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Two second half goals gave Burnley’s development squad a 2-0 win against Colne tonight at Holt House with the young players turning in a particularly pleasing performance in the second half.

A header from Tom Anderson gave us the lead just four minutes after the break with Khius Metz, with his first touch having come on as a substitute, netting the second with a smart finish to convert a cross from the impressive Brad Jackson.

Tom Anderson opened the scoring
Tom Anderson opened the scoring

Against a Colne side who had current Burnley player Tony Aghayere in goal  and former Clarets Chris Lynch and Alex Coleman combining in the centre of defence, it was a close encounter in the first half. Both sides had their chances but Burnley should really have been in front by the interval.

Josh Ginnelly, who was a constant threat with his pace, had the best chance of the night but missed the target after going one-on-one against Aghayere while one or two other chances went begging as Colne got in last ditch tackles and blocks.

But once in front, the result was never really in doubt. Colne had a big escape early in the second half but almost immediately we won a corner on the right. Anderson, captaining the side, met it with a powerful header.

Coach Michael Jolley made changes during the second half. The first two were made up front where Metz and Dan Agyei came on for Ntumba Massanka and trialist Fraser Murdoch. Within a minute we’d doubled the lead when Jackson played a perfect ball into the net for Metz who hit a first time shot beyond Aghayere.

There might have been more goals but there were more changes made with newcomer Robbie Leitch getting on to join Jimmy Dunne who was also signed recently. Dunne had played in midfield for most of the game but dropped into his more familiar defensive role in the closing stages.

The development squad will next be in action at Altrincham in a week’s time.

Tonight’s teams:

Colne: Tony Aghayere, Danny Morton, Nathan Bond, Alex Coleman, Chris Lynch, Simon Nangle, Kenny Taylor, Dominic Craig, Ben Wharton, Matty Beadle, Michael Morrison. Subs: Ben Hoskin, Spencer Jordan, Ted Cockett, Tom Berwick, Joe Garvin, Jake Hargreaves, Jon Hodgkinson.

Burnley: Connor King, Cameron Dummigan (Arlen Birch 65), Taofiq Olomowewe (Robbie Leitch 75), Tom Anderson, Alex Whitmore, Brad Jackson, Freddy Yao (Mark Howarth 80), Jimmy Dunne, Josh Ginnelly (Nashé Chakwana 72), Ntumba Massanka (Khius Metz 60), Fraser Murdoch (Dany Agyei 60).

Attendance: 526.

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