Burnley’s poor away form continued on Saturday as they lost 31-0 at Ashton-under-Lyne in a game they never looked like they would win.
However, a try at the end of the first half , and a try with the last play of the game gave the scoreline a more flattering look than Burnley deserved.
Burnley started poorly from the kick-off as no-one wanted to claim the ball.
Ashton won the ball back, took the ball on, and three moves later they scored.
Burnley’s usually reliable scrum was beginning to go back, and it was looking like being a very long afternoon in East Manchester.
Burnley regrouped slightly, and the young forward pack, led by captain Paul Mullaband, with three 17-year-olds, took the game to the home side.
Burnley errors, however, hindered any chance of a comeback, robbing the locals of momentum and putting pressure on the home side.
The centre partnership off Will Farnworth and Chris Strothard showed brief glimpses, and could be lethal with consistent, good quality quick ball.
Saturday was just a sign of potential as the forwards were never at the races.
Tomorrow, Burnley’s firsts and thirds are at home to Birchfield and Aspull, and the seconds are at Oldham (all kick-off 2-15 p.m.).
Congratulations to James Henderson, who represented Lancashire Under 20s last Sunday against Northumberland in Newcastle, andthe six Burnley girls who represented Lancashire against Yorkshire in Halifax last Sunday.
Emma Wall and Polly Bell played for the Under 18s, and Anya Richmond, Willow Bell , Cerys Ellis and Maisie Durkin, who made her Red Rose debut, were also involved.
On Sunday, the Under 7s and Under 9s are at home to Orrell.
The Under 8s, 10s and 11s are training, while the Under 13s are at Warrington, the Under 15s are Ashton-under-Lyne (kick-off 11 a.m.) and the Colts are home to Fleetwood (kick-off 2 p.m.).