2017–18 EFL Trophy

The 2017–18 EFL Trophy, known as the Checkatrade Trophy for sponsorship reasons, was the 35th season in the history of the competition, a knock-out tournament for English football clubs in League One and League Two of the English football system, and also including 16 Premier League and Championship "B teams" with Category One status after the previous season's trial format was extended.[1]

2017–18 EFL Trophy
Checkatrade Trophy
Country England
 Wales
Teams64
Defending championsCoventry City
ChampionsLincoln City (1st title)
Runners-upShrewsbury Town

Following the new format introduced in 2016–17, 64 teams entered the competition, including first time entries from the academy teams of Manchester City, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, who all declined to enter in the previous season.[1] Coventry City were the reigning champions,[1] but were eliminated in the group stage on 7 November.

Participating clubsEdit

  • 48 clubs from League One and League Two.
  • 16 invited Category One Academy teams.
  • Category One teams relegated to League One missed out on having academies participate in the following tournament.
League One League Two Academies
Clubs
Total 24 24 16
Notes

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United declined to participate.[1]

Eligibility criteria for playersEdit

  • For EFL clubs; a minimum of 5 'First Team' players in the starting 11 as defined under the competition's existing rules.
  • For invited clubs – 6 of the starting 11 to be U21 (as at 30 June 2016).

Competition formatEdit

Group StageEdit

  • Sixteen groups of 4 teams will be organised on a regionalised basis.
  • All groups will include one invited club.
  • All clubs will play each other once, either home or away (Academies play all group matches away from home).
  • Clubs will be awarded 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.
  • In the event of a drawn game (after 90 minutes), a penalty shootout will be held with the winning team earning an additional point.
  • The top two teams will progress to the Knockout Stage.

