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PREVIEW: Birmingham City U18s v Burnley U18s

5 October 2018

The youth team travel to Birmingham City this weekend in the U18 Professional Development League.

The Clarets head to the second City looking for a hat-rrick of victories, having defeated Barnsley in the league, followed up with a win in the Lancashire Youth Cup over Bolton Wanderers.

However, City are also in fine form, having won their last four league games.

And assistant Clarets coach John Townson admits his side are in for a tough test.

He said: “We have watched them, and they are a good side, however our recent performances and results have been good.

“So, it will be good to see how the lads get on, but we certainly won’t take them lightly."

When the two sides met last season, Burnley ran out 4-3 winners in a seven-goal thriller at the Barnfield Training Centre.

And in the reverse fixture, the Blues edged out the Clarets 3-2 in Birmingham.

Burnley will be without Michael Fowler, Ethan Kershaw, Will Harris, who have extended their loan spells at Padiham, Barnoldswick Town and Nelson, respectively.

Second year scholar Richard Taylor will also miss the game afgter starting a loan with Colne.

However, Townson is looking forward to others seizing the opportunities vacated by loanees.

“It will be another mixed team, and as we have said in the past few weeks it brings opportunities for other players," added Townson.

Despite City only picking up a point in their first two games, the Midlands club have won their last four games, scoring 12 goals along the way.

However, Townson praises his side for their recent performances and hopes they can take it into the weekend.

"I've said previously that the lads deserve a lot of credit," he added. "There has been a lot going on with the lads out on loan and injuries, but we will have to do it again.

"There is no hiding place in football, so we will have to rise to it again this weekend."

The game, at Birmingham City's training ground, kicks off at midday on Saturday.

A report will be on the official website followiong the game.

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Match Reports

Birmingham City U18s 1 Burnley U18s 3

Youths make it three wins out of three.

7 October 2018

The U18s secured their third consecutive win in all competitions, with a 3-1 victory over Birmingham City.

The side, currently being led by assistant manager John Townson due to Danny Cadamarteri’s departure, put an end to City’s four-match winning streak.

Kai Smith put the Clarets ahead, before an own goal doubled Burnley’s advantage.

Matty O’Neil added a third in the second-half, before the home side pulled one back late on.

Burnley started brightly, as Mitch George forced the Birmingham keeper’ into action early on.

Minutes later, the Clarets took the lead, as George teed up Smith inside the box to finish.

With 30 minutes played, Townson’s side had a second, as Kian Yari’s cross was turned in by a City defender for an own goal.

Early into the second half, the visitors added a third, as O’Neil (below) finished off a good move from down the right side of the pitch.

The home side then pulled one back with 20 minutes to go.

However, after a shifting into a back five to hold out the Midlands’ side pressure, Burnley held on and ensured they left with all three points.

The young Clarets are next in action on Saturday 13th October away to Nottingham Forest, 12:00pm kick off.

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