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Manchester United kicked off the week some six points clear in the north division of the U18 Premier League but any hopes of extending that lead were dashed last Saturday when their game at Sunderland was called off.

That gave Liverpool, who started the week in second place, the opportunity to close that gap two days ago which they duly did with a 2-1 win at Stoke. Elsewhere in this league there were wins for both Blackburn and Newcastle, both of whom have been struggling near the bottom of the league. It’s drawn them both level with Stoke leaving Leeds, who were beaten by Blackburn, and Sunderland some way behind.

Realistically, our result was not going to affect our league position although with Everton the team beaten by Newcastle it did mean a four goal victory against Wolves would  lift us above them on goal difference or goals scored. That was never going to happen but we got ourselves another good result when two late Sam Unwin goals earned us a point in a 2-2 draw. Games haven’t come around too often in the last two months or so but since losing to Liverpool on the last Saturday in November, we’ve now won two and drawn one of three games.

I think, when the season kicked off, we’d have been delighted to be sat in seventh place at this stage with five wins from our thirteen games.

Last week, Crystal Palace had returned to the top of the south league by one point over Fulham. and last Saturday the two faced each other with Fulham having home advantage. But it was Palace who came out on top, winning 2-0 with two first half goals. Chelsea were the only other winners, beating West Brom, while the clash between the two claret and blues West Ham and Aston Villa ended all square.

It’s a tough middle of the table game for us this Saturday when we travel to Derby who currently sit one place and two points behind us although with two games in hand on us. A win would guarantee a move up the table with Everton having no game.

The player featured this week is full back Keelan Williams, brother of Liverpool’s Neco, who has been involved in the last two games.

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

Saturday 6th February
Everton 1 Newcastle 4
Leeds 1 Blackburn 2
Sunderland v Manchester United – match postponed, rearranged for 27th April
Wolves 2 Burnley 2

Tuesday 9th February
Leeds v Derby – match postponed
Stoke 1 Liverpool 2

South

Saturday 6th February
Fulham 0 Crystal Palace 2
West Brom 2 Chelsea 3
West Ham 1 Aston Villa 1

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

North

Saturday 13th February
Derby v Burnley
Leeds v Sunderland
Liverpool v Blackburn
Manchester United v Manchester City
Middlesbrough v Newcastle
Wolves v Stoke

Wednesday 17th February
Sunderland v Derby

South

Saturday 13th February
Aston Villa v West Brom
Brighton v Southampton
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Fulham v Tottenham

Tuesday 16th February
Arsenal v West Ham

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

9: Sam Unwin
4: Joe McGlynn
2: Jake Rooney
1: Michael Mellon, Dylan Moonan, Kade Ratchford, Joe Smyth-Ferguson, Ben Woods

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Manchester United 13 11 0 2 36 13 33
Liverpool 14 10 0 4 44 20 30
Manchester City 11 8 3 0 31 8 27
Wolves 12 7 1 4 22 19 22
Middlesbrough 12 6 2 4 26 19 20
Everton 13 6 1 6 22 22 19
Burnley 13 5 2 6 20 24 17
Derby 11 5 0 6 18 29 15
Newcastle 11 3 2 6 24 25 11
Stoke 11 3 2 6 11 26 11
Blackburn 15 3 2 10 21 38 11
Leeds 12 1 2 9 12 34 5
Sunderland 8 1 1 6 13 23 4
Team pld w d l f a pts
Crystal Palace 13 10 0 3 25 18 30
Fulham 13 8 2 3 31 20 26
Aston Villa 11 8 2 1 24 13 26
Tottenham 13 7 4 2 32 15 25
Chelsea 11 6 2 3 33 18 20
Arsenal 11 6 1 4 25 21 19
Brighton 13 5 3 5 30 23 18
Norwich 13 5 1 7 31 29 16
West Brom 14 4 3 7 29 34 15
West Ham 12 3 2 7 17 33 11
Reading 12 2 2 8 23 39 8
Southampton 10 1 2 7 17 28 5
Leicester 12 1 2 9 19 45 5
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