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Three clubs, Nottingham Forest in the north and both Coventry and QPR in the south, went into last week’s Professional Development League games with an unbeaten record, but all three ended on the wrong side of scorelines.

Forest took a surprise hammering at the hands of Ipswich while Coventry went down against Hull and QPR lost at Sheffield Wednesday.

1718 burnley harry limb 00 500x500I don’t know how many actually attended the game but Hull tried something novel by staging their home game against Coventry on Saturday after the first team had played Sunderland. I doubt any Sunderland fans remained but supporters were invited to remain at the KCOM Stadium to support their under-23 team.

Contrast that with our own club, and we are not the only ones by any means, who opted to move the game at the last minute to the training ground and played it behind closed doors. We’ve now played five games, home and away, with only one of them available to the public.

With three teams losing their unbeaten status, that game at Hull saw the home side win for the first time and there was also a first win for Bolton which has left just Huddersfield and Leeds looking for their first win.

Huddersfield, of course, will be playing their final season in this league having opted to virtually close down their academy by volunteering to drop from EPPP Cat 2 to Cat 4 which will allow them to continue with under-23 and under-18 teams but nothing more. As a Cat 4 club, which presumably will be from the start of next season, they will find themselves no longer permitted to play in this league and will be forced, if they choose to play competitive games, to play in the Central and Youth Alliance Leagues.

The League Tables for this, the under-23 leagues, will be updated as results are confirmed and can be found with our Fixtures & Results in U23/U18 Stats on the top menu.

All last week’s results are below with this week’s fixtures, the league’s leading goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current tables. From now until March, the games will all be north v north and south v south.

The Burnley player pictured is striker Harry Limb.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Friday 15th September
Leeds 0 Crystal Palace 3

Saturday 16th September
Hull 2 Coventry 1

Monday 18th September
Bolton 1 Bristol City 0
Burnley 0 Cardiff 4
Crewe 1 Charlton 4
Huddersfield 0 Colchester 1
Sheffield United 0 Millwall 1
Sheffield Wednesday 4 QPR 1

Tuesday 19th September
Barnsley 2 Watford 1
Nottingham Forest 2 Ipswich 5

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Friday 22nd September
Bristol City v Crystal Palace
Leeds v Bolton

Monday 25th September
Cardiff v Charlton
Colchester v Millwall
Coventry v Ipswich
Huddersfield v Crewe
Hull v Burnley
Sheffield United v Barnsley
Watford v QPR

Tuesday 26th September
Nottingham Forest v Birmingham

LEADING GOALSCORERS

5: Ben Folami (Ipswich), Gerry McDonagh (Nottingham Forest), Dion Pereira (Watford), Aaron Smith (Nottingham Forest)
4: Victor Adeboyjo (Barnsley), Diego De Girolamo (Bristol City), Michael Folivi (Watford), Jordan Hallam (Sheffield United), Jordan Ponticelli (Coventry)
3: Own Dale (Crewe), Eberechi Eze (QPR), Lucas Joao (Sheffield Wednesday), Freddie Ladapo (Crystal Palace), Aramide Oteh (QPR), Lewis Reilly (Crewe), Kwame Thomas (Coventry), Kris Twardek (Millwall), Lewis White (Millwall)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

1: Dan Agyei, Olatunde Bayode, Harry Flowers, Khius Metz, Jamie Thomas

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Sheffield Wednesday 6 4 1 1 12 6 13
Barnsley 5 3 1 1 11 7 10
Nottingham Forest 5 3 1 1 15 13 10
Sheffield United 6 3 0 3 9 7 9
Crewe Alexandra 5 2 0 3 9 10 6
Birmingham City 4 1 1 2 6 9 4
Hull City 5 1 1 3 4 14 4
Bolton Wanderers 4 1 0 3 1 8 3
Burnley 5 1 0 4 5 13 3
Leeds United 5 0 1 4 3 10 1
Huddersfield Town 5 0 1 4 2 9 1
Team pld w d l f a pts
Coventry City 6 4 1 1 17 12 13
Queens Park Rangers 5 4 0 1 18 5 12
Ipswich Town 5 4 0 1 13 9 12
Colchester United 6 3 2 1 9 8 11
Watford 5 3 0 2 14 6 9
Crystal Palace 6 3 0 3 8 4 9
Cardiff City 5 3 0 2 9 7 9
Charlton Athletic 6 2 2 2 8 7 8
Millwall 6 2 2 2 7 8 8
Bristol City 5 1 0 4 6 8 3
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