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The first stage of this year's competition threw up some incredible stories!

14 November 2019

The Group Stage of this season's Trophy has come to a close, and it's certainly been one to remember, with some fantastic fixtures taking place across the country.

From Salford City's first-ever victory in the competition to Newport County's thrilling 7-4 win at Cheltenham Town, and Oxford United's record-breakers to a surprise elimination in Sunderland, we've recapped the outcomes of the respective Trophy groups below.

Goals galore!

There was entertainment by the bucket load during the Group Stage, with goals flying in throughout the round. Between 19 fixtures on 12/13 November alone, teams found the net 72 times, with Newport's Taylor Maloney and Tristan Abrahams, Walsall's Josh Gordon and Oxford's Robert Hall all scoring hat-tricks.

U's history-makers

Oxford's clash against Crawley Town saw 17-year-old Nico Jones become United's youngest-ever captain, and he stepped up to the challenge, leading his side to a 4-1 away victory away at 10-man Crawley Town. Meanwhile, 16-year-old Tyler Goodrham became the club's youngest-ever player since it turned professional in 1949, breaking the record set by Graham Atkinson.

Last year's finalists bow out

Sunderland would have been hoping to go one better this season having lost to Portsmouth in the Final of this competition in 2018/19, but fell at the first hurdle following a 3-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United. It was a result which highlighted just how competitive this year's instalment of the competition has been.

Final standings:

Northern Group A  
Leicester City U21 8pts
Scunthorpe United 7pts
Sunderland AFC 3pts
Grimsby Town 0pts


Northern Group B  
Accrington Stanley 9pts
Fleetwood Town 5pts
Oldham Athletic 3pts
Liverpool U21 1pts


Northern Group C  
Salford City 6pts
Tranmere Rovers 3pts
Aston Villa U21 0pts


Northern Group D  
Port Vale 9pts
Shrewsbury Town 6pts
Macclesfield Town 3pts
Newcastle United U21 0pts


Northern Group E  
Everton U21 6pts
Mansfield Town 5pts
Crewe Alexandra 4pts
Burton Albion 3pts


Northern Group F  
Manchester City U21 6pts
Bolton Wanderers 5pts
Rochdale 5pts
Bradford City 2pts


Northern Group G  
Blackpool 6pts
Wolverhampton Wanderers U21 5pts
Morecambe 4pts
Carlisle United 3pts


Northern Group H  
Manchester United U21 9pts
Doncaster Rovers 3pts
Lincoln City 3pts
Rotherham United 3pts


Southern Group A  
Colchester United 7pts
Ipswich Town  6pts
Gillingham 3pts
Tottenham Hotspur U21 2pts


Southern Group B  
Portsmouth 8pts
Oxford United  7pts
Norwich City U21 6pts
Crawley Town 0pts


Southern Group C  
Brighton & Hove Albion U21 7pts
Leyton Orient 5pts
AFC Wimbledon 3pts
Southend United 3pts


Southern Group D  
Walsall 7pts
Coventry City 6pts
Forest Green Rovers 5pts
Southampton U21



Southern Group E  
Exeter City 9pts
Newport County 3pts
West Ham United U21 3pts
Cheltenham Town 3pts


Southern Group F  
Bristol Rovers 7pts
Chelsea U21 6pts
Plymouth Argyle 5pts
Swindon Town 0pts


Southern Group G  
Milton Keynes Dons 6pts
Stevenage 5pts
Fulham U21 4pts
Wycombe Wanderers 3pts


Southern Group H  
Peterborough United 9pts
Northampton Town 5pts
Arsenal U21 3pts
Cambridge United 1pts


The draw for Round Two will take place on Saturday 16 November, live on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday from 2pm.




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