Tony Philliskirk’s side take on Bolton Wanderers this weekend, as the youngsters return to league action for the first time since in three weeks.
Last time out, the Clarets ran out 3-0 winners at Wigan Athletic, but a home game a week later against Barnsley was postponed due to the weather, before a free weekend saw Philliskirk’s side go two weekends without an U18 Professional Development match.
And first-year scholar Dylan Moonan believes the squad are eager to get back into action at Barnfield on Saturday, insisting the hard-work hasn’t stopped away from the pitch.
Former Wigan youngster Moonan said: “Even though we have had a bit off time off game wise, we have still been in as normal.
“We've had two sessions every day, so we are still always trying to improve.
“Obviously a few of us had the Clarets Cup game this week, which we won, so we will be looking to take the momentum into this weekend.
“But I feel, as a group, our performances and results have got better as the season has gone on.
“I feel now we have got going and gelled together we can push on and hopefully challenge for a first or second placed spot come the end of the season."
Moonan added: “It’s also good to see the first-years put their marker down this season. Sometimes the second-years can dominate the weekend squad but the group this year know the places are always up for grabs and its good competition.”
Bolton currently sit bottom of the northern division of the U18 PDL, winning just one match this season.
And apart from a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City, Wanderers have lost all their other fixtures.
The match kicks off at 11am at the Barnfield Training Centre. Live updates will be available on Twitter (@Burnleyofficial) followed by a report and reaction.