Back to north v south in youth league
Other than re-arranged games to come, this week kicks off a return to the north v south fixtures in the U18 Professional Development League which will run through to the end of the season.
We still have seven league games to play with home games against Sheffield United and Birmingham slotted into midweek dates having previously been postponed, but the other five are against teams in the south and this week sees all of the north group teams away from home with the Clarets at Millwall.
There were just five games played last Saturday; two of those were in the north group with three in the south but the two in the north had no effect on our position in the league with the four teams involved all teams below us.
So we go into this week’s fixtures in fourth place on 41 points, behind Nottingham Forest on goal difference, three points behind Leeds and six points behind current leaders Sheffield Wednesday and it would take a big change now for the play-off qualifiers (the top two) not to come from those four.
Ipswich had dropped to third in the south group, behind Millwall on goal difference, but took advantage of Millwall having no game with a win against top of the league Cardiff who, with a win, would have looked all but certain to go on and win the league. That lead at the top would have been ten points but Ipswich’s win has taken them within four points and you would think that those two and Millwall will be the teams battling it out for the top two places.
While we travel to Millwall, Forest go to Cardiff with Leeds at Bristol City. All three are tough games but it would be a surprise should Sheffield Wednesday not pick up another three points. They are at Colchester who are still looking for their first win of the season. Only Hull, in the north, have scored less goals than Colchester whose goals conceded column shows 83, considerably more than any other team.
The player pictured this week is Dan Moss, one of the players we confirmed yesterday would be leaving the club at the end of the season.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, our goalscorers and the current league tables are all shown below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Saturday 2nd March
Crewe 2 Birmingham 4
Sheffield United 0 Barnsley 0
Crystal Palace 1 Charlton 0
Ipswich 2 Cardiff 1
QPR 1 Coventry 1
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Saturday 9th March
Bristol City v Leeds
Cardiff v Nottingham Forest
Charlton v Sheffield United
Colchester v Sheffield Wednesday
Coventry v Barnsley
Ipswich v Bolton
Millwall v Burnley
Crystal Palace v Birmingham
QPR v Crewe
Watford v Hull
BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE & CUPS)
18: Michael Fowler
8: Mitch George
6: Lewis Richardson
4: Ne-Jai Tucker
3: Will Harris
2: Cricky Conn-Clarke, Dylon Meredith, Matt O’Neill
1: Rhys Fenlon, Jayden Major, Dan Moss, Terry Mupariwa, Edon Pruti, Matty Rain, Bobby Thomas, Kian Yari, own goals
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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