Pride in defeat for Burnley’s rugby team

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BURNLEY put in a much-improved performance at Bury last Saturday, unlucky to lose 29-24 despite their crippling injury list.

Simon Finnan got Burnley’s opening try , Tom Ives weighed in with a brace and Steve Kent converted two tries and got a penalty.

Billy Ingham had two tries disallowed, but the locals can take great heart from this performance.

Tomorrow, Burnley play Metrovick at home, kick-off 3 p.m., with all support welcome.

The seconds went down to table-topping Southport in a hard-fought game where they conceded far too many penalties and suffered from injuries before losing 20-7.

The thirds lost to league leaders Thornton Cleveleys.

Eddie Blake and Chris Daggers were oustanding, and Ian Byrne snatched a try after some quick thinking by Dean Edwards.

In the end the visitors found too much room as injuries depleted the home team in a final score of 38-7.

The Under 17s travelled to St Helens.

The hosts led 12-0 at the half despite strong contributions from Joe Ellison and William Euxton.

In the second half Burnley used all their substitutes, but the home side got a couple of quick scores, before the locals ended on a high with a great try from Kyle Snaith, as they lost 27-5.

Meanwhile, former Clarets winger Paul Atkinson has become Burnley RUFC’s latest fan.

Secretary Steve Jackson received a request from Ben Hembry of Bromsgrove Rugby Club, mentioning an Under 7s coach - Atkinson - who takes pride in mentioning Burnley in every conversation.

Still a season ticket holder at Turf Moor, the former Oldham man moved to the Midlands in 2001, where he lives with wife Clare and two sons.

He became involved in rugby after his sister in law suggested he should bring his eldest son to Bromsgrove, and has since become a junior coach.

A Burnley shirt was despatched, and Atkinson is pictured proudly showing it off!