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When we beat Manchester United last Saturday in the U18 Premier League, second place Liverpool might have hoped to be able to reduce the six point gap between the top two but instead they’ve left their second place in jeopardy having suffered a defeat at Manchester City.

Unbeaten City have no drawn level with Liverpool but with two games in hand; they would need to win both to move alongside United who retain their six point lead.

That win against United couldn’t move us up the table either. We kicked off the day in seventh place but four points behind Middlesbrough who were sixth. They beat Leeds to keep that four point gap and in doing so have moved up one place themselves above Everton whose game at Stoke was called off.

In the other two games played in the north, Derby won at Newcastle to stay one point behind us while Wolves, fourth in the table, were surprisingly beaten by Blackburn who recorded only a second win in fourteen games.

Last week saw Fulham go top in the south but when their game against West Ham was called off it gave Crystal Palace the opportunity to move ahead of them. They took it too with a 3-2 win and now sit one point clear at the top of the table.

There were four other games played in the South. All of Aston Villa, Tottenham and West Brom won but pride of place this week goes to Leicester who beat Norwich 4-3 at home. They’ve had a torrid time this season, were without a win and conceding almost four goals per game. They conceded seven at Brighton and, even worse, eight at both Chelsea and Southampton. They had picked up two points from draws against Spurs and Fulham but this was their first victory of the season.

Having beaten United last week at Leyland, we are on the road again tomorrow when we face Wolves at the Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground with a 2 p.m. kick off. Wolves will be looking to complete the double over us having won at Leyland 2-1 in September when Ben Woods (pictured) scored our goal.

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.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

North

Saturday 30th January
Burnley 1 Manchester United 0
Manchester City 4 Liverpool 2
Middlesbrough 5 Leeds 2
Newcastle 2 Derby 3
Stoke v Everton – match postponed, rearranged for 20th April
Wolves 2 Blackburn 3

South

Saturday 30th January
Crystal Palace 3 Arsenal 2
Fulham v West Ham – match postponed, rearranged for 20th April
Leicester 4 Norwich 3
Reading 0 Aston Villa 4
Southampton v Chelsea – match postponed, rearranged for 27th March
Tottenham 2 Brighton 1
West Ham 2 West Brom 6

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

North

Saturday 6th February
Everton v Newcastle
Leeds v Blackburn
Sunderland v Manchester United
Wolves v Burnley

Tuesday 9th February
Leeds v Derby
Stoke v Liverpool

South

Saturday 6th February
Fulham v Crystal Palace
West Brom v Chelsea
West Ham v Aston Villa

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

7: Sam Unwin
4: Joe McGlynn
2: Jake Rooney
1: Michael Mellon, Dylan Moonan, Kade Ratchford, Joe Smyth-Ferguson, Ben Woods

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Manchester United 13 11 0 2 36 13 33
Liverpool 13 9 0 4 42 19 27
Manchester City 11 8 3 0 31 8 27
Wolves 11 7 0 4 20 17 21
Middlesbrough 12 6 2 4 26 19 20
Everton 12 6 1 5 21 18 19
Burnley 12 5 1 6 18 22 16
Derby 11 5 0 6 18 29 15
Stoke 10 3 2 5 10 24 11
Newcastle 10 2 2 6 20 24 8
Blackburn 14 2 2 10 19 37 8
Leeds 11 1 2 8 11 32 5
Sunderland 8 1 1 6 13 23 4
Team pld w d l f a pts
Crystal Palace 12 9 0 3 23 18 27
Fulham 12 8 2 2 31 18 26
Tottenham 13 7 4 2 32 15 25
Aston Villa 10 8 1 1 23 12 25
Arsenal 11 6 1 4 25 21 19
Brighton 13 5 3 5 30 23 18
Chelsea 10 5 2 3 30 16 17
Norwich 13 5 1 7 31 29 16
West Brom 13 4 3 6 27 31 15
West Ham 11 3 1 7 16 32 10
Reading 12 2 2 8 23 39 8
Southampton 10 1 2 7 17 28 5
Leicester 12 1 2 9 19 45 5
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