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Burnley 8 Bury 12
5:20pm Thursday 23rd February 2012 in Rugby Union
BURY ran out worthy winners in a tight derby match at Burnley that was played out in bitter conditions.
Despite playing against a strong gale, Bury dominated the first 20 minutes but could not convert position and possession into points.
The home side’s first visit into the Bury half resulted in a 20-metre penalty, which was easily converted.
Burnley then used the wind to camp outside the Bury try line and the pressure eventually told, although the resulting try was not converted.
Stand-off Dan Jones hit back for Bury on 22 minutes, however, crossing for a try in the corner after a darting run from winger Callum Paton put him clear.
The try was excellently converted by full back Blake Roberts.
Bury trailed by one point at the interval, but failed to make the best use of the conditions in the second half.
Apart for a couple of incursions into the Burnley half, Bury’s only scoring opportunity came in the 50th minute when a charge lead by acting captain Nick Smithson was stopped five metres short of the Burnley line.
Bury had lost the services of their regular captain, John Westwood, 10 minutes into the match after he limped off with a hamstring injury.
Burnley pressed against the wind, like Bury in the first half, but failed to turn possesssion into points, which came back to haunt them. Their best opportunities came from missed two penalties.
In the final minute, Bury’s flank forward Chris Potts hoisted a high ball to the defending full back, who panicked and only cleared to the 10-metre line.
From the resulting line out and a ruck, Potts broke cross field to go over in the right corner.
Bury failed to convert the try, but emerged victors as the referee immediately blew for full time.
Bury entertain Howcoat Park on Saturday, kick-off 2.15pm.