Euxton Girls West U10s v Burnley FC Women U10s

This was Burnley’s U10s first game for three weeks due to previous fixtures being called off due to bad weather.

Burnley started the game on the front foot and straight from kick off a lovely passing move resulted in an early chance which was saved by the Euxton goalkeeper. Burnley dominated the opening ten minutes of the game and made their dominance count by scoring 2 well worked goals to give them a 2-0 lead.

Euxton started to grow into the game more and had a couple of chances which resulted in Ellisse Jefferies making two saves to keep the score 2-0 to the visitors.

The third goal came from a quick counter attack after a corner from Euxton was caught by the Burnley goalkeeper and after playing a quick ball forward created a 3v1 scenario in which Summer Ellis finished after a pass from Leah Harvey taking the score to 3-0.

Euxton got themselves back into the game after a delightful through ball split the Burnley defence with the Euxton player finishing magnificently with a shot across goal into the bottom corner.

Further goals from Summer Ellis, Eden Slater and Alice Scott and one goal from Euxton resulted in the score at half time being 7-2 to Burnley.

The second half started resulted in a change in goal for Burnley with Ellisse Jefferies now playing outfield and Summer Ellis taking to the goal for the second half.

Euxton started brightly and within five minutes had pulled a goal back, after some good football from both sides it was Euxton who managed to get the next goal with the striker finding themselves 1v1 and placing the ball into the bottom corner.

Burnley hit straight back however with Eden Slater picking the ball up on the half way line, gliding past two players in the process and curling the ball into the keepers right from outside of the box.

Lolly Rose also weighed in with two goals, finding herself unmarked in the box in both occasions and finishing with venom both times.

A great individual goal from Elsa Faulkner was next to come picking the ball up on the right-hand side of midfield, turning to beat her marker, taking the ball inside the box, getting in between two defenders leaving her 1v1 with the keeper. The shot was initially saved but she applied the finish on the rebound.

Two further goals in the final few minutes of the game from Ellisse Jefferies and Olivia Rodriguez finished with a 12-4 win for Burnley women.

The girls progress from the start of the season has been magnificent. The team played some fantastic football as they pass and move the ball a lot more efficiently, movement off the ball has improved massively and the coaches cannot speak highly enough of the players.

Burnley’s next game is at home to Blackpool on Saturday 30th March at Prairie Sports Village, kick-off is 10am.

Clitheroe Wolves Girls U12s vs Burnley FC Women U12s

It was a nice sunny morning at Clitheroe, where both teams kicked off the start of their league campaigns.

The Clitheroe Wolves Girls U12s were wearing a bright purple strip, while the Burnley FC Women U12s team were wearing the iconic claret and blue colours away from home.

The match started well with both teams looking to capitalise on the first goal, which was decided by Clitheroe Wolves scoring the opener just a few minutes into the game to make it 1-0.

Burnley stuck with the game plan, to frustrate the opposition and play on the counter attack. The Burnley girls showed a lot of character and determination after being 1-0 down to a physical Clitheroe Wolves side as they kept working hard in and out of possession.

The rewards paid off with Melissa closing down their central midfielder who lost the ball inside their own half.

Melissa then played a delightful ball behind Clitheroe’s back three to find in form Eleanor, making the score line 1-1.

The Burnley girls then made it 2-1 with another quality through pass to Eleanor (but this time by Cas), which saw the ball rattle the back of the net. Eleanor showing everyone what she does best!

Just before half-time Clitheroe Wolves were back in the game 2-2. Well into the second half Harriett pressed the Clitheroe Wolves goalkeeper forcing a mistake and giving the ball to Burnley Number 9 Harriett to make it 3-2 to Burnley.

The game finished with Clitheroe scoring two late goals to win the match 5-3. Player of the match was Isabel.

Burnley FC Women U13s v Preston U13s

On Saturday morning at the Prairie Sports Village, Burnley’s Under 13s were to take on a strong Preston side. After not playing in the league for three weeks the girls were raring to go in this Lancashire derby.

The game started off well for Burnley with a confident start and some nice lofted passes in behind for speedy Esha, but she was overhauled by a physical back line.

Only nine minutes in and Preston had the first goal through excellent passing play through the midfield.

This didn’t faze Burnley with end to end football for the next 20 minutes with three chances falling for Ella, Megan and Sanya which were all saved by the sprightly Preston goalkeeper. However, she couldn’t save Megan’s second effort which had so much power it still went into the back of the net after a strong palm of the keeper. 1-1 as it approached half-time.

