Latest win takes under-18s closer to top three
Our 1-0 win at Barnsley two days ago, a third successive victory, always had to move us closer to at least one of the top three with second and third, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest, playing each other.
Leeds had gone in to the game behind leaders Sheffield Wednesday on goal difference and one points clear of Forest, with Burnley a further four points behind. They fought out a 1-1 draw. Leeds took the lead midway through the first half with Forest, who fielded five under-16s from kick off, equalising two minutes into the second half.
That result means we are now just two points behind Forest and three points behind Leeds, and we have a game in hand over Forest although it is a tough one against Leeds coming up tomorrow afternoon.
However, Sheffield Wednesday have pulled clear again with a comprehensive 6-0 win against Crewe while Sheffield United, who have three and four games in hand on other teams, won again against Bolton but sixth place Birmingham were beaten by bottom of the league Hull. You would think at this stage of the season, given the number of games remaining, the top two in the north group are very likely to come from the current top four.
Cardiff moved nine points clear at the top of the south group. They won 4-0 at Crystal Palace while Ipswich, who started the day in second place, were beaten at Bristol City, and that defeat enabled Millwall, winners at Coventry, to move into second place on goal difference.
Charlton were the big winners in the south group. They beat Colchester 6-0 to continue the dreadful time the League Two club’s youth team have had this season. They are still searching for a first win after twenty games and this latest defeat has taken their goals against column to 76, that’s 27 more than Bolton who have conceded the second highest number of goals.
There are a couple of games tomorrow, ours in the north and one in the south, before an almost full set of fixtures next Saturday. We were scheduled to play Birmingham at home but that game is now scheduled for the following Tuesday afternoon.
The player photographed this week is central defender Edon Pruti who is a first year scholar.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, our goalscorers and the current league tables can be found below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Saturday 16th February
Barnsley 0 Burnley 1
Birmingham 0 Hull 2
Leeds 1 Nottingham Forest
Sheffield United 3 Bolton 1
Sheffield Wednesday 6 Crewe 0
Bristol City 3 Ipswich 0
Charlton 6 Colchester 0
Coventry 1 Millwall 3
Crystal Palace 0 Cardiff 4
QPR 3 Watford 2
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Tuesday 19th February
Burnley v Leeds
Colchester v Coventry
Saturday 23rd February
Crewe v Barnsley
Hull v Leeds
Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United
Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton
Cardiff v Coventry
Colchester v Bristol City
Ipswich v QPR
Millwall v Crystal Palace
Watford v Charlton
Tuesday 26th February
Burnley v Birmingham
BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE & CUPS)
16: Michael Fowler
6: Mitch George, Lewis Richardson
4: Kai Smith
3: Will Harris
2: Cricky Conn-Clarke, Dylon Meredith, Matt O’Neill
1: Rhys Fenlon, Jayden Major, Dan Moss, Terry Mupariwa, Edon Pruti, Matty Rain, Bobby Thomas, Kian Yari, own goals
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLE
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