Northern SectionEdit

Group AEdit
Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Fleetwood Town (Q) 3 3 0 0 0 7 2 +5 9 Round 2
2 ACA Leicester City U21 (Q) 3 1 0 1 1 3 5 −2 4
3 L2 Carlisle United (E) 3 1 0 0 2 3 3 0 3
4 L2 Morecambe (E) 3 0 1 0 2 3 6 −3 2
Updated to match(es) played on 8 November 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Fleetwood Town 3–0 Leicester City U21 Highbury Stadium
19:45 BST Ekpolo   28'
Cargill   61'
Burns   86'
Report Attendance: 517
Referee: Martin Coy
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Morecambe 0–2 Carlisle United Globe Arena
19:45 BST Report Hope   1'
Kennedy   44'
Attendance: 1,228
Referee: Seb Stockbridge
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Carlisle United 0–1 Leicester City U21 Brunton Park
19:45 BST Report Ndukwu   20' Attendance: 1,009
Referee: Ben Toner
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Fleetwood Town 2–1 Morecambe Highbury Stadium
19:45 BST Burns   25'
McGowan   72' (o.g.)
Report Ekpolo   51' (o.g.) Attendance: 768
Referee: Eddie Ilderton
7 November 2017 (2017-11-07) Morecambe 2–2
(4–2 p)
Leicester City U21 Globe Arena
19:45 GMT Thompson   8'
Osborne   90'
Report Ndukwu   25'
Knight   85'
Attendance: 432
Referee: Robert Jones
Penalties
8 November 2017 (2017-11-08) Carlisle United 1–2 Fleetwood Town Brunton Park
19:45 GMT T. Miller   86' Report Sowerby   10'
Burns   44'
Attendance: 909 (42 away fans)
Referee: Martin Coy
Group BEdit
Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Blackpool (Q) 3 2 0 1 0 7 3 +4 7 Round 2
2 L2 Accrington Stanley (Q) 3 2 0 0 1 8 4 +4 6
3 L1 Wigan Athletic (E) 3 1 1 0 1 5 6 −1 5
4 ACA Middlesbrough U21 (E) 3 0 0 0 3 4 11 −7 0
Updated to match(es) played on 7 November 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Blackpool 1–1
(4–5 p)
Wigan Athletic Bloomfield Road
19:00 BST D'Almeida   4'
Sinclair-Smith   87'
Report Merrie   13'
Gilbey   63'
Attendance: 1,532
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Penalties
19 September 2017 (2017-09-19) Accrington Stanley 3–2 Middlesbrough U21 Crown Ground
19:00 BST Brown   54'
Wilks   69'
Johnson   81'
Nolan   90+3'
Report Reading   27'   31'
Armstrong   16'   65'
Attendance: 587
Referee: Graham Salisbury
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Accrington Stanley 1–2 Blackpool Crown Ground
19:30 BST Sousa   38' Report Philliskirk   33'
Clayton   88'
Attendance: 975
Referee: Stuart Attwell
24 October 2017 (2017-10-24) Wigan Athletic 4–1 Middlesbrough U21 DW Stadium
19:45 BST Evans   33'
Maffeo   41'
Hunt   72'
Colclough   74'
Report Armstrong   53' Attendance: 876
Referee: Michael Salisbury
1 November 2017 (2017-11-01) Blackpool 4–1 Middlesbrough U21 Bloomfield Road
19:00 GMT Philliskirk   24,89'
Longstaff   43'
D'Almeida   56'
Richards   87'
Report Armstrong   54'
Brewitt   85'
Attendance: 691
Referee: Martin Coy
7 November 2017 (2017-11-07) Wigan Athletic 0–4 Accrington Stanley DW Stadium
19:45 GMT Golden   24'
McGuffie   65'
Report Edwards   12'
Sousa   30', 56'
Wilks   65'
Leacock-McLeod   89'
Attendance: 1,473
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Group CEdit
Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Rochdale (Q) 3 1 1 1 0 5 1 +4 6 Round 2
2 L1 Bury (Q) 3 2 0 0 1 4 5 −1 6
3 L1 Blackburn Rovers (E) 3 1 0 1 1 2 2 0 4
4 ACA Stoke City U21 (E) 3 0 1 0 2 1 4 −3 2
Updated to match(es) played on 8 November 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Blackburn Rovers 1–0 Stoke City U21 Ewood Park
19:45 BST Nuttall   77' Report Banks   21'
Souttar   54'
Adam   90+7'
Attendance: 1,501
Referee: Darren Handley
19 September 2017 (2017-09-19) Bury 0–4 Rochdale Gigg Lane
19:45 BST Danns   6'
Shotton   60'
Report Bunney   12'
Inman   18', 34'
Henderson   51'
Rafferty   62'
Attendance: 1,451
Referee: Mark Heywood
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Blackburn Rovers 0–1 Bury Ewood Park
19:45 BST Platt   64'
Hart   86'
Report Skarz   40'
Williams   64'
Bunn   77'
Attendance: 2,025
Referee: Scott Oldham
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Rochdale 0–0
(4–5 p)
Stoke City U21 Spotland Stadium
19:45 BST Ntlhe   74' Report Edwards   24'
Waddington   41'
Attendance: 731
