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Burnley have overtaken both Bolton Wanderers and Birmingham City in the U18 Professional Development League after beating the previous leaders, a result which enabled Huddersfield Town to claim top spot.

One result either way can see a team move up or down a number of places and our 4-1 win at Bolton has seen them drop from first to fifth place . Bolton weren’t happy with the result, that’s for sure. They apparently played all the football and dominated the game only for Burnley to keep scoring goals from long balls.

1718 burnley dan moss 00 500x500It’s not exactly how we saw it. “We were very pleased with the performance and it was nice to get a good result,” Danny Cadamarteri said of his team who had exited the FA Youth Cup in their previous game.

He added: “We changed the team a little bit and the performance, especially in the second half when we managed it really well, was good and we really took the game to them.”

Dan Moss (pictured) scored our first goal with Craig Ellison, one of the two recent recruits from Spennymoor, adding the second. Marley Blair has been signed even more recently from Liverpool and he got our other two goals.

The win ensured we went above Bolton and when Birmingham were held by Crewe it meant second place with Huddersfield, who won at Barnsley, taking top spot.

It was another weekend of goals. Leeds hit three at Sheffield United whilst Charlton in the south group, like us, scored four. But pride of place this week probably has to go to Sheffield Wednesday who beat Hull 8-0, although the result is not just what it seems. Hull turned up without any of their regular youth team players and fielded a team made up of under-16s, under-15s and even under-14s.

Hull remain one of three teams on 22 points with only Crewe, on 18 points, below them. So close is this league that Huddersfield lead it with 30 points with four teams just one good result away from passing them.

The south group is nothing like as close. Leaders Crystal Palace were surprisingly beaten at Cardiff but they still hold a good lead. Second place Millwall drew against Ipswich but are still eight points behind Palace.

Burnley are at home this weekend against Birmingham, one of the three teams two points behind us. It will be our first home game in the league for eight weeks since beating Leeds.

The League Tables are updated as results are confirmed and can be found along 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 league tables are all below.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Friday 12th January
Charlton 4 Watford 0
QPR 2 Colchester 0

Saturday 13th January
Barnsley 1 Huddersfield 3
Birmingham 1 Crewe 1
Bolton 1 Burnley 4
Sheffield United 0 Leeds 3
Sheffield Wednesday 8 Hull 0
Cardiff 1 Crystal Palace 0
Coventry 0 Bristol City 2
Millwall 2 Ipswich 2

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Saturday 20th January
Burnley v Birmingham
Crewe v Barnsley
Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday
Hull v Sheffield United
Leeds v Nottingham Forest
Cardiff v Ipswich
Coventry v Charlton
Millwall v Watford
QPR v Bristol City

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)

6: Jordan Cropper
5: Tristan Jumeau
3: Michael Fowler, Dwight McNeil, Kian Yari
2: Marley Blair, Craig Ellison, Bobby Thomas
1: James Clarke, Leighton Egan, Mitchell George, Dan Moss, Dylon Meredith, Terry Mupariwa, Oliver Younger, own goals

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Huddersfield Town 17 9 3 5 38 37 30
Burnley 16 9 2 5 31 30 29
Leeds United 17 8 3 6 40 30 27
Birmingham City 17 7 6 4 38 32 27
Bolton Wanderers 17 7 6 4 41 36 27
Sheffield Wednesday 17 7 4 6 42 28 25
Nottingham Forest 16 7 3 6 42 30 24
Hull City 16 6 4 6 29 36 22
Sheffield United 16 7 1 8 21 28 22
Barnsley 18 6 4 8 30 38 22
Crewe Alexandra 16 5 3 8 35 29 18
Team pld w d l f a pts
Crystal Palace 17 11 3 3 39 17 36
Millwall 17 8 4 5 39 35 28
Watford 15 8 2 5 33 23 26
Bristol City 17 8 1 8 35 26 24
Charlton Athletic 17 7 3 7 33 34 24
Cardiff City 15 6 3 6 31 23 21
Queens Park Rangers 16 7 0 9 32 41 21
Ipswich Town 17 5 4 8 29 46 19
Colchester United 18 3 1 14 21 54 10
Coventry City 16 3 0 13 15 41 9
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