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Burnley will go in search of a first win since mid-January in the U18 Professional Development League tomorrow with a home game against Charlton Athletic as the final stage of the season gets underway with teams from the north taking on those from the south.

1718 burnley lewis king 00 500x500The season starts and ends with teams from the respective groups playing each other either home or away sandwiching the north group games where teams play each other both at home or away.

We do have two north group games remaining, games at Hull and Barnsley, which were previously postponed, but this game kicks off a run of four games against the teams in the south and Charlton will prove tough opponents.

After a superb run of five successive wins, which ended with a 4-3 win against Birmingham on 20th January when central defender Lewis King (pictured) scored a stoppage time winner, it hasn’t been quite as easy for Danny Cadamarteri’s team since with three draws and three defeats in the last six games with a team that has often been changed because of the calls from the under-23s.

Four days ago, we drew 2-2 at Sheffield Wednesday with the home side scoring equalisers close to the end of each half. A win in that game would have seen us back in second place in the league and just two points behind leaders Bolton. So tight is the league that the result means we go into tomorrow’s game in fifth place.

We kicked off the season with six games against the south group teams and did well. Having lost the opener against Watford we went on to win four and draw one of the next five and that included a win against second place Millwall.

Charlton, who are coached by Sergei Baltacha the former Ipswich defender and Soviet Union international, are just a point behind Millwall and with a game in hand. Their return of 39 points from 22 games compares favourably with our 35 points from 23 games which suggests we will have a tough game on our hands.

Kick off tomorrow at Gawthorpe is 11 a.m.

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