U23 REPORT: Burnley 0 Fleetwood Town 0
Clarets warm-up for play-off push in training ground stalemate
The Under-23s kept themselves ticking over ahead of their return to league action next week with a training ground run-out against Fleetwood Town.
With a fortnight between fixtures and three games left to try and secure a play-off place in the Second Division of Premier League 2, the Clarets slotted in some useful match action.
A Fleetwood side containing and cajoled by senior men Glenn Whelan – working his way back to fitness – and Mark Duffy were the better side for long periods at the Barnfield Training Centre.
But the Clarets had opportunities in each half for youth-team striker Sam Unwin to get the only goal of the game.
The Clarets were without regular captain and striker Lewis Richardson following his appearance from the bench for the first team at Southampton last Sunday as he continues to train in the senior set-up.
And Joel Mumbongo was also left out with a knock ahead of next Monday afternoon’s visit of Norwich City in the first of two games next week which could go a long way to determining the Clarets’ promotion chances.
Unwin and Rob Harker therefore led the Clarets’ attack and Unwin went close to breaking the deadlock when he was released by Max Thompson and just failed to beat goalkeeper Joel Coleman with an attempted chip.
Fleetwood did most of the attacking with former Clarets’ winger Chris Conn-Clarke a regular threat without being able to test Burnley goalkeeper Marc Richter.
It was a similar tale after the break with Conn-Clarke sending a header just wide as the visitors pressed for a winner.
But with Richard Nartey again a calming presence at the back Burnley held out.
And Unwin had one further chance from another Thompson pass which the teenager met with a shot he flashed into the side netting.
Steve Stone’s side will now prepare for the visit of the Canaries before they finish the regular season with trips to Reading and champions-elect Leeds United in pursuit of the points they need to hang onto a top-five place.
Burnley: Richter; Rain (Barrett HT), Trialist, Nartey, Glennon; Thompson, Tucker (Diallo 65), Gomez-Mancini, Costelloe; Harker, Unwin.