Burnley seconds are well beaten

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BURNLEY seconds travelled on Easter Monday to second placed Keswick but came away with nothing except a Gus Ferguson penalty in a 40-3 defeat.

The thirds went down 38-0 to a very good Bolton side .

The game was notable for two cameos - Declan Hutchinson, the junior Colts captain, made his senior debut alongside proud father John, and there was a welcome return back for Matt Harbour from his duties in Afghanistan.

The Under 15s travelled to Clitheroe and came away with a hard-fought win.

Going behind early in the half as the home side used their greater weight, Burnley hit back as Elliot Gaughan was driven over the line.

A well-worked try quickly followed, resulting in George Hibbert scoring under the sticks, converted by Jake Foster.

Clitheroe responded quickly, but this roused Burnley and Celyn Lennard used his strength to score, converted by Matthew Ford-Lee.

Silly penalties kept Clitheroe in the game, and they duly scored.

Clitheroe were in the ascendancy, but good defence kept them at bay.

From a long Foster kick, Burnley eventually gained possession, and quick thinking by fly half Foster led to him scoring.

Then it looked like Burnley had sealed the game as Hibbert used his strength and ability to score a fine try, converted by Ford-Lee.

Mistakes put the Burnley youngsters under pressure, however, and Clitheroe took advantage and scored two tries.

But Burnley defended well until the final whistle to run out 31-29 winners.

Tomorrow, Burnley’s first team travel to Oldham, while the seconds and thirds are home to title-chasing Millom and Blackburn. All games kick-off at 3 p.m.

On Sunday, the tags, Under 9s, 11s and 12s travel to Kirkby Lonsdale, while the Under 15s are ato Wharfedale.

In a late addition, the Under 17s are at Bolton on Sunday.