A round-up of the action in the Youth Alliance League North-West Conference from Saturday 5th December

A few games bit the dust this weekend due to the poor weather, one of those being Carlisle's scheduled Friday afternoon fixture at Morecambe, but one match played did produce a massive surprise. Bottom placed Blackpool, with one win all season, defeating table-topping Preston 2-1 at home, that only North End's second loss of the campaign.

That result did Walsall a favour as they now move level with Preston on points, the Saddlers winning the battle of the last two seasons' title winners when they won 4-1 at home to Wrexham. The rest of the top five, in Wigan, Stockport and Carlisle were all rained off, while up to sixth are Rochdale who had a 3-1 victory on the road at Oldham.

Shrewsbury are one place behind as they thumped Accrington Stanley 5-0 in Shropshire, while after a dreadful start to the season Burnley have now won six games in a row, this weekend the Clarets defeating Bury 1-0 at home. Finally come Macclesfield and Port Vale, with the Valiants picking up a 1-0 win away to the Silkmen.

Next week is the last full Saturday fixture list before the Christmas break, with Carlisle, currently in fifth in the table, weather permitting, scheduled to take on an in-form Burnley side at Creighton Rugby Club at 11am. The biggest game elsewhere featuring two top four sides as Stockport face Wigan at home.



Result in the division on Friday 4th December

Morecambe P-P Carlisle United (2pm)

Results in the division on Saturday 5th December

Blackpool 2-1 Preston North End
Burnley 1-0 Bury
Macclesfield Town 0-1 Port Vale
Oldham Athletic 1-3 Rochdale
Shrewsbury Town 5-0 Accrington Stanley
Stockport County P-P Tranmere Rovers
Walsall 4-1 Wrexham
Wigan Athletic P-P Chester City


Fixtures in the division on Saturday 12th December


Accrington Stanley v Rochdale
Blackpool v Bury
Carlisle United v Burnley (11am)
Chester City v Shrewsbury Town
Oldham Athletic v Morecambe
Preston North End v Port Vale
Stockport County v Wigan Athletic
Tranmere Rovers v Wrexham
Walsall v Macclesfield Town



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