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Five teams went into the weekend Youth Alliance League games having won their two opening games, but as Burnley, Port Vale, Rochdale and Walsall all dropped points for the first time, Bury remained top with a third successive win, the latest against last season’s champions Wigan Athletic.

We drew 1-1 against Preston and there were also draws for Walsall at Tranmere and Rochdale who were at home to Shrewsbury, but it was defeat for Port Vale who went down at home to Accrington.

Olatunde Bayode
Olatunde Bayode

Shrewsbury and Accrington were two of three teams kicking off their season; the other was Blackpool and they couldn’t have got off to a better start, winning 5-0 in the mini tram derby against Fleetwood. It’s been a difficult start for Fleetwood. They had a much better season last time round but have now lost all three games and sit bottom of the league with a goal difference of minus 10.

They are not the only side without a point. Wigan and Wrexham too have lost three out of three and perennial bottom club Morecambe are also still to win a point although they have played just twice.

Carlisle spent a number of years up near the top of the league but have faltered in recent years. They might be ones to watch. Having drawn at Preston in the opening game they’ve now won their last two and are still to concede a goal.

It’s early days in the league, but it is refreshing to see us in the top group after last season’s disaster. Things are changing very much at youth and academy level at Burnley. Michael Duff is now in charge of the youth team and a new academy manager looks to be in place although that is still to be confirmed.

This week, the Youth Alliance League takes a break for the first round of cup ties. It’s a new format this season with teams having been placed in groups of four rather than the competition being a straight knock out.

We’re away against Accrington with Doncaster hosting Scunthorpe in the other Group 4 game.

All last week’s league results and this week’s cup fixtures are below, followed by Burnley’s goalscorers this season and the league table following those weekend fixtures.

Our Fixtures and Results and the Youth Alliance League Table can be found at any time within the U21/U18 stats on the top menu.


Friday 19th August
Tranmere 0 Walsall 0
Wrexham 0 Carlisle 1

Saturday 20th August
Burnley 1 Preston 1
Fleetwood 0 Blackpool 5
Port Vale 0 Accrington 1
Rochdale 2 Shrewsbury 2
Wigan 1 Bury 2


Friday 26th August

Group 6
Chesterfield v Notts County

Saturday 27th August

Group 1
Grimsby v Bury
Lincoln v Rochdale

Group 2
Burton v Mansfield
Shrewsbury v Walsall

Group 3
Carlisle v Hartlepool
Preston v York

Group 4
Accrington v Burnley
Doncaster v Scunthorpe

Group 5
Blackpool v Bradford City
Morecambe v Rotherham

Group 6
Port Vale v Wrexham

Group 7
Fleetwood v Oldham
Tranmere v Wigan


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Team pld w d l f a pts
Bury 3 3 0 0 8 1 9
Rochdale 3 2 1 0 9 4 7
Carlisle United 3 2 1 0 4 0 7
Burnley 3 2 1 0 5 2 7
Walsall 3 2 1 0 4 1 7
Port Vale 3 2 0 1 5 2 6
Blackpool 1 1 0 0 5 0 3
Accrington Stanley 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Preston North End 3 0 2 1 1 5 2
Shrewsbury Town 1 0 1 0 2 2 1
Tranmere Rovers 3 0 1 2 1 4 1
Morecambe 2 0 0 2 1 5 0
Wigan Athletic 3 0 0 3 2 7 0
Wrexham 3 0 0 3 1 6 0
Fleetwood Town 3 0 0 3 1 11 0
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