Referee: Martin Coy
Penalties
7 November 2017 (2017-11-07) Rochdale 1–1
(5–3 p)
Blackburn Rovers Spotland Stadium
19:45 GMT Slew   72' Report Wharton   28'
Hart   41'
Nuttall   43'
Attendance: 1,080
Referee: Seb Stockbridge
Penalties
8 November 2017 (2017-11-08) Bury 3–1 Stoke City U21 Gigg Lane
19:45 GMT Ajose   5'
Leigh   18'
Reilly   19'
Report Afellay   75' Attendance: 686
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Group DEdit
Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L2 Port Vale (Q) 3 2 1 0 0 5 2 +3 8 Round 2
2 L1 Oldham Athletic (Q) 3 2 0 1 0 5 1 +4 7
3 ACA Newcastle United U21 (E) 3 1 0 0 2 3 6 −3 3
4 L2 Crewe Alexandra (E) 3 0 0 0 3 3 7 −4 0
Updated to match(es) played on 7 November 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Crewe Alexandra 1–2 Newcastle United U21 Gresty Road
19:30 BST Bowery   88' Report Smith   4'
Charman   68'
Attendance: 1,351
Referee: Robert Jones
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Oldham Athletic 0–0
(2–4 p)
Port Vale Boundary Park
19:30 BST Report Attendance: 1,424
Referee: Michael Salisbury
Penalties
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Crewe Alexandra 0–1 Oldham Athletic Gresty Road
19:30 BST Porter   34'
Stubbs   69'
Report Byrne   38'   42' Attendance: 976
Referee: Seb Stockbridge
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Port Vale 1–0 Newcastle United U21 Vale Park
19:45 BST Barnett   21' Report Attendance: 824
Referee: David Coote
7 November 2017 (2017-11-07) Oldham Athletic 4–1 Newcastle United U21 Boundary Park
19:30 GMT Byrne   13', 63'
Doyle   61', 70'
Report Aarons   79' Attendance: 1,107
Referee: Carl Boyeson
7 November 2017 (2017-11-07) Port Vale 4–2 Crewe Alexandra Vale Park
19:45 GMT Regis   4'
Forrester   8'
Reeves   65'
Montaño   90'
Report Reilly   31', 71' Attendance: 1,322
Referee: John Brooks
Group EEdit
Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Walsall (Q) 3 2 0 1 0 6 3 +3 7 Round 2
2 L1 Shrewsbury Town (Q) 3 2 0 0 1 6 3 +3 6
3 L2 Coventry City (E) 3 1 1 0 1 6 6 0 5
4 ACA West Bromwich Albion U21 (E) 3 0 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0
Updated to match(es) played on 3 October 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Coventry City 2–3 Shrewsbury Town Ricoh Arena
19:45 BST Andreu   51'   66'
McNulty   63' (pen.)
Report Payne   30'
Gnahoua   33'
Bolton   69'
Godfrey   71'
Adams   79'
Riley   90+4'
Attendance: 1,968
Referee: Tom Nield
19 September 2017 (2017-09-19) Walsall 3–1 West Bromwich Albion U21 Bescot Stadium
19:45 BST Flanagan   55'
Ismail   73'
Leahy   80'
Report Tulloch   45+2'
Azaz   65'
Bradley   86'
Attendance: 1,055
Referee: Darren Handley
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Shrewsbury Town 3–0 West Bromwich Albion U21 New Meadow
19:45 BST John-Lewis   24'
Morris   49'
Beckles   53'
Dodds   75'
Report Attendance: 1,404
Referee: Michael Salisbury
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Walsall 2–2
(3–4 p)
Coventry City Bescot Stadium
19:45 BST Ismail   32' (pen.)
Bakayoko   42'
Edwards   82'
Agyei   90+2'
Report McNulty   54'
Ponticelli   59'
Attendance: 1,517
Referee: Robert Lewis
Penalties
7 November 2017 (2017-11-07) Coventry City 2–1 West Bromwich Albion U21 Coventry
19:45 GMT Stevenson   58'
Biamou   62'
Report Burke   72' Stadium: Ricoh Arena
Attendance: 1,429
Referee: John Busby
7 November 2017 (2017-11-07) Shrewsbury Town 0–1 Walsall Shrewsbury
19:45 GMT Godfrey   75' Report Bakayoko   90' Stadium: New Meadow
Attendance: 1,701
Referee: Trevor Kettle
Group FEdit
Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Bradford City (Q) 3 2 0 0 1 6 6 0 6 Round 2
2 L2 Chesterfield (Q) 3 1 1 0 1 6 7 −1 5
3 L1 Rotherham United (E) 3 1 0 1 1 5 3 +2 4
4 ACA Manchester City EDS (E) 3 0 1 1 1 4 5 −1 3
Updated to match(es) played on 7 November 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
15 August 2017 (2017-08-15) Rotherham United 1–1
(2–4 p)
Manchester City EDS New York Stadium
19:00 BST Vaulks   48'
Ball   64'
Report Latibeaudiere   67'
Garre   90+4'
Attendance: 2,562
Referee: Anthony Backhouse
Penalties
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Chesterfield 2–4 Bradford City Proact Stadium
