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New leaders in youth league after top two clash

When we last reviewed the U18 Premier League, Liverpool headed the North League on goal difference from Manchester United with Manchester City just one point behind.

While the top two have both played twice, City have had to watch their game against Derby re-scheduled and then last Saturday’s game against us postponed.

Both Liverpool and Manchester United won away last Saturday, at Middlesbrough and Wolves respectively, but a week earlier they faced each other with United eventually coming out on top. They led 2-0 at half time but found themselves 3-2 down with only 17 minutes remaining only for them to score twice more to win the game 4-3.

The big story though comes from Sunderland. Back on 7th November they drew 2-2 at Blackburn to win their first point of the season. It wasn’t just their first point but an end to a run of 25 successive defeats stretching back to April 2019. Another defeat, 5-0 at Manchester City followed, but finally last Saturday they won a game for the first time since winning at West Brom in August 2018.

The win came against Stoke at the Academy of Light but was it a scrappy 1-0 win with a dodgy penalty or the like? Not on your life. They led 2-0 at half time, saw Stoke pull one back and then went to town, eventually winning the game 7-1 with all of Josh Baggs, Ellis Taylor and James Foster scoring twice.

wait for this, there is even better news for them. The four points they have now won from their eight games this season has lifted them off the bottom even if it is only on goal difference. They even have two games in hand on the bottom club who are – yes, our local rivals Blackburn.

Without a game in these two weeks, we have dropped one place in the table to ninth with Stoke, despite their defeat at Sunderland, going above us with their 2-1 win against Blackburn a week earlier.

Aston Villa still lead the way in the south although they too haven’t played and that has allowed Tottenham, winners at Crystal Palace to move within one point of them. With Sunderland’s result, Leicester now remain as the only team without a win in the two leagues, they lost their most recent game 2-1 at Arsenal.

We have one game to play in 2020 with our away fixture against Everton, originally scheduled for February, now moved to this Saturday.

The player featured this week is first year scholar Michael Mellon, son of former Claret Micky.

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

All last week’s results and this week’s fixtures are below  along with our goalscorers and the current league tables.

RECENT RESULTS

North

Friday 4th December
Stoke 2 Blackburn 1

Saturday 5th December
Everton 2 Wolves 3
Manchester City v Derby – match rescheduled
Manchester United 4 Liverpool 3

Saturday 12th December
Burnley v Manchester City – match postponed
Middlesbrough 1 Liverpool 4
Sunderland 7 Stoke 1
Wolves 0 Manchester United 1

South

Saturday 5th December
Arsenal 2 Leicester 1
Crystal Palace 1 Tottenham 5
Reading 5 Norwich 2

Saturday 12th December
Fulham 2 Chelsea 1
West Brom 3 Southampton 1
West Ham 0 Norwich 3

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

North

Tuesday 15th December
Manchester City v Derby

Thursday 17th December
Manchester United v Leeds

Saturday 19th December
Blackburn v Manchester City
Derby v Liverpool
Everton v Burnley
Newcastle v Sunderland
Stoke v Middlesbrough

South

Wednesday 16th December
Reading v Fulham

Saturday 19th December
Arsenal v Chelsea
Crystal Palace v Brighton
Fulham v Leicester
Southampton v West Ham
Tottenham v West Brom

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

6: Sam Unwin
4: Joe McGlynn
2: Jake Rooney
1: Michael Mellon, Dylan Moonan, Kade Ratchford, Ben Woods

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Manchester United 10 9 0 1 28 9 27
Liverpool 11 8 0 3 37 14 24
Wolves 10 7 0 3 18 14 21
Manchester City 8 6 2 0 19 5 20
Middlesbrough 11 5 2 4 21 17 17
Everton 10 5 1 4 19 16 16
Derby 8 4 0 4 14 17 12
Stoke 10 3 2 5 10 24 11
Burnley 10 3 1 6 16 22 10
Newcastle 9 2 2 5 18 21 8
Leeds 9 1 2 6 9 23 5
Sunderland 8 1 1 5 13 23 4
Blackburn 10 1 1 8 11 28 4
Team pld w d l f a pts
Aston Villa 9 7 1 1 19 12 22
Tottenham 10 6 3 1 29 10 21
Fulham 8 6 1 1 16 7 19
Brighton 10 5 3 2 25 13 18
Crystal Palace 9 6 0 3 14 14 18
Arsenal 9 5 1 3 19 17 16
Chelsea 9 4 2 3 26 16 14
Norwich 11 4 1 6 23 25 13
Reading 8 2 2 4 20 23 8
West Brom 9 2 2 5 16 23 8
West Ham 8 2 1 5 12 21 7
Southampton 10 1 2 7 17 28 5
Leicester 10 0 1 9 12 39 0
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