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Burnley U23s 4 Walsall U23s 1

Clarets enjoy impressive win at Lilleshall training base

31 July 2018

The Under-23s continued their good pre-season form with a comfortable victory over the Saddlers at their Lilleshall training base.

The Clarets were 3-0 up inside 30 minutes with headed goals from Rob Harker, Christian N’Guessan and Tinashe Chakwana as the physical dominance and work-rate of a young Burnley side proved too much for Walsall.

Burnley, under the guidance of Jo Pepper and Nicky Law, started the game with some intent and it was summer signing Harker (above) who put the Clarets ahead on 23 minutes with a flicked header from a Marley Blair cross.

N’Guessan added another headed goal from a free-kick delivered from a wide position by Josh Benson and it was Benson’s excellent delivery open play that lead to Chakwana nodding over the stranded Walsall keeper to make it 3-0.

Benson (below) further demonstrated his quality when the former Arsenal youngster hit the post with a curling free-kick from the edge of the box.

And he then completed a hat-trick of assists with a whipped corner which centre-half Cook finished with an unstoppable volley from inside the box. 

With just over an hour gone, N’Guessan won himself a penalty with a surging run from midfield into the heart of the Walsall.

The midfielder dusted himself down to take the penalty but his effort was well saved. 

Burnley were very much on the front foot by this stage and Anthony Glennon nearly added another with a good effort from the edge of the box which was well saved. 

The Clarets made a number of changes mid-way through the second half and Walsall added a late consolation with a headed cross into the bottom corner. 

The Clarets complete their training camp with a game against Wolves on Friday, which will now be played at Wolves’ Compton Park training ground.

Burnley: Mawson, Cropper (Younger), Glennon (Kioki), N’Guessan (Perkins), Cook, Wilson, Benson (Howarth), Harker (Steels), Chakwana, Blair.

 On a busy day for the Clarets’ Academy set-up, a youth side drew 1-1 with Matlock Town at the Barnfield Training Centre on Tuesday afternoon, under-16 player Lucas Eastham getting the goal.

And the under-18s then go to Padiham on Tuesday evening for their latest friendly (kick-off 7.30pm), following a 2-0 win at Armthorpe Welfare last Saturday thanks to goals from Michael Fowler and a trialist.

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