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It’s just ten days since we played at Crewe in the Professional Development League, and tomorrow we play the return fixture at Gawthorpe.

We were 2-0 down at Gresty Road at half time a week last Monday but came back to win 4-2 with a goal from Alex Healy-Byrne, his first for the club, followed by a Vernon Masara hat trick.

It followed a 4-0 win at Coventry and since, we’ve beaten Bournemouth last Friday and then Wrexham two days ago in the Central League Cup. For some time, the league’s lowest goalscorers, we’ve scored fourteen goals in those games with Masara netting five of them.

For some weeks we have sat in sixth place in the table knowing that whatever our result, we couldn’t move up or down. Recent results mean that’s no longer the case. We sit ten points ahead of seventh place Hull but Barnsley, one place above us, have just a one point advantage and have played four games more. With ours the only game scheduled tomorrow, other than one in the south group, we will move up a place with a positive result.

Our opponents Crewe are currently bottom of the table and while we’ve played twice since our meeting there, this will be their first game since. The most recent of their three league wins this season came a week before our meeting when they won 4-3 at Peterborough. Their other victories have come against Colchester at home in August and at Fleetwood in September.

This home fixture has previously brought us three wins and one defeat. The first meeting in 2017/18 ended in a 1-0 win with Ed Cook, then playing as a trialist scoring our goal. One season on and it was a 3-2 victory. Dan Agyei scored twice in this win with the other goal from Tinashe Chakwana.

We went one goal better in 2019/20 with a 4-2 win. Mace Goodridge scored the opener and that was followed by two more from Joel Mumbongo and one from Olatunde Bayode. On our return to the Professional Development League last season, we were beaten 4-3.

Kade Ratchford and Marcel Lewis gave us a 2-0 lead but Crewe came back to draw level with goals in the final six minutes of the first half. Seb Thompson restored our lead but Crewe scored twice more to win it. Connor Evans scored a hat trick for them, two of them from the penalty spot and we ended the game with ten men with goalkeeper Denis Franchi sent off.

The Burnley team was: Denis Franchi, Keelan Williams, Benn Ward, Jack Turner, Owen Dodgson, Renaldo Torraj, Jez Davies, Ne-Jai Tucker, Kade Ratchford, Seb Thompson, Marcel Lewis. Subs: Lewis Forshaw, Dane McCullough, Oliver Sweeney, Rohan Vaughan, Trialist.

Tomorrow’s game is at Gawthorpe with kick off at 1 p.m.

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