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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.

The League Tables  and our Fixtures and Results are both within U23/U18 Stats which can be found on the top menu.

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

Division 1

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

Division 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

Division 1

None

Division 2

Friday 26th March
Fulham v Newcastle

Monday 29th March
Sunderland v Burnley
West Brom v Crystal Palace

LEADING GOALSCORERS

Division 1

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)

Division 2

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)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

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

Team pld w d l f a pts
Manchester City 19 12 5 2 62 26 41
Blackburn 19 10 6 3 43 30 36
Tottenham 19 9 5 5 35 28 32
Derby 19 9 3 7 33 36 30
Chelsea 18 8 5 5 35 27 29
Manchester United 19 8 4 7 45 46 28
Liverpool 18 8 3 7 36 37 27
Everton 19 7 5 7 31 24 26
Brighton 20 5 8 7 27 37 23
Arsenal 20 5 6 9 30 36 21
Leicester 19 5 2 12 30 46 17
Southampton 19 4 4 11 27 43 16
West Ham 18 3 4 11 22 40 13
Team pld w d l f a pts
Leeds 21 16 1 4 54 25 49
Stoke 19 12 0 7 35 26 36
Burnley 20 9 3 8 32 31 30
Wolves 18 8 4 6 30 24 28
Reading 18 9 1 8 31 42 28
Crystal Palace 19 8 2 9 37 34 26
Middlesbrough 19 7 4 8 33 28 25
Aston Villa 18 7 3 8 36 36 24
Norwich 19 7 2 10 24 27 23
Fulham 19 7 1 11 30 41 22
Sunderland 17 6 3 8 29 34 21
Newcastle 18 6 2 10 24 36 20
West Brom 17 5 2 10 27 38 17
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