Plenty of positives to take in Burnley RUFC defeat

Young star Austin Ralph making a tackle
Young star Austin Ralph making a tackle
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Burnley, with a couple of blank Saturdays, arranged a friendly against Skipton from the Yorkshire League.

The Holden Road side opted to field an experimental line-up, with just four regulars in the starting XV.

It gave coach Simon Finnan a chance to look at some youngsters and try some new combinations.

The visitors raced into a an early lead before tries from Josh Brown and Niño Angelone reduced the deficit.

As the youngsters tired, the high-flying visitors stretched away, eventually winning 38-12.

Burnley can take plenty of positives as the scratch side competed well for most of the game, dominating the set pieces.

Tomorrow the second XV host Leigh, and the thirds are at Leigh, both at 3 p.m.

On Sunday, the Under 7/8/9/10s are at Orrell and all other juniors are training

Next Saturday sees a former players/supporters lunch, details from