Sluggish start costs Burnley

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It really was a game of two halves at Holden Road last Saturday as Burnley entertained Hutton.

The visitors’ large forwards bossed the majority of the first half and only a great Mick McGhee covering tackle stopped an early score.

Simon Finnans return at half back was one chink of light in a poor first half as Burnley made a slugglish start, struggling to put any phases together and make use of their scraps of possession.

A simple pick up at a scrum drew Burnley’s defence and Hutton scored a converted try. A poor kick led to a great run from Hutton’s winger to score another try and give the visitors a 12-0 half-time lead.

Burnley made some changes at half-time with Jack Stockdale and Adam Healey coming on and the impact was immediate as Burnley started to gain good possession , which resulted in Stockdale scoring a try converted by Dom Leck.

From then it was nearly all Burnley as a great scrum allowed Finnan to feed Alex Menderos racing through only to be held up. Burnley threw everything at Hutton but couldn’t get the vital score and redeem their poor first half showing.

The seconds also played in a game of two halves as they raced into a 26-7 lead at Tarleton.

A brace of tries from Matt Maquis and Gus Ferguson ,who converted three kicks gave Burnley a storming start but the home team hit back with 24 unanswered points in the second half.John Fenney was Burnley man-of-the-match in a promising debut.

The thirds went down at Fleetwood 27-5

The Under 17s lost 39-10 at Ashton on Mersey.

Thabo Ntabo, Lloyd Whittaker and David Graham tackled tremendously, Kyle Snaith had a good game at scrum-half and William Euxton shone at inside centre. Burnley made even greater efforts in the second half and their hard work paid off when Lee Ferrier darted over, followed shortly after by Joe Ellison going over..

Anyone interested in playing for the Under 17s or any of Burnley’s teams please ring Simon Finnan on 07988122186.

This Saturday, Burnley travel to Littleboro while the seconds and thirds are home to Kirby Lonsdale and Chorley. Games kick off at 3 p.m.