Burnley 53

Ashton under Lyne 3

BURNLEY coach Simon Finnan says the mood in the camp is positive after they stretched their winning run to five league and cup games, but insists they will not get carried away.

The Holden Road club ran in nine tries - including a hat-trick from James Redford - to climb to fifth place in Lancashire County RU League ADM First Division.

The Blue and Yellows winning run includes a league and cup double over current leaders Manchester Medics to raise expectations at the club - but Finnan remains cautious especially as they face the top three teams in their next three matches.

“We have now gone a month without losing and had three weekends when First and Seconds both won, so as you can imagine the mood in camp is much healthy,” said Finnan.

“But even though we are winning, complacency should not set in as the next three league games are against the top three teams, of which two have already beaten us. So the lads will be really determined to keep on winning and become one of the top three sides in the division.”

Finnan says the club have done nothing differently despite halting a losing run that stretched back to last October and the opening four games of this season.

But he said everything clicked in to place in last month’s win at Clitheroe and now believes his team could challenge for the top spots.

“The playing style has not changed but things just seemed to click away at Clitheroe and then in the cup against top of the table Manchester Medics,” he added.

“We are now looking forward not back. Our goal has to be the top three but we will have a clearer picture come Christmas time as to whether or not we should go into the second half of the season aiming for a top two slot and promotion.”