Burnley Veterans 6 v 3 Burnley Boys Club Veterans
Burnley Veterans welcomed two debuts for this game, the first being a new 1920 vintage claret shirt, the second being former Burnley midfielder Jamie Hoyland.
The match was a pre-tournament warm up for the Burnley Veterans side, who fly out to Hamm, Germany in ten days to take part in the 36th Hamm football festival.
It was all one way in the first half, with the Burnley Veterans controlling the game with some neat passing football through midfield from Bent, Hoyland and Deary.
The Veterans started with a front three of George Oghani, Liam Robinson and Andy Cooke. It was Robinson and Cooke who combined to give the Clarets the lead, when Cooke crossed from the left flank for Robinson to score with a looping header from 12 yards.
Not to be out done, five minutes later George Oghani added his name to the score sheet with a driving header from a Paul Atkinson cross, to give the Clarets a two goal lead.
Andy Cooke then added a third goal for the Vintage Clarets around the half hour mark, before Chris Moorland of Burnley Boys Club scored the best goal of the game.
The ball arrived at Moorland’s feet from a left wing pass and whilst trying to put Moorland off his pass, Clarets’ captain John Deary shouted, “shoot”, which he did from 25 yards out on the half volley. The ball whistled into the top right hand corner of the goal leaving the Clarets’ keeper no chance.
Andy Cooke added a fourth for the Clarets, with an excellent solo effort from the edge of the box, which left the Boy’s Club keeper clutching at thin air.
Junior Bent then added a fifth just before the interval, when he headed home from inside the six-yard box, to give the Clarets a 5-1 lead at the break.
Burnley Veterans made a number of changes at half time, bringing on Nigel Smith, Roger Eli and Graham Lancashire.
As the game progressed, Burnley Boys Club started to be more competitive and midway through the half they created a number of chances that were well saved by the Clarets goalkeeper.
Not to be denied, the Burnley Boys Club scored twice in five minutes around the seventy-minute mark. The first was a cheeky back heel from Jack Kilbride and Lee Taylor scored the second from the spot.
Later in the game, Junior Bent missed a penalty for the Clarets before Nigel Smith headed a sixth goal in the last minute of the game to give Burnley Veterans a 6-3 win.
Burnley Veterans now travel to Germany full of confidence, with a good team sprit, as shown by club captain John Deary, getting into the 1920’s mood.
Burnley Veterans – Gerry Harrison, Chris Scott, Phil Eastwood, Paul Atkinson, Junior Bent, John Deary, Jamie Hoyland, Andy Cooke, Liam Robinson, Roger Eli, George Eli, Nigel Smith, Graham Lancashire.
Scorers (Burnley Veterans) Robinson, Oghani, Cooke (2), Bent, Smith
(Burnley Boys Club) Moorland, Kilbride, Taylor