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The under-23s have beaten Crewe Alexandra 4-2 this afternoon at Curzon Ashton on an afternoon when we might have won by a much bigger margin.

We led 3-0 at half time but the lead could, and probably should, have been much greater by the time the teams went in at the interval but the lead was more enough to secure the points despite a somewhat scrappy second half performance.

1920 burnley joel mumbongo 01 400x400It took us 17 minutes to get in front but by the half hour mark we’d gone three in front. Mace Goodridge scored the first, his first goal for the club on an afternoon when he got another full ninety minutes in as he comes back from his serious injury. It was a fine goal too. It came from a free kick taken by Adam Phillips. He played it to Goodridge who finished with a terrific shot into the top corner of the let leaving Sam Booth, the Crewe goalkeeper, helpless.

Swedish striker Joel Mumbongo (pictured) then took over. He should really have had a goal for himself in the opening minutes but he then helped himself to two to give us this commanding lead. The first came when a Crewe defender got into a tangle with his goalkeeper, allowing Mumbongo to force the ball home and then he used his strength to get past a defender before firing him to give us a commanding three goal lead.

Crewe survived for the rest of the half but only just. Twice Booth came to their rescue as did the woodwork as first Ali Koiki and then Anthony Glennon saw shots come back, but 3-0 at half time left us thinking we could win this by a very big score.

It might have happened too. We missed a couple of early chances in the second half; Lewis Richardson with one delaying it too long and then, out of the blue, Crewe won a penalty which was converted by Regan Griffiths.

Suddenly, at 3-1 you have a concern should they get another, but in less than a minute we’d restored our three goal advantage through Tunde Bayode after Crewe needlessly gave the ball away.

Crewe weren’t done and soon after got their second as Billy Sass-Davies scored with a good header but they didn’t really threaten us again and we should really have added to our total.

Now, it’s back to the cup and a trip to Ewood this Friday.

The teams were;

Burnley: Lukas Jensen, Jordan Cropper, Oliver Younger, Scott Wilson, Anthony Glennon, Tunde Bayode, Adam Phillips, Mace Goodridge, Ali Koiki, Lewis Richardson (Ne-Jai Tucker 66), Joel Mumbongo. Subs not used: George McMahon, Ryan Cooney, Christian N’Guessan, Rob Harker.

Crewe: Sam Booth, Abdul Djalo, Travis Johnson, Billy Sass-Davies, Nathan Woodthorpe, Luke Offord, Aaron Lomas (Daniel Lokko 70), Joshua Lundstram, Joe Robbins (Jack Goodrich 85), Connor Heath, Regan Griffiths. Subs not used: Daniel Lloyd, Ethan Hartshorn.

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