Wins for top two in the Alliance
Blackpool’s comeback, having been behind against Burnley, and Walsall’s win at Carlisle have stretched the Youth Alliance League table with the pair having pulled away at the top.
Blackpool started the day three points clear of Walsall and Port Vale and a further three points ahead of us, but Port Vale had no game and with them beating us it means they and Walsall now have decent leads.
Port Vale remain third, but have played a game more, and our game in hand can now only take us within three points of second place Walsall.
Bury were the one team who could have moved above us, but the decline from the Shakers continued. They started the season like a house on fire but another defeat, this time a heavy 4-0 loss at home to Rochdale, keeps them a point behind us although Rochdale are now just three points away with two games in hand.
Accrington also made a really good start this season and probably would have hit the summit at some point had their season not started later. They could still get above us with their games in hand but their loss to Wrexham was significant at the bottom of the table.
It might be just a second win for Wrexham but the three points were enough to take them off the bottom of the league. They’ve played a game more but they are now above Carlisle on goal difference and are only one point behind Tranmere who were beaten at Fleetwood.
With an odd number of teams in the league, someone doesn’t have a game when there is a full fixture list. That’s us this week and we are likely to drop a place. Bury would need to beat Walsall to move ahead of us but Rochdale would only require a win against Carlisle.
All last week’s results and this week’s fixtures are below with Burnley’s goalscorers and the league table as it stands.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Saturday 11th February
Blackpool 2 Burnley 1
Bury 0 Rochdale 4
Carlisle 2 Walsall 3
Fleetwood 3 Tranmere 1
Morecambe 3 Wigan 5
Preston 2 Shrewsbury 2
Wrexham 1 Accrington 0
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Tuesday 14th February
Preston v Tranmere
Saturday 18th February
Accrington v Preston
Port Vale v Blackpool
Rochdale v Carlisle
Shrewsbury v Wrexham
Tranmere v Morecambe
Walsall v Bury
Wigan v Fleetwood
BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cup)
7: Nashé Chakwana, Tommy Wood
6: Olatunde Bayode
5: RJ Pingling
4: Dwight McNeil
2: Tyler Shrimpton, Scott Wilson
1: Tristan Jumeau, Kwasinkosi Mpofu, Oliver Younger
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLE
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