Colne and Nelson seconds were pipped at the post on Saturday as table-topping local rivals Burnley madethe short trip to Holt House.
From the first whistle, the tackles were flying in, and it was clear this was going to be a very physical game for both teams.
Colne started brightly, pinning Burnley back in their 22, and Gary Kenyon broke through to score the first try with some fast off-loading.
The All Blacks continued the pressure until Burnley’s hooker fortunately claimed the ball back from a Burnley lineout to crash over in the corner to even the tie.
Colne, again pushing hard in Burnley’s 22, with strong runs from Matt Bond, put the opposition under pressure, and were finally awarded a penalty try due to Burnley’s ill discipline in the rucks.
The kick was converted byDave Marshall.
After a change of pitch at half-time, Colne again came out strong, bossing a much bigger pack, but Burnley capitalised on a good kick and went over the white wash again.
Colne kept their heads until their hooker was sin binned for giving away a few too many penalties.
Burnley took advantage of the extra man, and in the last moments of the game went over to score the winning try.
Colne’s full back Jake Hargreaves scored a late penalty, but it was too little, too late, and Burnley went home 20-15 winners.