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1617 burnley nashe chakwanaOn 1st October 2016, Burnley were beaten 3-0 in a Youth Alliance League game at Walsall. It was a third successive league defeat for Michael Duff’s team and helped Walsall go to top of the league.

At that time, they already had eight points more than as we started to slip in the league having kicked off the season with two wins and two draws. As we prepare to face them tomorrow they are still above us but the lead has certainly been reduced.

We haven’t lost since in the league and we now sit six points behind them but with a game in hand. Five wins and two draws have seen us climb the table to fourth but we remain some distance away from the top three, nine points behind leaders Blackpool and six points behind Port Vale as well as Walsall.

Even so, it will be a tough assignment for us tomorrow against the team with the best defensive record in the league but a win is overdue against the Saddlers. Besides this season’s defeat, they beat us in both games last season; we lost 2-1 at home with Nashé Chakwana (pictured) scoring our goal and 3-1 away when Tristan Jumeau scored.

We did manage a home draw in the 2014/15 season, that was 1-1 with Christian Hill on the mark for the Clarets, but the last time we beat them was April 2013 when Jamie Frost scored the only goal in a 1-0 win.

We can’t move up the league with a win tomorrow but it would certainly put those above us under some pressure.

Kick off tomorrow is reported to be 12 noon at Gawthorpe.

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