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So tight is the north group in the U18 Professional Development League, that Nottingham Forest, who kicked off as league leaders against the Clarets last Saturday, have now dropped down to fifth in the table following Burnley’s 3-2 win at the Nigel Doughty Academy.

1718 burnley bobby thomas 00 500x500Burnley took an early lead against Forest with Dwight McNeil, getting a rare run out for Danny Cadamarteri’s team, scoring in only the fourth minutes. Two goals in the last two minutes of the first half took us in at the interval 3-0 in front. The first of that pair was reported to have been scored by a trialist who Up the Clarets understands to be Craig Ellison whose signing from Spennymoor we revealed last Friday and the goal that made it 3-0 was a second of the season for defender Bobby Thomas (pictured) with a powerful header.

It didn’t end quite so easily. Forest scored twice within three minutes, the first from a penalty and the second via a free kick. That left us at 3-2 with just over ten minutes remaining plus five more to be added on, but we saw them through to win the game.

That win took us two points ahead of Forest but the three other teams above us in the league also won. Huddersfield, winners at Hull, returned to the top of the league and they currently sit one point ahead of Leeds, who beat Crewe, Bolton, victorious at Sheffield United, and us.

With Sheffield Wednesday losing, and Barnsley suffering defeat at Crystal Palace in a game left over from the early season north v south fixtures, it has stretched the gap between top and bottom to eight points but that remains nothing compared to the south group.

That win over Barnsley extended Crystal Palace’s lead at the top to ten points with second place Millwall beaten heavily at QPR allowing Watford to pass them on goal difference. But the big news at the bottom of the league came at Cardiff where Coventry beat the home side 2-0 and recorded their first points of the season a the 11th time of asking.

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 and the current league table are all below.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Thursday 16th November
Sheffield Wednesday 1 Birmingham 2
Cardiff 0 Coventry 2

Friday 17th November
Colchester 1 Ipswich 3

Saturday 18th November
Crystal Palace 4 Barnsley 1
Hull 0 Huddersfield 1
Leeds 2 Crewe 1
Nottingham Forest 2 Burnley 3
Sheffield United 0 Bolton 2
QPR 5 Millwall 0
Watford 1 Bristol City 1

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Saturday 25th November
Birmingham v Sheffield United
Bolton v Nottingham Forest
Burnley v Leeds
Crewe v Hull
Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley
Bristol City v Crystal Palace
Charlton v Colchester
Coventry v QPR
Ipswich v Watford
Millwall v Cardiff

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cup)

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

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLE

Team pld w d l f a pts
Huddersfield Town 14 7 3 4 32 30 24
Leeds United 13 7 2 4 32 21 23
Bolton Wanderers 14 6 5 3 33 27 23
Burnley 14 7 2 5 25 28 23
Nottingham Forest 14 6 3 5 38 27 21
Birmingham City 13 5 5 3 28 25 20
Hull City 13 5 4 4 26 24 19
Sheffield United 12 6 1 5 17 17 19
Crewe Alexandra 13 5 2 6 31 23 17
Sheffield Wednesday 14 4 4 6 27 28 16
Barnsley 13 4 4 5 21 27 16
Team pld w d l f a pts
Crystal Palace 13 9 3 1 34 11 30
Watford 12 6 2 4 29 18 20
Millwall 13 6 2 5 29 27 20
Bristol City 13 6 1 6 27 20 19
Cardiff City 11 4 3 4 23 17 15
Queens Park Rangers 13 5 0 8 27 37 15
Ipswich Town 13 4 3 6 21 39 15
Charlton Athletic 12 4 2 6 20 27 14
Colchester United 14 3 1 10 18 42 10
Coventry City 11 1 0 10 6 29 3
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