Clarets up to 3rd in under-23 league
Nottingham Forest won at Ipswich last Monday to move four points clear at the top of the Professional Development League, the lead increased with Leeds only able to pick up a point at Crystal Palace, but it was a week when we got our first win which enabled us to move into third place as one of only two unbeaten teams in the north group.
It’s still early days in the league and the table is somewhat distorted with some teams, like ourselves, having played five games while Wigan and Bolton have played just three times between them. Wigan, again, had no game in the last week but for Bolton it was finally kick off as they played their first fixture, losing 1-0, a result that gave Cardiff their first win of the season.
Forest and Bolton apart, there are just five points separating Leeds, in second place, and Sheffield United who sit next to bottom. Another three goals for Forest, to add to the four they scored in the previous week, sees them leading the goalscoring chart with 15 in five games while Leeds have the best defensive record with just two goals conceded in four games.
In the south, Bristol City lead the table ahead of Coventry on goal difference. Coventry have a game in hand too and have only failed to win once. That was at Burnley in a 1-1 draw, an afternoon when we should have won comfortably.
Watford, however, are the ones to watch. They are just a point behind but they have a game in hand and haven’t dropped a point all season while close neighbours Colchester and Ipswich are both still looking for a first win of the season.
As is the case with the under-18 league, this week brings us the last of the north v south group games until the final part of the season with us back home, this time at Curzon Ashton for the visit of Ipswich.
The player featured this week is midfielder Mace Goodridge. He’s been out injured since October of last year having suffered a cruciate ligament injury. He returned to action three days ago, coming on as a substitute at Charlton.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the league’s leading goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current league tables are all below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Friday 6th September
Millwall 1 Sheffield United 0
QPR 2 Sheffield Wednesday 2
Monday 9th September
Bristol City 1 Birmingham 0
Cardiff 1 Bolton 0
Charlton 1 Burnley 2
Colchester 1 Crewe 2
Coventry 2 Hull 0
Crystal Palace 0 Leeds 0
Ipswich 1 Nottingham Forest 3
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Friday 13th September
Barnsley v Colchester
Birmingham v Coventry
Monday 16th September
Bolton v Crystal Palace
Burnley v Ipswich
Hull v QPR
Leeds v Watford
Sheffield United v Bristol City
Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff
Wigan v Charlton
5: Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), Elliot Simoes (Barnsley)
4: George Alexander (Millwall), Max Biamou (Coventry)3: Odin Bailey (Birmingham), Joseph Hungbo (Watford), Ali Koiki (Burnley), Joe Pigott (Wigan), Lewis Reilly (Crewe), Jake Young (Sheffield United)
3: Ali Koiki
1: Tunde Bayode, Mitch George, Lewis Richardson, Bobby Thomas
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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