Moonan turning the corner with youth team
Last season I saw Ashley Westwood score direct from a corner against Liverpool at Anfield and a week later saw Matty Rain do exactly the same when the under-18s beat Sheffield United at Gawthorpe, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one player score twice from corners in one game.
That happened two days ago when our under-18s beat Crewe 4-2. Dylan Moonan (pictured) opened the scoring in that way and just minutes later he repeated it to double our advantage. Crewe did pull a goal back but a Cricky Conn-Clarke double gave us a 4-1 lead before Crewe netted their second in stoppage time.
The win was always going to improve our position in the league because the four teams ahead of us were playing each other. We are still fifth in the table, and still with games in hand, but have pulled three points up on Barnsley, who dropped from third to fourth, swapping places with Nottingham Forest who beat them 3-2. Wigan are still in front. They beat second place Sheffield United 5-2 and have now taken a seven point lead at the top of the table having won all of their last six games since we beat them 3-0 in mid-September.
It’s been a good recovery from Tony Philliskirk’s side. We kicked off the season with two defeats but have since won five, drawn one and lost one and we’ve also started to move the goals scored column having scored eight goals in the last two games of which Conn-Clarke has scored five.
Wigan are going to take some catching but the three other teams above us are all very much in sight with those games in hand.
The big game in the south group between the top two didn’t materialise with the game postponed. Watford remain top but their hosts Charlton have now dropped behind Millwall on goal difference after they were 3-0 winners against Crystal Palace. It’s very close with only one point separating the four teams below Watford.
Colchester won 1-0 at QPR. There’s nothing significant in that given QPR have won just once all season but the win has now taken Colchester up seventh in the ten team south group with twelve points from their twelve games. That’s a big improvement for one of only two League Two clubs in the Professional Development League having ended last season with just one win and only eight points from their full programme of 28 games.
There are no big top of the table clashes in the northern group this week. Nottingham Forest travel to Hull who are currently right in the middle in sixth place and the only team that could go above us last week. All the other teams in the top five play teams in the bottom five.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, our goal scorers and the current tables are all below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Saturday 2nd November
Crewe 2 Burnley 4
Hull 6 Bolton 1
Leeds 3 Birmingham 0
Nottingham Forest 3 Barnsley 2
Sheffield United 2 Wigan 5
Cardiff 2 Bristol City 2
Charlton v Watford – match postponed
Ipswich 4 Coventry 1
Millwall 3 Crystal Palace 0
QPR 0 Colchester 1
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Saturday 9th November
Birmingham v Barnsley
Bolton v Wigan
Burnley v Sheffield Wednesday
Crewe v Sheffield United
Hull v Nottingham Forest
Bristol City v Millwall
Colchester v Cardiff
Coventry v QPR
Crystal Palace v Charlton
Watford v Ipswich
BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)
8: Mitch George
6: Cricky Conn-Clarke
2: Dylan Moonan
1: Rhys Fenlon, Jayden Major, Joe McGlynn, Michael Mellon, Ben Woods
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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