BURNLEY are targeting a double celebration by the middle of next week.

The Clarets could guarantee their Second Division safety with wins at Bournemouth today and at Oldham next Tuesday.

And the reserves will wrap up their promotion to the Pontin's League First Division if they taste victory at table-toppers Barnsley the following evening.

The title will also be theirs if they go to Barnsley with a three-pointer against York City reserves at Turf Moor on Monday night tucked under their belts.

The season will be judged on the first team's performances but the success of reserves under the guidance of Gordon Cowans should be beneficial in the long term.

Youngsters like Colin Carr-Lawton, Phil Eastwood and Paul Graham will have benefited from their appearances while playing in a higher grade next season against the likes of Bolton, Wolves and Coventry should prepare players better for the step up to the first team. "The reserves have done very well. I think we have got a good squad which is very strong for the reserve league we are in, although if the reserves do go up next year the league will be a lot harder," said Burnley boss Chris Waddle.

"We have always managed to get out a side that has got youth but they have always had two or three experienced players with them and at that level that's what you need.

"We have been fortunate enough to do that and there are signs that a lot of the young ones are progressing which is good.

"They play at Barnsley next Wednesday which could be the decider as to who wins it so they have done well this year."

Burnley have lost just four reserve games this season, including two of the first five.

And their consistency is even more remarkable given that the reserves have used 43 different players so far, including trialists Graeme Tomlinson from Manchester United and Blackburn's Tony Whealing.

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