One point separates top five
Had Bury beaten Burnley two days ago they’d have gone back to the top of the Youth Alliance League but the defeat has left them in fifth place with one point less than all of Blackpool, Walsall, Accrington Stanley and Port Vale.
That’s how tight it is in the league now. Walsall led the table ahead of the weekend but are now behind Blackpool but below both Accrington and Port Vale with all of them on 16 points. However, Port Vale have played eight games while Blackpool and Accrington have only played six, both having won five and drawn one of their games.
It’s certainly changed in the last couple of weeks. Bury had started with a run of wins and it looked for a time as if they might run away with the league. Two defeats and that really has given the league table a competitive look.
We might have expected Carlisle to be up there too. They lost for the first time a week last Saturday and they too have made it successive defeats. In what was probably the surprise result of the day, they were beaten 3-1 by Morecambe, a second win for Morecambe who have surely never have been in such a good position.
There were first wins of the season for Tranmere and Wigan. Saturday started with four teams looking for a first win but with they were all playing against each other. Tranmere beat Preston and Wigan were victors against Wrexham. Those two teams are in the bottom three along with Fleetwood.
As it happens, any result for Burnley would have made no difference to our position. We kicked off in 8th place but four points behind 7th and only Shrewsbury, had they won and we lost, could have gone above us. The table now shows us four points clear of the two teams directly below us but we are now within striking distance of Rochdale (one point) and next Saturday’s opponents Carlisle (two points).
The weekend results, this week’s fixtures, Burnley’s goalscorers and the league table after this weekend are all shown below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Saturday 8th October
Blackpool 2 Rochdale 0
Burnley 2 Bury 1
Fleetwood 1 Accrington 2
Morecambe 3 Carlisle 1
Port Vale 2 Shrewsbury 2
Tranmere 2 Preston 0
Wigan 3 Wrexham 0
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Saturday 15th October
Accrington v Morecambe
Bury v Port Vale
Carlisle v Burnley
Preston v Fleetwood
Shrewsbury v Wigan
Walsall v Blackpool
Wrexham v Tranmere
BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cup)
3: RJ Pingling
2: Olatunde Bayode, Nashé Chakwana, Scott Wilson
1: Tristan Jumeau, Dwight McNeil, Kwasinkosi Mpofu, Tommy Wood
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLE
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