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Despite losing at home against Bolton Wanderers, Burnley remain top of the U18 Professional Development League this week although that lead is now just one point with all of Nottingham Forest, Bolton and Hull City right behind us.

1718 burnley bobby thomas 00 500x500It was our first defeat since the home loss against Watford in mid-August. The result was tough on us but it’s allowed Bolton to move within a point, albeit from one game more. While Forest had no game, Hull, who could have gone above us with a win, were held to a draw by Sheffield Wednesday and they currently sit fourth with the worst goal difference of those teams on 16 points, behind us on 17 points.

It really is very tight in the north group now with Barnsley, currently next to bottom, just six points behind us and with a game in hand.

The south group, however, is far more stretched with five point gaps between first and second at either end of the table. There was only one game in this group last week, Cardiff’s win at Ipswich, which leaves QPR five points clear of Millwall at the top and Coventry, still looking for their first point, now five points behind Ipswich at the bottom.

There is a full fixture list in both groups this weekend with Bolton, who have played more games than anyone, the team to miss out in the north. But, defeat for Burnley could see several teams able to either pass us or catch us in terms of points.

We are back on the road at bottom team Birmingham this Saturday but the other games to look out for are Forest’s home game against Leeds and Hull’s at Sheffield United.

The player photographed is defender Bobby Thomas.

The League Tables will be 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, our goalscorers and the current tables can be found below.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Saturday 14th October
Burnley 0 Bolton 1
Crewe 1 Birmingham 1
Huddersfield 2 Barnsley 3
Hull 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1
Leeds 3 Sheffield United 0
Ipswich 0 Cardiff 3

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Saturday 21st October
Barnsley v Crewe
Birmingham v Burnley – kick off 12 noon
Nottingham Forest v Leeds
Sheffield United v Hull
Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield
Cardiff v Colchester
Charlton v Bristol City
Coventry v Ipswich
Millwall v Crystal Palace
QPR v Watford

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 9 5 2 2 18 14 17
Nottingham Forest 9 5 1 3 30 17 16
Bolton Wanderers 10 4 4 2 24 19 16
Hull City 9 4 4 1 22 18 16
Leeds United 8 5 0 3 20 11 15
Crewe Alexandra 9 4 2 3 22 15 14
Huddersfield Town 9 4 2 3 19 22 14
Sheffield United 8 4 1 3 12 14 13
Sheffield Wednesday 9 3 3 3 23 21 12
Barnsley 8 3 2 3 14 15 11
Birmingham City 8 1 4 3 18 20 7
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
Cardiff City 7 2 3 2 17 12 9
Bristol City 8 3 0 5 18 15 9
Queens Park Rangers 8 2 0 6 13 24 6
Ipswich Town 8 1 2 5 13 33 5
Coventry City 7 0 0 7 3 22 0
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