Burnley seconds lose out at unbeaten leaders after long trip

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Burnley RUFC seconds went down to unbeaten league leaders Penrith 22-10 on Saturday.

Ali Murjot and Lee Mason were the locals’ scorers in an impressive performance.

Mark Hanson, Dom Murphy and Austin Ralph all made good contributions.

Burnley thirds travelled for possibly their furthest-ever trip to face Upper Eden in Kirby Stephen.

The torrential rain and strong winds, allied to a muddy pitch, meant the hardy souls who ventured north probably regretted it!

The home side took the lead with a well-struck penalty against a strong wind.

The game was a procession of knock ons with the resulting scrums as both teams battled for supremacy.

Burnley burrowed over after great drives by Charlie Gregory and ball retention, with Will Yip getting the final touch for a fragile 5-3 half-time lead.

Despite playing into a howling gale, Burnley were fantastic in the opening minutes as they raised their game.

Jackson Linford went over and skipper Mike Smith added a brilliant conversion.

The home side responded with a well-executed try and conversion, to put Burnley up against it, but a good rearguard action saw the locals run down the clock to win. Dec Hutchinson and Charlie Gregory were excellent.

Tomorrow the firsts and thirds are home to Tarleton and Bury, and the seconds are at Bury, all 2-15 p.m. kick-offs.

On Sunday, the Under 7 to 12s are at Littleborough, and the Under 13s and 15s training.