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Right-back Billy Grogan

Right-back Billy Grogan

Burnley face Bury tomorrow morning at Gawthorpe in the Youth Alliance League with our visitors looking for the points to get them back to the top of the league after our defeat at Walsall saw the West Midlands club go above them.

There is no doubt this will be a very difficult game for us. Bury have significantly improved at youth level as we have deteriorated over the past few years; They were runners up last season having won the title in 2014/15.

But things are improving at youth level now at Burnley with the news confirmed this week that, following an audit submission, we will be audited for EPPP Category 2 status in March next year.

We go into the game on the back of five games without a win after the bright start to the season saw us win our first two games, while Bury are second with five wins and one defeat at Blackpool in their six games.

They have already beaten us this season, winning 2-1 in the Lancashire FA Youth Cup at Carrington recently, and last season they did the double over us in the league. We lost the home game 3-1 with Josh Dolling scoring our goal and the away game ended in a 3-0 defeat.

It was April 2014 when we last got the better of them at youth level. After losing the home game that season against them we won the away fixture 5-0. Ntumba Massanka grabbed a hat trick with the other two goals coming from Dolling and Jamal Crawford.

Kick off tomorrow at Gawthorpe is 11 a.m.

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