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08 April 2019 Venue The Barnfield Training Centre Attendance

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Burnley U23
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Colchester United U23

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PREVIEW: Burnley U23s v Colchester Utd U23s

Clarets look to end home programme on a high to push Blues for second spot

8 April 2019

The Under-23s complete their home league programme against Colchester United this afternoon (Monday) in a behind-closed-doors fixture at Barnfield (KO 2pm).

Steve Stone’s side is looking to bounce back from a run of three successive defeats in league and cup after losing 2-1 at Nottingham Forest last Friday afternoon.

Birmingham City’s 3-1 win over Cardiff City on Saturday has taken them three points clear of the Clarets in second place in the Professional Development League’s northern section as they look to follow winners Leeds into the play-offs.

With two games to go, one more win is likely to be enough for the Blues to guarantee second spot.

But Burnley will look to push them all the way with maximum points in their final two games against the U’s and then at Charlton Athletic next Monday as they look to finish an impressive campaign on a high.

And Stone’s side will also be looking to regain their momentum ahead of the final of the LFA Senior Cup against Blackburn Rovers on a date still to be confirmed.

Stone said: "The lads have put a real effort in since i got here, but just looked a little off it against Forest in what we are trying to do.

"They now need to take up the baton and drive over the line which i have asked them to do.

"Now it's time to see if they can deliver it and finish the season on a high."

Colchester are currently propping up the league’s southern section, with six wins.

Live up-dates from this afternoon's game will be available via @BurnleyOfficial

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Burnley U23s 3 Colchester United U23s 0

Teenager Woods on target and clean sheet for Pope as Clarets ease past U's

8 April 2019

Steve Stone’s side bounced back from Friday’s defeat against Nottingham Forest, with a routine victory over Colchester United on a windy afternoon at the Barnfield Training Centre.

It was a Burnley side that included two U16 players, England international Nick Pope - who kept a clean sheet to top up his match practice - and a crop of teenagers.

A goal in each half from Rob Harker and a third from 16-year-old Ben Woods in the 88th minute ensured that the Clarets kept the pressure on Birmingham City, moving level on points with the second-placed Blues who have two games in hand over Stone’s side.

Burnley started bright and came close early on, as Woods fired an effort just over the bar from 25 yards out.

Harker than had his first chance of the afternoon, after breaking through on goal, before rifling the ball just wide of the post.

The Clarets were dominating the early stages of the game and had a third chance with 20 minutes gone, as U16 striker Lewis Richardson teed up Harker, whose acrobatic effort fizzed inches wide of the goal.

United then had their first chance of the game, as Kwame Poku forced Pope into action with a smart save to keep the scores level.

However, moments later the home side took the deserved lead as Harker poked home the ball from close range, after latching onto Bobby Thomas’ cushioned header.

After a dominant first-half display from the hosts, the visitors came out raring to go and came close when Todd Miller’s cross sailed just past the post, with Jake Hutchinson lurking yards out.

However, it was Stone’s men that struck again with 20 minutes to go, as Dan Agyei fed the ball into the path of Harker, who slotted home past goalkeeper Callum Coulter.

And despite the U’s best efforts at pulling a goal back, it was the hosts who had a third with just a couple of minutes to go.

Youngster Woods fired home past Coulter from just inside the area, to secure all three points with one game to go in the Clarets' league campaign.

BURNLEY: Pope, Cropper (Clarke 58), Thomas, Wilson, Glennon, Howarth (Conn-Clarke 49), N’Guessan, Woods, Agyei, Harker, Richardson (Bayode 74). Subs: Stone, Perkins.

Colchester United: Coulter, Ige, Armsworth, Hyde, Barnes, Sayer, Anderson (Ager 56), Poku, Miller, Charles (Hutchinson HT), Hilton. Substitutes: Hallett, Agboola.

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