Burnley’s preparations for their Premier League return took a boost as Michael Kightly made a return to action in the development Squad’s 3-0 victory over Fleetwood Town
The former Stoke City winger played for the first time this pre-season, following minor knee surgery in the close-season.
The summer signing eased through 63 minutes in the behind-closed-doors Gawthorpe friendly.
And Kightly’s return wasn’t the only positive coming from the fixture as young striker Jason Gilchrist bagged a hat-trick in front of former Claret, Graham Alexander’s watchful eye.
The arranged friendly was a game of few chances, as Burnley enjoyed the major part of the possession. That was rewarded in the 39th minute as the 19-year-old hitman lost his man with a sharp turn before unleashing a powerful effort into the top left corner.
Moments later the striker helped himself to his second of the game following a wonderful low cross from Lafferty, which was inch-perfect for Gilchrist to double Burnley’s advantage.
Gilchrist, who scored in Austria and netted the winner at Accrington Stanley, sealed his hat-trick in the 53rd minute, again with a neat finish nestling into the bottom corner.
Kightly almost got himself on the scoresheet after running onto a through-ball from Nathan Lowe before forcing a fine low save from the Fishermen’s stopper.
Kightly, 28, made 36 appearances in last season’s promotion campaign and started his comeback when he was an unused substitute against Celta Vigo on Tuesday night to step up his return to action.
Burnley: Mithcell, Reid, Long, Lafferty, O'Neill, Hewitt, Lowe, Kightly, Trialist, Gilchrist.