Despite the sun sapping all the energy from the players, both sides had a bright start to the friendly.
Craig Edwards’ side took the lead inside the opening ten minutes. The hosts delivered a long ball over the top of the City defence, the encroaching striker controlled the pass well before striding forward and placing a shot underneath Ross Worner.
But, on twelve minutes, the Clarets restored parity. Having worked well to win a corner, the Clarets looked to press hard against their lower league opposition. The hosts headed the corner-kick away but it went only as far as a trialist who took one touch before dispatching a low shot into the bottom corner.
Twelve minutes later, Rod Stringer’s men took the lead. A high defensive line saw Elliot Omozusi fire the ball in to Scott Fenwick, the prolific goalscorer then aided the ball forward to a trialist on the right wing. The pacy winger drove into the area before poking the ball over the home ‘keeper, with a fellow trialist tapping home on the goal-line.
With eight minutes of the first half remaining, City extended their lead further. The hosts failed to clear their lines properly and a trialist cut inside before arrowing a shot into the corner.
City named a heavily changed team for the second half, with a number of trialists being given the chance to show off their abilities.
The Clarets failed to extend their lead, but the pace and skill of striker Alex Akrofi proved that the young forward could be a handful for National League South defences when the League campaign begins in under a month. Meanwhile, Rob Swaine was a strong presence in defence as City leaked no more goals in an entertaining pre-season fixture.