Three points separate top five in Alliance
By Tony Scholes
Updated Monday, 21st November 2011
Burnley remain top of the Youth Alliance League whilst having no game but the gap has closed with only three points between us, Walsall, Preston North End, Carlisle United and Tranmere Rovers at the top of the league.
We were top before the games kicked off on Saturday and nothing could change that. We should have been in action against second place Carlisle at Gawthorpe but the game was called off, and will now be played in February, because of the lunch time kick off at Turf Moor.
That gave the clubs just behind a real opportunity to close the gap and they all took it with Walsall and Preston now moving into second and third positions just a point behind us.
Walsall remain in pole position with games in hand. They won their first seven but had suffered a slight hiccup with two league draws and a surprise exit from the Youth Alliance Cup. They didn't miss out again on Saturday and won comfortably at Stockport to go within a point of us and with two games still in hand.
Preston are right up there too after beating Rochdale whilst Tranmere are alongside Carlisle having beaten Shrewsbury.
Burnley are without a game again this weekend and that gives two of those teams just below us, Carlisle and Preston to go above us whilst both Walsall and Tranmere, sit it out with no game.
You wouldn't expect either of them to drop points either. Preston travel to bottom of the league Morecambe with Carlisle having home advantage against mid-table Stockport.
Burnley's next league game is at Rochdale on 10th December. Before that we face Rotherham United and Boston United in cup ties. Rotherham will be at Gawthorpe for the second round tie in the Youth Alliance Cup on Saturday 3rd December and three days later we get our FA Youth Cup campaign underway with a trip to Boston United.
Below are the weekend results, this week's fixtures, Burnley's goalscorers and the current league table.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Saturday 19th November
Bury 1 Morecambe 1
Oldham 2 Accrington 0
Preston 2 Rochdale 0
Stockport 2 Walsall 4
Tranmere 3 Shrewsbury 0
Wrexham 1 Wigan 0
THIS WEEK'S FIXTURES
Saturday 26th November
Carlisle v Stockport
Macclesfield v Shrewsbury
Morecambe v Preston
BURNLEY'S GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE AND CUP)
11: Shay McCartan
9: Jason Gilchrist
4: Adam Evans
3: Steven Hewitt
2: Archie Love
1: Cameron Howieson, Alex Mullin, Lewis Nuttall, Dean Overson, Aryn Williams
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLE
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