Another good week for the under-23s
It doesn’t seem too long ago that we were in need of a result to get off the bottom of Premier League 2 Division 2 but this week we’ve moved up another two places to third in the table after a big 4-1 win at Fulham.
Goals from Rob Harker, Richard Nartey, Max Thompson and Joel Mumbongo gave us that win which immediately moved us ahead of both Reading and Wolves into third place. Reading were without a game but we then had to wait until Monday to see whether Wolves would win at Middlesbrough to move back ahead of us. That game ended in a 1-1 draw with the pair both now two points behind us but both with two games in hand.
There was more good news on Monday. Crystal Palace were expected to beat Sunderland and move within a point of us and with a game in hand. All looked to be going to plan when, after missing an earlier penalty, they took the lead with twelve minutes to go. It was still 1-0 as the game went into its last two minutes before former Burnley under-23 striker Will Harris netted twice for Sunderland.
Leeds just carried on what they’ve been doing for some time now in this league, they won. This time it was a 5-1 win at West Brom which included a hat trick from Joe Gelhardt and that’s a twelfth win in the last thirteen games.
Second place Stoke had won 4-3 at Aston Villa on the Friday but they remain thirteen points behind and the maths are now simple. Leeds have three games remaining and one win in those three will guarantee them the title.
In Division 1, Manchester City extended their lead at the top. They won at Chelsea on the Monday but on the previous Friday second place Blackburn had only been able to draw at home against Brighton.
This week is limited in terms of games because of the international breaks. There are no games in Division 1 but three in Division 2 involving the bottom three. Newcastle travel to Fulham this Friday and next Monday West Brom and Sunderland are both at home. Palace travel to West Brom while we are at the Academy of Light.
The player featured this week is right back Jordan Cropper. Recalled from a loan at Chesterfield in January, he’s been back in the team recently.
All of last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the leading goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current league tables are all below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Friday 19th March
Blackburn 1 Brighton 1
Tottenham 3 Manchester United 0
West Ham 3 Leicester 1
Sunday 21st March
Chelsea 2 Manchester City 2
Everton 1 Arsenal 1
Southampton 1 Liverpool 2
Friday 19th March
Aston Villa 3 Stoke 4
Fulham 1 Burnley 4
Norwich 0 Newcastle 1
Monday 22nd March
Crystal Palace 1 Sunderland 2
Middlesbrough 1 Wolves 1
West Brom 1 Leeds 5
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Friday 26th March
Fulham v Newcastle
Monday 29th March
Sunderland v Burnley
West Brom v Crystal Palace
20: Liam Delap (Manchester City)
12: Connor McBride (Blackburn)
10: Joe Hugill (Manchester United)
8: Folarin Balogun (Arsenal), Nathan Broadhead (Everton), Kion Etete (Tottenham), Felix Nmecha (Manchester City), Cole Palmer (Manchester City), Ellis Simms (Everton), Jack Stretton (Derby)
11: Joe Gelhardt (Leeds)
10: Louie Barry (Aston Villa), Fabio Carvalho (Fulham)
8: Sam Greenwood (Leeds), Joel Mumbongo (Burnley), Aaron Ramsey (Aston Villa), Max Thompson (Burnley), Jean-Pierre Tiehi (Fulham), Ethan Varian (Stoke)
7: Joel Mumbongo, Max Thompson
5: Lewis Richardson
2: Ashley Barnes, Anthony Gomez Mancini, Ryan Viggars
1: Owen Dodgson, Rob Harker, own goals
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES