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Young Clarets Close In On Leaders

29 March 2017

The Clarets Youth team moved within three points of leaders Blackpool with a resounding 2-0 league victory over Rochdale.

Tommy Wood, pictured above, grabbed both goals in a 2-0 win that saw Michael Duff’s side register their fifth win in six games to spark a title charge.

Burnley took control just 30 seconds in as Dwight McNeil found space out wide, before beating his man and whipping in a fine ball for Wood, who did well to move away from his marker before slotting home from close range.

Just minutes later the hosts were awarded a penalty after a foul on Wood following a corner kick.

Up stepped the striker to slam the ball into the bottom left corner to give the home side a 2-0 advantage just six minutes in.

Rochdale looked to begin to move the ball round nicely and came close to a goal when Matty Gilliam hit a stinging effort from 25 yards just wide of Connor King's goal.

As the weather took a turn for the worst in the second half the game suffered, however McNeil worked well out wide before teeing up Tinashe Chakwana in the area, who smashed a shot just over.

And despite Dale's best effort to pull one back, the outstanding King was not for beating as he preserved the two-goal advantage with another terrific save from a free kick.

The Clarets next host Fleetwood at Barnfield Training Centre this Saturday, while leaders Blackpool are at home to Shrewsbury.

BURNLEY: King, Egan, Wilson, Younger, Mpofu (Koiki 56), Chakwana, Howarth (Yari 45), Shrimpton, McNeil, Wood, Limb (Fenton 65).

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