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Accrington Stanley 0 Burnley 1

26 July 2014

JASON Gilchrist netted for the second game in succession as the Clarets overcame near neighbours Accrington Stanley in scorching summer temperatures.

Gilchrist, 19, had bagged his first senior goal in Burnley’s 8-0 rout over Austrian minnows Grossklein in the opening pre-season fixture.

And the second half substitute struck again in the 73rd minute at the Store First Stadium to make it back-to-back wins for Sean Dyche’s squad.

The Clarets handed young striker Jayden Hall, currently on a short-term deal, a senior debut on the right side of midfield, while goalkeeper Tom Heaton, midfielder Steven Reid, wide man Michael Kightly and striker Ashley Barnes all sat out the Clarets first friendly back on home soil.

Hosts Stanley almost made the perfect start though, with Josh Windass’s long-range effort being clawed round the post by Matt Gilks.

It took 23 minutes before the patient Clarets thought they had finally made the breakthrough.  Dean Marney fed Kieran Trippier and after racing into space and receiving the return ball, the midfielder went for goal.

Reds keeper Iain Turner could only parry the fierce, low drive straight into the path of Ings, who gobbled up the rebound from six yards, only to be flagged offside.

Three minutes later, striker partner Marvin Sordell was then a whisker away from opening the scoring, with a well-drilled volley from Ings’ neat lay-off which flew just wide of the post with Turner well beaten.

As the Clarets assumed control of the contest, Steven Hewitt dissected the Stanley defence with a superb ball just after the half hour, only for Marney to balloon his effort from inside the ‘D’.

And minutes before the break, it took a painful looking goalline clearance from Dean Winnard to keep the scores level after Hall had struck a volley beautifully at the far post.

Hewitt was the only survivor as Clarets boss Dyche rung the changes at half time.

And the midfielder was the provider for another ‘goal’ ruled out for offside 10 minutes after the restart, as he rolled the ball across from the area from the right for Lukas Jutkiewicz to slot home.

However, 17 minutes from time the Clarets finally made the breakthrough.

Wide man Scott Arfield was the architect, holding the ball up well from Nathan Lowe’s ball down the right touchline line and eventually weaving his way along the by-line.

The Scot picked out Gilchrist with a precise cut-back and the teenage striker made no mistake, finding the far corner with a precise low side-foot effort.

The roles were almost reversed moments later, when a terrific last-ditch block from Adam Buxton denied Arfield a sure-fire second from Gilchrist’s slotted pass.

But it took a fine parry from Alex Cisak to ensure the victory, when Windass took aim and fired in an accurate 25 yard effort with 10 minutes remaining.

BURNLEY (1st half): Gilks, Mee (Conlan 41), Shackell, Anderson, Trippier, Taylor, Hewitt, Marney, Hall, Ings, Sordell.

BURNLEY (2nd Half): Cisak, Lafferty, Duff. Long. O’Neill, Arfield, Howieson, Jones, Hewitt (Lowe 70), Gilchrist, Jutkiewicz.

STANLEY (starting): Turner, Buxton, Liddle, Hunt, Atkinson, Winnard, Naysmith, Windass, Gray, Bowerman, Mingoia.
Subs: Wort, Aldred, Goulding, Jenkins, Ormerod, Martin, Clunan, Beverley, Simpson.

Att: 3,145 (1,539 Burnley)

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