19:00 BST Dennis   24'   65'
Sinnott   79'
Evatt   85'
Report Patrick   45+3'
Jones   57', 62'   77'
Hanson   80'
Attendance: 1,099
Referee: Carl Boyeson
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Rotherham United 1–2 Chesterfield New York Stadium
19:00 BST Vaulks   71' Report De Girolamo   9'
McCourt   89'
Attendance: 2,043
Referee: Darren Handley
24 October 2017 (2017-10-24) Bradford City 2–1 Manchester City EDS Valley Parade
19:30 BST Thompson   18'
Jones   35'
Report Francis   8'
Matondo   57'
Richards   66'
Pozo   89'
Attendance: 1,260
Referee: Scott Oldham
7 November 2017 (2017-11-07) Bradford City 0–3 Rotherham United Valley Parade
19:30 GMT Report Yates   17'
Clarke-Harris   32' (pen.)
Towell   45+1'
Attendance: 931
Referee: Rob Lewis
29 November 2017 (2017-11-29) Chesterfield 2–2
(4–3 p)
Manchester City EDS Proact Stadium
19:00 GMT Rowley   73'
O'Grady   90+7'
Report Oliver   75'
Francis   88'
Nmecha   90'
Attendance: 1,266
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Penalties
  • Nmecha  
  • Francis  
  • Richards  
  • Duhaney  
  • Wilson  
Group GEdit
Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L2 Lincoln City (Q) 3 3 0 0 0 7 3 +4 9 Round 2
2 L2 Mansfield Town (Q) 3 2 0 0 1 4 4 0 6
3 L2 Notts County (E) 3 1 0 0 2 4 5 −1 3
4 ACA Everton U21 (E) 3 0 0 0 3 2 5 −3 0
Updated to match(es) played on 7 November 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
15 August 2017 (2017-08-15) Notts County 2–1 Everton U21 Meadow Lane
19:45 BST Forte   30'
Hollis   36'
Report Donkor   55' Attendance: 1,409
Referee: Scott Oldham
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Mansfield Town 1–3 Lincoln City Field Mill
19:45 BST Potter   6'
MacDonald   38'
Digby   42'
Report Whitehouse   40'
Palmer   79'
Eardley   85'
Waterfall   90'
Green   90+5'
Attendance: 2,495
Referee: David Webb
24 October 2017 (2017-10-24) Lincoln City 2–1 Everton U21 Sincil Bank
19:45 BST Maguire-Drew   3',23
Farman   83'
Report Baxter   51'
Adeniran   81'
Lavery   83'
Attendance: 3,713
Referee: Graham Salisbury
24 October 2017 (2017-10-24) Notts County 1–2 Mansfield Town Meadow Lane
19:45 BST Smith   34'   74' Report Angol   1'   35'
Mellis   34'
Hamilton   73'
Attendance: 2,290
Referee: Graham Horwood
31 October 2017 (2017-10-31) Mansfield Town 1–0 Everton U21 Field Mill
19:45 GMT Butcher   4'
Spencer   69'
Diamond   81'
Potter   83'
Report Adeniran   62' Attendance: 964
Referee: Michael Salisbury
7 November 2017 (2017-11-07) Lincoln City 2–1 Notts County Sincil Bank
19:45 GMT Bird   37' (o.g.)
Ginnelly   86'
Report Forte   27'
Hollis   52'
Smith   87'
Attendance: 3,026
Referee: Tom Nield
Group HEdit
Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Scunthorpe United (Q) 3 2 0 1 0 6 3 +3 7 Round 2
2 L1 Doncaster Rovers (Q) 3 1 2 0 0 3 2 +1 7
3 L2 Grimsby Town (E) 3 0 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
4 ACA Sunderland U21 (E) 3 0 1 0 2 2 5 −3 2
Updated to match(es) played on 8 October 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
29 August 2017 Grimsby Town 1–1
(3–4 p)
Doncaster Rovers Blundell Park
19:45 BST
Report
Attendance: 862
Referee: Mike Jones
Penalties
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Scunthorpe United 3–1 Sunderland U21 Glanford Park
19:45 BST
Report
Attendance: 1,127
Referee: Darren Drysdale
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Doncaster Rovers 1–0 Sunderland U21 Keepmoat Stadium
19:30 BST Ben Khémis   69' Report Love   38' Attendance: 1,520
Referee: Ross Joyce
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Scunthorpe United 2–1 Grimsby Town Glanford Park
19:45 BST
Report Jaiyesimi   32' Attendance: 1,987
Referee: Tom Nield
31 October 2017 (2017-10-31) Doncaster Rovers 1–1
(3–2 p)
Scunthorpe United Keepmoat Stadium
19:30 GMT Mandeville   37' Report Lewis   55'
Goode   77'
Adelakun   83'
Attendance: 1,717
Referee: Ben Toner
Penalties
Mason  
Beestin  
Fletcher  
Mandeville  
Ben Khémis  
van Veen  
Madden  
Lewis  
Adelakun  
Goode  
8 November 2017 (2017-11-08) Grimsby Town 1–1
(6–7 p)
Sunderland U21 Blundell Park
19:45 GMT Hooper   78' (pen.) Report Love   79'
Bale   90+3'
Attendance: 248
Referee: Scott Oldham
Penalties

