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Huddersfield T U18s 2 Burnley U18s 2

Clarets hit back to extend unbeaten run and stay top of the table

27 January 2018

Burnley maintained their lead at the top of the table after hitting back from two goals down to share the points with title rivals Huddersfield Town.

Goals from James Clarke and former Town youngster Marley Blair in the final 20 minutes extended the Clarets unbeaten run in the U18 Professional Development League to six games and kept Danny Cadamarteri’s side two points clear of the Terriers at the top of the northern group.

Town – who had won 4-0 at Burnley in October –  took the lead on the half-hour mark through George Danaher before second-half substitute Ben Mills stroked home their second with 30 minutes to go as they looked to complete a double.

But Burnley were awarded a penalty in the 70th minute and after Blair’s effort had been saved, Clarke headed home the resultant corner before Blair completed the fightback with a late leveller.

A very even first half saw both sides go close, Craig Ellison seeing effort from close-range for the Clarets fizz just wide, while Danaher headed just over for the hosts.

However, it was the Terriers who took the lead when a long ball over the top was latched onto by Danaher, who headed over Adam Bruce to send Leigh Bromby’s side into the break with the advantage.

The Clarets looked a different side in the second half, but despite mountains of pressure and possession it was the home side who struck agasn as Mills burst down the left before slotting past Bruce to make it 2-0.

But Cadermarteri’s men didn’t give up the fight and were gifted a penalty when Ellison was brought down in the area.

Blair’s spot-kick was saved but from the corner that followed, Clarke rose highest to head into the bottom corner from the to spark the comeback.

And 10 minutes later, the visitors had their equaliser. Ellison worked terrifically to get into the box before squaring the ball to Blair, who poked home his third goal in as many games to draw things level.

The Clarets then looked to force a sixth successive league win, but Huddersfield held on to maintain the status quo at the top of the table.

Bruce, Cropper, Clarke, King, Rain, Blair, Moss, Kershaw (Layton 86), Meredith (George 60), Barnett, Ellison. Subs not used; Allen, Thomas, Yari. 

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