Forest draw takes us down to fifth
A win against Nottingham Forest would have seen us go joint top of the U18 Professional Development League but Saturday’s 4-4 draw has taken us down one place to fifth although we are now just two points behind new league leaders Bolton Wanderers.
Burnley and Forest were two of the teams who kicked off the day on 33 points, three behind leaders Leeds who had missed the opportunity to go a further three points clear on Friday when they were surprisingly beaten at Crewe.
The draw meant we both moved a point closer but Bolton, the third of those teams, had a big win against Sheffield United which took them back to the top whilst dumping the Blades to the bottom of the league, below Barnsley on goals scored.
Our draw enabled Sheffield Wednesday to move ahead of both of us on goal difference which they duly did with their victory at Barnsley and that now leaves the league with only two points separating the top five and Birmingham, who are down in eighth place, just a further three points behind us.
Two of those top teams, Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton, meet this week whilst we have a trip to play Sheffield United. Coming up against the bottom of the league is not easy, certainly not in this league, as we found out recently against Crewe who were then bottom. And things can change very quickly in this league as Huddersfield have found out, dropping from first to seventh in just a matter of three or four weeks.
In the south, the league changes very little and it is as you were this week with every team in the same position as they were a week ago. All of the top four won and whilst there is only a 14 point gap between top and bottom in the north, the points difference between leaders Crystal Palace and bottom team Coventry is now 32 points in the south.
Burnley’s draw against Forest was notable for our first three goals, all of which would be goal of the season contenders. The player featured is James Clarke who scored our second, the best of them all.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, our goalscorers and the current league tables can be found below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Friday 16th February
Crewe 3 Leeds 0
Saturday 17th February
Barnsley 1 Sheffield Wednesday 2
Bolton 4 Sheffield United 0
Burnley 4 Nottingham Forest 4
Huddersfield 1 Hull 6
Colchester 3 Bristol City 1
Crystal Palace 3 QPR 1
Ipswich 0 Charlton 4
Millwall 2 Coventry 1
Watford 3 Cardiff 0
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Saturday 24th February
Barnsley v Birmingham
Nottingham Forest v Crewe
Sheffield United v Burnley
Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton
Bristol City v Millwall
Coventry v Colchester
Charlton v Cardiff
QPR v Ipswich
Watford v Crystal Palace
BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cup)
6: Jordan Cropper
5: Tristan Jumeau
3: Jordan Barnett, Marley Blair, James Clarke, Craig Ellison, Michael Fowler, Dwight McNeil, Kian Yari
2: Mitchell George, Will Harris, Dan Moss, Bobby Thomas
1: Leighton Egan, Lewis King, Sam Layton, Dylon Meredith, Terry Mupariwa, Oliver Younger, own goals
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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