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Checkatrade Trophy

Group Stage Round-up: 3rd October 2017

3 October 2017

The second set of Checkatrade Trophy Group Stage matches got under way on Tuesday night, with a number of sides booking their place in Round Two.

Fleetwood Town, Shrewsbury Town and Scunthorpe United made it two wins from two to qualify in the Northern Section, while Doncaster Rovers' 1-0 win over Sunderland U21 ensured they would be joining the Iron in advancing from Group H.

In the Southern Section, Gillingham confirmed their progress, as did AFC Wimbledon and Forest Green Rovers.

The Dons trailed Tottenham Hotspur U21 three times, before Dean Parratt grabbed the winner against his former club, and Rovers defeated Gloucestershire rivals Cheltenham Town courtesy of a decisive strike from 17-year-old forward Jordan Stevens.

Seven games went to penalties after finishing all-square in 90 minutes, with three of the successful teams - Luton Town, Northampton Town and Plymouth Argyle - taking two points for the second successive game.

Coventry City, Milton Keynes Dons and Stoke City U21 also added a bonus point from 12 yards, as did Brighton & Hove Albion U21, who got the better of Oxford United.

Southampton and Leicester City were the two U21 sides to register maximum points, with skipper Alfie Jones scoring the Saints' winner at Cambridge United, while teenage talent Layton Ndukwu secured the Foxes victory at Carlisle United by the same scoreline.

Elsewhere in the Northern Section, Jack Lester notched his maiden win as Chesterfield boss, Oldham Athletic won again under Richie Wellens, while Blackpool and Bury ran out winners at Accrington Stanley and Blackburn Rovers respectively.

Rounding off the Southern Section, Portsmouth defeated Crawley Town 3-1 at Fratton Park, and Southend United saw off the challenge of Readng U21 courtesy of a solitary Theo Robinson strike.

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