A better week for the under-23s
We might still be bottom of the Professional Development League, but the last week has been a positive one for the under-23s who beat Charlton having been very unfortunate to lose against Hull City last Thursday.
The win didn’t even take us any closer to Crewe; they won at Colchester which means Barnsley have dropped into next to bottom position with 25 points, six more than us although we do have games in hand.
It’s been an interesting week with five trialists involved in games, young players from Arsenal, Everton, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester United, which suggests there is going to be something of an overhaul of the squad in the summer, but it will still be a young squad, probably much younger than some of the other teams in this league.
Bolton, as they are doing at under-18 level too, are pushing well clear at the top of the north group. They currently have a seven point lead over second place Sheffield Wednesday which was extended on Monday when Bolton won at Cardiff while Wednesday could only draw at Watford.
It was triumph for north over the south. With one game postponed, the north teams won five of the remaining games with three drawn and only Sheffield United beaten; they went down 2-1 at QPR. The one game postponed might well have gone the way of the south, however, with their big leaders Crystal Palace scheduled to play Hull.
Palace have an even bigger lead at the top of their league than Bolton do in the north. They are currently eight points clear of Charlton, that lead extended by Burnley’s win at Charlton earlier this week.
This week’s fixtures get underway this afternoon and this week all the north group teams are at home. We are at home to QPR on Monday, and that games at the Turf. Before that we have a re-arranged game against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow at Gawthorpe.
The player featured this week is defender Scott Wilson.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the leading goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current tables are all below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Thursday 15th March
Burnley 1 Hull 2
Colchester v Watford – postponed
Friday 16th March
Nottingham Forest 2 Huddersfield 2
Bristol City 0 Ipswich 1
Monday 19th March
Bristol City 0 Birmingham 2
Cardiff 0 Bolton 3
Charlton 0 Burnley 1
Colchester 0 Crewe 2
Crystal Palace v Hull – postponed
Coventry 2 Huddersfield 2
Ipswich 2 Leeds 3
Millwall 2 Nottingham Forest 2
QPR 2 Sheffield United 1
Watford 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Thursday 22nd March
Birmingham v Ipswich
Friday 23rd March
Burnley v Sheffield Wednesday
Barnsley v Crystal Palace
Leeds v Cardiff
Nottingham Forest v Charlton
Monday 26th March
Bolton v Millwall
Burnley v QPR
Crewe v Watford
Hull v Bristol City
Sheffield Wednesday v Coventry
18: Connor Hall (Bolton)
15: Jordan Ponticelli (Coventry)
13: Tyler Smith (Sheffield United)
12: Aramide Oteh (QPR), Lewis Reilly (Crewe)
11: Victor Adeboyejo (Barnsley), Michael Folivi (Watford), Levi Lumeka (Crystal Palace)
10: Virgil Gomis (Nottingham Forest), Mark Harris (Cardiff), Dion Pereira (Watford)
BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)
5: Dwight McNeil
3: Tunde Bayode, Khius Metz, Jamie Thomas, Nahki Wells
2: Dan Agyei, Tinashe Chakwana, Ntumba Massanka, Rahis Nabi, Christian N’Guessan
1: James Clarke, Harry Flowers, Fredrik Ulvestad, Oliver Younger
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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