Burnley and Pendle 24 Clock Face Miners A 25 BURNLEY and Pendle produced a sensational performance against Clock Face Miners A – but the Lancashire men lost their unbeaten record as the visitors produced a late, late show at the Prairie.
The fixture was Burnley's toughest assignment so far this term and against a far more experienced team, but to lose by a single point folllowing a stirring fightback underlines the progress made by the Burnley and Pendle squad this term.
That experience was evident early on as the visitors raced into a 12-0 lead inside the first ten minutes as they launched a sustained attack on the home team's right side defence.
But, despite that early setback, Burnley and Pendle fought their way back into the game and Sam Walker continue his try scoring run with a superb score with Marcus Farnworth converting.
And they were soon level when neat footwork by loose forward Danny Rowland saw him breach the defence deep in his own half.
He outpaced the covering defence to score under the posts with Marcus Farnworth making it 12-12.
From the restart, the Red and Blacks shocked the visitors by scoring direct from the kick off as they went ahead for the first time in the game.
Another break by Danny Rowland split the defence, and offloading to the supporting Sam Walker, he landed his second try. Again, the score was successfully converted as Burnley and Pendle forged into a 18-12 lead.
Although Clock Face loose forward Ron Hamon continued to cause all sort of problems with his off loads, defensive pressure caused the Miners to spill the ball on one of their forays into the home side's red zone.
From the scrum, Richard Murray burst through the tackle and sprinted seventy metres.
As the covering defence closed in on him, he found another gear and pulled away to score.
The try was once again converted to stretch the lead to 24-12.
As half time approached, once again the Burnley and Pendle tryline was put under great pressure by the big Miners forwards as the visitors attempted to claw their way back into the fixture.
As the home team drove the ball away from their own tryline, a fumbled ball was pounced on and the visitors crashed over to close the gap to 24-18 at the break.
The half-time intervalseemed to galvanise the visitors as they started the second half strongly.
As they continued to attempt offloads in the tackle, Burnley and Pendle were penalised for ball stripping.
From the penalty, Miners launched a lightning attack with Martin Hutton turning the ball back inside to his attacker, beating the wrongfooted defence to score under theposts to tie the score again at 24-24.
With time ticking away,it looked like the fixture would end as a draw, but Clock Face claimed the honours in the final seconds to deny Burnley and Pendle a share of the spoils.
A knock on in their own twenty resulted in a scrum. Once again danger man Hutton was on hand, this time calmly slotting the ball over the bar as Clock Face Miners edged a thrilling contest.
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