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Kicking off last Monday at Newcastle, our under-23s were third from bottom of Premier League 2 Division 2 but such is the tightness of this league that the 2-0 win took us up four places to seventh and leaves us just three points behind second place Stoke with a game in hand.

Leeds, like us in their first season in this league, are currently running away with it. They kicked off the week with an eight point lead over both Aston Villa and Wolves who both lost their games, Villa at Reading and Wolves at Stoke. Meanwhile Leeds won again, beating Sunderland at home, and have now increased their lead to ten points with Stoke having moved up to second.

It is a crazy league with just eight points separating Stoke from Newcastle who sit bottom of the table and so one good result can see a team climb a few places while a defeat can result in dropping down.

Leeds might be a long way in front in Division 2 but the Division 1 leaders,  thankfully, sit only one point ahead of second. The leaders are our local rivals from just a few miles down the M65. Spurs are second but third and fourth, Manchester City and Chelsea, do have games in hand which could change things.

West Ham won last Friday so it is a lot closer at the bottom. The win took their season total to eight points and they are now just three points behind Southampton.

The player featured this week is defender Richard Nartey who has had a busy week. He was with the first team last Sunday at his previous club Chelsea, played for the under-23s at Newcastle on the following day before being named as a substitute against Manchester City.

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 29th January
Tottenham 1 Arsenal 1
West Ham 3 Southampton 1

Saturday 30th January
Liverpool 3 Manchester United 6

Monday 1st February
Derby 1 Everton 3
Leicester 1 Blackburn 3

Division 2

Friday 29th January
Fulham v West Brom – match postponed
Reading 3 Aston Villa 1

Sunday 31st January
Stoke 3 Wolves 1

Monday 1st February
Crystal Palace 4 Norwich 0
Leeds 2 Sunderland 0
Newcastle 0 Burnley 2

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Division 1

Friday 5th February
Arsenal v Chelsea
Brighton v West Ham
Manchester City v Everton
Manchester United v Blackburn

Sunday 7th February
Southampton v Tottenham

Monday 8th February
Leicester v Derby

Division 2

Friday 5th February
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
Norwich v Fulham
Reading v West Brom

Sunday 7th February
Middlesbrough v Leeds

Monday 8th February
Burnley v Stoke
Sunderland v Newcastle

LEADING GOALSCORERS

Division 1

9: Liam Delap (Manchester City)
8: Joe Hugill (Manchester United), Ellis Simms (Everton), Jack Stretton (Derby)
7: Folarin Balogun (Arsenal)
6; Anthony Elanga (Manchester United), Brad Lyons (Blackburn), James Mcatee (Manchester City), Connor McBride (Blackburn), Myles Peart-Harris (Chelsea), Arnau Puigmal (Manchester United)

Division 2

10: Louie Barry (Aston Villa)
8: Fabio Carvalho (Fulham), Jean-Pierre Tiehi (Fulham)
7: Mitch Curry (Sunderland), Sam Greenwood (Leeds)
6: Cheikh Diaby (West Brom), Taylor Perry (Wolves)
5: Stanley Flaherty (Newcastle), Joe Gelhardt (Leeds), Christian Norton (Stoke), Jaden Philogene-Bidace (Aston Villa), Sion Spence (Crystal Palace), Robert Street (Crystal Palace), Max Thompson (Burnley), Ethan Varian (Stoke)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

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

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Blackburn 13 7 4 2 25 20 25
Tottenham 14 7 3 4 28 24 24
Manchester City 12 6 4 2 34 20 22
Chelsea 11 7 1 3 25 16 22
Everton 14 6 4 4 24 15 22
Arsenal 13 5 3 5 25 19 18
Manchester United 13 5 3 5 33 35 18
Liverpool 13 5 2 6 25 29 17
Derby 13 5 2 6 24 32 17
Brighton 14 4 4 6 18 31 16
Leicester 14 5 0 9 25 33 15
Southampton 12 3 2 7 19 24 11
West Ham 12 2 2 8 16 23 8
Team pld w d l f a pts
Leeds 14 10 1 3 36 20 31
Stoke 14 7 0 7 23 20 21
Wolves 13 6 2 5 25 21 20
Aston Villa 14 6 2 6 24 23 20
Crystal Palace 13 6 1 6 28 24 19
Reading 12 6 1 5 20 29 19
Burnley 13 5 3 5 17 20 18
Fulham 14 6 0 8 27 34 18
Middlesbrough 12 5 2 5 24 15 17
Norwich 13 5 1 7 17 21 16
Sunderland 11 5 0 6 23 26 15
West Brom 11 4 2 5 20 20 14
Newcastle 12 4 1 7 16 27 13
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