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It had been some week at Burnley Football Club. The previous weekend had seen us draw at Manchester City. That was followed with two directors resigning from the club board and two days later a new investor arriving. Now it was Friday night football and the long journey down to Essex to play Colchester United.

It was a big well done to Mr Chris Carter of Lindsay Street in Burnley who had inadvertently left his wheelie bin out for collection a day early which prompted him to go and bring it back from the kerb. When he got there he heard noises from inside and on opening the bin found two young puppies had been dumped in there in a cardboard box.

“I couldn’t believe it when I opened the lid and found the two puppies in a cardboard box. I didn’t see anyone else around so I’ve no idea how long they might have been there,” said Mr Carter who took them to the RSPCA at Altham where Inspector Dave Anforth pointed out: “Everyone knows what happens to the contents of a wheelie bin. They would have been upended into the back of a vehicle, compressed with all the rest of the rubbish and then ripped to pieces.”

Mr Anforth added: “It baffles us because the dogs are in good condition and have been very well looked after. Why the owners would suddenly decide to get rid of them in such a cruel way is beyond us.”

Last week we reported that Desmond John McDermott (32) and Tracey Maria Parker (28), both of Ryland Street, had been charged with the murder of Mr John Stoiles. They had appeared in court and remanded in custody with the case adjourned for four weeks. Mr Richard Taylor (defending) made no application for bail.

The result of an M6 traffic jam was just about complete for Burnley man Craig Lyle. For most of us, a hold up on a motorway is frustrating but it allowed Mr Lyle to meet Miss Sandra Banks. Love blossomed, they married and moved into a house in Burnley and were now expecting their first child. Their story had even been covered by a German television channel although the couple were quick to confirm that Sandra had no intentions of giving birth on the motorway.

I don’t know about Germany, but local travel agents Brunlea Travel were offering three-day trips to Paris, which included local pickups and bed & breakfast at the Holiday Inn for just £69 per person. That looked good value given their price for five days in Torquay was £129.

Mean Cat Daddies and Genesis nightspots in Burnley were hit by fire but when a petrol container and matches were found on a staircase, it led to an arson investigation by police. Sub Officer Nigel Clark said it was lucky that someone had seen the smoke and alerted the fire brigade, otherwise the damage could have been a lot worse. A spokesman for the club said the damage was minimal and they would be open as normal.

A young schoolboy was robbed of £2.67 near Sainsbury’s by 39-year-old Steven Nicol which got him a three-year jail term. Recorder David Aubrey QC said that although a lot of money wasn’t involved and that he didn’t touch the victim, Nicol had stood face to face with him which would have frightened him. The court was also told that he’d served a six-year sentence previously for similar offences.

It was a difficult time for former Claret Vince Overson who had taken medical advice and hung up his boots at the age of 36. Big Vince said: “I told myself if the injury came up again, I would call it a day and the surgeon advised me to pack up. It was disappointing at first, especially as I had finished pre-season with Stan Ternent at Burnley. But the biggest disappointment was not showing the Burnley fans what I could do. It was a huge let-down but it wasn’t for the want of trying. The head and the heart was willing, but not the body.”

Thankfully there were no new injuries for manager Stan Ternent as they set off for Colchester although he was still without Peter Swan, who was going to serve the last game of his ban, and injured players Paul Weller, Ronnie Jepson, Neil Moore, Steve Morgan, Mark Ford and Chris Brass.

Rune Vindheim was included again having made his debut at Manchester City but he was still on a short term contract with the club hoping to sort out a deal until the end of the season as soon as possible.

Andy Payton opens the scoring with only 78 seconds gone

Stan Ternent named an unchanged team to that which had drawn against Manchester City and with the same three substitutes and his team could not have made a better start. From the kick off, we won a throw in on the right, taken by Chris Scott who found Glen Little. The winger controlled the ball and came inside but his ball into the box was cleared by Simon Betts. But there was Andy PAYTON who latched onto the ball and fired home. With only 78 seconds gone, we were in front.

On eleven minutes, that lead was doubled. Goalkeeper Gavin Ward launched the ball forward. It beat the Colchester defence when PAYTON broke the offside trap and lobbed home goalkeeper Carl Emberson with Burnley Express reporter Chris Boden suggesting he did it: “With all the panache of Gianfranco Zola”.

Colchester’s only response was to try and hit 6ft 5ins striker Mark Sale but Burnley dealt with that easily and we should probably have gone three up on the half hour only for Payton to miss the opportunity of a first Burnley hat trick when he was played in by Vindheim.

Either side of half time, Colchester came close to pulling a goal back with Brian Reid denying Paul Buckle with a stunning sliding challenge just before the break and then a goal line clearance preventing Aaron Skelton from scoring with a shot early in the second half.

It’s 3-0 with Rune Vindheim scoring his first Burnley goal

But five minutes into the half, it was all over when Burnley scored a third. It started and ended with VINDHEIM. He won the ball in midfield and fed Payton who in turn move it out to Andy Cooke on the left. Payton met Cooke’s cross but Emberson palmed the ball away only for the Norwegian midfielder to sweep the ball home.

Colchester really came back at us and we had some defending to do with goalkeeper Ward a tower of strength, making top saves from Joe Dunne, Paul Abrahams and David Gregory.

