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1819 burnley steve stone 01 500x500After the excitement of last Friday’s cup win, the under-23s are back in league action this afternoon and it couldn’t be much tougher than an away game against southern group leaders Ipswich Town.

All the scheduled northern group games are now at an end, although we do have one still to play following a postponement, and today signals the start of five games against teams from the south.

Ipswich are having a good season. Beaten only four times in 22 games, they are four points clear at the top of the south group with 42 points and they are the only team, with 57, to have scored more goals than we have. But not only are they the leading goalscorers in the south group, they also have the best defensive record with just 27 conceded.

We go into the game in third place in the north group but any sort of result will take us up a place with Birmingham above us only on goal difference. A win would take us within two points of leaders Leeds.

Although we play all the other teams in the north group home and away, the games against south group teams are played either at home or away. Last season, this fixture was at home and provided us with our first ever points in the Professional Development League.

We’d been beaten 2-0 at Crystal Palace in the opening game but beat Ipswich by the same score a Gawthorpe in our first ever home game in this league, the goals coming from Dan Agyei and Tunde Bayode.

Today’s game is being played at their training ground and kicks off at 1 p.m.

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