New leaders in Youth Alliance

Midfielder Mark Howarth

It's not that many weeks since Shrewsbury were top of the league, but some disappointing results have seen them drop to sixth although they are only three points from the top and a two goal win against Preston would have seen them regain top spot.

It's certainly close with only four points separating the top seven and Preston, with games in hand, currently in form to have their say.

At the other end of the table, after a third successive league defeat, we remain next to bottom and that's where we will still be in a week's time with us now being four points behind next team Wrexham and the same number of points ahead of bottom club Morecambe.

It's four years since we were challenging at the top of the league, just missing out on the title to Preston in 2011/12 after an exhausting season that saw us reach the Lancs FA Youth Cup and the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.

Since then there has been a decline in our fortunes at this level. Recently chairman Mike Garlick spoke about ring fencing money for the development squad but I think the chairman would be better advised to look at the situation we are in with the younger groups.

This weekend we take on Walsall, usually a strong side who do well in this league. They are right up there again and in second place, just behind Bury and come to Gawthorpe having knocked Tranmere off the top last week with a 2-0 win against them.

Last week's results and the next fixtures are below along with Burnley's goalscorers and the current league table.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Saturday 7th November
BLACKPOOL 7 MORECAMBE 3
BURNLEY 0 ACCRINGTON 2
BURY 1 CARLISLE 0
PRESTON 2 SHREWSBURY 1
WALSALL 2 TRANMERE 0
WIGAN 2 ROCHDALE 0
WREXHAM 1 FLEETWOOD 1

THIS WEEK'S FIXTURES

Saturday 14th November
BURNLEY v WALSALL
MORECAMBE v ACCRINGTON
PORT VALE v BURY
ROCHDALE v BLACKPOOL
SHREWSBURY v WREXHAM
TRANMERE v PRESTON

BURNLEY'S GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE & CUP)

4: TOMMY WOOD
3: JOSH DOLLING
2: KHIUS METZ
1: TRISTEN JUMEAU, ANDY NUGENT, TYLER SHRIMPTON, OWN GOALS

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLE

Team pld w d l f a pts
 
BURY 10 7 1 2 22 10 22
WALSALL 10 6 3 1 18 7 21
TRANMERE ROVERS 10 7 0 3 16 10 21
WIGAN ATHLETIC 10 6 1 3 20 7 19
BLACKPOOL 10 6 1 3 21 11 19
SHREWSBURY TOWN 11 6 1 4 22 13 19
FLEETWOOD TOWN 11 5 3 3 21 16 18
PRESTON NORTH END 9 4 2 3 9 11 14
CARLISLE UNITED 13 4 1 8 14 18 13
ACCRINGTON STANLEY 11 4 1 6 12 20 13
PORT VALE 10 3 3 4 14 17 12
ROCHDALE 11 3 2 6 14 19 11
WREXHAM 10 3 2 5 13 18 11
BURNLEY 10 2 1 7 10 21 7
MORECAMBE 10 1 0 9 12 40 3