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23 September 2023 Venue Burnley FC Training Centre Attendance

Kick off 13:30 (UK)

Burnley U18
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Fleetwood Town U18
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Our Under-18s are set to face Burnley away on Saturday

21 September 2023

Fleetwood Town's Under-18s are back in action on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Gawthorpe Hall for a Professional Development League fixture against Burnley FC.

The match will kick-off at 1:30pm on Saturday 23 September at Burnley's training ground, and will give the young Cods the opportunity to make it back-to-back wins after their empathic victory over Queens Park Rangers last time out - Click HERE to read the match report! 

It has been a positive start for the Under-18s in their new league, seeing two wins and one defeat in their opening three matches. The defeat came away at Colchester United, with the two victories coming over Watford and QPR on home soil.

Stay tuned on the Academy pages and the club's official website for pre-match interviews with head coach Mark Yeates and midfielder Crispin McLean.

Don't miss out on any Academy news by following the official Fleetwood Town Academy Twitter and Facebook pages. With team news, match updates and much more, you will keep up to date with all that's going on.

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Match Reports

Report: Under-18s pull off brilliant comeback away at Burnley

25 September 2023

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Fleetwood Town’s Under-18s pulled off a brilliant comeback in their Professional Development League fixture away at Burnley on Saturday as they won the clash 2-1 at Gawthorpe Hall.

From what was a tough start to the day, due to them conceding from the penalty spot four minutes in, the young Cods showed the resilience needed to cancel out Burnley’s early opener and even push for a winner late on in the game.

The game settled down after this with chances coming at a premium until the half-time break – Crispin McLean had the only meaningful effort on goal in this time but his low shot from the edge of the box was stopped well by Lewis Forshaw.

Burnley seemed to struggle to create chances from this moment on as Mark Yeates’ side looked to work their way back into the clash and, around the hour mark, Mikey Lane and Jack Doherty both chances deflected wide from a stern home defence.

That pressure from Town paid off as the score was levelled up 20 minutes from time as a corner was played into a busy box and, in the middle of the scramble for the ball, defender Theo Butterworth was able to get a touch on it to net his first of the season.

It went from bad to worse for the Clarets as six minutes later, they went down to ten men after forward Luca Jackson saw red, and then they fell behind in the clash not long after that.

From a beautiful bit of play between Lane and substitute Dom Richmond, the latter was able to play an inch-perfect low-ball across the face of goal to Liam Roberts, who composed himself and slotted the ball past the goalkeeper to make it 2-1 with 10 minutes to go.

The young winger had the chance to double his tally for the game, and Town’s lead in the 89th minute as he latched onto a cross from full-back Rafaele Cirino, but his header went just over the bar and, with that being the last chance of the game, it meant Yeates’ young Cods had pulled off the comeback.

With four wins from five in all competitions now, the Under-18s will now set their sights on their next clash which will be against Hull City at Poolfoot Farm on Saturday 30 September.

Town XI: Bellizia (GK), Cirino, Hughes (C) (Slater 67’), Smith (Elmore 75’), Eccles, Butterworth, Daha (Richmond 60’), Jack Doherty, Lane, McLean (Namputu 60’), Roberts.

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