Southern SectionEdit

Group AEdit
Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Portsmouth (Q) 3 2 0 1 0 7 4 +3 7 Round 2
2 L1 Charlton Athletic (Q) 3 2 0 0 1 5 3 +2 6
3 ACA Fulham U21 (E) 3 1 1 0 1 8 7 +1 5
4 L2 Crawley Town (E) 3 0 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0
Updated to match(es) played on 7 November 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
16 August 2017 (2017-08-16) Portsmouth 3–3
(2–4 p)
Fulham U21 Fratton Park
19:45 BST Lowe   54'   66'
Naismith   57'
Report Humphrys   21'
Williams   62' (pen.)
Adebayo   82'
Attendance: 1,520
Referee: Antony Coggins
Penalties
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Crawley Town 0–2 Charlton Athletic Broadfield Stadium
19:45 BST Kaby   10'
Yorwerth   43'
Sanoh   59'
Report Reeves   37'
Lapslie   70'
Attendance: 1,666
Referee: Nick Kinseley
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Portsmouth 3–1 Crawley Town Fratton Park
19:45 BST May   27'
Clarke   30'
Hawkins   34'
O’Keefe   71'
Report Kaby   53'
Sanoh   65'
Attendance: 1,527
Referee: Tim Robinson
1 November 2017 (2017-11-01) Charlton Athletic 3–2 Fulham U21 The Valley
19:45 GMT Reeves   30'
Dodoo   89'
Aribo   90+1'
Report Þorsteinsson   4'
Thompson   63'
Attendance: 741
Referee: Craig Hicks
7 November 2017 (2017-11-07) Charlton Athletic 0–1 Portsmouth The Valley
19:45 GMT Report Main   19' Attendance: 1,307
Referee: Nicholas Kinseley
29 November 2017 (2017-11-29) Crawley Town 1–3 Fulham U21 Broadfield Stadium
19:45 GMT Meite   74' Report Adebayo   31'
Graham   45', 85'
Attendance: 435
Referee: John Busby
Group BEdit
Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Gillingham (Q) 3 3 0 0 0 10 6 +4 9 Round 2
2 L1 Southend United (Q) 3 2 0 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3 L2 Colchester United (E) 3 0 1 0 2 2 5 −3 2
4 ACA Reading U21 (E) 3 0 0 1 2 7 10 −3 1
Updated to match(es) played on 7 November 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Colchester United 2–2
(6–5 p)
Reading U21 Colchester Community Stadium
19:30 BST Szmodics   5'
McKeown   87'
O'Sullivan   78'
Report Andrésson   28'
Barrett   19'
Medford-Smith   40'
House   42'   52'
Attendance: 572
Referee: Gavin Ward
Penalties
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Gillingham 2–1 Southend United Priestfield Stadium
19:45 BST Parker   8'   33'
Ferdinand   57' (o.g.)
Ogilvie   63'
Wilkinson   90+12'
Report McLaughlin   31'
White   55'
Ba   66'
McGlashan   73'
Oxley   90+12'
Attendance: 1,549
Referee: Andy Haines
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Colchester United 0–1 Gillingham Colchester Community Stadium
19:45 BST Kent   34' Report Hessenthaler   45+1'
Ehmer   58'   90+1'
Bingham   90+3'
Attendance: 684
Referee: John Brooks
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Southend United 1–0 Reading U21 Roots Hall
19:45 BST Fortuné   23'
Robinson   31'
Report Attendance: 1,148
Referee: Andy Haines
7 November 2017 (2017-11-07) Gillingham 7–5 Reading U21 Gillingham
19:45 GMT Cundle   1'
Wilkinson   12'
Wagstaff   29'   53'
O'Neill   39'
Mbo   65'   80'
Oldaker   82', 90'
Report Rollinson   38'
Popa   49', 83'
Holmes   52'
Medford-Smith   57'
Sheppard   68'
Stadium: Priestfield Stadium
Attendance: 1,039
Referee: Craig Hicks
7 November 2017 (2017-11-07) Southend United 2–0 Colchester United Southend-on-Sea
19:45 GMT Wright   37'
Robinson   49'
Cox   85'
Report Kent   89' Stadium: Roots Hall
Attendance: 2,781
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Group CEdit
Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L2 Swindon Town (Q) 3 2 0 0 1 7 5 +2 6 Round 2
2 ACA West Ham United U21 (Q) 3 2 0 0 1 6 5 +1 6
3 L1 Bristol Rovers (E) 3 1 0 0 2 8 8 0 3
4 L2 Wycombe Wanderers (E) 3 1 0 0 2 3 6 −3 3
Updated to match(es) played on 8 November 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
15 August 2017 (2017-08-15) Swindon Town 2–3 West Ham United U21 County Ground
19:45 BST
Report
Attendance: 2,082
Referee: John Busby
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Wycombe Wanderers 1–5 Bristol Rovers Adams Park
19:45 BST Southwell   5' Report
Attendance: 1,132
Referee: James Linington
31 October 2017 (2017-10-31) Bristol Rovers 1–3 West Ham United U21 Memorial Stadium
19:45 BST Nichols   1'
Burn   23'
Report Martinez   43', 76'
Samuelsen   50'
Attendance: 1,508
Referee: Robert Jones
31 October 2017 (2017-10-31) Swindon Town 1–0 Wycombe Wanderers County Ground
19:45 BST Preston   88'
Smith   90+2'
Report Cowan-Hall   67'
