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Our under-21s beat Wrexham 3-0 yesterday to reach the semi-finals of the Central League Cup, this coming four days after we’d beaten high riding south group team Bournemouth in the Professional Development League.

We kicked off the week in sixth place and we knew, no matter what the result against Bournemouth, we would still be sixth given we were four points behind fifth place Barnsley and ten points ahead of both Hull and Coventry who were directly behind us.

So, still sixth but we have moved three points closer to the next two who were both beaten. Barnsley and Fleetwood both lost yesterday at home; Barnsley lost at home against Watford while Fleetwood, also at home, took a 5-0 hammering from Charlton. Barnsley now sit one point ahead of us with Fleetwood five points in front but we still have four games in hand on both of them.

Ahead of them are leaders Birmingham and the two Sheffield clubs. Wednesday went ahead of United last Friday when they beat QPR and they remain there with Sheffield United losing the big game this week at tea time yesterday. It was the clash between last season’s two league winners who went on to reach the play-off final.

Sheffield United v Millwall kicked off at 5 p.m. and the Blades’ coach Michael Collins, the former Bradford City manager, was left enthusing as to how much his team had controlled the game. Those comments came after Millwall beat them 3-0 when a home win would have seen a change of leadership in the north group. Sheffield United remain three points behind Birmingham with three games in hand so remain favourites.

Millwall are very much favourites in the south. With QPR and Bournemouth both beaten, they have now moved eight and nine points clear of them respectively although they have played a game more.

There had been one game in the south group with bottom of the league Colchester winning at Charlton but as north v south got underway, there were five wins for the north group teams and three for the south with the game between Coventry and Bristol City ending in a 0-0 raw.

There are eight fixtures in the coming week with four in the north, three in the south and one north/south game between Bristol City and Fleetwood. We play twice, at home against Crewe on Friday and then at Hull on Tuesday evening. Both are previously postponed games.

The League Tables and our Fixtures and Results can be found within U21/U18 Stats on the top menu.

The recent results and this week’s fixtures are below along with our goalscorers, the league’s leading goalscorers and the current league tables.

Last Week’s Results

South

Friday 22nd March
Charlton 1 Colchester 2

North/South

Friday 22nd March
Burnley 3 Bournemouth 1
Sheffield Wednesday 3 QPR 1

Monday 25th March
Wigan 2 Swansea 1

Tuesday 26th March
Barnsley 1 Watford 2
Coventry 0 Bristol City 0
Fleetwood 0 Charlton 5
Hull 4 Colchester 1
Peterborough 2 Ipswich 1
Sheffield United 0 Millwall 3

This Week’s Fixtures

North

Friday 29th March
Burnley v Crewe

Tuesday 2nd April
Birmingham v Crewe
Hull v Burnley
Sheffield Wednesday v Wigan

South

Friday 29th March
Charlton v Bournemouth

Tuesday 2nd April
QPR v Charlton
Watford v Swansea

North/South

Tuesday 2nd April
Bristol City v Fleetwood

Burnley Goalscorers (League)

8: Joe Westley
6: Vernon Masara
4: Tom Tweedy
3: Joe Bevan
2: Will Hugill, Mikey O’Neill, Logan Pye, Lewis Richardson, Renaldo Torraj, own goals
1: Joe Ashton, Darko Churlinov, Alex Healy-Byrne, Tommy McDermott, Lucas Wane

Burnley Goalscorers (Cups)

7: Lewis Richardson
4: Joe Westley
3: Will Hugill, Han-Noah Massengo, Tommy McDermott, Mikey O’Neill
1: Joe Bevan, Darko Churlinov, Jez Davies, Kian Le Fondre, Ackeme Francis-Burrell, Vernon Masara, Basilio Rieno Socoliche, Renaldo Torraj, Tom Tweedy

Leading Goalscorers

14: Patrick Casey (Charlton)
13: Daniel Adu-Adjei (Bournemouth)
12: Aiden Marsh (Barnsley)
11: Abdul Abdulmalik (Millwall), Bailey Cadamarteri (Sheffield Wednesday), Junior Dixon (Birmingham), Kyrell WIlson (Swansea)
10: Fábio Jaló (Barnsley)
9: Leon Ayinde (Ipswich)

League Tables

Team pld w d l f a pts
Birmingham 24 12 8 4 48 29 44
Sheffield Wednesday 24 12 6 6 49 30 42
Sheffield United 21 12 5 4 57 24 41
Fleetwood 23 12 3 8 41 38 39
Barnsley 23 11 2 10 44 40 35
Burnley 19 10 4 5 38 27 34
Hull 20 7 3 10 35 45 24
Wigan 21 6 4 11 37 47 22
Coventry 22 6 4 12 33 48 22
Peterborough 23 5 4 14 36 57 19
Crewe 19 3 3 13 27 50 12
Team pld w d l f a pts
Millwall 24 14 6 4 61 38 48
QPR 23 11 7 5 51 35 40
Bournemouth 23 12 3 8 43 38 39
Ipswich 24 11 3 10 51 55 36
Swansea 22 10 3 9 54 45 33
Watford 22 8 6 8 38 50 30
Charlton 20 8 3 9 49 38 27
Bristol City 22 6 5 11 28 48 23
Cardiff 23 5 7 11 38 54 22
Colchester 22 5 3 14 34 56 18
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