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The under-23s have beaten Reading 3-1 this afternoon at  Gawthorpe bringing the big news of a return for midfielder Jack Cork.

Playing alongside Phil Bardsley and Dale Stephens, Cork played the first half as the under-23s moved off the bottom of the table with this latest victory which stretches the unbeaten run to five games.

Anthony Gomez Mancini, who travelled with the first team to Arsenal yesterday, opened the scoring for the Clarets on 8 minutes only for our visitors to draw level through Jayden Onen.

A brace from in form Joel Mumbongo gave us the win. He restored the lead right on half time before adding his second and our third during the second half to move us up five places.

The teams were;

Burnley: Lukas Jensen, Phil Bardsley, Richard Nartey, Bobby Thomas, Owen Dodgson, Anthony Gomez Mancini, Dale Stephens (Ne-Jai Tucker 75), Jack Cork (Mace Goodridge ht), Max Thompson, Lewis Richardson, Joel Mumbongo. Subs not used: Marc Richter, Matty Rain, Armann Taranis.

Reading: James Holden, Tennai Watson, Ethan Bristow, Michael Strickland (Josh Hewitt 87), Jeriel Dorsett, Conor Lawless, Manadi Camara (Nahum Melvin-Lambert 55), Ryan East, Jayden Onen, Joseph Ajose, Augustus McGiff (Imari Samuels 55). Subs not used: Harvey Collins, Tyrell Ashcroft.

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