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The under-21s could have done no more last week. Faced with away games at Coventry and Crewe on Friday and Monday, both were won, we scored four in both of them and even came from two goals behind to win the second of them at Crewe.

We started the week in sixth place but seven points behind fifth place Barnsley and a further point behind Fleetwood. Neither of those sides dropped points either. Fleetwood won twice at home, beating Hull last Friday and Wigan yesterday; Barnsley won their one game yesterday at home against Coventry.

Although we remain eight points behind Fleetwood, we are now just four points behind Barnsley and still have four games in hand on both of them. Sheffield Wednesday now sit ahead of Fleetwood on goal difference in third place; they’ve played a game more.

Wednesday were second until yesterday but dropped below Sheffield United as the Blades moved ever closer to leaders Birmingham. Sheffield United were behind yesterday afternoon at home against Peterborough but came back to win the game 3-1 with Louie Marsh scoring twice for them.

Although they didn’t win, Birmingham’s comeback at Hull last night was even more dramatic. As the game went into its final ten minutes, Hull led 2-0, but two goals in two minutes from Byron Pendleton and Harley Hamilton brought Birmingham level. Having drawn level, they then conceded a penalty but goalkeeper Brad Mayo came to the rescue with a save.

You wouldn’t bet against Sheffield United now for the title. They are now just three points behind Birmingham but have four games in hand.

Millwall have extended their lead at the top of the south group. They won a tough game at bottom team Colchester and that took them five points clear of QPR who were without a game. Bournemouth are just a point behind QPR having won one and lost one of their two games in the last week. Both have a game in hand on Millwall.

Friday sees Charlton take on Colchester in a south group game this Friday, but all the other games see the resumption of the north v south games. It’s the teams from the north at home with Burnley hosting Bournemouth on the Turf.

The player featured this week is Alex Healy-Byrne, the right-back signed from Cork at the end of the summer transfer window in 2022. He scored his first Burnley goal in the win at Crewe.

The League Tables and our Fixtures and Results can be found within U21/U18 Stats on the top menu.

The recent results and this week’s fixtures are below along with our goalscorers, the league’s leading goalscorers and the current league tables.

Last Week’s Results

North

Friday 15th March
Coventry 0 Burnley 4
Fleetwood 1 Hull 0

Monday 18th March
Crewe 2 Burnley 4

Tuesday 19th March
Barnsley 3 Coventry 1
Fleetwood 4 Wigan 1
Hull 2 Birmingham 2
Sheffield United 3 Peterborough 1

South

Friday 15th March
Cardiff 0 Bournemouth 2
Colchester 2 Millwall 3
Watford 5 Ipswich 3

Tuesday 19th March
Ipswich 4 Bournemouth 2
Watford 1 Bristol City 3

This Week’s Fixtures

South

Friday 22nd March
Charlton v Colchester

North/South

Friday 22nd March
Burnley v Bournemouth
Sheffield Wednesday v QPR

Monday 25th March
Wigan v Swansea

Tuesday 26th March
Barnsley v Watford
Coventry v Bristol City
Fleetwood v Charlton
Hull v Colchester
Peterborough v Ipswich
Sheffield United v Millwall

Burnley Goalscorers (League)

8: Joe Westley
5: Vernon Masara
3: Joe Bevan, Tom Tweedy
2: Will Hugill, Mikey O’Neill, Logan Pye, Lewis Richardson. own goals
1: Joe Ashton, Darko Churlinov, Alex Healy-Byrne, Tommy McDermott, Renaldo Torraj, Lucas Wane

Burnley Goalscorers (Cups)

7: Lewis Richardson
4: Joe Westley
3: Will Hugill, Han-Noah Massengo, Tommy McDermott, Mikey O’Neill
1: Darko Churlinov, Jez Davies, Kian Le Fondre, Vernon Masara, Basilio Rieno Socoliche, Tom Tweedy

Leading Goalscorers

13: Daniel Adu-Adjei (Bournemouth), Patrick Casey (Charlton)
12: Aiden Marsh (Barnsley)
11: Bailey Cadamarteri (Sheffield Wednesday), Junior Dixon (Birmingham), Kyrell WIlson (Swansea)
10: Abdul Abdulmalik (Millwall), Fábio Jaló (Barnsley)
9: Leon Ayinde (Ipswich)

League Tables

Team pld w d l f a pts
Birmingham 24 12 8 4 48 29 44
Sheffield United 20 12 5 3 57 21 41
Sheffield Wednesday 23 11 6 6 46 29 39
Fleetwood 22 12 3 7 41 33 39
Barnsley 22 11 2 9 43 38 35
Burnley 18 9 4 5 35 26 31
Hull 19 6 3 10 31 44 21
Coventry 21 6 3 12 33 48 21
Wigan 20 5 4 11 35 46 19
Peterborough 22 4 4 14 34 56 16
Crewe 19 3 3 13 27 50 12
Team pld w d l f a pts
Millwall 23 13 6 4 58 38 45
QPR 22 11 7 4 50 32 40
Bournemouth 22 12 3 7 42 35 39
Ipswich 23 11 3 9 50 53 36
Swansea 21 10 3 8 53 43 33
Watford 21 7 6 8 36 49 27
Charlton 18 7 3 8 43 36 24
Cardiff 23 5 7 11 38 54 22
Bristol City 21 6 4 11 28 48 22
Colchester 20 4 3 13 31 51 15
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