We really weren’t in any mood to give them any encouragement at all and eventually we scored goal number four with eighteen minutes remaining. Payton this time instigated the move with a ball to Mark Robertson who sprayed it out to Little on the right. His cross was met by COOKE at the near post and he lashed it home. That was it, a 4-0 win and our biggest away win since beating Wrexham 6-2 seven years previously.

On his appointment, Ternent said of Burnley’s poor away record: “It’s eleven men versus eleven. The pitch is the same size, and everything is 50/50. Why should we not win games.”

He’d finally seen his Burnley team do that and said: “It’s been a while since Burnley won away from home, but we have been threatening to do it. One swallow doesn’t make a summer but it’s now three games since we lost and it’s how we build on it.

“It was a good all round performance. We got the goals at the right time and didn’t give anything away. We looked lively and deserved the victory. I have always said we have a facility to score goals, and there was some clinical finishing.

“Overall, I am very pleased because you have to remember there are a lot of kids in that side. They are very young boys and they are doing well. They are coming of age and we need to maintain that now. I feel we are making progress. We have to keep working hard and we will improve.”

On the subject of young players, he was able to introduce another new debutant in this game when Brad Maylett was brought on as a substitute with three minutes remaining.

The teams were;

Colchester: Carl Emberson, Joe Dunne, Simon Betts (Tony Lock 68), Geraint Williams, David Greene, Paul Buckle, Steven Forbes (Karl Duguid 57), David Gregory, Mark Sale (Aaron Skelton ht), Neil Gregory, Paul Abrahams.

Burnley: Gavin Ward, Chris Scott, Matt Heywood, Brian Reid, Gordon Armstrong, Glen Little, Mark Robertson, Rune Vindheim (Carl Smith 68), Paul Smith, Andy Cooke, Andy Payton (Brad Maylett 87). Sub not used: Colin Carr-Lawton.

Referee: David Crick (Worcester Park).

Attendance: 5,532.

There were a number of goalscorers with Burnley connections in this week starting with Gary Parkinson netting from the penalty spot to give Preston a 1-0 win against Manchester City at Maine Road. Paul Shaw scored twice for Millwall in their 3-2 win at Blackpool, Kevin Russell scored for Wrexham as they beat Walsall 2-1 and Phil Gray was on the mark in Luton’s 3-3 draw at York.

A Walsall win would have seen them go top but with leaders Stoke drawing on the Monday, Preston had now moved within one point of them. Lincoln were still in the bottom three but moved further clear of Wycombe with a win with Macclesfield and Northampton still in the bottom four with them.

Our win had lifted us two places in the table to eighteenth.

Division Two Results

Friday 9th October
Colchester 0 Burnley 4
Oldham 2 Wigan 3

Saturday 10th October
Blackpool 2 Millwall 3
Gillingham 3 Wycombe 0
Macclesfield 2 Bournemouth 2
Northampton 3 Bristol Rovers 1
Notts County 2 Lincoln 3
Wrexham 2 Walsall 1
York 3 Luton 3

Monday 12th October
Manchester City 0 Preston 1
Stoke 0 Chesterfield 0

Burnley Goalscorers (League)

8: Andy Payton
4: Andy Cooke
1; Gordon Armstrong, Brian Reid, Rune Vindheim

Burnley Goalscorers (Cups)

1: Andy Cooke, Andy Payton

Leading Goalscorers

8: Andy Payton (Burnley)
7: Stuart Barlow (Wigan), Richard Cresswell (York), Shaun Goater (Manchester City), Barry Hayles (Bristol Rovers), Andy Rammell (Walsall)
6: Dean Crowe (Stoke)
5: Martin Aldridge (Blackpool), Carlo Corazzin (Northampton), Steve Davis (Luton), Ian Hendon (Notts County), Kurt Nogan (Preston), Paul Shaw (Millwall), Martin Williams (Reading)

League Table

Pos Team pld w d l f a gd pts
1 Stoke 12 8 1 3 18 10 8 25
2 Preston 12 7 3 2 23 12 11 24
3 Walsall 12 7 1 4 16 14 2 22
4 Bournemouth 12 6 3 3 16 9 7 21
5 Fulham 11 6 3 2 15 9 6 21
6 Luton 12 6 3 3 17 12 5 21
7 Blackpool 12 6 2 4 18 17 1 20
8 York 11 5 4 2 19 16 3 19
9 Manchester City 12 4 6 2 16 13 3 18
10 Wrexham 12 5 3 4 15 16 -1 18
11 Millwall 12 5 3 4 13 14 -1 18
12 Wigan 12 5 2 5 15 13 2 17
13 Bristol Rovers 12 4 4 4 16 14 2 16
14 Chesterfield 12 4 4 4 6 8 -2 16
15 Gillingham 12 3 6 3 18 13 5 15
16 Notts County 12 4 3 5 16 15 1 15
17 Colchester 12 4 3 5 12 16 -4 15
18 Burnley 12 3 4 5 15 15 0 13
19 Northampton 12 2 5 5 13 16 -3 11
20 Reading 10 3 2 5 11 17 -6 11
21 Oldham 12 3 2 7 12 19 -7 11
22 Macclesfield 12 2 4 6 9 15 -6 10
23 Lincoln 12 2 2 8 11 22 -11 8
24 Wycombe 12 0 3 9 6 21 -15 3
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