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Mixed success as the Tornados get season up and running
4:20pm Tuesday 24th June 2014 in Sport
BURNLEY Tornados overcame hosts Manchester Titans, producing a five-star show in their first match at the 2014 American Football youth tournament in Salford.
The competition saw Tornados youth squad lock horns with Titans, Chorley Buccaneers and Doncaster Mustangs with mixed results.
However they got off to a winning start against Titans, posting a 37-8 victory.
It was an inexperienced Tornados squad who took to the field against Titans, but captains for the game - Jonny Robertshaw, Ben Dyer and Dominic Ward - met the ref and opposition and won the toss, giving Burnley the ball to start.
Burnley were quickly in their stride too, quarter-back Robertshaw linking up well with Gino Mann and George Wrathall as the Tornados raced into an 18-0 lead at the half.
They quickly built on that advantage too, with Mann scoring thirteen of the nineteen points in the half, and rookie Ellis Crump the other scorer.
Anthony Tither and Ben Dyer sacked the opposition quarter back in each half and at the conclusion of the game the Tornados could boast a fine 37-8 win.
There was another bonus for the Burnley squad, with Tommie Bryan coming on the field for only his second session with the team.
However, Tornados next game of the tournament was an altogether more difficult assignment as they came up against a powerful Chorley Buccaneers side who ran out comfortable 37-0 winners.
In their last game, the Tornados took on a powerful Doncaster Mustangs team.
The Tornados got off to a tricky start with the replacement quarterback throwing a couple of interceptions, but Ben Dyer was able to sack the Mustang quarterback in the endzone as the Mustangs boasted a 12-2 lead at half time.
The Tornados battled on, though, and tried running the ball with George Wrathall and Dom Ward, but the Mustangs were able to stop the play and in turn scoore themselves and win the match 24-2.
The Burnley Tornados youth team return to action at Chester on July 19.
Further info at www.tornadosafc.com
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