Burnley RUFC’s hat-trick of wins

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BURNLEY produced an excellent all-round performance as they beat Garstang on Saturday.

Garstang started the better as they capitalised on some sloppy defence to score a converted try, but that was as good as it got for the home side.

Burnley responded swiftly, and a well-worked move saw prop Luca Angelone go over. The try saw a shift in momentum and Burnley began to take control of the game.

They dominated the scrum, and on one occasion won the ball against the feed. The resultant turn-over saw Matt Higson charge down the blind-side, and Burnley recycle the ball quickly to allow Ryan Bradley to offload to wing Tom Ives to score. Matt Crowley converted to give Burnley a 12-7 half-time lead.

The second half was much of the same from Burnley as they began to exert serious pressure. The team rucked and tackled well, enabling the back three of Joe Till, Brian Kelly and Crowley to stretch the defence to great effect.

A quick penalty by fly half Simon Finnan allowed the other Angelone prop, Nino to power over.

Finnan began to exert his influence on the game and a chip through saw Till win a race to score. The returning Steve Kent added the extras.

Winger Crowley then scored a quick double, his first was the result of a slick backs move which allowed him to round his man and score under the posts. From the restart the Burnley forwards gathered the ball and allowed Finnan to release Crowley again for his second try.

Burnley didn’t ease off as they saved the best try for last. Ives linked well with Crowley to create space for full back Kelly, who danced down the touchline to score. The conversion gave Burnley an impressive 43-7 victory.

Burnley’s seconds also won, running out 30-12 victors over Wigan. A powerful forwards display laid the foundations as they dominated the set piece. An early try by Lloyd Whittaker was followed by scores from Christian Allanson, Danny Foster, Matt Maquis and Rob O’Brien. Skipper Gus Ferguson added a penalty and conversion.

The thirds beat Carnforth 33-0. New player Ben Newham and Colts Jackson Inford (2) and Steve Harrison (2) scored as they eased to victory. Joe Parkinson added four conversions.

Today the firsts travel to Liverpool, with the coach leaving at 11-30 a.m., all support welcome. The seconds are at Eccles. On Sunday the tags/Under 7s/8s/12s face Old Crossleyans, the Under 16s take on Blackburn at 11 a.m. and the Under 10s are training, while the senior colts host Didsbury at 2 p.m.