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A win over second place Wolves last Monday would have taken us to sixth place in Premier League 2 Division 2 but we are now one place higher than last week in 16th place having drawn the game 0-0.

It’s West Brom we’ve moved ahead of; they were beaten 2-1 at Aston Villa last Friday. Louie Barry, who has been in the news recently following his FA Cup goal against Liverpool, scored the second Villa goal from the penalty spot but it was a player more than once linked with Burnley who opened the scoring on six minutes. I’m not sure how often he plays at this level but Henri Lansbury scored that first goal.

It doesn’t seem too long ago that we climbed off the bottom when we beat Fulham and dumped them at the foot of the table. It shows how tight the table is; their win at Crystal Palace has moved them into third place behind Leeds or Wolves although it does look as though Leeds are going for it and now hold an eight point lead having won against Stoke.

Leeds often field a more experienced side than other teams, for this win they included Kalvin Phillips, Hélder Costa and Tyler Roberts. Stoke included a Lewis Macari in the centre of defence. That surname persuaded me to investigate further. Yes, his granddad was Lou who managed the Potters twice.

On the subject of players involved, I mentioned Lansbury scoring for Aston Villa and Leicester beat  Manchester United 4-2 in Division 1. I’m not sure how they will get his name on a shirt should he ever play in the first team but two of Leicester’s goals were scored by Thanawat Suengchitthawan.

United might have lost but Manchester City won, they beat Derby 4-0 at Loughborough University Stadium with three of their goals coming from Liam Delap. He won’t be scoring many in their next game; he was sent off nine minutes from time. The result did lift City into second place. They are now ahead of Blackburn on goal difference and just a point behind leaders Chelsea.

There were four games played in each division and this coming week sees a full six games in both with Burnley travelling to Sunderland on Monday where they may come up against some former players.

This week we have featured goalkeeper Lukas Jensen. Now in his second season at Burnley, he was one of three players singled out for praise following the Wolves game. Part of the travelling squad to West Ham last Saturday, Steve Stone said of him: “Lukas has been developing really well.

“You don’t want to get ahead of yourself with where he’s going to get but there have been some really positive signs from him. He made some really good saves and kept us in the game at important times.”

The League Tables  and our Fixtures and Results are both within U23/U18 Stats which can be found on the top menu.

All of last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the leading goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current league tables are all below.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Division 1

Friday 15th January
Brighton 1 Tottenham 5

Monday 18th January
Derby 0 Manchester City 4
Everton 1 Liverpool 1
Leicester 4 Manchester United 2

Division 2

Friday 15th January
Aston Villa 2 West Brom 1

Monday 18th January
Burnley 0 Wolves 0
Crystal Palace 2 Fulham 3
Leeds 1 Stoke 0

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Division 1

Friday 22nd January
Arsenal v Brighton
Chelsea v Southampton
West Ham v Tottenham

Saturday 23rd January
Liverpool v Derby

Monday 25th January
Leicester v Everton
Manchester City v Blackburn

Division 2

Friday 22nd January
Fulham v Reading
Norwich v Aston Villa

Monday 25th January
Stoke v Middlesbrough
Sunderland v Burnley
West Brom v Crystal Palace
Wolves v Leeds

LEADING GOALSCORERS

Division 1

9: Liam Delap (Manchester City)
8: Ellis Simms (Everton), Jack Stretton (Derby)
6; Anthony Elanga (Manchester United), Brad Lyons (Blackburn), James Mcatee (Manchester City), Connor McBride (Blackburn), Myles Peart-Harris (Chelsea), Arnau Puigmal (Manchester United)
5: Oladapo Afolayan (West Ham), Daniel N’Lundulu (Southampton)

Division 2

8: Fabio Carvalho (Fulham), Jean-Pierre Tiehi (Fulham)
7: Louie Barry (Aston Villa), Mitch Curry (Sunderland), Sam Greenwood (Leeds)
6: Cheikh Diaby (West Brom), Taylor Perry (Wolves)
5: Joe Gelhardt (Leeds), Jaden Philogene-Bidace (Aston Villa), Robert Street (Crystal Palace)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

4: Joel Mumbongo, Max Thompson
2: Ashley Barnes, Lewis Richardson
1: Owen Dodgson, Anthony Gomez Mancini, own goals

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

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