Bean   82'
Attendance: 1,236
Referee: Kevin Johnson
8 November 2017 (2017-11-08) Bristol Rovers 2–4 Swindon Town Memorial Stadium
19:45 GMT Sweeney   26'
Sercombe   73'
Report Goddard   17' (pen.)
Mullin   37'
Gordon   58'
McDermott   70'
Woolery   87'
Attendance: 1,657
Referee: Andre Marriner
28 November 2017 (2017-11-28) Wycombe Wanderers 2–0 West Ham United U21 Adams Park
19:45 GMT de Havilland   31'
Scarr   40'
Jombati   55'
Report Neufville   31'
Makasi   55'
Attendance: 699
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Group DEdit
Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L2 Yeovil Town (Q) 3 2 1 0 0 6 3 +3 8 Round 2
2 ACA Chelsea U21 (Q) 3 1 0 2 0 6 4 +2 5
3 L1 Plymouth Argyle (E) 3 0 2 0 1 5 6 −1 4
4 L2 Exeter City (E) 3 0 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1
Updated to match(es) played on 28 November 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
15 August 2017 (2017-08-15) Plymouth Argyle 2–2
(5–4 p)
Chelsea U21 Home Park
19:00 BST
Report
Attendance: 3,962
Referee: Brett Huxtable
Penalties
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Exeter City 1–3 Yeovil Town St James Park
19:45 BST
Report
Attendance: 1,530
Referee: Oliver Langford
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Plymouth Argyle 2–2
(5–3 p)
Exeter City Home Park
19:45 BST
Report
Attendance: 3,800
Referee: Chris Sarginson
Penalties
25 October 2017 (2017-10-25) Yeovil Town 1–1
(5–3 p)
Chelsea U21 Huish Park
19:45 BST Browne   22'   52'
Santos   42'
McCormick   34'   80' Attendance: 1,896
Referee: Kevin Johnson
Penalties
  • McCormick  
  • Taylor-Crossdale  
  • St Clair  
  • Chalobah  
28 November 2017 (2017-11-28) Exeter City 1–3 Chelsea U21 St James Park
19:45 GMT Reid   7' Report Hudson-Odoi   29'
James   68'
Grant   83'
Attendance: 1,294
Referee: Kevin Johnson
28 November 2017 (2017-11-28) Yeovil Town 2–1 Plymouth Argyle Huish Park
19:45 GMT James   61'
Surridge   88'
Report Taylor   16'
Bradley   48'
Songo'o   83'
Threlkeld   87'
Attendance: 1,110
Referee: Brett Huxtable
Group EEdit
Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 ACA Swansea City U21 (Q) 3 3 0 0 0 6 2 +4 9 Round 2
2 L2 Forest Green Rovers (Q) 3 2 0 0 1 4 3 +1 6
3 L2 Cheltenham Town (E) 3 1 0 0 2 4 5 −1 3
4 L2 Newport County (E) 3 0 0 0 3 2 6 −4 0
Updated to match(es) played on 7 November 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
15 August 2017 (2017-08-15) Cheltenham Town 1–2 Swansea City U21 Whaddon Road
19:45 BST Graham   42'
Storer   48'
Cranston   90+2'
Report Marić   42'
Rodon   69'
Baker-Richardson   72'
Gorré   73'
Lewis   83'
Attendance: 801
Referee: Kevin Johnson
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Forest Green Rovers 2–0 Newport County The New Lawn
19:30 BST Wishart   20'
Noble   60'
James   84'
Report Willmott   45'
Owen-Evans   67'
Attendance: 1,090
Referee: Brett Huxtable
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Cheltenham Town 1–2 Forest Green Rovers Whaddon Road
19:45 BST Bower   34'
Davey   39'
Hinds   50'
Cranston   70'
Wright   83'
Report Brown   79'   90+2'
Stevens   80'
Attendance: 1,576
Referee: Trevor Kettle
10 October 2017 (2017-10-10) Newport County 1–2 Swansea City U21 Rodney Parade
19:30 BST Owen-Evans   33'
McCoulsky   76'
Report Byers   32'
Gorré   70'
Lewis   72'
Foulston   83' (o.g.)
Attendance: 750
Referee: Brett Huxtable
31 October 2017 (2017-10-31) Forest Green Rovers 0–2 Swansea City U21 The New Lawn
19:45 GMT Report Blair   11'
King   75'
Gorré   79'
Attendance: 590
Referee: Graham Horwood
7 November 2017 (2017-11-07) Newport County 1–2 Cheltenham Town Rodney Parade
19:30 GMT Reynolds   48' Report Graham   3'
Pell   11'
Attendance: 540
Referee: Simon Hooper
Group FEdit
Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L2 Luton Town (Q) 3 1 2 0 0 5 4 +1 7 Round 2
2 L1 AFC Wimbledon (Q) 3 2 0 0 1 9 8 +1 6
3 L2 Barnet (E) 3 1 0 1 1 6 6 0 4
4 ACA Tottenham Hotspur U21 (E) 3 0 0 1 2 6 8 −2 1
Updated to match(es) played on 3 October 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
15 August 2017 (2017-08-15) Luton Town 2–2
(4–2 p)
Tottenham Hotspur U21 Kenilworth Road
19:45 BST Gambin   19'
McQuoid   51'
Cook   90+3'
Report Shea   21' (o.g.)
Loft   47'
Attendance: 2,699
Referee: Craig Hicks
Penalties
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Barnet 3–4 AFC Wimbledon The Hive Stadium
20:00 BST Bover   13'
Coulthirst   25'
Blackman   89'
Report Hartigan   5'
Kaja   16'
McDonald   48'
Clough   56' (o.g.)
Attendance: 696
