Saturday 16 March 2013
There were two matches in the Barclays Premier League Under-21 second phase at the end of the week.
Arsenal avoided a fourth defeat at the hands of West Ham United this season but left the Boleyn Ground contemplating what might have been with a 1-1 draw in the Elite Group.
Steve Gatting’s team opened the scoring on 20 minutes through Conor Henderson, but the lead lasted just 12 minutes as Nico Yennaris diverted a cross by Pelly Ruddock into his own net.
The second half was interrupted for 10 minutes by a floodlight failure before both sides went in search of a winning goal. Wellington Paulista, who scored against Arsenal in the reverse fixture in the second phase, headed over two chances before Arsenal's Serge Gnabry, a substitute, hit a post in stoppage time with a shot that, had it gone in, would have taken his team above West Ham in the table.
As it was, a point left Arsenal second from bottom with seven points from seven matches, while West Ham climbed to fourth with nine points from nine matches.
Blackburn hit Fulham’s hopes of catching Everton at the top of Group 1 with a narrow victory at Motspur Park on Thursday.
Substitute Osayamen Osawe got the decisive goal in the second half with a header that avenged Fulham’s 3-1 victory at Ewood Park earlier in the week.
Fulham remain five points behind leaders Everton, having played two matches more while the win lifted Blackburn a place to fifth.
Friday 15 March
West Ham (Yennaris o.g.) 1-1 Arsenal (Henderson)
Thursday 14 March
Fulham 0-1 Blackburn Rovers (Osawe)
Sunday 17 March
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, The Hawthorns, 2pm
Everton v Aston Villa, Southport FC, 2pm
Monday 18 March
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool, AFC Telford United, 7pm
Bolton Wanderers v Stoke City, Lancashire FA, 7pm
Norwich City v Manchester City, Colney Training Centre, 2pm
Reading v Newcastle United, Reading Training Ground, 1pm
Download full fixture list here | For full results click here
To view the league tables after the qualificaton stage, click here