Preston are new Alliance leaders
By Tony Scholes
Updated Monday, 26th March 2012
Preston North End, with wins against Rochdale and Carlisle United in the last week, have gone above Burnley to the top of the Youth Alliance League in a week where results were better than we could have hoped.
With the young Clarets engaged in the FA Youth Cup semi-final against Blackburn we knew that we might drop two places with both Preston and Walsall having two league games and kicking off the week four and five points behind us respectively.
Preston won both those games leaving them two points clear of us, although we do now have two games in hand, but the good news came on Saturday with Walsall unable to follow up their midweek win against Shewsbury with another and having to settle for a draw at Macclesfield.
It leaves them just a point behind us but it is us who now have a game in hand and that means the league is very much in our hands and I can see only a glut of fixtures, and the programme will be even heavier if we reach the final of the youth cup, preventing us from winning the league.
Teams are catching up now with previously postponed games and there was a win in midweek for Bury as well as those for Preston and Walsall.
Whatever happens now in the league, there is only the top three in with any chance of winning the title and we are so well placed to win it for the first time.
All of the top three play this week. Walsall will go above us for two days should they get any sort of result on Thursday against Carlisle and on Saturday Preston are at home to Stockport with the Clarets back at Gawthorpe against Wrexham.
Last week's results are below along with this week's fixtures, the Burnley goalscorers and the current league table.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Monday 19th March
Bury 2 Macclesfield 1
Tuesday 20th March
Rochdale 1 Preston 2
Thursday 22nd March
Shrewsbury 0 Walsall 2
Saturday 24th March
Macclesfield 1 Walsall 1
Port Vale 3 Accrington 0
Preston 1 Carlisle 0
Rochdale 1 Tranmere 3
Shrewsbury 1 Wrexham 1
Stockport 1 Wigan 2
THIS WEEK'S FIXTURES
Thursday 29th March
Walsall v Carlisle
BURNLEY GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE AND CUP)
20: Jason Gilchrist
18: Shay McCartan
11: Steven Hewitt
6: Adam Evans, Cameron Howieson
3: own goals
2: Archie Love, Alex Mullin, Aryn Williams
1: Charlie Holt, Lewis Nuttall, Dean Overson, James Taylor
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLE
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