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Burnley beat Crewe Alexandra 6-1 earlier today in the U18 Professional Development League game which was originally scheduled to be played last Saturday, and it proved to be a very special day for 15-year-old striker Lewis Richardson.

There have been suggestions that this was a debut for him. That’s not the case, he certainly featured in the recent win against Barnsley, coming on as a substitute for Kian Yari, but this was his first start in the team.

1819 burnley chris conn-clarke 00 500x500It took him a while to make his mark. We had to wait until the fourth minute of the game for him to register his first goal at this level. when the outstanding Cricky Conn-Clarke got the ball to him. He came inside his defender to finish well and give us the lead.

That wasn’t enough though. Seven minutes later he’d doubled his and our tally, manoeuvring his way into a shooting position in the box before sliding the ball into the corner and it looked as though there might be plenty of goals for us with this early domination.

Crewe, though, pegged us back when they halved our lead with a superb strike from Connor Heath. Just outside the box, he rifled a shot into the corner to the right of goalkeeper Kai Calderbank-Park who had absolutely no chance.

It didn’t deter us and we continued to dominated with Richardson, incredibly, completing a first half hat trick seven minutes before the break. It took us into half time at 3-1. It had been a very good half of football from us.

Conn-Clarke (pictured) scored arguably the goal of the day ten minutes into the second half. It came all the way from the back with the ball eventually finding Rhys Fenlon on the right. Richardson stepped over the ball in from Fenlon for the young Northern Irishman to fire home with a terrific shot.

Nine minutes on from that, we got our fifth and it was goal number four for Richardson, showing his versatility with a looping header and on 72 minutes he scored his fifth, our six and final goal, after taking the ball past the goalkeeper and rolling it into an empty net.

What an outstanding day individually for the youngster, but this was also an excellent team performance from goalkeeper to forwards. “I’m really happy with the way we attacked and with the goals, but it was the work rate and togetherness that was extremely good,” coach John Townson said after the game.

There had to be a word for Richardson and Townson said of him: “Lewis is delighted and rightly so. He was excellent today and I am really pleased for him. I’ve known him a few years now and he’s a level headed lad, so I don’t think it will get to him at all.”

The win has taken Burnley back into third place in the table, behind Nottingham Forest on goal difference.

The team was: Kai Calderbank Park, Kane Patterson, Udoka Chimna, Edon Pruti, Matty Rain, Rhys Fenlon (Joe McGlynn 73), Terry Mupariwa, Ethan Kershaw (Oscar Woods 70), Vinnie Steels (Kai Smith 65), Cricky Conn-Clarke, Lewis Richardson. Subs not used: Harry Allen, Dan Moss.

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