Top three win in Alliance

Last updated : 24 January 2006 By Tony Scholes
Despite the 7-1 win over Macclesfield, we remain eight points behind leaders Oldham although we do still have three games in hand. Apart from us beating the Latics, we have lost just one game each and it would be a major surprise now if we didn’t take the top two positions at the end of the season.

The usually prolific Oldham found goals a little more difficult to come by this week, they scored just twice but that was enough to beat Blackpool 2-1 and that retained their position at the top of the table.

It is all building up towards a vital game when we meet at Oldham in April, we’ve beaten them once this season in an incredible 5-4 win at Gawthorpe when for much of the game we were far the better side.

Third place Preston remain five points behind us, but having played two more games. They were also winners on Saturday, winning 1-0 at Carlisle.

But the game of the day was the one between Rochdale and Wigan. At first team level it might not be much of a contest but at youth level it is a lot closer. This one went the way of the League Two side with a scoreline I thought only possible at Grimsby, Rochdale won it 6-5.

We are next in action tomorrow lunchtime when we take on Chester City in the Youth Alliance Cup. This game kicks off at noon and will be played at the home of Welsh Premier League club Airbus UK.

On Saturday we find ourselves at home again, this time against Wrexham, whilst leaders Oldham will travel to Tranmere.

Last weekend’s Youth Alliance results:

Burnley 7 Macclesfield 1
Carlisle 0 Preston 1
Chester 1 Bury 1
Oldham 2 Blackpool 1
Port Vale 1 Tranmere 1
Rochdale 6 Wigan 5
Walsall 2 Stockport 4
Wrexham 3 Shrewsbury 0

This weekend’s Youth Alliance fixtures:

Burnley v Wrexham
Rochdale v Bury
Shrewsbury v Chester
Stockport v Carlisle
Tranmere v Oldham
Wigan v Blackpool

Click below to see the respective league tables and Burnley’s fixtures and results.

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