Coventry and QPR leading the way
The Professional Development League, like its under-18 counterpart, is still playing games between teams from the two different geographical groups and it’s to the south we have to look, so far, for the best records.
While the north’s top two, both Sheffield clubs, failed to add to their opening two wins, that was not the case for Coventry and QPR who have now both made it three wins out of three with Coventry, who beat Leeds 4-3, becoming the first team to reach double figures in terms of goals.
Just behind them are QPR, winners against Barnsley, followed by Colchester who are two points behind but moved into third place with a win against Hull.
Hull are the big strugglers so far from the opening games. They’ve now lost all three of their opening games and are pointless, alongside Leeds and Bolton, both of whom have games in hand. Hull have also become the first side to reach double figures in the goals against column.
Both of the Sheffield clubs were expected to add to their start with further wins but it wasn’t to be. Wednesday did at least make a draw in their game at Millwall but United fell to defeat at Ipswich.
Nottingham Forest are currently the ones to watch. They are the one team in the north with a 100% record with two wins out of two and their latest win at Palace ended the London club’s perfect start.
The league had its first hat trick of the season, not as though Burnley fans would have enjoyed it. We lost 3-1 at Bristol City on Tuesday evening with Diego De Girolamo scoring all three for the home club. They will certainly be his last goals in this league for a while; on the following day he was loaned out to his home town club Chesterfield for the remainder of the season.
This week’s fixtures get underway today with four of the nine fixtures being played. Burnley are without a league game this week but face Preston next Monday in the Lancashire Senior Cup.
The player photographed is goalkeeper Aidan Stone.
The last results, the next fixtures, the leading goalscorers, Burnley’s goalscorers and the tables after last week’s fixtures can all be found below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Friday 25th August
Cardiff 2 Crewe 1
Charlton 0 Huddersfield 0
Coventry 4 Leeds 3
QPR 3 Barnsley 2
Monday 28th August
Colchester 2 Hull 0
Tuesday 29th August
Bristol City 3 Burnley 1
Ipswich 3 Sheffield United 2
Watford 1 Birmingham 2
Millwall 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1
Crystal Palace 1 Nottingham Forest 2
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Friday 1st September
Barnsley v Millwall
Birmingham v QPR
Leeds v Colchester
Nottingham Forest v Coventry
Saturday 2nd September
Sheffield Wednesday v Ipswich
Monday 4th September
Crewe v Bristol City
Huddersfield v Cardiff
Hull v Charlton
Sheffield United v Crystal Palace
4: Victor Adeboyjo (Barnsley), Diego De Girolamo (Bristol City)
3: Eberechi Eze (QPR), Michael Folivi (Watford), Jordan Hallam (Sheffield United), Dion Pereira (Watford), Jordan Ponticelli (Coventry), Lewis Reilly (Crewe), Kwame Thomas (Coventry), Lewis White (Millwall)
1: Dan Agyei, Olatunde Bayode, Jamie Thomas
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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