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Burnley will be looking to move into second place in the Youth Alliance League this afternoon but that will also be the case for our opponents Rochdale who are currently one place and one point behind us in fourth place.

Tommy Wood scored in the cup defeat

Tommy Wood scored in the cup defeat

They’ve also played one game less than us so a win at Gawthorpe will put them firmly in the driving seat as the side most likely to catch leaders Blackpool, but Burnley can certainly not be discounted either and since losing at Walsall on 1st October we have by far the best record in the league.

Today’s game is actually Rochdale’s home game. It’s been postponed twice previously, the most recent occasion when Up the Clarets got to Radcliffe Borough’s Stainton Park only to find the game had been called off. It’s not long since we were having to move home games away but the pitches are so good now at Gawthorpe that we can host extra games such as today’s.

Rochdale will be looking to complete the double over us and make it three Gawthorpe wins out of three this season. We’ve only lost four times in the league this season and three of them came in successive games up to that defeat at Walsall. The second of them was a 2-0 reverse against Rochdale, our only home defeat of the season.

They returned in November in the Youth Alliance Cup and beat us 2-1 with Tommy Wood scoring our goal, so it hopefully will be our turn this afternoon.

Although we beat them in the away game last season, we were hammered 4-1 at home but in the previous season (2014/15) we won the home game 4-2. On that occasion Brad Jackson (currently on loan at Bangor) scored twice with further goals from Christian Hill (no longer with the club) and Ntumba Massanka (on loan at Wrexham).

There has been some confusion over the kick off time today but it has been confirmed as 2 p.m.

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