Big win sees Forest go top
Nottingham Forest moved to the top of the U18 Professional Development League last Saturday and two days later moved to the top of the equivalent under-23 league with a 5-2 win over Colchester United.
It has been the two Sheffield clubs previously in pole position in the north group. Wednesday lost their place a week ago and United, having held top place for a week, went down at Coventry which allowed Forest to move above them.
It might look a surprise result, losing to Coventry, but they currently head the south group having won four of their games and drawn the other. They, QPR and Forest are the only unbeaten teams in both groups with Barnsley and Colchester losing for the first time.
QPR are just one point behind Coventry. They had the biggest win of the week, beating Bolton 5-0 and that means Bolton, who have played less games than everyone else, are still without a point having lost all three of their games. They are also still awaiting their first goal of the season.
It was another week when the south teams got the better of the north teams but, like the under-18 league, this week’s fixtures are the last between north and south before the regional games get underway.
It all kicks off tomorrow when Crystal Palace travel to Leeds while the game to watch is Monday’s encounter between Sheffield Wednesday and QPR, the two teams in second place. Having played three of our first four games away, we play host to Cardiff on Monday although, as yet, we have not had a venue confirmed for the game.
The Burnley player pictured is left-back Ali Koiki.
Below are last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the league’s leading goalscorers, Burnley’s goalscorers and the league tables at the end of last week’s set of fixtures.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Friday 8th September
Millwall 1 Birmingham 1
Monday 11th September
Bristol City 1 Huddersfield 1
Cardiff 1 Hull 2
Charlton 1 Leeds 0
Colchester 2 Nottingham Forest 5
Coventry 2 Sheffield United 1
Crystal Palace 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1
Ipswich 3 Barnsley 0
QPR 5 Bolton 0
Watford 4 Burnley 2
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Friday 15th September
Leeds v Crystal Palace
Saturday 16th September
Hull v Coventry
Monday 18th September
Bolton v Bristol City
Burnley v Cardiff
Crewe v Charlton
Huddersfield v Colchester
Sheffield United v Millwall
Sheffield Wednesday v QPR
Tuesday 19th September
Barnsley v Watford
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich
5: Gerry McDonagh (Nottingham Forest)
4: Victor Adeboyjo (Barnsley), Diego De Girolamo (Bristol City), Ben Folami (Ipswich), Michael Folivi (Watford), Jordan Hallam (Sheffield United), Dion Pereira (Watford), Jordan Ponticelli (Coventry), Aaron Smith (Nottingham Forest)
3: Owen Dale (Crewe), Eberechi Eze (QPR), Lucas Joao (Sheffield Wednesday), Aramide Oteh (QPR), Lewis Reilly (Crewe), Kwame Thomas (Coventry), Kris Twardek (Millwall), Lewis White (Millwall)
1: Dan Agyei, Olatunde Bayode, Harry Flowers, Khius Metz, Jamie Thomas
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
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