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curzon ashton 3 1000x500The first half of Burnley’s double bill last night saw us have to come back from a goal behind to beat Curzon Ashton 5-2 at the Tameside Stadium.

For those Burnley supporters who opted to take in this game, they were able to see those goals and the return to action for Robbie Brady who played the first 45 minutes. There was also a welcome return for coach Tony Loughlan who took charge of the side.

Loughlan had a decision to make just before kick off when Aiden O’Neill picked up an injury in the warm up and that gave Mace Goodridge, the former Manchester City youngster recently signed from Newcastle, his first taste of first team action.

Former Oldham winger Connor Hughes gave the home side the lead with a deflected shot but Ben Mee headed home a Brady corner to level the scores four minutes before the break. And it was Burnley who took control in the second half with four further goals.

Sam Vokes became the first Burnley striker to score this pre-season  when he headed home Matt Lowton’s cross to give Burnley the lead. Nahki Wells then opened his Burnley first team account with a 20-yard shot with Jon Walters getting his first goal for the Clarets when he turned in a Lowton cross.

The right back was enjoying a good night and got his third assist just a few minutes from the end when Vokes again headed home his cross but Curzon Ashton got themselves a late consolation through Tyrell McKenzie.

The teams were;

Curzon Ashton: Mason, Morton, O’Leary, Hunt, Shaw, Rowney, Crankshaw, Marshall, Sharp, Guest, Hughes. Subs: Clarke, McCoy, Fawns, McKenzie, Brooke, Baillie, Thornley, Deakin.

Burnley: Anders Lindegaard, Matt Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Stephen Ward, Jon Walters, Mace Goodridge, Dwight McNeil, Robbie Brady (Dan Agyei ht), Sam Vokes, Nahki Wells. Subs not used: Trialist, Oliver Younger, Tunde Bayode.

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