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1617 burnley nashe chakwana 00 300x500Burnley’s youth team were held to a 1-1 draw by Preston two weeks ago with Shrewsbury also being held to a draw by Rochdale on the same day, that game ending 2-2. Tomorrow we face Shrewsbury at home in what is our fourth league game of the season.

Shrewsbury, having been away on a pre-season tour, were one of three teams to kick off their season late and this, to date, is their only league game. They repeated that score last week in the Youth Alliance Cup, this time at home against Walsall.

Tomorrow’s opponents had a decent season last time out. They finished in sixth place with 44 points from their 28 games with only the top two, Wigan and Bury, way out of reach. Those points included six they won against us. They beat us 3-1 at Shrewsbury in August 2015 with Josh Dolling scoring our goal. Nashé Chakwana (pictured) was our scorer later in the season in a 2-1 home defeat.

Burnley have threatened to have a much better season this time round but in reality it couldn’t have been much worse than 2015/16, our worst ever season in the Youth Alliance League.

So far we’ve won two and drawn one of our league games and last week beat Accrington 1-0 in the Youth Alliance Cup. It will be a last home game too for three weeks. Next week we travel to Doncaster for the Alliance Cup tie and a week later meet Accrington again, this time in the league before a Tuesday afternoon away game against Bury in the Lancashire Youth Cup.

I did issue a weather warning for a recent game that proved to be unfounded. I have to repeat that with rain forecast during tomorrow’s game with kick off at 11 a.m. at Gawthorpe.

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