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High Five For Youth Team?

30 October 2014

Following a 4-1 victory against neighbours Accrington Stanley last week – their fourth successive victory in the league - the Youth Team are back in action on Saturday morning when they make the trip to Wrexham’s Colliers Park.


The Clarets’ stunning form has catapulted themselves up to sixth in the North West Youth Alliance table, just four points behind league leaders Walsall.


It was, in fact, the Saddlers who last defeated the youngsters in a 3-1 defeat, but since then the defence has tightened and have conceded just two goals in their last four games.


And Youth Team Coach Andy Farrell insists the welcome upturn in fortunes is all down to hard work.


He said: “We have been great at the back and we have looked solid. It has taken it’s time but we have all come together collectively and we outlined where we were struggling and worked on it in training and the lads have come through superbly.


“We are hard to break down and the last time we conceded from open play was against Walsall in September.


“Tony (Aghayere) in goals has been great all season.  Since I have been involved in the youth set-up he has been the best I have seen for his crosses, shot stopping and consistency and he is showing signs of improvement all the time”.


It’s not just the defence that’s improving though, with the free-scoring Clarets on target 12 times in their last four games.


Farrell added: “I’m not sure if it is a coincidence or not but we decided to work on counter attacking in training due to the fact we have so many fast players towards the top of the pitch.


“We felt we are solid enough at the back to absorb pressure and once we regain possession we utilise our wingers and break past the opposition back four.


“We have a young group and myself and Pash (Terry Pashley) have been impressed with what we have seen and hopefully we continue to develop and get more results”.


Line-up to face Wrexham: Aghayere, El-Fitouri, Nugent, Hobson, Dixon, Bianga, Wilson, Jackson, Hill, Dolling, Massanka.


Subs: Metz, Crawford, Azam, King. 

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