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Burnley picked up a sixth win of the season in the Youth Alliance League this afternoon but had to do it the hard way after going 2-0 down in the opening 14 minutes of the game.

Tommy Wood scored the third to put Burnley in front

Tommy Wood scored the third to put Burnley in front

We fell behind in the eighth minute when a shot deflected off Burnley defender Oliver Younger for an own goal and it looked as though it was going to be a long afternoon when they scored again. It had proved to be a difficult start for the Clarets who took a 4-0 hammering in the same fixture last season.

This time we were back in the game quickly. We hadn’t offered too much but a long kick from goalkeeper Connor King was picked up by Nashé Chakwana who slotted home to take the score to 2-1, and that was the score at half time although we were perhaps fortunate not to concede again.

It was all change though in the second half as Burnley got on top. Olatunde Bayode equalised with a shot from outside the box five minutes into the half and just past the hour we went in front when a long range effort from Dwight McNeil rebounded off the bar for Tommy Wood to head home.

It looked to be Burnley’s game with sixteen minutes remaining when Tyler Shrimpton who crashed home a shot from outside the box. And it was Burnley’s game, although we did have a nervous last few minutes when Wigan pulled one back.

The win takes our points total for the season to 21 and that’s one point more than we won in the entire 2015/16 season.

Our youth team are next in action next Tuesday when Bradford City are the visitors to Turf Moor in the FA Youth Cup. Kick off on Tuesday is 7 p.m.

Today’s team was: Connor King, James Clarke, Oliver Younger, Scott Wilson, Ali Koiki, Olatunde Bayode (RJ Pingling 75), Miles Fenton (Tyler Shrimpton 66), Mark Howarth, Dwight McNeil, Nashé Chakwana (Tristan Jumeau 66), Tommy Wood. Subs not used: Marcel Wusiewicz, Leighton Egan.

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