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Burnley Dev Squad 0 Hartlepool Utd 0

25 November 2015

Free-scoring Ntumba Massanka was unable to add to his recent haul as the Clarets Development Squad were the equal of a strong Hartlepool United side.

The 18-year-old striker (pictured, above) has been in a rich vein of form, with 13 goals in his last 11 games - and had two good chances to win Tuesday’s friendly at Gawthorpe.

But on this occasion his luck was out as Pool’s keeper twice denied him with smart second half saves.

And it was left to midfielder Aiden O’Neill to come closest to breaking the deadlock with a late drive from distance that cannoned back off the post.

Hartlepool, who fielded six players with first team experience following the late postponement of their League Two clash at Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night, also came close to snatching victory with a late shot cleared off the line by Clarets skipper Tom Anderson.

Earlier, an even first half brought precious little in the way of clear-cut chances.

Jamie Frost was denied by a timely tackle as he shaped to shoot and the Clarets’ trialist winger came close after cutting in from the left flank.

Massanka was denied by a smart save early in the second half, following good work from Arlen Birch.

And from the resulting corner, the striker’s smart spin and shot in the box was hacked off the line by the last defender.

A Hartlepool shot from distance then had Dan Nizic in the Clarets goal worried as it dipped just over the crossbar.

But as the game wore on, the hosts looked the more likely winners.

And after O’Neill smacked the foot of the post with a speculative effort from 25 yards, Massanka’a late toe-poke, following a defensive mix-up, brought another fine save from the Pool stopper.

BURNLEY: Dan Nizic, Steven Hewitt, Arlen Birch (Khius Metz), Brandon Wilson, Shaun Hobson, Tom Anderson (C), Josh Ginnelly, Aiden O’Neill, Ntumba Massanka, Jamie Frost (Josh Dolling), Trialist (Renny Smith)

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