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Last Saturday’s ten games in the U18 Professional Development League brought over forty goals but it was another difficult day for the young Clarets who suffered a fourth successive defeat, this time with a 5-1 loss at Crewe.

1718 burnley bobby thomas 00 500x500A week earlier we’d been beaten 4-0 at home by Huddersfield who went top on the back of that result. They scored another four but this time it wasn’t enough; they were beaten 5-4 by Bolton and that enabled Bolton and Leeds, who also hit five, to move above Hull, beaten by Birmingham, and Sheffield United, without a game, into second and third places.

It really is a tight league. Our latest defeat, in which Bobby Thomas (pictured) scored his first goal for us, saw us drop to eighth in the eleven team league, but so close is it, a win would have seen us go joint top and with a game in hand.

A week ago, the gap between top and bottom in the north group was eight points, but, with bottom of the league Sheffield Wednesday winning at Nottingham Forest, that gap has now reduced to just five points.

That’s in sharp contrast to the south group where leaders Crystal Palace beat Ipswich and they now have a 24 point advantage over Coventry at the bottom who are still to win their first point of the season.

This coming weekend sees the north’s top two come face to face with Huddersfield the home team against Leeds in a local derby. Leeds are one of five teams just a point behind Huddersfield.

Of those Bolton are at home to Sheffield Wednesday, Hull are without a game and Sheffield United travel to Gawthorpe to take on the Clarets who will be looking to put this difficult run behind them.

The League Tables are updated as results are confirmed and can be found with our Fixtures and Results within U23/U18 Stats on the top menu.

Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, our goalscorers and the current league tables can be found below.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Friday 3rd November
Cardiff 2 Bristol City 0

Saturday 4th November
Crewe 5 Burnley 1
Huddersfield 4 Bolton 5
Hull 0 Birmingham 1
Leeds 5 Barnsley 2
Nottingham Forest 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2
Coventry 1 Watford 4
Crystal Palace 3 Ipswich 0
Millwall 4 Colchester 0
QPR 2 Charlton 1

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Saturday 11th November
Birmingham v Barnsley
Bolton v Sheffield Wednesday
Burnley v Sheffield United
Crewe v Nottingham Forest
Huddersfield v Leeds
Bristol City v QPR
Colchester v Crystal Palace
Watford v Millwall

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cup)

5: Jordan Cropper, Tristan Jumeau
3: Michael Fowler, Kian Yari
2: Dwight McNeil
1: James Clarke, Leighton Egan, Bobby Thomas, Oliver Younger, own goals

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Huddersfield Town 12 6 2 4 29 28 20
Leeds United 11 6 1 4 28 18 19
Bolton Wanderers 12 5 4 3 31 27 19
Hull City 12 5 4 3 26 23 19
Sheffield United 10 6 1 3 17 14 19
Nottingham Forest 12 5 3 4 33 22 18
Crewe Alexandra 11 5 2 4 28 18 17
Burnley 12 5 2 5 21 26 17
Birmingham City 11 4 4 3 25 23 16
Sheffield Wednesday 12 4 3 5 26 26 15
Barnsley 11 4 3 4 19 22 15
Team pld w d l f a pts
Crystal Palace 11 7 3 1 28 10 24
Millwall 11 6 2 3 28 19 20
Watford 10 5 1 4 25 16 16
Cardiff City 10 4 3 3 23 15 15
Bristol City 11 5 0 6 22 17 15
Charlton Athletic 12 4 2 6 20 27 14
Queens Park Rangers 11 4 0 7 20 33 12
Colchester United 11 3 1 7 16 34 10
Ipswich Town 11 2 3 6 15 37 9
Coventry City 10 0 0 10 4 29 0
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