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I suspected, a week ago, that Burnley would lose their place at the top of the U18 Professional Development League simply because we had no game last Saturday.

1718 burnley dan moss 00 500x500Nottingham Forest needed just a point from their game at Sheffield United to overtake us while a win for Hull against Barnsley would see them go above us on goal difference, but as the results came in, Forest were beaten whilst Hull could only draw to leave us one point clear at the top of the league going into this weekend’s fixtures. That’s Hull’s game in hand gone too and Forest have now played a game more than us.

In our north group, Sheffield Wednesday were beaten again, and heavily at Leeds. When we beat them under three weeks ago they were unbeaten, but that’s three consecutive losses in which they’ve conceded twelve goals. It’s seen them plummet to third from bottom of the table when, had they won at Burnley, they’d have gone second.

Elsewhere there was a win for Huddersfield at Birmingham to take them fourth in the table with the other game between Bolton, our next opponents, and Crewe ending in a draw.

In the south group, there has been some confusion. The Premier League confirmed that Bristol City had beaten Colchester 6-2 but it was Colchester who won the game 1-0. The league have now corrected that.

We have a one point lead over Forest, but in the south group, Palace are now five points clear at the top having won at QPR with Millwall second having won 4-0 at Coventry who are still looking for their first point of the season.

There will be little change in the south group this weekend with only one game but there is a full fixture list in the north group. Forest are the team to miss out this week which leaves Hull as the only team able to go ahead of us to lead the league for another week.

The player photographed this week is Dan Moss who has recently been playing at right-back.

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

Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, Burnley’s goalscorers (including those scored in the Lancashire Youth Cup) and the current tables can all be found below.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Saturday 7th October
Barnsley 2 Hull 2
Birmingham 2 Huddersfield 3
Bolton 3 Crewe 3
Leeds 5 Sheffield Wednesday 2
Sheffield United 2 Nottingham Forest 0
Bristol City 0 Colchester 1
Charlton 2 Ipswich 2
Coventry 0 Millwall 4
QPR 1 Crystal Palace 2

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Saturday 14th October
Burnley v Bolton
Crewe v Birmingham
Huddersfield v Barnsley
Hull v Sheffield Wednesday
Leeds v Sheffield United
Ipswich v Cardiff

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cup)

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

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Burnley 8 5 2 1 18 13 17
Nottingham Forest 9 5 1 3 30 17 16
Hull City 8 4 3 1 21 17 15
Huddersfield Town 8 4 2 2 17 19 14
Crewe Alexandra 8 4 1 3 21 14 13
Bolton Wanderers 9 3 4 2 23 19 13
Sheffield United 7 4 1 2 12 11 13
Leeds United 7 4 0 3 17 11 12
Sheffield Wednesday 8 3 2 3 22 20 11
Barnsley 7 2 2 3 11 13 8
Birmingham City 7 1 3 3 17 19 6
Team pld w d l f a pts
Crystal Palace 8 5 3 0 20 6 18
Millwall 8 4 1 3 20 16 13
Charlton Athletic 9 3 2 4 17 22 11
Watford 7 3 1 3 16 13 10
Colchester United 8 3 1 4 12 22 10
Bristol City 8 3 0 5 18 15 9
Cardiff City 6 1 3 2 14 12 6
Queens Park Rangers 8 2 0 6 13 24 6
Ipswich Town 7 1 2 4 13 30 5
Coventry City 7 0 0 7 3 22 0
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