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Burnley are currently second in the Youth Alliance League, behind leaders Blackpool on goal difference with three games to go and while the Seasiders have a relatively easy home game tomorrow we must travel to face the improving Preston.

1617 burnley rj pingling 00 500x500It’s the tram derby for the leaders with a home game against Fleetwood while Burnley face a Preston team whose recent form has lifted them away from the bottom end of the league somewhat to a comfortable ninth place.

For some years it seemed that the pair of us were always battling it out at the top of the league but Preston, like us, have suffered a decline in recent years and are just about coming round after a difficult start to this season.

Earlier in the season they became the first team to take points from us. Having beaten Fleetwood and Tranmere in the opening two games it was 1-1 against North End at Gawthorpe with our goal coming from RJ Pingling (pictured), his first competitive goal for us.

Although they ended last season comfortably above us, it was all square in the two games between us. We won the away game 3-0 when two Khius Metz goals followed an opener from Tommy Wood, but in the return game we were beaten by the same scoreline.

It’s been a terrific run recently from us with seven successive wins in which we’ve scored 21 goals and kept five clean sheets.

Kick off tomorrow is at 10:30 a.m. with the game being played at Preston Sports Arena (UCLAN), Tom Benson Way, Cottam, Preston, PR2 1SG.

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