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Since our last U18 Professional Development League review we’ve gone out of the FA Youth Cup, beaten last week at Manchester City, while playing three league games.

We’ve won one, drawn one and lost one of those league games which started with a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest when Michael Mellon scored our goal. In the last few days we’ve suffered a big 4-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday before beating Barnsley 1-0 yesterday when Jayden Major scored direct from a corner.

With so many of the under-18s now involved with the under-23s, we’ve had some new names to get used to in these games in recent weeks. Besides Mellon, who has now scored three times in the league for us this season, we’ve seen the introduction of a number of under-16s and the names of such as Sean Etaluku, Will Hugill, Will Couch, George Walters, Kade Ratchford, Ruairi Behan, Dan Sassi, Jack McIntyre, Brad Holmes and Jacson Coppack are ones we are likely to have to get used to, these being some of the players who have stepped up in recent weeks.

It’s creditable that we are still fourth in the league and with a reasonably healthy five point lead over Nottingham Forest who currently sit fifth. In terms of the league, Wigan are all but assured a top two place mathematically. Barnsley, in third place, can now only reach 60 points with Wigan, who have six games remaining, already on 57 having beaten bottom team Birmingham yesterday.

It’s very much closer at the top of the southern group where Millwall currently have a three point lead over Bristol City who have played three games more. The biggest threat to Millwall could come from their close neighbours Charlton who are currently third.

We are back in action this Saturday when Leeds are the visitors to Gawthorpe and the player featured this week is defender Jake Rooney.

The League Tables are updated as results are confirmed and can be found with our Fixtures and Results within U23/U18 Stats on the top menu.

Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, our goal scorers and the current tables are all below.

RECENT RESULTS

Saturday 22nd February
Crewe 3 Leeds 4
Nottingham Forest 1 Burnley 1
Wigan 1 Barnsley 2
Bristol City 2 Ipswich 1
Charlton 2 Colchester 0
Coventry 2 Cardiff 2
Millwall 4 QPR 2

Tuesday 3rd March
Sheffield Wednesday 0 Barnsley 1

Saturday 7th March
Barnsley 3 Birmingham 2
Nottingham Forest 3 Hull 0
Sheffield United 3 Crewe 0
Sheffield Wednesday 4 Burnley 0
Wigan 3 Bolton 1
Charlton 4 Watford 1
QPR 1 Bristol City 2

Tuesday 10th March
Burnley 1 Barnsley 0
Wigan 3 Birmingham 0
Watford 2 Crystal Palace 3

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Saturday 14th March
Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday
Bolton v Nottingham Forest
Burnley v Leeds
Crewe v Hull
Sheffield United v Birmingham
Bristol City v Charlton
Cardiff v QPR
Crystal Palace v Colchester
Millwall v Ipswich

Tuesday 17th March
Leeds v Barnsley
Coventry v Millwall
QPR v Ipswich

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)

13: Cricky Conn-Clarke
9: Mitch George
4: Rhys Fenlon, Dylan Moonan
3: Jayden Major, Michael Mellon, Max Thompson
2: Corey Brennan
1: Finn Armstrong, Udoka Chima, Sean Etaluku, Joe McGlynn, Kade Ratchford, Lewis Richardson

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Wigan 24 18 3 3 65 29 57
Sheffield United 20 13 3 4 50 27 42
Barnsley 22 11 3 8 34 30 36
Burnley 23 10 4 9 36 39 34
Nottingham Forest 23 8 5 10 30 36 29
Crewe Alexandra 23 6 7 10 38 45 25
Hull City 24 7 4 13 38 51 25
Sheffield Wednesday 21 6 5 10 27 28 23
Bolton Wanderers 22 6 4 12 37 62 22
Leeds 22 5 6 11 36 44 21
Birmingham City 21 6 3 12 30 46 21
Team pld w d l f a pts
Millwall 19 14 1 4 61 23 43
Bristol City 22 12 4 6 53 41 40
Charlton Athletic 20 11 6 3 42 21 39
Watford 20 11 4 5 47 37 37
Crystal Palace 19 10 4 5 45 25 34
Ipswich Town 20 8 4 8 42 39 28
Cardiff City 21 5 7 9 43 45 22
Coventry City 21 5 2 14 29 64 17
Colchester United 18 4 4 10 33 55 16
Queens Park Rangers 21 4 3 14 31 60 15
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