Forest move ahead in under-23 league
A week ago, three teams were a the top of the north group in the Professional Development League, all of Nottingham Forest, Hull City and Leeds United having six points, but it is Forest who have pulled clear with their third win in four games.
Forest had a comfortable win against Cardiff last Friday and then saw Leeds draw against Bristol City on Sunday and Hull having no game. It’s given them a two point lead over Leeds who do have a game in hand while Hull could also catch them should they win their game in hand. Both will play this week while Forest have no fixture.
Bolton sit bottom of the league but that’s because they are still to start their season. They are scheduled to play at Cardiff this Monday. Above them are three teams on three points and then both Sheffield Wednesday and ourselves on four points.
Our record is played 4, drawn 4, scored 4, conceded 4, points 4 and that means, Bolton apart, we are now the only team still to win this season with both Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday having recorded their first victories of the season in the last week.
In the south, Watford have made a terrific start with three wins out of three and have kept a two point lead despite not having played in the last week. Coventry, who earned a point at Burnley in our first home game, are two points behind as are Bristol City who have played a game more.
Charlton won at Sheffield United. That was their first win of the season but there are still three teams in the south without a win and two, Ipswich and Cardiff, are still to pick up a point with both losing again last week.
It’s south v north this week with two fixtures today and seven on Monday of which our game at Charlton is one. This game was originally scheduled to be played at The Valley but will now be at Princes Park, home of Dartford.
The player featured this week is central defender Oliver Younger who was in the team that kept a clean sheet in Monday’s draw against QPR.
Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the leading goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current tables are all below.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Friday 30th August
Birmingham 2 Ipswich 0
Nottingham Forest 4 Cardiff 1
Sunday 1st September
Leeds 0 Bristol City 0
Monday 2nd September
Barnsley 3 Crystal Palace 0
Burnley 0 QPR 0
Sheffield United 3 Charlton 4
Sheffield Wednesday 4 Colchester 1
THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES
Friday 6th September
Millwall v Sheffield United
QPR v Sheffield Wednesday
Monday 9th September
Bristol City v Birmingham
Cardiff v Bolton
Charlton v Burnley
Colchester v Crewe
Coventry v Hull
Crystal Palace v Leeds
Ipswich v Nottingham Forest
5: Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), Elliot Simoes (Barnsley)
3: George Alexander (Millwall), Odin Bailey (Birmingham), Max Biamou (Coventry), Joseph Hungbo (Watford), Joe Pigott (Wigan), Jake Young (Sheffield United)
1: Tunde Bayode, Ali Koiki, Lewis Richardson, Bobby Thomas
CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES
|Queens Park Rangers||4||1||1||2||5||8||4|