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The under-23s are at Lilleshall this week with two games scheduled during their stay against Walsall and Wolves. The first of them, against Walsall, was played this afternoon and ended in a comfortable 4-1 win.

With Michael Duff still involved with the first team and Andy Farrell recovering from surgery, Nicky Law and Jon Pepper remain in charge of their team and they must have been impressed in the first half with us scoring three times in seven minutes to go 3-0 up on the half hour.

1718 burnley christian nguessan 00 500x500All three goals were headers too. The first was from new recruit Rob Harker who got on the end of a Marley Blair cross and then further goals from Christian N’Guessan (pictured) and Tinashe Chakwana with both heading home balls from Josh Benson.

Benson, signed from Arsenal this summer, then hit the post before providing a third assist for Ed Cook to volley home and things might have been even better when we won a penalty but N’Guessan saw his effort saved.

Walsall scored the last goal of the game with a late consolation but a good win and now to Wolves on Friday with this game now being played at the Wolves training ground.

Both Conor Mitchell and Aidan Stone are out on loan whilst new goalkeeping recruit George McMahon is away training with the Republic of Ireland along with defender James Clarke. That shortage of goalkeepers meant a game today for academy goalkeeping coach Craig Mawson.

The game also saw Vinnie Steels make his first appearance since his signing was confirmed while Mark Howarth got some game time as a substitute after a long time out with a back injury.

The Burnley team was: Craig Mawson, Jordan Cropper (Oliver Younger), Ed Cook, Scott Wilson, Anthony Glennon (Ali Koiki), Josh Benson (Mark Howarth), Christian N’Guessan (Teddy Perkins), Marley Blair, Tinashe Chakwana, Rob Harker (Vinnie Steels), Ntumba Massanka.

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