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Burnley’s under-23s play their first public game of pre-season tonight with a visit to Holt House to face Colne in a repeat of last season’s opening pre-season fixture.

As was the case a year ago, we’ve already played Barnoldswick in a game that was moved rather than cancelled at the eleventh hour and was a game we won 1-0 with a goal from Robbie Leitch.

michael duff 300x400For Colne it is a second pre-season game and it started well for them three days ago when they came from behind to draw 2-2 with League One Fleetwood. They were also due to play another League One side this coming Saturday but that one has been called off on police advice.

A year ago we won the game 2-0 with goals from Tom Anderson and Khius Metz. Anderson went on to have a season long loan with Chesterfield but it was a difficult season for Metz who was out injured for the most part and has been given an extension on his third year scholarship until the end of 2017 due to the injury.

There are a number of players who took part last year who we will not see this time. Cameron Dummigan is now with Oldham while both Taofiq Olomowewe and Freddy Yao are no longer at Turf Moor. Fraser Murdoch played up front on trial but he wasn’t signed and joined York.

Also in the side a year ago were Josh Ginnelly and Ntumba Massanka. Both are still with the Clarets but have already gone out on loan to the clubs where they ended last season; Ginnelly has rejoined league new boys Lincoln while Massanka has returned to National League club Wrexham.

The big change to the side though has been brought about by Michael Jolley’s departure from the club which has seen Michael Duff, after just one season with the youth team, move up to take the under-23s and tonight will be his first public game in charge.

There could be some familiar faces for Burnley fans who have watched the youth teams over recent years. Colne’s squad includes both Chris Lynch and Chris Anderson who were part of the 2008/09 youth team at Burnley and they are team mates of Alex Coleman who captained the Burnley team in the 2011/12 FA Youth Cup semi-final. Colne could also include Lee Pugh. There’s no Burnley connection there other than him being the brother of Bournemouth’s Marc Pugh who was also a member of our youth team just over a decade ago.

There has been some confusion over the kick off time but Colne themselves have confirmed it as 7:45 p.m. Admission charges tonight are £5 adults, £3 concessions, £1 for those aged 11-16 with under 11s given free entry.

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