Burnley made it three wins on the spin as they beat Thornton at home on Saturday.
Thornton took an early lead through the boot of their fly half after an infringement, but Burnley responded well with two Gus Ferguson penalties after good pressure.
Thornton were soon back into the game, making solid carries into the Burnley half and hitting rucks at pace. They eventually scored a try after a mistake, converting it to lead 10-3.
Good running from centre Tom Ives, supported by Ash Rothwell, gained territory, but Burnley struggled to break down the visiting defence and trailed 13-3 at half-time.
Burnley regrouped and came out the stronger, leading to a great team try, with carries and offloads by Sean Ward, Jack Donovan and Elliott Gaughan, then good handling by the backs as Ives took a great angle and scored, converted by Ferguson.
Burnley’s pack began to maul strongly and this paid dividends when Simon Finnan benefited from the forwards’ dominance and scored, converted by Ferguson which put the locals ahead.
From an uncontested scrum, cleaner possession meant Luca Angleone could feed Finnan, who beat his man and scored in the corner as Burnley led 22-13 with 10 minutes to go.
Burnley then produced their best defence of the season, pushing Thornton back as they chased the game.
Unfortunately they lost a man to the bin, and from a uncontested scrum the Thornton eight picked and scored to earn a bonus point loss, 22-18.
This week the firsts and seconds are at Trafford and Rochdale, and the thirds home to Clitheroe.
For the first time in many years the club are putting out a fourth team against Thornton at home, for those who just want to try the game or want a social runout. Contact Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org. All games are 2-15 p.m. kick-offs.
On Sunday the juniors host Glossop, the Under 13s are training ,while the Under 15s are at Widnes. The Colts are home to Kendal at 2 p.m.