Colchester throw one in and send Wigan to the top
Having gone to the top of the U18 Professional Development League with a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace a week last Saturday, we had to sit and watch all of Wigan Athletic, Nottingham Forest and Crewe Alexandra move ahead of us last weekend.
With no game scheduled, it was always likely we’d drop a few places in the league and ahead of this weekend’s games we are now two points behind leaders Wigan and second place Nottingham Forest while Crewe, who have played a game more, are in third place, ahead of us on goal difference.
This was the week when the north group fought back after losing out in the main in the first four weeks of the season. With home advantage, in the eight games played, six were won by north group teams with one drawn and only Bolton, beaten by Ipswich, on the wrong end of a result.
Crewe beat QPR while Forest were winners over Bristol City. It was Wigan who produced the throw one in type result of the day, beating Colchester 6-5, a result that I’m sure will remind Burnley fans of that crazy night at Grimsby almost 17 years ago when we were beaten by the same score.
If that game brought the surprise scoreline then it was Hull’s win against Watford that provided the shock result. Hull had won just two points from two games while Watford led the south group having won all of their four games, but it was Hull who took the points with a 3-0 win, the second biggest win margin of the week behind Birmingham’s 5-1 victory against Crystal Palace.
Watford are still top of the south group, now one point ahead of Charlton with Ipswich one point further behind, and the league leaders in that group are our opponents this Saturday with north group leaders Wigan to come a week later as teams begin to play against opponents in their own league.
The player featured this week is midfielder Corey Brennan who is one of our new first year scholars.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, our goalscorers and the current league tables can all be found below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Thursday 5th September
Birmingham 5 Crystal Palace 1
Saturday 7th September
Barnsley 2 Coventry 0
Bolton 0 Ipswich 1
Crewe 3 QPR 1
Hull 3 Watford 0
Nottingham Forest 3 Bristol City 1
Sheffield Wednesday 1 Charlton 1
Wigan 6 Colchester 5
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Saturday 14th September
Bristol City v Hull
Cardiff v Leeds
Charlton v Nottingham Forest
Colchester v Sheffield United
Coventry v Sheffield Wednesday
Crystal Palace v Wigan
Ipswich v Barnsley
Millwall v Birmingham
QPR v Bolton
Watford v Burnley
2: Mitch George
1: Cricky Conn-Clarke, Joe McGlynn
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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