A DEPLETED Chorley side took on Burnley at the weekend but suffered a 38-27 defeat.

Last minute unavailability again gave the Chorley coaching staff a headache.

Some frantic phone calls found willing volunteers, but meant many people playing out of position and also three new faces being brought into the line-up

A tight first half saw both teams score points, through some excellent individual efforts by Burnley before Chorley struck back quickly from the resulting kick off.

Strong running from both sets of forwards and nice moves from the backs, gave a good mix for a very competitive game of rugby.

Chorley scored quickly in the second half, straight from their own kickoff, which gave them the edge.

The forwards worked well around the ruck, but Burnley’s aggression at the breakdown saw too much turnover ball from a Chorley perspective.

With 10 minutes to go, Chorley were two points ahead.

An off-the-ball incident saw both teams down to 14 as the referee produced yellow cards.

Two quick injuries also saw Chorley captain Andy John and key forward, Marc Brook leave the field.

With yet more people playing out of position and a little more room on the pitch, the Burnley scrum half, took full advantage, giving Burnley two quick tries seal a tough fought victory.

Elsewhere, Leyland Warriors Rugby League Club held their presentation evening for all age brackets.

Such is the amount of teams currently playing at the Warriors club it cannot physically be possible to do all the presentations over one day .

At present there are 18 teams playing from age 4-year-old up to the Masters sides.

Every player within the club gets a trophy and there were individual awards given out to players from every team.

It was a good and an exhausting weekend for coaches, players and organisers, now the work starts again for the Warriors as they prepare for next season .