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Last Saturday the under-18s should have played their final game of the season at Coventry City and two days later the under-23s were scheduled to bring their season to an end with a home game against Crystal Palace at Curzon Ashton.

They are a number of games which, because of the current crisis, haven’t been played. The under-18s still had seven games remaining while the under-23s had nine to play and it has been confirmed today that their seasons are now, officially, at an end.

A decision on outcomes will be made at a later date but the season has now prematurely ended with us in fourth place in the U18 Professional Development League. Wigan and Sheffield United hold the top two positions in the north and looked unlikely to relinquish them while Millwall led the south group with things much tighter just below them.

It’s second place for the under-23s in the Professional Development League, some six points behind leaders Nottingham Forest and just two points ahead of both Leeds and Wigan with Leeds having a game in hand. Watford, Coventry and Millwall were battling it out for the top three places in the south.

The top two in both north and south would usually go into an end of season play-off competition but that won’t go ahead with no more games to be played.

It also leaves in question or plans to move up to Category 1 along with other hopefuls Crystal Palace and Leeds. Nothing has been confirmed but speculation suggests that the audits had to be cancelled leaving all three clubs as Category 2 for the 2021/21 season.

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