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Liverpool kicked off the last week in second place in the U18 Premier League North League but, even so, were needing favours from both Manchester clubs if they were to lift the title at the end of the season.

They got some assistance from the red side of Manchester when United went down to defeat at Newcastle last Saturday while on the same day City’s win at Sunderland moved them, and not Liverpool, into second place behind United.

Liverpool were in real need of a win against us last Tuesday but they didn’t get it; and although our 1-1 draw has meant we’ve dropped down one place in the table, it’s made it very difficult now for Liverpool.

As it stands, with just two games remaining, they can only reach 52 points and City, which would leave United to pick up five points from four games or City seven points from five games to ensure the title goes to one of the Manchester clubs.

We’ve had some terrific results this season, and beating Manchester United in January was very much one of them. This week’s draw against Liverpool is right up there too, although their rivals Everton were winning at Stoke at the same time to move ahead of us. But, we currently sit eighth, with defeats only beating wins by one, and with a positive goal difference.

As City and United battle it out in the north so Crystal Palace and Fulham continue to do so in the south with just Brighton offering any kind of threat. It will come as no surprise that there has been a change at the top, it seems to be every week, and this week Palace have moved three points ahead of Fulham. Palace beat Aston Villa last Saturday; Fulham, who play this afternoon, had no game.

This week’s review has to mention the game in the south league between Aston Villa and West Brom three days ago that Villa eventually won 6-4. West Brom led 1-0 before going 3-1 down. Then it went West Brom’s way and they were 4-3 in front with twenty minutes remaining; eight minutes later and Villa were 6-4 in front.

The featured player this week is second year scholar Joe McGlynn. The striker has been with the Clarets since the age of 12.

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

All last week’s results and this week’s fixtures are below  along with our goalscorers and the current league tables.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

North

Saturday17th April
Blackburn 3 Derby 0
Leeds 4 Stoke 3
Middlesbrough 2 Wolves 1
Newcastle 3 Manchester United 2
Sunderland 0 Manchester City 4

Tuesday 20th April
Burnley 1 Liverpool 1
Stoke 1 Everton 4

Wednesday 21st April
Middlesbrough 3 Newcastle 1

South

Saturday 17th April
Brighton 5 Reading 2
Crystal Palace 3 Aston Villa 1
Norwich 5 Southampton 0

Tuesday 20th April
Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1
Aston Villa 6 West Brom 4
Tottenham 1 West Ham 1

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

North

Saturday 24th April
Derby v Leeds
Liverpool v Middlesbrough
Manchester City v Burnley
Manchester United v Wolves
Stoke v Sunderland

Tuesday 27th April
Blackburn v Stoke
Middlesbrough v Burnley
Sunderland v Manchester United

South

Friday 23rd April
Fulham v Reading

Saturday 24th April
Brighton v Aston Villa
Leicester v Arsenal
Norwich v West Ham
Southampton v West Brom
Tottenham v Crystal Palace

Tuesday 27th April
Reading v Southampton

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

9: Sam Unwin
6: Michael Mellon
4: Joe McGlynn
3: Joe Smyth-Ferguson
2: Jacob Hamilton, Dylan Moonan, Jake Rooney
1: Corey Brennan, Will Couch, Kade Ratchford, Ben Woods

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Manchester United 20 16 0 4 58 23 48
Manchester City 19 14 4 1 62 19 46
Liverpool 22 15 1 6 66 26 46
Middlesbrough 20 10 3 7 40 32 33
Wolves 21 10 3 8 36 36 33
Everton 20 9 2 9 32 31 29
Derby 21 9 2 10 37 50 29
Burnley 20 8 3 9 32 30 27
Blackburn 20 8 2 10 32 40 26
Stoke 20 5 4 11 23 51 19
Newcastle 19 5 2 12 33 43 17
Leeds 21 4 3 14 28 62 15
Sunderland 19 3 1 15 21 58 10
Team pld w d l f a pts
Crystal Palace 21 15 2 4 52 30 47
Fulham 20 14 2 4 59 24 44
Brighton 22 13 3 6 58 33 42
Aston Villa 20 10 5 5 37 36 35
Tottenham 19 9 7 3 45 25 34
Chelsea 21 10 3 8 55 38 33
Arsenal 20 9 3 8 38 40 30
Norwich 19 9 1 9 49 41 28
West Brom 21 7 3 11 44 53 24
West Ham 21 5 5 11 28 51 20
Reading 19 4 4 11 39 60 16
Leicester 19 2 4 13 28 61 10
Southampton 20 1 4 15 22 62 7
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