Burnley went down in rousing fashion in a highly entertaining match at home to Tarleton last Saturday.
The forwards played with an intensity not seen all season, as Burnley dominated from the off, winning several penalties as the pressure told as Jack Stockdale, at his rampaging best grabbed an early try.
As the visitors settled they finally got some ball, scoring a penalty then a converted try from their excellent back division.
Burnley continued to harry and scrap for every ball and Adam Spencer crashed over on the half, converted by Alex Menderos.
The visitors upped the pace of the game and scored a well-worked try shortly followed by another which was converted. The locals refused to give up, Ben Healey tackling like a demon, and from good scrum ball Simon Finnan spun out of several tackles to score.
Again Burnley eased off and Tarleton punished the locals when turnover ball was quickly moved wide. Ill discipline led to Burnley losing a player to the sin bin, and Tarleton used the extra space well to score. Burnley rediscovered their intensity, and great work from the forwards led to Laurie Smith powering over, shortly followed by skipper Nino Angelone with a trademark bullocking run.
With the blue and golds pushing for a losing bonus point, Tarleton again showed what good finishers they are to score a converted try to win 43-27.
The seconds were edged out in an excellent match at Vale of Lune. Ryan Bradley and Richard Murray scored tries and skipper Gus Ferguson added two conversions. Man of the match was Matt Higson.
The Under 17s just fell short at Glossop. Glossop took an early lead, but Burnley’s forward power shone through with skipper Dec Hutchinson powering over. Joe Ellison put in some typical strong runs as did the quick feet of Kyle Snaith. The home team scored again on the stroke of half-time and again in the second half as Burnley’s turnovers and line defence left them vulnerable. Chris Pickles on his birthday hit back as the game finished 17-10.
The Under 11s held their own for much of the first half, though a couple of mistakes led to the visitors scoring three tries. The second half was much better as only a late try added to Rossendale’s tally in a 21-0 defeat. This was a rare loss for the youngsters against a strong, well-drilled opponent.
Tomorrow, the first team travel to Trafford, the seconds host Blackpool and the thirds are at Preston Grasshoppers, all 3 p.m. kick-offs.
On Sunday, the tags Under 9s, 11s, 12s and 15s play Clitheroe and Blackburn. The junior and senior Colts are training.