Burnley and Pendle 60 Garswood Stags 0
BURNLEY and Pendle produced a festival of tries, clocking up 60 points without reply against a team from the heartlands of rugby league country.
Burnley are the form team in the North West Men’s League right now and their eleven try demolition saw them climb into second spot in the table and deliver another powerful message to their title challengers.
Burnley and Pendle had points on the board early on, with their first attack seeing Richard Murray going over in the corner after some great work by Shaye McCullough.
The dangerous Murray went over for a second try under the posts soon after.
It was all one-way traffic after that as Burnley and Pendle piled on the points to pile up a 26 points advantage inside the first 20 minutes.
Ryan Mirfieldthen scored the try of the game, showing clever footwork to fool the defence, and then sprinted 20 metres to score under the posts.
By now, the visitors were struggling to deal with the relentless home pressure and the next try was not long in coming as the home side showed that they could also score from deep.
Garswood were at sixes and sevens, and Burnley and Pendle were quick in transition from defence to attack as they continued to threaten the visitors back line.
A break in his own twenty by McCullough saw the supporting Mirfield collect, and his unselfish pass set up scrum half Matty Crowley to post another try as Burnley and Pendle enjoyed their half-time break 38 points ahead.
Burnley and Pendle continued to dominate with further tries from wingers Danny Mayers and Sonny Bill Waddington. Mirfield and Crowley crossed over again for further tries, posting one of their finest wins of the campaign.
"We've a great blend of youth and experience in the side, and that augers well for the future for our club," said Burnley and Pendle spokesman Bob Lennard.
Burnley and Pendle look likely to face a sterner challenge on Saturday (June 28) when they travel to St Helens when they take on Clock Face Miners.
For further information contact Bob Leonard, 07772 600729.