Youths back on top after Saturday’s win
Burnley kicked off at Gawthorpe on Saturday knowing a win against Birmingham would take us back to the top of the U18 Professional Development League with news that the Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday game had been called off.
Huddersfield sat one point ahead of us before kick off but now have to settle for second place after we finally won 4-3 against Birmingham and after conceding the first goal. Dan Moss opened his account last week and he got our first goal before Jordan Barnett scored twice and central defender Lewis King netted the winning in time added on, those two players both scoring their first Burnley goals.
There was also a surprise for the watching spectators in the second half with an appearance for Sam Layton (pictured). The 18-year-old Aussie has been with us since the start of last season but has had a long 18 month wait for his international clearance to come through. He’s the latest in a number of young players in recent years who have had long waits but I think this one has been the longest.
Just behind Huddersfield now are Nottingham Forest. They won 1-0 at Leeds and jumped from fourth from bottom to third, ahead of their opponents Leeds, Birmingham and Bolton, who just over a week ago were top, on goal difference.
Things are even closer from top to bottom in the league now. Bottom club Crewe were four points behind but beat Barnsley to move within a point of them and Sheffield United who lost at Hull.
In the south, leaders Crystal Palace were without a game and that’s allowed Millwall to move within five points after a big 5-0 win against Watford. Charlton come next and they beat Coventry who recently broke their duck with three successive wins but have managed to find the losing formula again.
Just nine days ago we travelled to play the top of the league away, that was Bolton then. This Saturday, now in pole position ourselves, we have a tough away game at Huddersfield whilst Leeds and Birmingham from the group just below face each other.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, our goalscorers and the current league tables can all be found below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Saturday 20th January
Burnley 4 Birmingham 3
Crewe 2 Barnsley 1
Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday – postponed
Hull 3 Sheffield United 1
Leeds 0 Nottingham Forest 1
Cardiff 2 Ipswich 1
Coventry 3 Charlton 4
Millwall 5 Watford 0
QPR 3 Bristol City 1
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Saturday 27th January
Huddersfield v Burnley
Hull v Bolton
Leeds v Birmingham
Nottingham Forest v Barnsley
Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday
Bristol City v Cardiff
Charlton v QPR
Colchester v Millwall
Ipswich v Crystal Palace
Watford v Coventry
BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)
6: Jordan Cropper
5: Tristan Jumeau
3: Michael Fowler, Dwight McNeil, Kian Yari
2: Jordan Barnett, Marley Blair, Craig Ellison, Dan Moss, Bobby Thomas
1: James Clarke, Leighton Egan, Mitchell George, Lewis King, Dylon Meredith, Terry Mupariwa, Oliver Younger, own goals
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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