In an eventful Saturday for the club, both the U18’s and the first team have been in action.
Whilst pre-season regimes intensify, the senior setup were divided into groups, with Sean Dyche leading a fixture against Port Vale and Ian Woan in charge in a game at Crewe Alexander.
It didn’t stop there, the Clarets U18s also prepared for the upcoming campaign, hosting Everton.
The club only managed to collect one win out of the three games, but the experience as a whole will almost definitely prove beneficial moving forward, allowing Dyche to maximise minutes in the build up to a long 2019/20 campaign.
Ashley Westwood received a warm welcome having returned to the club he captained in the past, Crewe Alexandra. Under management of Woan for the day, the side including the returning Jay Rodriguez, partnered alongside Ashley Barnes, looked lively and collected some well needed minutes as a unit.
Looking for a solid season in League Two, the hosts picked up a 1-0 win. Overall, despite the result Woan was pleased with how the game went, reiterating the importance of gaining minutes at the stage.
Speaking after the game with Burnley Football Club, he stated: “The priority today is just get the lads through 90 minutes and that’s the second one this week.”
Down the road, Dyche watched on, as his team came from behind to secure victory against Port Vale.
Strikers Chris Wood and Matej Vydra were on target, as competition for places hots up. In addition to that Irishman Robbie Brady opened his pre-season account.
Afterwards Dyche was very complimentary to Burnley’s opponents describing their first half performance as “really good”.
Teenager Jayden Major once again was impressive for the U18’s, although they were subject to a 3-1 home defeat.
No shortage of action will almost definitely leave the players aching, but with the fans itching for positive season on all fronts, the hard work will not be overlooked.