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Kick off 12:00 (UK)

13 July 2019 Venue Opalenica Attendance

Kick off 12:00 (UK)

Pogoń Szczecin II
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PREVIEW: Pogon Szczecin II v Burnley U23s

Game-time the key as Poland trip ends with first friendly

12 July 2019

All of the Clarets’ travelling party are expected to get a run-out as the Under-23s start their pre-season programme with an international flavour on Saturday.

Steve Stone’s men will round off their training camp in Poland with a friendly against the reserve side of top-flight club Pogon Szczecin.

The game (KO 12 noon local time) takes place at the Hotel Remes complex which has been Burnley’s base since last Sunday night.

And Stone is looking for his players to round off an excellent week’s work by getting some valuable game-time into their legs – with winger Vinnie Steels the only one likely to need a late fitness check after he missed a couple of sessions as a precaution.


The venue in Opalenica for Saturday's friendly

“It will be two different teams. It’s a way of giving every player 45 minutes,” said the Under-23s’ boss.

“It’s a progression of where they’ve been on the training ground and it’s the end of a hard two weeks.

“They’ll play a half and then start again on Monday.

“We then play Wednesday and Saturdays after that for the next three or four weeks.

“We’ll make sure everybody gets games, so everybody is ready.

“We won’t be picking teams to win football matches. We will be picking teams to make sure everybody is fit and ready to go at the start of the season.

“I’ve told the boys that. They’ll all be getting minutes and they’ll all be getting time and that’s fair.”

Szczecin’s line-up is expected to be their under-23 side which plays in III Liga, a competition divided into four groups below the level of the Polish League’s second division.


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REPORT: Pogon Szczecin II 1 Burnley U23s 2

13 July 2019

Rob Harker was on target before a second-half strike from one of the Clarets’ trialists secured the win to end the U23s’ training trip on a high note.

Centre-forward Harker clipped home the opening goal with almost half an hour gone as boss Steve Stone utilised 21 players to continue their fitness drive ahead of the new campaign.

Szczecin – U23 side of the Polish top-flight club – dominated the second half on their home soil and equalised through lively striker Adrian Benedyczak with an hour gone.

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But the Clarets kept plugging away and were rewarded with a winner 11 minutes from time in Opalenica when youth-teamer Mitch George slotted the ball through for one of the four outfield trialists the Clarets have looked at on the trip to enjoy his moment in the sun.

In what was very much a training exercise designed to top up the week's work on the training ground, there was still a competitive edge to an encounter that produced a handful of yellow cards.

The Clarets were the better side in the opening half hour, Tunde Bayode twice offering a threat.

And the winger was involved in the opening goal, which was the best move of the day.

Full-back Joel Senior, making his first appearance in a Burnley shirt, clipped a nice pass in behind the Szczecin back four for Bayode to meet in full flight.

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And his low cross was perfectly delivered for frontman Harker to meet with a neat near-post finish which he calmly tucked away.

With fatigue showing and a change of personnel after the break, the Clarets weren't as dominant again as they struggled to retain possession.

The Poles deservedly levelled when their stand-out performer punished a mistake from defender Edon Pruit to slot home.

But Burnley still had the energy left to force a winner - as well as hit a post through a further trialist - and successfully round off a productive week in upbeat mood with a victory in their opening pre-season game.

Pogon Szczecin II: Grobelny; Pach, Kuzko, Szczesniak, Kwiecien; Pawlowski, Kozlowski; Fraczak, Wedrychowski, Hostikka; Benedyczak.

Burnley (first half): Trialist; Senior, Thomas, Wilson, Glennon; Bayode, Trialist, Woods, Conn-Clarke; Trialist, Harker.

Burnley (second half): Calderbank-Park; Cropper, Younger, Pruti, Rain; Trialist, Trialist (Woods 65), N’Guessan, George (Conn-Clarke 85); Harris, Trialist.

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