Clarets storm back to beat previously unbeaten Saddlers
By Tony Scholes
Updated Saturday, 17th March 2012
Burnley's youth team recorded a twelfth successive league win this morning at Walsall in what is probably the best win so far this season in the Youth Alliance League.
|Aryn Williams scored the second to draw us level|
We came up against a team that is unbeaten in the league and a team who were described by Oldham coach Tony Philliskirk last week as the best youth team he's seen at Football League level in the last four years.
That was the task facing the young Clarets as they but the winning run on the line, and it all looked to be heading for defeat when the home side scored twice in the first eleven minutes of the game.
At that point, and with the Blackburn games in the back of the minds, it could easily have gone further wrong, but this group of players proved yet again what they have to offer.
We've seen it in the FA Youth Cup competition where we've come from behind to beat both Ipswich Town and Fulham whilst grabbing that late winner at West Brom having just seen the Baggies equalise, and we did it again today.
We pulled on back midway through the first half through New Zealander Cameron Howieson. His name is known to many Burnley fans now because of his goalscoring exploits at Craven Cottage and he got onto a through ball from forward Jason Gilchrist to take the score to 2-1, and it remained that way until half time.
The second half saw us take control of the game and were level soon after the restart when right back Aryn Williams scored from a narrow angle after collecting the ball from a rebound off the post.
We had to wait for the winner until just under ten minutes from time when Steven Hewitt, on as a substitute for Gilchrist, repeated his match winning goal against Oldham earlier in the season, curling in a free kick from 25-yards out.
It's a great result for the lads over the important game this week at Ewood Park.
Today's team was: Josh Cook, Aryn Williams, Alex Coleman, Jack Errington, Luke Conlan, Cameron Howieson, Luke Gallagher, Archie Love, Alex Mullin (Adam Evans 65), Jason Gilchrist (Steven Hewitt 65), Shay McCartan. Subs not used: Ben Woodhead, Lewis Nuttall.