Referee: Dean Whitestone
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) AFC Wimbledon 4–3 Tottenham Hotspur U21 Kingsmeadow
19:45 BST Sibbick   19', 60'
Kaja   38'
Parrett   90+2'
Report Tracey   16'
Shashoua   34'
Sterling   59'
Attendance: 608
Referee: Antony Coggins
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Luton Town 1–1
(4–3 p)
Barnet Kenilworth Road
19:45 BST Cook   57'
Shea   62'
Lee   64'
Report Bover   32'
Tutonda   54'
Taylor   63' (pen.)
Attendance: 1,530
Referee: John Busby
Penalties
31 October 2017 (2017-10-31) AFC Wimbledon 1–2 Luton Town Kingsmeadow
19:45 GMT Taylor   14'
Meades   62'
Report Shinnie   12', 72'
D'ath   60'
Attendance: 581
Referee: Gavin Ward
28 November 2017 (2017-11-28) Barnet 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur U21 The Hive Stadium
20:00 GMT Maghoma (o.g.)
Nicholls   57'
Report Harrison   16' Attendance: 445
Referee: Lee Collins
Group GEdit
Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Milton Keynes Dons (Q) 3 2 1 0 0 6 3 +3 8 Round 2
2 L1 Oxford United (Q) 3 1 0 1 1 11 8 +3 4
3 L2 Stevenage (E) 3 1 0 1 1 5 7 −2 4
4 ACA Brighton & Hove Albion U21 (E) 3 0 1 0 2 3 7 −4 2
Updated to match(es) played on 7 November 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Milton Keynes Dons 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion U21 Stadium mk
19:45 BST McGrandles   31'
Ariyibi   32'
Nombe   40'
Tshibola   66' (pen.)
Report Mandroiu   89' Attendance: 1,541
Referee: Craig Hicks
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Stevenage 2–6 Oxford United Broadhall Way
19:45 BST Beautyman   18'
Conlon   49'
Samuel   82'
Report Henry   30'
Hall   43', 52'
Obika   50'
Xemi   53'
Rothwell   55'
Payne   64'
Attendance: 799
Referee: Charles Breakspear
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Milton Keynes Dons 0–0
(5–4 p)
Stevenage Stadium mk
19:45 BST McGrandles   82'
Nombe   86'
Report Toner   68' Attendance: 2,031
Referee: Nick Kinseley
Penalties
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Oxford United 2–2
(4–5 p)
Brighton & Hove Albion U21 Kassam Stadium
19:45 BST van Kessel   22', 28' Report Tilley   36'
Mandroiu   67'
Attendance: 1,074
Referee: Dean Whitestone
Penalties
7 November 2017 (2017-11-07) Oxford United 3–4 Milton Keynes Dons Kassam Stadium
19:45 GMT Payne   33', 39' (pen.)
Xemi   64'
Hall   64'
Report Thomas-Asante   10'   67'
Upson   34'
Lewington   38'
Ariyibi   40', 45'
Seager   66'
Wootton   71'
Agard   88'
Attendance: 1,182
Referee: Chris Sarginson
7 November 2017 (2017-11-07) Stevenage 3–1 Brighton & Hove Albion U21 Broadhall Way
19:45 GMT Samuel   19', 82'
Wootton   45+2' (pen.)
Report Rosenior   45+1'
Murphy   90'
Attendance: 389
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Group HEdit
Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Peterborough United (Q) 3 2 0 1 0 5 1 +4 7 Round 2
2 L1 Northampton Town (Q) 3 0 3 0 0 5 5 0 6
3 ACA Southampton U21 (E) 3 1 0 1 1 4 5 −1 4
4 L2 Cambridge United (E) 3 0 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Updated to match(es) played on 7 November 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Northampton Town 1–1
(5–4 p)
Cambridge United Sixfields Stadium
19:45 BST Waters   16'
Revell   29'
Report Mingoia   27'
Legge   84'
Attendance: 1,453
Referee: John Brooks
Penalties
29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) Peterborough United 2–0 Southampton U21 London Road Stadium
19:45 BST Morias   2'
Maddison   21' (pen.)
Forrester   86'
Report Attendance: 2,282
Referee: Trevor Kettle
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Cambridge United 0–1 Southampton U21 Abbey Stadium
19:00 BST Carroll   34' Report Jones   36' Attendance: 480
Referee: Charles Breakspear
3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) Peterborough United 1–1
(2–4 p)
Northampton Town London Road Stadium
19:45 BST Grant   17'
Miller   41'
Lloyd   43'
Report Waters   51'
Baldwin   79' (o.g.)
Grimes   90+4'
Attendance: 2,745
Referee: Gavin Ward
Penalties
7 November 2017 (2017-11-07) Cambridge United 0–2 Peterborough United Abbey Stadium
19:45 GMT Lewis   55' Report Taylor   50'
Edwards   64'
Marriott   81'
Attendance: 3,138
Referee: Gavin Ward
7 November 2017 (2017-11-07) Northampton Town 3–3
(4–2 p)
Southampton U21 Sixfields Stadium
19:45 GMT Foley   72'
Grimes   75'
McGugan   83'
Taylor   90+6'
Report Hesketh   6', 51'   64'
Johnson   59'
Attendance: 1,118
Referee: Brett Huxtable
Penalties
  • Little  
  • Johnson  
  • Afolabi  
  • Cook  

