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Barnes Back On The Goal Trail

25 October 2016

Ashley Barnes completed his first 90 minutes since pre-season in a goalscoring return in the 4-2 Development Squad defeat to Bury.

The Clarets striker has been sidelined since suffering the hamstring injury at Bradford City in pre-season.

And following a 45-minute run-out in last week’s behind-closed-doors game at home to Sheffield Wednesday, the former Brighton and Hove Albion hitman was on target with the Clarets’ first goal as he closed in on a first team return.

Tinashe Chakwana grabbed a late consolation for the Clarets, who faced a strong Bury side made up of unused substitutes from their League One game against Bolton on Monday, and other first teamers.

And it was the Shakers who took the lead early on as former Everton attacker Hallam Hope picked up the ball outside the area and fired past Conor Mitchell.

A few minutes later Burnley came close when Barnes held the ball up well and fed Brad Jackson out wide who found Chakwana for a half chance that went begging.

However, it was Bury who took their chances early on when George Miller headed in experienced midfielder Andrew Tutte's cross to doubler the lead.

The Bury side, littered with first team experience, were cruising towards the end of the first half and when Bolton loanee Tom Walker weaved in and out of the Clarets defence he found Dudley at the back post, who tapped in from close range.

Michael Jolley's men came out raring to change things in the second half and when Birch's long ball fell to the feet of Barnes the towering striker put his effort just wide.

However, minutes later Barnes did grab a well-deserved goal, latching onto Jackson’s cross and beating Paul Rachubka in the Bury goal.

The Shakers still wanted more though and when ex-Claret Callum Styles found Ciaran Best in the box from a corner, the defender nodded home Bury's fourth of the afternoon.

It wasn't finished there though and the Clarets grabbed a second late on when Barnes' shot bounced off the post to the feet of strike partner Chakwana, who stroked the ball home for a late consolation.

BURNLEY: Mitchell, Birch, Younger, Wilson, Koiki, McNeil, Jackson, Howarth (Clarke 54), Thomas, McNeil (Bayode) Barnes, Chakwana.
Subs not used: Yao, Olomewewe, Aghayere

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