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A very creditable 0-0 draw at Norwich last Friday has taken the under-23s to a run of three games without defeat but ultimately it wasn’t enough to prevent us dropping back to the bottom of the league later on the same day when Fulham surprisingly won at Aston Villa.

The game between Villa and Fulham saw Tom Heaton play his first ninety minutes since the injury he sustained at the Turf on New Year’s Day but it wasn’t a good return for him in terms of goals with Fulham scoring three times past him, two of them from their leading goalscorer Jean-Pierre Tiehi.

Fulham are now one point ahead of us while Stoke, who started third from bottom, have moved up the table following their 1-0 home win last night against Crystal Palace.  Kieran Coates scored their goal and with a Joe Gibson scoring for Middlesbrough this week, maybe we should have included a Garlick in our team.

On the subject of names, there were some familiar to Burnley fans in West Brom’s 3-1 win against Sunderland yesterday. None of the three young players who moved from Burnley to Sunderland in the summer featured; Oliver Younger is currently out injured while Will Harris was an unused substitute. Two of the West Brom goals were scored by Kamil Grosicki, once close to joining Burnley. His second came via an assist from Charlie Austin. It was a very experienced West Brom team too with Matt Phillips also in the line up.

Middlesbrough remain top but they missed the opportunity to go three points clear of Norwich and Leeds when they suffered a surprise home defeat against Reading.  The aforementioned Gibson is a 19-year-old midfielder but is not related to the owner or their former central defender.

So still top, if only on goal difference, and it is the same in Division 1 where Liverpool lead Derby courtesy of a better goal difference and they too missed out on going three points clear after a defeat and a big defeat too.

Burnley weren’t the only team to be beaten by five goals at the hands of Manchester City three days ago. In Premier League 2, City went to Liverpool and recorded a 7-2 victory with both Cole Palmer and Liam Delap netting two goals. They are still ahead of Derby because they too were beaten. They lost 3-1 at Arsenal last Friday.

But congratulations to West Ham. They became the final team in Premier League 2 to record a victory this season when they beat Manchester United 2-0. They remain bottom of Division 1, three points below Southampton.

There are just four games this coming week, three in Division 1 and two in Division 2 including our previously postponed game at Stoke which will be played next Monday. Previously scheduled to be played at the bet365 Stadium, it will now be played at their training ground.

The player featured this week is Bermudan wide player Ne-Jai Tucker who is currently a third year scholar having graduated from the youth team to become a regular member of the under-23s.

The League Tables  and our Fixtures and Results can now be found 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 27th November
Arsenal 3 Derby 1
Blackburn 1 Everton 1
West Ham 2 Manchester United 0

Saturday 28th November
Liverpool 2 Manchester City 7

Monday 30th November
Southampton 0 Brighton 1
Tottenham 1 Leicester 5

Division 2

Friday 27th November
Aston Villa 2 Fulham 3
Middlesbrough 2 Reading 3
Norwich 0 Burnley 0

Monday 30th November
Newcastle 0 Wolves 3
Stoke 1 Crystal Palace 0
West Brom 3 Sunderland 1

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Division 1

Friday 4th December
Chelsea v Leicester
Manchester City v Brighton
Manchester United v Southampton

Monday 7th December
Blackburn v Tottenham

Division 2

Friday 4th December
Fulham v Crystal Palace

Monday 7th December
Stoke v Burnley

LEADING GOALSCORERS

Division 1

8: Jack Stretton (Derby)
6; Connor McBride (Blackburn), Ellis Simms (Everton)
5: Oladapo Afolayan (West Ham), Daniel N’Lundulu (Southampton)
4: Liam Delap (Manchester City), Bryan Fiabema (Chelsea), James Mcatee (Manchester City), Cole Palmer (Manchester City)

Division 2

6: Taylor Perry (Wolves)
5: Louie Barry (Aston Villa), Mitch Curry (Sunderland), Sam Greenwood (Leeds), Jean-Pierre Tiehi (Fulham)
4: Scott Banks (Crystal Palace), Rumarn Burrell (Middlesbrough), Cheikh Diaby (West Brom), Stanley Flaherty (Newcastle), Isaac Fletcher (Middlesbrough), Joe Gelhardt (Leeds), Gabriel Kyeremateng (Stoke), Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka (Sunderland), Jaden Philogene-Bidace (Aston Villa), Owen Windsor (West Brom)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

3: Max Thompson
2: Ashley Barnes, Joel Mumbongo
1: Owen Dodgson, Lewis Richardson, own goals

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Liverpool 8 5 1 3 17 16 16
Derby 9 5 1 3 19 19 16
Blackburn 8 4 3 1 12 11 15
Manchester City 8 4 2 2 25 16 14
Brighton 9 4 2 3 13 16 14
Chelsea 8 4 1 3 14 12 13
Leicester 8 4 0 4 14 15 12
Manchester United 8 3 2 3 19 19 11
Arsenal 10 3 2 5 17 17 11
Tottenham 8 3 2 3 11 13 11
Everton 9 3 2 4 12 8 11
Southampton 9 2 2 5 12 16 8
West Ham 9 1 2 6 11 18 5
Team pld w d l f a pts
Middlesbrough 9 5 1 3 22 9 16
Norwich 9 5 1 3 13 9 16
Leeds 9 5 1 3 19 16 16
West Brom 8 4 2 2 14 10 14
Wolves 9 4 1 4 18 15 13
Crystal Palace 9 4 1 4 17 16 13
Aston Villa 9 4 1 4 15 13 13
Reading 9 4 1 4 13 25 13
Stoke 8 4 0 4 12 11 12
Sunderland 9 4 0 5 20 23 12
Newcastle 9 3 1 5 13 20 10
Fulham 9 3 0 6 15 19 9
Burnley 8 2 2 4 10 15 8
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