Late goal costs Clarets the Alliance title
By Tony Scholes
Updated Wednesday, 25th April 2012
Our youth team went back to the top of the league on Monday with a 3-0 win against Stockport County in what was our final league goal of the season. That would only be enough to win the title if Preston failed to beat Wigan this morning.
|Captain Tom Anderson|
North End were always clear favourites to win today, and they duly did in a heartbreaking way for the young Clarets.
Wigan actually took the lead with Preston equalising right on half time with a penalty and then going on to win it with a goal in the 87th minute.
It's left us as runners up in the league for the third time in four years. In the 2008/09 we were second behind Wrexham, last year Rochdale pipped us, and this season despite only four defeats and 58 points from 24 games we've had to settle for second place again.
Again the fixture pile up at the end of the season has cost us along with first team calls and injuries that have cost the team, at times, over half of the side that had won through so well in the FA Youth Cup.
This team deserves to win something and still can with the Lancashire FA Youth Cup Final against Preston to come next Wednesday at Deepdale. There'll be no first team calls and, whilst there appears to be little chance of either Aryn Williams or Tom Anderson playing, it will hopefully be a much stronger team we can field in what will be the last game of the season.
Whatever happens, and whether we win a trophy or not, our lads can hold their heads high after a fantastic season that has seen us drop only five points in the league, other than the spell in September when we lost all three games, and reach the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup against all the odds.
Well done to all of them and let's hope some of them can now go on and forge a first team future at Burnley.
The most recent results are below along with the league's one remaining fixture, Burnley's goalscorers and the current league table.
Wednesday 18th April
Burnley 1 Carlisle 2
Monday 23rd April
Stockport 0 Burnley 3
Wednesday 25th April
Preston 2 Wigan 1
Saturday 28th April
Wigan v Morecambe
BURNLEY'S GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE AND CUP)
23: Jason Gilchrist, Shay McCartan
14: Steven Hewitt
9: Adam Evans
6: Cameron Howieson
3: own goals
2: Jamie Frost, Luke Gallagher, Archie Love, Alex Mullin, Aryn Williams
1: Charlie Holt, Lewis Nuttall, Dean Overson, James Taylor
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLE
|Preston North End||24||19||2||3||60||22||59|