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After the weekend games, Burnley remain three points behind leaders Blackpool in the Youth Alliance League with a game in hand, and we got a boost with Wigan securing a 2-1 win against third place Walsall.

1617 burnley tommy wood 00 500x500Nine days ago, our 4-2 home win against Port Vale all but ended their chances of winning the league. They have gone on to win two games since but , with only two games remaining, can now only catch the leaders’ points total and they have a significantly worse goal difference.

Last Tuesday two Tommy Wood goals gave us a win against Rochdale and that gave us the edge on them. They got back to winning ways on Saturday with a massive 6-0 win against bottom club Wrexham while Blackpool secured a 5-1 win against Shrewsbury and we continued our good form with Wood (pictured) scoring again between goals from Harry Limb, his first for the youth team, and Scott Wilson in a 3-0 win against Fleetwood. That meant a really bad day for Walsall who have now dropped to fifth in the table after spending so many weeks in the top two.

It’s all looking very close now. Blackpool have 50 points with four games to play and we are second with three points left but with five games remaining. Rochdale and Walsall, currently fourth and fifth behind Port Vale, have 43 points but they still have six games to play and both will play their game in hand on us tomorrow with games that you would expect them to win.

This weekend, all of the top four have away games with all playing against teams in the bottom five of the league with Burnley travelling to play Tranmere in what will be the first of four successive away games before we bring the season to a close with a home game against Accrington.

Whatever happens in the next few weeks there is no doubt we have had a very good season at this level, a remarkable change in form when you consider just how poor we were last season. We’ve lost just once in six months, and that an undeserved loss at Blackpool. What a recovery since; six wins and a draw and the only points dropped, against Wigan, coming with a late, late equaliser.

All of last week’s results are below with this week’s fixtures, Burnley’s goalscorers and the league table as it stands after Saturday’s games.

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


Tuesday 28th March
Rochdale 0 Burnley 2

Wednesday 29th March
Fleetwood 1 Port Vale 3

Saturday 1st April
Blackpool 5 Shrewsbury 1
Burnley 3 Fleetwood 0
Bury 2 Morecambe 1
Carlisle v Preston – postponed
Rochdale 6 Wrexham 0
Port Vale 3 Tranmere 0
Walsall 1 Wigan 2


Tuesday 4th April
Carlisle v Accrington
Preston v Walsall
Rochdale v Fleetwood

Saturday 8th April
Accrington v Blackpool
Fleetwood v Carlisle
Morecambe v Rochdale
Preston v Bury
Tranmere v Burnley
Wrexham v Walsall


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


Team pld w d l f a pts
Blackpool 24 15 5 4 62 23 50
Burnley 23 14 5 4 48 27 47
Port Vale 26 13 5 8 44 37 44
Rochdale 22 13 4 5 47 24 43
Walsall 22 13 4 5 38 24 43
Bury 24 13 1 10 43 45 40
Wigan Athletic 24 9 8 7 46 37 35
Shrewsbury Town 25 9 8 8 40 43 35
Preston North End 24 5 12 7 35 39 27
Fleetwood Town 24 7 5 12 44 56 26
Accrington Stanley 21 7 4 10 27 42 25
Morecambe 23 7 3 13 37 44 24
Carlisle United 21 5 1 15 27 45 16
Tranmere Rovers 24 3 7 14 15 37 16
Wrexham 23 2 8 13 25 55 14
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