Development Squad manager Michael Jolley remains unbeaten at Burnley following an entertaining 4-3 victory against Padiham at the Arbories on Tuesday night.
Goals from Luke Daly, Jamie Frost and a brace from in-form striker Jason Gilchrist helped the Clarets edge past a Padiham side that drew 0-0 with Blackburn reserves last weekend.
Gilchrist got the ball rolling on the 11th minute following an inch perfect delivery from the right from midfielder Luke Daly.
Confusion arose 14 minutes later when Padiham scored the equaliser. The linesman’s flag was lifted for a dubious through-ball, the referee waved play-on though after the defence stopped, and following a fine save from Dan Nizic, Padiham’s striker slotted into the empty goal to draw level.
Padiham then took the lead with a follow-up on a short-range free-kick, as the ball squeezed under the jumping wall. Nizic saved low to his right, but the Australian stopper couldn’t do anything about the follow-up.
As the rain poured at the commence of the second half, so did the goals and just four minutes in the Clarets were level through a well-placed Daly free-kick, which bent neatly over the Storks towering wall and nestled into the bottom corner.
But just as Burnley were looking likely to kick-on and grab another, Padiham again went ahead again through a fine solo goal.
After a number of agonisingly close efforts from the youngsters, Burnley finally found the net through Gilchrist, who scored his seventh goal since his return to pre-season; being in the right place at the right time to nod home and follow-up Massanka’s powerful initial effort.
The turnaround was complete on the stroke of full time, when Frost pounced on a rebound following a good individual run and shot from stand-in left back Christian Hill.
Manager Jolley was pleased with his side’s resilient second half display, insisting: “We were quite good in the first 30 minutes but I think the first goal that we conceded affected us.
“But at half-time we made a couple of changes and in the second half I think we played much better, we were generally on top and I think we deserved to win in the end.
“It was a really good experience for the younger lads to play against a team like Padiham and I thought all the youth team lads that played acquitted themselves really well.
“Ntumba when he came on made a real difference and he was also instrumental in the winning goal so really pleased for him but they all did well.
“To come back like we did shows we have the right mindset but having said that it is disappointing that we conceded three goals so there is work to do in that respect.”
The Devleopment Squad’s next fixture is at the newly built St George’s Park on Tuesday, August, 19, when the Clarets face the Nike Academy.