Burnley U23 3 v 6 Leeds United (Professional Development League)
Leeds United U23’s arrived at Barnfield Training ground this afternoon and ended the Clarets eight match unbeaten run to go top of the Professional Development League Northern Section thanks to a hat-trick from former Clarets striker Patrick Bamford.
The visitors had a very strong starting squad with half-a-dozen of the side boasting first team experience, whilst on-loan Chelsea forward Izzy Brown and Patrick Bamford also stepped up their returns from injury with goal-scoring performances.
Steve Stone’s side knew a point would take them above Birmingham City into top spot, it started well for the Clarets on seven minutes, when Rob Harker did well to create a chance for Chakwana to tap in from close range to make it 1-0 as he continued his prolific season.
On twenty-eight minutes, Patrick Bamford played a one-two with Harrison to go through on goal, he then superbly lifted the ball over the out-coming Tom Heaton into the empty goal with a brilliant finish to make the score 1-1.
Harker, then had a header saved as Burnley hit back, the big striker continued his very impressive afternoon’s work on his first start of the season when he pulled the ball back for Dan Agyei to score the Clarets’ second and give them the lead a 2-1 lead at the interval.
At the start of the second-half Leeds United introduced the impressive Jack Clarke, who turn the game United’s way and made it 2-2 with a fine run and finish passed tom Heaton four into the half.
The Clarets responded straight from the restart on fifty minutes when a Chakwana shot, after he had been released by hard-working skipper Josh Benson was parried onto the bar by Leeds keeper Will Huffer and Harker reacted quickest to hook home the loose ball.
That never looked like being the end of the goals and just two minutes later Baker made it 3-3 with an excellent strike from the edge of the Clarets area. Baker who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough is also impressing this season having made ten Championship appearances for the promotion chasing Yorkshire side.
On sixty-one minutes, the visitors took the lead when former England U20 International Izzy Brown on loan from Chelsea converted a low cross from lively left-back Clarke Oduor to make the score 4-3 to the visitors.
Heaton did his best to stem the flow with outstanding stops to deny Bamford and Connor Shaughnessy. But the Clarets’ club captain was powerless to prevent Bamford wrapping up the points with his late double.
The former Clarets striker converted another cross from Oduor and then, after hitting a post, completed his hat-trick five minutes from time with another close-range finish from Clarke’s delivery to take Leeds into pole position in the title race.
Burnley – Heaton, Cropper, Cook, Glennon, Koiki, Agyei, Howarth (Blair 72), Benson, Bayode, Chakwana, Harker (Subs) – Blair, Trialist, McMahon, Woods, Younger.
Leeds United – Huffer, Gotts, Shaughnessy, Davis, Oduor, Stevens, Baker, Nicell, Harrison, Brown, Bamford (Subs) Halme, McCalmont, Clarke, Rae, Struijk.
Goals – Burnley Chakwana, Agyei, Harker Leeds Bamford 3, Clarke, Baker, Brown