Burnley still two points clear in youth league
Saturday’s excellent comeback from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at second place Huddersfield Town means we still hold a two point advantage over them at the top of the U18 Professional Development League.
With under twenty minutes remaining, and the young Clarets 2-0 down, it looked as though we were going to lose the first position we regained a week earlier but goals from James Clarke and Marley Blair, as we reported on Saturday afternoon, earned that draw to take us to 33 points.
It really is so very close though. Huddersfield are on 31 points but three teams are just below them on 30 points. Four teams started the day on 27 points; Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Bolton all won with Leeds beating Birmingham, the fourth of that group.
Both Forest and Bolton won by three clear goals. Forest beat Barnsley 3-0 at home but the result of the day in the north group was Bolton’s 6-3 win at Hull when a win for Hull would have taken them above Bolton.
It was also the steel city derby in this league. Both teams are doing well at under-23 level but Wednesday’s win in the youth league has taken them into sixth place. Sheffield United, meanwhile, went up a position despite the defeat, moving ahead of Barnsley on goal difference. They are the two teams directly above Crewe, our next opponents, who were the team without a game. They are bottom of the league but just one point behind the other two.
In the south group, Crystal Palace could only draw at Ipswich which has reduced their lead at the top to just three points ahead of Millwall who were 5-2 winners at Colchester. Charlton, in third place, also hit five against QPR while Watford scored four times in beating bottom of the table Coventry who are now on another difficult run of results having had a purple patch late in 2017 with three successive wins.
Two of the teams just below us, Bolton and Huddersfield, meet this weekend with Forest at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds travelling to Barnsley.
The player featured is Jordan Barnett who was in the team that drew at Huddersfield.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, our goalscorers and the current tables are all below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Friday 26th January
Bristol City 1 Cardiff 2
Saturday 27th January
Huddersfield 2 Burnley 2
Hull 3 Bolton 6
Leeds 2 Birmingham 1
Nottingham Forest 3 Barnsley 0
Sheffield United 1 Sheffield Wednesday 3
Charlton 5 QPR 3
Colchester 2 Millwall 5
Ipswich 2 Crystal Palace 2
Watford 4 Coventry 1
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Friday 2nd February
Ipswich v Colchester
Saturday 3rd February
Barnsley v Leeds
Birmingham v Hull
Bolton v Huddersfield
Burnley v Crewe
Sheffield Wednesday v Nottingham Forest
Bristol City v Watford
Charlton v Crystal Palace
Coventry v Cardiff
Millwall v QPR
6: Jordan Cropper
5: Tristan Jumeau
3: Marley Blair, Michael Fowler, Dwight McNeil, Kian Yari
2: Jordan Barnett, James Clarke, Craig Ellison, Dan Moss, Bobby Thomas
1: Leighton Egan, Mitchell George, Lewis King, Dylon Meredith, Terry Mupariwa, Oliver Younger, own goals
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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