Preston kept the upper hand after the whistle for the start of the second half with quality play from Number 8 and 10 and managed to squeeze a side footed shot past the stand in super goalie Jorja.

Burnley reacted instantly and player of the match Sanya worked up a well-played team goal with Esha and Maddie to slot home the equaliser to make it 2-2.

Both keepers were kept busy as the match was end to end with chance after chance for both teams. Defenders Rebecca, Ella and Maya had to keep solid throughout but couldn’t stop Preston’s third from a corner kick which landed on the toe of their player at the back post who smashed it in. 3-2. This was very quickly followed by another goal from the restart.

A small lapse in concentration from Burnley cost the two goals, making it 4-2 with 10 minutes to go.

Burnley didn’t give up and created three more chances on the counter attack from Kacey, Jaden and Pippa, picking out Sanya in central midfield, but tired legs couldn’t capitalise the chances.

A late corner came for Burnley when the tiresome front two worked a block from the Preston defence and it was taken quickly. Pippa received the pass back and curled in a wonderful goal with her left foot to make it 4-3, with five minutes to go Burnley wanted to make sure they got something from this game, however the result stayed the same.

The effort and determination of the girls showed real character and they ought to be proud of their tireless performance against a very strong Preston side!

The U13s will play Morecambe next at home and will be ready to go again and put in a solid performance.

Burnley FC Women U15s v AFC Bolton Girls U15s

The girls turned up with a very positive and enthusiastic mentality. As they were finding their feet in the game, an early goalmouth scramble put the visitors 1-0 up within seven minutes.

The wind in the first half didn’t help the home team as a corner in the 29th minute curled straight in, to make it 2-0.

Eight minutes later in the 37th minute a long-range wind assisted effort evaded Katie in net. As the whistle blew for half-time it was 3-0 to the visitors.

The team went back out for the second half determined to get something from the game.

Burnley started to create some good chances that were well defended by Bolton. Both Charlotte and Lucy on the wings both battled and were determined to break the defence down.

Unfortunately, Burnley’s effort to go forward was caught by a through ball past the defence which a Bolton striker dispatched into the bottom corner, 4-0 Bolton on 48 minutes.

Burnley kept a solid backline with the midfield getting back to clean up. This resulted in Bolton starting to shoot from further out which was met by Katie’s clean handling and shot stopping in net.

In the 54th minute Bolton’s goalkeeper played a long ball over the top of the defence. As the defenders appealed no offside flag came to their rescue. 5-0 Bolton.

All credit to the girls they never gave in creating more chances than ever but lacking the finishing touch. The team played as one whole unit as they stopped Bolton playing for the last 25 minutes of the second half. Even after being 5-0 down the girls never gave up or looked like they would stop trying. Great work ethic and attitude from them, even still smiling after losing the game. Also, well done to Lucy who got player of the match.

Burnley FC Women U16s v Clitheroe U16s

A brilliant start to the game with Burnley’s Rebecca scoring in the first minute of game, with a super strike from 15 yards over opponents and goalkeeper.

With the wind playing against Clitheroe it was hard for them to get out of their half which allowed Burnley to press high.

Grace scored in the fourth minute of game, however the goal was disallowed due to being offside.

Burnley had plenty of half chances, but they weren’t converted.

Clitheroe scored in 27th minute of first half. The Clitheroe player was allowed to turn and managed to get a shot away which went in over the keeper.

Sarah’s half time talk encouraged the girls to press high and move the ball quicker which paid dividends as Ellie lambert scored 10 minutes into second half with a great strike, then Ellie scored again 4 minutes later by winning the ball and bursting through the defence rounding the keeper stopping the ball from going out of play and scoring from a tight angle.

It was then Grace’s turn to get on the score sheet with another great strike from the edge of the box and again 8 minutes later from a close-range effort.

Ellie completed her hat trick with 14 minutes left of the game with a pile driver of a shot.

And with 7 minutes left Niamh capped off a player of the match performance by striding through the middle of Clitheroe’s defence and slipping the ball past the out-rushing keeper into the net.

Burnley kept to the game plan of playing out from the back, combination plays and using the wide areas to put crosses into the box.

The fixture was played in great spirit from both teams and all the girls enjoyed the game.