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The Youth Alliance League season came to an end over the weekend which included victories for the final top three, Blackpool, Burnley and Walsall and the bottom two Tranmere and Wrexham.

Blackpool, ultimately, proved to be an unstoppable force. We caught them up, stayed level with them until drawing at Shrewsbury, but there was no let up from them as they ended the season with a string of wins to take the title by two points.

1617 burnley youth team picThey beat Morecambe on the final day, even surviving a penalty at 0-0 before going on to win it with three goals scored past Morecambe keeper Ollie Jumeau, who had previously been at Burnley with his brother Tristan who was one of our substitutes at Gawthorpe.

But what an effort it has been from our lads. Nine wins in the last  ten games has been brilliant and given the regular youth team watchers plenty to enjoy this season as the club starts its recovery from the mess left by the previous regime.

It’s been enjoyable watching again this season under new coach Michael Duff and five of his players have been given an extra year with the club as they come out of their scholarships. There’s also disappointment that some of them will be leaving and in particular Tyler Shrimpton (pictured) who continued to the end and scored in each of our last two games.

Next season, hopefully, we will be playing in a better league dependent on the success of our audit for EPPP Category 2 when the current first year scholars will be joined by a new group of young players, some of who we’ve seen already such as Kian Yari, Dan Moss, Dylon Meredith and Jordan Cropper.

We needed that win to stay second with Walsall beating Shrewsbury to remain just behind us while the other two results saw Tranmere and Wrexham both record wins although both remain in the bottom two places.

The final results of the season are below with Burnley’s goalscorers throughout the season and the final league table.

Up the Clarets looks forward to supporting the youth team again next season and would like to congratulate all the players for what has been a much improved season, one that has proved to be better than we could have expected.

FINAL RESULTS

Friday 5th May
Tranmere 3 Carlisle 1

Saturday 6th May
Blackpool 3 Morecambe 0
Burnley 3 Accrington 2
Walsall 2 Shrewsbury 0
Wrexham 2 Bury 1

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cup)

19: Nashé Chakwana
14: Tommy Wood
9: Olatunde Bayode
8: Dwight McNeil
5: RJ Pingling
4: Harry Limb, Tyler Shrimpton
3: Scott Wilson
2: Olivier Younger
1: Tristan Jumeau, Kwasinkosi Mpofu, own goal

FINAL LEAGUE TABLE

Team pld w d l f a pts
Blackpool 28 19 5 4 75 23 62
Burnley 28 18 6 4 64 36 60
Walsall 28 18 4 6 55 31 58
Rochdale 28 17 4 7 60 33 55
Port Vale 28 14 5 9 46 40 47
Bury 28 13 2 13 47 54 41
Wigan Athletic 28 10 10 8 52 41 40
Shrewsbury Town 28 10 9 9 47 50 39
Fleetwood Town 28 10 5 13 54 63 35
Preston North End 28 7 12 9 44 50 33
Carlisle United 28 9 2 17 44 56 29
Accrington Stanley 28 8 4 16 34 56 28
Morecambe 28 7 3 18 39 57 24
Tranmere Rovers 28 4 7 17 21 51 19
Wrexham 28 3 8 17 29 70 17
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