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Report: Burnley Youth 3-3 Accrington Stanley

4 February 2015

The Clarets youths drew 3-3 against Accrington Stanley on Tuesday afternoon in the North West Youth Alliance.

The fixture, which had been had been rearranged and took place at Manchester City’s Carrington Training Ground, saw Burnley fall behind twice before second half goals from Andy Nugent, Jamal Crawford and Ntumba Massanka earned a point.

Stanley stated the better of the two sides and following a superb save from Tony Aghayere, where he tipped a close range effort onto the crossbar, the Reds took the lead in the half hour mark.

A long diagonal ball from left back was pounced upon and the Stanley striker’s low shot beat Aghayere into the bottom corner.

Stanley thought they had grabbed their second minutes later, but for another fine save from Aghayere, who had to be alert to a near-post flick.

Burnley’s first real chance of note fell to Brandon Wilson shortly after the restart, whose long range strike was well saved.

And from the chance Stanley countered and doubled their advantage.

A threaded through ball found a Reds shirt and the forward again finished with aplomb.

An hour in, the Clarets dragged themselves back into the contest when Vashiko Dixon was fouled on the edge of the box and left back Nugent stepped up to bend the free-kick into the top corner.

Lewis Norvock replaced Dixon midway through the second half, making his first appearance for the club since September after being forced to watch from the sidelines after sustaining a stress fracture.

The substitution meant that Norvock went to centre half and Captain Waqas Azam moved to right back.

But just when Burnley was seemed to be controlling the game, Accrington scored their third.

A neat reverse pass set up a fine opportunity in space and the Stanley striker made no mistake, slotting past Aghayere.

From the restart, Burnley again reduced the arrears. Ntumba Massanka gathered the ball on the wing, before crossing across goal to Josh Dolling. Dolling’s effort was well saved, but Crawford was there to pounce on the rebound.

And 18 minutes from time, they levelled when Massanka’s scuffed effort from Azam’s cross looped over the stranded goalkeeper.

Burnley then had two chances to win it in the dying stages. The first fell to Dolling, whose shot was somehow kept out on the line, before Bradley Jackson’s header, which was destined for the top corner was superbly tipped to safety.

Burnley: Aghayere; Dixon (Norvock 64), Hobson, Azam, Nugent; Crawford, Bianga, Wilson, Jackson; Dolling (Hill 78), Massanka (Metz 78). Subs not used: Bruce, El-Fitouri

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