BURNLEY produced their best performance of the season in a convincing and committed display when it really mattered to leapfrog Lancashire rivals Bolton.
In a wonderful attacking display at Holden Road last Saturday, enjoyed by a host of former favourite players who enjoyed the modern vintage on offer, Burnley didn’t start well.
They conceded a couple of silly penalties, but good lineout ball from a revitalised Matt Calvert provided a launch pad for one of many attacks. Simon Finnan’s run was just stopped, Bolton infringed and Dom Leck kicked the penalty.
Then from a scrum, Richard Murray picked up and fed the impressive Ben Healey, who scored, and Leck added the kick.
When a confident Burnley infringed, Bolton opted to kick for the corners and try and bulldoze their way over, but Burnley’s defence proved up to the task.
More pressure from Burnley allowed Leck to kick two goals, and a great pick up and drive by Stockdale fed the returning Theo Coleman in support, who ran in from 20 metres. Leck added the kick.
Burnley looked like they were going to run riot but silly penalties surrendered possession, before, on half-time Leck added another penalty to make it 23-0.
Bolton hit back in the second half with wave after wave of attack, getting a deserved score.
This stung Burnley, and with good ball, Finnan fed Matt Crowley, who sprinted in from the wing.
This was repeated very soon after as Crowley scored again, and Leck added the conversion.
More Burnley pressure resulted in Finnan feeding supporting captain Angelone, who ran in for a try. Leck added the kick.
Late in the game, Leck fed Crowley, who kicked ahead, Adam Healey chased and was unlucky not to ground the ball as he showed his pace.
From the scrum, a great drive resulted in Luca Angelone driving over for a final score of 47-5.
The seconds had a great 44-14 win at Fleetwood with tries from Danny Marshall, Matt Marquis, Ryan Bradley, Aaron, and braces from Tom Cooley, and man of the match Steve Harrison.
Skipper Gus Ferguson added two difficult conversions.
The thirds went down 8-7 at home to Clitheroe. Matthew Lord scored a try and Jack Marshall converted. James Wilde was man of the match.
Burnley thirds travel to Bolton tomorrow, the twos go to Keswick on Monday both 3 p.m. kick-offs
There is no junior training.