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Burnley 2014

The 2014 Football Aid fixture at Turf Moor was a special occasion for all concerned; it was our 1st game back at the stadium since 2003 and with the 1st team having just gained promotion to the Premier League the Clarets fans were in fantastic spirits as well! It proved to be a great game of football as well, with the Home team clinching an impressive 4-2 victory. With the Home side 3 goals up at half-time the Away team deserved great credit in making a game off it in the 2nd half and in the end it was a cracking game of football to watch. It took some great finishes in front of goal because of the quality of the defending and the fans were certainly treated to a great game of football with plenty of end to end action.

Date: Tuesday 6th May
Venue: Turf Moor
Burnley Home vs Burnley Away
Kick off: 2pm
Legends and Managers: David Hamilton, John Deary, Graham Lancashire and Roger Eli
Match Officials: Matt Phillipson, Philip Hewitson and Harry Daniels

With the sun shining and the Turf Moor pitch looking immaculate it was the Home team who got the game underway in the famous claret and blue strip and just 8 mins had gone when the Home side made the breakthrough courtesy of a cracking strike by No 11 Dan Walters. It was the No 9 Mark Jenkins, however, who created it by flicking it over his left shoulder as he was backing into his marker which got Walters through on goal. Walters then cut across defender Damian Bradley before rocketing the ball into the top corner (1-0).

And it was the Home side who scored next as well, only to realise that the goal was ruled out for offside. With the ball played down the left wing a great cross produced a fine striker's finish from Mark Jenkins, however, he looked across to see the linesman holding up his flag to rule out his effort.

But the Home team were rewarded for their pressure and got their 2nd goal of the game after 21mins. Legend John Deary played a lovely ball down the left side to attacker Dan Walters, who cut across his opposite number into the box and curled a lovely effort into the far corner to grab his 2nd of the game and double his team's lead (2-0).

The Home side were all over their opposition and again were causing them problems at the back. What appeared to be a stone-wall penalty was waved away by referee Matt Phillipson. A chip through that found No 9 Mark Jenkins led to him being brought down under a challenge from centre half Tom Smith. The defender didn’t appear to get the ball but, despite his appeals, Jenkins didn't receive the spot kick he thought he deserved.

However not too long before half-time the Home team had another goal and it was sublimely created and finished. The No 11 Dan Walters used his strength to win the ball in the middle of the park before playing it out to winger Brad Talbot. Talbot then played a low ball into centre forward Mark Jenkins who coolly finished it first time between the keeper’s legs (3-0).

Minutes later and the Home side had a golden opportunity to make it 4 before the break. A low ball across the box by No 9 Mark Jenkins looked for No 8 Brad Talbot, however, Away full back Ashley Phillips got back well to get to the ball. His attempted clearance then pin-balled off fellow defender Tom Smith and then off the original target Talbot. The ball rolled agonisingly towards the goal only for keeper Matt Smith to push it round the post and out for a corner.

It’s fair to say that the 1st half was a one-sided affair, which was reflected in the score-line. Thanks to the brilliant strike pairing of Jenkins and Walters, the Home side created several chances and took the lion's share of them with confidence and a certain swagger. The Away team found it hard to get into the game and definitely needed the half time break to think of a way to break down the Home side’s structured defence, which had been led expertly by centre half pairing Rich Duffy and Mark Clyne.

Half Time: Burnley Home 3 - 0 Burnley Away

The Away team were given a long, tactical talking to in their dressing room by manager Graham Lancashire. He told the central midfield pairing to cover the defence while letting the wingers push up the field to try and create some width and spread the play. On the positive side, he pointed out that when they did keep the ball in the 1st half they were playing the other team off the pitch. Some much needed support going into the second half.

It didn’t take long for the action to excite those watching. A cut inside from Home No 7 James Johnson led to him being brought down on the edge of the box by opposition No 4 Tom Smith. The resulting free-kick was whipped into the back post where centre forward Mark Jenkins was waiting. His side foot volley was extraordinarily saved by keeper Matt Smith who clutched the ball off the line, with the linesman ruling it hadn't gone over for a goal.

Away keeper Matt Smith came to the rescue again moments later for his side, however his excellent efforts to keep his side in the game were to prove to be in vain. A ball that completely caught out the offside trap played in No 6 Ashley Bick whose effort was saved excellently by the feet of Smith. However, just after this opportunity, Smith could do nothing about Ashley Bick’s next shot. Picking it up, Bick exchanged a one-two with No 10 Richard Caplan, before releasing a curling effort from 30yards that flew into the top left corner with 56mins on the clock (4-0).

However the Away side found a new lease of life and they were rewarded just 2mins later with a classy goal scored by No 20 Andrew Harland. The prolific centre forward was played in by central midfielder Steven Foreman, the striker then proceeded to take the ball round keeper James Leighton before tucking it in neatly despite the back-tracking defenders who just missed out on clearing the ball (4-1).

The Away side almost had a second as well moments later when No 9 Dave Taylor cut the ball back hoping to find centre forward Harland. This pass, though, was cut out by full back Nathan Rogers whose clearance went towards his own goal. Luckily for the captain, his keeper James Leighton tipped it onto the bar and Rogers cleared it away this time to safety.

With only minutes to go the Away side, to their credit, kept pushing for another goal to lessen the deficit. Centre forward Andrew Harland could have done this when he was released through on goal but unfortunately for him his effort was stopped by the foot of the woodwork. But, to their joy, the Away side got another goal as the game neared its end. A long, route one ball that was flicked on by No 9 Dave Taylor was collected and finished off calmy by central midfielder Steven Foreman (4-2).

The game was an enthralling counter between two sides who gave it their all, producing some marvellous football at both ends of the pitch. It was a tale of two halves as the Home team dominated the first gaining a 3 goal lead, which would’ve been more had it not been for Away keeper Matt Smith. Whereas, the 2nd half was won by a gritty Away team performance who denied the Home side many opportunities and gave a great account for themselves by scoring 2 goals that showed pure class in front of goal. It is easy to remember those who scored, however, the centre half pairing of Rich Duffy and Mark Clyne in the 1st half gave the Away team little opportunity up front, controlling play in the air and keeping the back line level. In the end, a tiring Home side saw out the game as rightful victors after a great day’s football.

Full Time: Burnley Home 4 - 2 Burnley Away

Man of the Match Home: Rich Duffy
Man of the Match Away: Matt Smith
Moment of the Match: Dan Walters

Home Team: James Leighton, Nathan Rogers (C), John Deary, Rich Duffy, Mark Clyne
Ashley Bick, James Johnson, Brad Talbot, Mark Jenkins, Richard Caplan, Dan Walters, James Brookes, Mark Clyne, Craig Rushton, Ashley Bick
Home Team Manager: David Hamilton
Home Team Mascot: Katie Brookes

Away Team: Matt Smith, Ashley Phillips, Roger Eli, Tom Smith, Damian Bradley (C), Lee Waterfall, Tim Evans, Martin Mcleod, Dave Taylor, Steven Foreman, Andrew Harland, Tim Berryman, Nathan Mclean, Ashley Phillips, Martin Mcleod
Away Team Manager: Graham Lancashire
Away Team Mascot: Alex Foreman