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A point would have taken our under-23s back to the top of the Professional Development League this afternoon but it wasn’t to be, we fell to a second league loss of the season going down to a 4-1 defeat against Barnsley.

We had four players making debuts at this level. Joel Senior, signed in the summer from Curzon Ashton, finally got his first game after suffering from injury while Udoka Chima, Finlay Armstrong and Corey Brennan, all unused substitutes for the under-18s last night, started the game.

It was a disastrous start for Senior who was red carded early in the game for allegedly handling the ball on the line. Former Burnley player Jordan Barnett saw his spot kicked saved by Lukas Jensen (pictured) but it left us with the difficult task of playing the remainder of the game with just ten players.

It proved too much for us. Damola Sotana gave Barnsley the lead with the only goal of the first half when we were perhaps fortunate to go into the break only one goal behind. However, Barnsley took command in the second half with further goals scored by Dylan Mottley-Henry, Jack Chambers and finally Aiden Marsh just after he’d come on as a substitute.

We did pull a goal back right at the end but it was no more than a consolation goal for Rob Harker.

The teams were;

Barnsley: Jake Greatorex, Dylan Mottley-Henry, Jordan Barnett, Sam Fielding, Omar, Keaton Ward, Keziah Martin (Charlie Winfield 72), Alex Wollerton, Tommy Willard (Aiden Marsh 79), Jack Chambers, Damola Sotana (Lloyd Smith 65). Subs not used: Archie Brown, Will Lancaster.

Burnley: Lukas Jensen, Joel Senior, Bobby Thomas, Udoka Chima, Finlay Armstrong, Ne-Jai Tucker, Mace Goodridge, Corey Brennan, Ali Koiki, Rob Harker, Will Harris (Max Thompson 68). Subs not used: Kai Calderbank-Park, Joel Connolly, William Hugill, Michael Mellon.

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