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A week ago, our under-18s had climbed to third place in the U18 Professional Development League but it looked likely that, with no game over the past week, we would drop to fourth with Nottingham Forest needing to win one of their two games to go above us.

Both were at home with the first of them a tough one against league leaders Wigan last Saturday. Forest fell to a 2-0 defeat but had their second opportunity to take our third place this afternoon when, again at home, they played Bolton who had kicked off the week n bottom place.

Forest led 2-1 at half time but Bolton came back to score three second half goals and win it 4-2 which means Forest remain two points behind us but it is us now who have the game in hand. Bolton, meanwhile, had beaten Crewe on Saturday so have doubled their total of wins and have now moved ahead of three teams with Leeds now at the bottom.

Wigan are now 11 points clear at the top in their inaugural season in this league but have played two games more than second place Sheffield United. The Blades also have a game in hand on us and remain four points ahead of us, they too not having had a game since the last review.

In the south group, Millwall moved five points clear with a win at Cardiff with second place Charlton losing at Ipswich. That result has allowed Watford, who beat Bristol City, to catch Charlton on points. Down at the bottom of that group are QPR. They are seven points adrift of Colchester and Coventry.

With a number of FA Youth Cup games this week, including ours at Mansfield on Thursday, there are just four games this Saturday, three in the north group and one in the south. The two Sheffield clubs are involved in those four games and they then meet next Tuesday. We will be keeping a close eye on those Sheffield United results, hoping they slip up. We don’t want them getting too far away from us.

The player featured this week is first year scholar and midfielder Corey Brennan who yesterday made the bench for the under-23s for the first time.

The League Tables are updated as results are confirmed and can be found with our Fixtures and Results within U23/U18 Stats on the top menu.

Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, our goal scorers and the current tables are all below.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Friday 10th January
Crystal Palace 5 QPR 2

Saturday 11th January
Bolton 2 Crewe 1
Hull 2 Birmingham 2
Nottingham Forest 0 Wigan 2
Cardiff 2 Millwall 3
Coventry 1 Colchester 4
Ipswich 1 Charlton 0
Watford 4 Bristol City 3

Tuesday 14th January
Nottingham Forest 2 Bolton 4

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Saturday 18th January
Bolton v Barnsley
Sheffield United v Leeds
Sheffield Wednesday v Hull
Bristol City v Coventry

Tuesday 21st January
Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)

12: Cricky Conn-Clarke
9: Mitch George
3: Max Thompson, Ben Woods
2: Rhys Fenlon, Dylan Moonan
1: Jayden Major, Joe McGlynn, Michael Mellon, Lewis Richardson

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Wigan 17 13 2 2 52 23 41
Sheffield United 15 9 3 3 34 21 30
Burnley 16 8 2 6 26 26 26
Nottingham Forest 17 7 3 7 24 24 24
Crewe Alexandra 18 5 6 7 31 33 21
Barnsley 14 6 2 6 22 22 20
Hull City 18 5 3 10 27 38 18
Bolton Wanderers 16 4 4 8 30 47 16
Sheffield Wednesday 14 4 3 7 16 19 15
Birmingham City 15 4 2 9 22 38 14
Leeds 15 2 5 8 21 30 11
Team pld w d l f a pts
Millwall 16 12 1 3 52 19 37
Charlton Athletic 16 9 5 2 35 17 32
Watford 15 10 2 3 39 26 32
Bristol City 16 9 3 4 39 24 30
Crystal Palace 16 7 4 5 38 22 25
Ipswich Town 15 7 4 4 30 25 25
Cardiff City 17 4 5 8 32 34 17
Colchester United 15 4 3 8 29 48 15
Coventry City 17 5 0 12 18 49 15
Queens Park Rangers 16 1 2 13 19 51 8
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