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Youths Pile Pressure On Seasiders

23 April 2017

Michael Duff's U18 side kept up their outstanding form with a 3-1 win at Preston giving them an eighth victory in a row to pile the pressure on league leaders Blackpool.

The Clarets came into this game level on points with the Seasiders, who defeated Fleetwood Town at home.

And despite falling behind to an early Tom Stead goal, goals before the break from Tinashe Chakwana, pictured above, and Dwight McNeil gave the Clarets a half-time lead over North End.

A second half strike from substitute Harry Limb then ensured all three points for Duff's side to keep them second on goal difference.

It was in-form Burnley who started on the front foot as Olatunde Bayode worked well out wide, before crossing for Tommy Wood, who just couldn't steer the ball home.

However, Preston grabbed a shock lead a few minutes later as Stead was unmarked at the back post to bury a header past Connor King.

The Clarets looked to have levelled not long after as U16 midfielder Kian Yari hit a goal-bound effort from just outside the area, which was blocked six yards out by Stead.

But they were level shortly after when Bayode found Chakwana in the area and the striker confidently nodded home past North End keeper Callum Roberts.

Just before the break Burnley had their second as McNeil broke free before firing past Roberts into the bottom corner.

Dwight McNeil

A much quieter second half saw the home side try push for the equalising goal, but it was the Clarets who had the last word as Limb latched on to Chakwana's lobbed pass and ran through on goal before slotting past Roberts.

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