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Blackpool are top of the Youth Alliance League but, without a game, they had to sit and watch last Saturday as all of Walsall, Burnley and Rochdale closed in on them with victories.

Midfielder Miles Fenton

Midfielder Miles Fenton

Two of the three could pass them if they won their games in hand. Walsall are four points behind with two games in hand while Rochdale are seven points from the top with three games in hand. Even Burnley, currently third, can catch Blackpool if they won both of the games in hand.

The consequence of Saturday’s results is that the winners will now come from that top four. Port Vale, beaten by both Rochdale and Burnley last week, are now out of the running and Bury are almost in the same position after falling to a heavy defeat against struggling Carlisle.

Carlisle and Wrexham have been swapping places at the bottom in recent weeks with the one suffering the heaviest defeat usually dropping into bottom place on goal difference. Both won points though last Saturday with Carlisle’s win now taking them two points clear and also above Tranmere on goal difference.

Back to that battle at the top and Blackpool, besides having the points on the board, have another big advantage with by the far the best goal difference.

All four have home games this coming Saturday. Blackpool face Shrewsbury, Wigan are Walsall’s visitors, Burnley host Fleetwood and Rochdale will play bottom club Wrexham. But before that Burnley and Rochdale face each other tomorrow afternoon. Whoever wins that one will move into second place.

All last week’s results and this week’s fixtures are below, followed by Burnley’s goalscorers and the league table as it stands after the weekend fixtures.

The League Table will be updated as results come in and can be found along with our Fixtures and Results within U23/U18 Stats on the top menu.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Tuesday 21st March
Carlisle v Accrington – postponed

Wednesday 22nd March
Port Vale 0 Rochdale 3

Saturday 25th March
Burnley 4 Port Vale 2
Carlisle 5 Bury 1
Fleetwood 1 Walsall 2
Rochdale 3 Accrington 2
Shrewsbury 2 Morecambe 4
Tranmere 0 Wigan 4
Wrexham 0 Preston 0

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Tuesday 28th March
Rochdale v Burnley – to be played at Gawthorpe, kick off 2 p.m.

Wednesday 29th March
Fleetwood v Port Vale

Saturday 1st April
Blackpool v Shrewsbury
Burnley v Fleetwood
Bury v Morecambe
Carlisle v Preston
Port Vale v Tranmere
Rochdale v Wrexham
Walsall v Wigan

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cup)

14: Nashé Chakwana
11: Tommy Wood
6: Olatunde Bayode
5: Dwight McNeil, RJ Pingling
2: Tyler Shrimpton, Scott Wilson, Oliver Younger
1: Tristan Jumeau, Kwasinkosi Mpofu, own goal

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLE

Team pld w d l f a pts
Blackpool 23 14 5 4 57 22 47
Walsall 21 13 4 4 37 22 43
Burnley 21 12 5 4 43 27 41
Rochdale 20 12 4 4 41 22 40
Port Vale 24 11 5 8 38 36 38
Bury 23 12 1 10 41 44 37
Shrewsbury Town 24 9 8 7 39 38 35
Wigan Athletic 23 8 8 7 44 36 32
Preston North End 24 5 12 7 35 39 27
Fleetwood Town 22 7 5 10 43 50 26
Accrington Stanley 21 7 4 10 27 42 25
Morecambe 22 7 3 12 36 42 24
Carlisle United 21 5 1 15 27 45 16
Tranmere Rovers 23 3 7 13 15 34 16
Wrexham 22 2 8 12 25 49 14
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