Burnley seconds clinch promotion after crushing Vale of Lune

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Burnley travelled to Bolton for their last game off the season with little to play for, but for the home side, a win would secure second place and a play-off for promotion.

The difference was apparent from the start as Burnley put in their poorest performance of the season.

Bolton came out flying, and, in a compete change from how they usually play, began spreading the ball around.

Having possibly the best centre in the league, they ran Burnley hard and scored numerous tries, going in at half time 56-0 up.

Only Burnley number seven Mark Hanson looking like he was interested in playing.

A half time re-group and some strong positive words form centre Ryan Bradley, revitalised the side, and the last 40 minutes of the season saw Burnley salvage a little pride, winning the half 17-5 with tries from Brian Kelly - playing his last game as he moves up to Scotland - Tom Ives and Bradley.

Burnley seconds (pictured) had a much better afternoon, securing promotion with a 77-7 demolition of Vale of Lune.

Tries came thick and fast with two apiece for Matt Maquis, Adam Spencer, Mark Jackson, and Wes Hall, with one each from Danny Foster, Eddie Blake, J.P. Walton, Phil Thornton and Mark Spencer. Adam Spencer added six conversions.

The thirds finished their season beating Tyldesley 17-10. Andrew Daggers, Dec Hutchinson and Joe Parkinson scored Burnley’s tries.