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Burnley ended the 2011/12 season in second place in the Youth Alliance League, just one point behind winners Preston. It brought to an end a terrific season that had also seen us reach the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.

1617 burnley scott wilson 00 500x500Tomorrow, the current youth team will be looking to at least equal that league placing while hoping that events elsewhere could let us in to win the title.

For the four years following that runners-up place, we were very much on the decline, a decline that saw us end last season in next to last place with only Morecambe below us. We won just 20 points in our 28 games but the incredible improvement this season has seen us reach 57 points with one game to go with only one defeat since the end of last season.

To win the league, we need to beat Accrington tomorrow morning and hope that Morecambe can defy the odds and beat Blackpool. If not, we will need at least a point to ensure second place should Walsall, as expected, win their last game.

Our opponents Accrington are one of four teams to beat us this season. They won 2-1 in mid-September with Scott Wilson (pictured) scoring our goal. It was the second in a run of five consecutive league and cup defeats. And then followed this remarkable run when, but for an undeserved defeat at Blackpool, we would have been clear favourites to finish first.

Although we beat Accrington in the Youth Alliance Cup this season, and in the Lancashire Youth Cup last season, we have to go back to it is back in 2014 when we last won a league game against them. It was a 4-1 win with goals from Josh Dolling(2), Khius Metz and Waqas Azam.

It’s been a terrific season for the youth team with some outstanding team and individual performances along the way. No matter what happens elsewhere tomorrow, let’s hope we can end the season with a win.

Kick off tomorrow at Gawthorpe is 11 a.m.

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