Farrier try helps Burnley edge past fallen giants Orrell

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Burnley tackled former rugby giants Orrell at a rain-soaked Holden Road last Saturday in a close and scrappy encounter.

The home side took the lead through a Joe Parkinson penalty, with the visitors responding in kind.

Torrential rain and a soft pitch meant mistakes were common, and the game was largely a midfield arm wrestle, with both sides struggling to break each other’s defences, leaving the halftime score 3-3.

Burnley started the second half well, and after good pressure, won another penalty which Parkinson converted. Orrell, not to be outdone, hit back again with another penalty

A clever kick into space caused hesitation in the visiting defence, and Lee Farrier took advantage, kicking on before regathering and scoring the game’s only try.

The conversion was unsuccessful.

The visitors then enjoyed their best spell, scoring another penalty.

Burnley then upped their game, with replacements Jack Stockdale, Ali Murjot and the returning Adam Spencer making good contributions.

They won a succession of penalties, with Parkinson adding one more kick to edge a Burnley win, 14-9.

The win takes Burnley up to fourth in the table.

Burnley ladies went down 20-5 in Lancaster against Vale of Lune – a great performance in only their third-ever match.

On Saturday they travel to Pendle for the first-ever encounter between the sides.

The seconds are home to Rochdale, and the thirds are at Bolton, all with 2-15 p.m. kick-offs.

On Sunday, the Under 7/8 and 11s are at Tarleton, and the Under 9/10/12/13 and15s are training.