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Last Thursday wasn’t the best of nights for Burnley at under-18 level when we went out of the FA Youth Cup at Wimbledon in the third round.

Less than two days later the team was back in action in the U18 Premier League. Some of those involved in the cup had moved on to feature for the under-23s on the Friday at Fulham and it all led to Tony Philliskirk making eleven changes for the league game against Newcastle at Leyland.

It looked a tough task for a very young team but they came out with flying colours, a 2-0 win with both goals scored by Joe Smyth-Ferguson, and a result that lifted us two places in the table to fifth. The two teams we have gone past are Middlesbrough and Everton.

Middlesbrough we were without a game and now sit two points below us with two games in hand. Everton, meanwhile, were beaten by leaders Manchester United and we are now above them, as we are Derby, on goal difference.

The week started with Manchester United at the top, two points ahead of Manchester City. That remains the case. While United won 2-0 at Everton, City were big 5-1 winners against bottom of the table Leeds. Third place Liverpool should have played Wolves but that game has been rescheduled.

For once there has been no change at the top of the south division. Crystal Palace and Fulham have been swapping places on an almost weekly basis for some time but neither had a game. Palace still hold a three point lead but Brighton, who won at West Brom, have now moved into second place.

We will be keeping an eye on Wolves this week. If they fail to beat Sunderland tomorrow then it would give us the opportunity to move up to fourth should we beat Stoke this Saturday.

The player featured this week is central defender Jack Leckie. The central defender, who is a first year scholar, was in the winning team against Newcastle, the team he left to join the Clarets last summer.

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 20th March
Burnley 2 Newcastle 0
Everton 0 Manchester United 2
Liverpool v Wolves – rearranged for 6th April
Manchester City 5 Leeds 1
Stoke 2 Derby 3

South

Saturday 20th March
Leicester 2 Chelsea 2
Southampton 0 Aston Villa 2
West Brom 0 Brighton 2

Tuesday 23rd March
Aston Villa v Norwich – rearranged for 11th May

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

North

Thursday 25th March
Sunderland v Wolves

Saturday 27th March
Burnley v Stoke
Middlesbrough v Blackburn

Tuesday 30th March
Sunderland v Blackburn

South

Saturday 27th March
Fulham v Norwich
Reading v Arsenal
Southampton v Chelsea
West Ham v Leicester

Tuesday 30th March
Fulham v West Ham

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

9: Sam Unwin
6: Michael Mellon
4: Joe McGlynn
3: Joe Smyth-Ferguson
2: Dylan Moonan, Jake Rooney
1: Corey Brennan, Jacob Hamilton, Kade Ratchford, Ben Woods

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Manchester United 18 15 0 3 50 19 45
Manchester City 18 13 4 1 58 18 43
Liverpool 19 13 0 6 55 23 39
Wolves 17 8 3 6 28 28 27
Burnley 18 8 2 8 31 28 26
Everton 18 8 2 8 27 28 26
Derby 18 8 2 8 32 42 26
Middlesbrough 16 7 3 6 31 27 24
Blackburn 17 5 2 10 24 39 17
Stoke 16 4 4 8 17 37 16
Newcastle 17 4 2 11 29 38 14
Sunderland 14 3 1 10 19 43 10
Leeds 18 2 3 13 19 50 9
Team pld w d l f a pts
Crystal Palace 18 12 2 4 40 28 38
Brighton 19 11 3 5 50 28 36
Fulham 17 11 2 4 47 23 35
Aston Villa 16 9 5 2 30 20 32
Tottenham 17 8 6 3 41 24 30
Chelsea 18 8 3 7 44 35 27
Arsenal 16 7 2 7 29 31 23
Norwich 16 7 1 8 41 35 22
West Brom 19 6 3 10 36 46 21
Reading 15 3 4 8 29 44 13
West Ham 16 3 4 9 20 39 13
Leicester 16 2 4 10 23 51 10
Southampton 15 1 3 11 19 45 6
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