Sluggish start proves costly as Burnley slip to a heavy defeat

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BURNLEY had their customary sluggish start as they lost 58-13 to a fired up Oldham.

They went behind early on to a well-executed back move which was to be typical of the afternoon.

Burnley hit back with good driving play from their forwards, which led to backrow Steve Kent getting a try, converted by full back Dom Leck.

More good pressure led to a succession of penalties, two of which Leck converted.

However whenever Oldham gained possession they always threatened through their incisive backs.

Losing talisman centre Billy Ingham disrupted Burnley’s fragile back line but Burnley held a 13-7 lead at the half.

The second half was one-way traffic as Oldham gained a supply of ball which allowed their backs to run away with the game.

The firsts travel to North Manchester tomorrow, while there are home games for the seconds and thirds, kick-off 2-15 p.m. against Furness and Colne.

The seconds made the long journey to Millom, playing in appalling conditions, and were caught out by an early try which proved to be crucial. Despite dominating the majority of the match, they just couldn’t get over the line. Krigi was man of the match, but playing so far from home against a side who were unbeaten should soften the blow.

The thirds went down to rivals Blackburn in a spirited match. Eamonn Walsh got a try in a match played in excellent spirit.

This Sunday sees the minis training, the Under 12s at Blackburn, the Under 15s at home to Orrell (kick-off 12-30 p.m.), and Under 17s at Oswestry - coach leaving 9 a.m. sharp. New players are always welcome behind the Oaks Hotel, Reedley.