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gawthorpe 2 1000x500It’s been a long day of sport today, starting with a trip to Gawthorpe this morning to watch the under-23s and ending with seeing Lancashire win another t20 game against Notts at Old Trafford on television.

Burnley v Lancaster City – that’s something of a game for me. I’m a lifelong supporter of the Clarets with our club having played a massive part in my life while I was once a director of Lancaster City Football Club, although that is some 37 years ago now.

This was one game I didn’t want to miss but it proved to be one for the North Lancashire club to celebrate as they scored three second half goals to beat us 3-0 in a game where we were by some distance the more likely winners at half time.

The plan had been to play Connah’s Quay Nomads this morning but the game, like Wednesday’s at Curzon Ashton, was called off, this one because of their involvement in the Europa League. Lancaster stepped in.

Steve Stone was without Jimmy Dunne and Josh Benson, both of whom were on first duty, but Adam Phillips, who has been involved all pre-season, got his first taste of action as a Burnley player following his signing yesterday.

We played some really good football in the first half and had our chances but the obstacle in the way, time and again, proved to be Lancaster goalkeeper Sam Ashton. He made two or three outstanding saves as the Clarets, particularly through forwards Rob Harker and Lewis Richardson, threatened to give us a convincing lead.

Lancaster made it to half time with the score still at 0-0 and I don’t think they, even though we made a number of changes at half time, could have expected to go on and win and deservedly so in a second half that couldn’t have been more different than the first.

They went in front on 59 minutes through Paul Dawson and held on to that lead until just over two minutes from the end. They had a couple of scares but, Ashton again came to their rescue, particularly with one save from substitute Will Harris which looked a goal all the way.

Then, in the 88th and 89th minutes, they scored two more to win it 3-0. The first of them  came from a trialist with the final goal scored by Jack Armer who is on loan from Preston.

Steve Stone didn’t sound too happy with things as the game came to an end and he’s now got until Friday to prepare his team for the opening game of the season against Millwall.

The teams were;

Burnley: Trialist, Joel Senior (Jordan Cropper ht), Bobby Thomas (Scott Wilson ht), Oliver Younger, Ali Koiki, Trialist (Vinnie Steels 63), Christian N’Guessan, Adam Phillips (Trialist ht), Cricky Conn-Clarke (Tunde Bayode ht), Lewis Richardson, Rob Harker (Will Harris ht).

Lancaster: Sam Ashton, Lewis Fensome, Jack Armer, Simon Wills, Ben Hudson, Glenn Steel, Trialist, David Norris, Charlie Bailey, Trialist, Paul Dawson.

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