasing Bradley on some strong runs. The performance dipped though after injuries to Luca Angelone and Jackson and at half-time it was 8-0 to the home team.

The home side pulled away in the second half with a well worked try before the locals hit back through skipper Angelone and some improvisation from Simon Finnan to snatch a bonus point.

The seconds had a fine win at Blackburn winning 25-7 to take them back to the top of their league.

Burnley took their opportunities well against a determined Blackburn side. Two first half penalties and a converted try from skipper Ferguson paved the way before the home side hit back.

The loss of Matt Maquis could have proved crucial but evergreen Dave Collinge stepped into the breach.Further tries came from Ashley Hancock and man-of-the-match Brian Kelly but in the harsh conditions the whole team deserve credit for their attitude, discipline and team spirit.

Manager Mark Spencer said: “It was a good overall performance from the squad who are becoming a very hard team to beat.”

FINAL SCORE: Trafford 15, Burnley 10

Today the tags Under 10/Under 12s are at Old Crossleyans, the Under 16s at Rochdale and the Under 19s play Colne and Nelson at home. Kick off 2pm.

• Burnley host a mouth-watering local derby on Friday, December 28th, against Blackburn, the Holden Road festivities getting under way at at 7 p.m.

This is a joint RFU, Lancashire Development Centre and local Rugby Club initiative to reconnect players with their local rugby clubs.

The aim of the derby games is to attract players who are returning back to the area from work or study, or players who have stopped playing for whatever reason, and getting them back at their local rugby club.