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Young Clarets Earn Draw

17 February 2015

The Clarets development squad drew 2-2 on Tuesday afternoon at Lincoln City's Sincil Bank.


The youngsters took the lead through Cameron Howieson, then fell behind in the second half only to force an equaliser from Kevin Ly one minute from time to share the spoils.

Kevin Ly


Conor Mitchell featured for the first time in goal since December, following a troublesome back injury.


However, a knee injury in training for Alex Whitmore forced coach Michael Jolley to make a change to the back four.


Luke Daly started at right back as Luke Conlan pushed inside to partner Tom Anderson, who was back on familiar territory having enjoyed a loan spell at Lincoln earlier this season. Christian Hill sat back from his usual wing position to complete the defence.


Bradley Jackson was rewarded for his recent form in the youth team as he started on the right wing.


Midfielders Nathan Lowe, Howieson and captain Steven Hewitt started in centre, with Ntumba Massanka joining Jason Gilchrist in attack.


And after going behind early on in recent weeks, it was Burnley who took the lead after 19 minutes.


The three centre midfielders combined from a well worked corner routine, as Hewitt drilled in the flag kick, Lowe dummied the delivery and Kiwi Howieson found the bottom corner from outside the box.


Ten minutes later, however, the scores were level. A deep ball to the far post from the right hand side was met with a fine header which flew into the top corner past Mitchell, who had no chance.


The Clarets were up against stiff opposition in Lincoln, who featured several first teamers in front of watching manager Chris Moyses.


And in a second half of few chances, the game again burst into life 10 minutes from time.


Possession was lost in midfield by Burnley and the mistake was punished. A through-ball set up Lincoln's forward, who coolly slotted in their second between Mitchell's legs.


One minute from time though, second half substitute Ly levelled the scoring. The midfielder returned last month after sustaining a knee injury, which had sidelined the Australian for the majority of the season.


And a second assist from Hewitt set up Ly in the box for the midfielder to find the far corner with a powerful strike.


Burnley: Mitchell; Daly, Anderson, Conlan, Hill; Jackson (Ly 63), Lowe, Howieson, Hewitt; Massanka (71), Gilchrist.


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