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Having had the game against Sunderland called off a week ago, the under-23s have been given the go ahead today to travel to the north east to take on Newcastle United.

Newcastle currently sit bottom of the league although such is the closeness of the table that they would move up three places and above us should they win.

Like us, they have won four times this season and the first of those wins came back in September at Leyland when they beat us 3-1. They’ve also recorded wins against Fulham, Leeds and Stoke, the most recent of them coming in mid-December when they beat Stoke 3-2. Their only game since came a week later when they were beaten by Crystal Palace.

With Newcastle not having played since before Christmas, they will be eager to get underway against a Burnley side who have played twice in January, both of them at home against Leeds, where we were beaten 4-1, and Wolves which ended in a 0-0 draw two weeks ago.

We warmed up for the game with a friendly against Welsh Premier League club The New Saints last week, winning 1-0 with a goal scored by Richard Nartey. The former Chelsea defender has had a busy few days too, he was seen on pre-match photographs yesterday at Stamford Bridge and is expected to feature today.

One player who won’t feature is central defender Bobby Thomas (pictured). He’s gone on loan to Barrow and made his Football League debut for them in a 2-1 defeat at Bradford City two days ago. Having played in our first team in the League Cup tie at Millwall, he’s become the fifth player to have played for both Barrow and Burnley in post-war football, joining FA Youth Cup winning striker Willie Brown, 1950s Scottish inside forward Andy McLaren, title winning left winger Brian Pilkington and 60s goalkeeper Harry Thomson.

The Played for Both Clubs feature has been updated to include Thomas.

Kick off today at the Newcastle United Academy is 1 p.m.

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