Knockout StageEdit

If scores are level after 90 minutes in Rounds 2, 3 and 4, the game will be determined by the taking of penalties.

Round 2Edit

The Round 2 draw was made on 10 November 2017.[2] The 32 remaining teams were drawn into 16 ties; each group winner will be at home to a runner-up from a different group within their own region.

Northern SectionEdit

28 November 2017 Rochdale 1–1
(5–4 p)
Doncaster RoversRochdale
19:30 GMT Gillam   33' (pen.) Report Mandeville   72' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 786
Referee: Darren Handley
Penalties
2 December 2017 Walsall1–2 Bury Walsall
12:30 GMT Oztumer   45+1' Report Ajose   7', 65' Stadium: Bescot Stadium
Attendance: 1,065
Referee: Michael Salisbury
5 December 2017 Bradford City0–1 Oldham Athletic Bradford
19:45 GMT Report Obadeyi   3' Stadium: Valley Parade
Attendance: 1,036
Referee: David Webb
5 December 2017 Fleetwood Town 2–0ChesterfieldFleetwood
19:45 GMT Sowerby   17'
Reid   88'
Report Stadium: Highbury Stadium
Attendance: 372
Referee: Ross Joyce
5 December 2017 Lincoln City 3–2Accrington StanleyLincoln
19:45 GMT Palmer   37'
Green   45+1'
Raggett   61'
Report Wilks   7'
Paul Farman   42' (o.g.)
Stadium: Sincil Bank
Attendance: 3,026
Referee: Christopher Sarginson
5 December 2017 Port Vale1–2 Shrewsbury Town Stoke-on-Trent
19:45 GMT Montaño   1' Report Dodds   68'
Whalley   81'
Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 965
Referee: Graham Salisbury
5 December 2017 Scunthorpe United1–2 Leicester City U21 Scunthorpe
19:45 GMT van Veen   45+1' Report Thomas   3'
Hughes   12'
Stadium: Glanford Park
Attendance: 824
Referee: Trevor Kettle
6 December 2017 Blackpool 1–1
(5–4 p)
Mansfield TownBlackpool
19:00 GMT Mellor   38' Report Butcher   88' Stadium: Bloomfield Road
Attendance: 587
Referee: Seb Stockbridge
Penalties

Southern SectionEdit

2 December 2017 Portsmouth 2–0Northampton TownPortsmouth
12:30 GMT Evans   41'
O'Keefe   58'
Report Stadium: Fratton Park
Attendance: 1,780
Referee: Tom Nield
5 December 2017 Gillingham1–2 Oxford United Gillingham
19:00 GMT Byrne   9' (pen.) Report Payne   31'
Mowatt   90+2'
Stadium: Priestfield Stadium
Attendance: 1,224
Referee: Charles Breakspear
5 December 2017 Luton Town 4–0West Ham United U21Luton
19:45 GMT D'Ath   28'
Jarvis   56'
Cotter   86'
Cook   90+1'
Report Stadium: Kenilworth Road
Attendance: 1,670
Referee: Darren Drysdale
5 December 2017 Swansea City U212–3 Charlton Athletic Swansea
19:00 GMT Gorré   9'
Garrick   41'
Report Hackett-Fairchild   15', 52'
Ahearne-Grant   32'
Stadium: Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 410
Referee: Lee Swabey
5 December 2017 Swindon Town0–1 Forest Green Rovers Swindon
19:30 GMT Anderson   90+5'   Report Doidge   79'
Bennett   90+6'  
Stadium: County Ground
Attendance: 1,320
Referee: Rob Lewis
5 December 2017 Yeovil Town 2–0AFC WimbledonYeovil
19:45 GMT Davies   49'
Gray   87'
Report Stadium: Huish Park
Attendance: 886
Referee: Anthony Coggins
6 December 2017 Milton Keynes Dons0–4 Chelsea U21 Milton Keynes
19:45 GMT Report Batshuayi   22', 42'
Hudson-Odoi   45'
Musonda   56'
Stadium: stadium:MK
Attendance: 1,549
Referee: Gavin Ward
6 December 2017 Peterborough United 2–0Southend UnitedPeterborough
19:45 GMT Edwards   16'
Maddison   62'
Report Stadium: London Road Stadium
Attendance: 1,707
Referee: John Busby

Round 3Edit

The Round 3 draw was made on 8 December 2017.

Northern SectionEdit

9 January 2018 Bury2–3 Fleetwood Town Bury
19:30 GMT Bunn   45+4'
Wai-tsun   55'
Report Hiwula   14'   50'
Grant   17' (pen)
Stadium: Gigg Lane
Attendance: 698
Referee: Seb Stockbridge
9 January 2018 Rochdale0–1 Lincoln City Rochdale
19:45 GMT Report Palmer   88' Stadium: Spotland
Attendance: 1,171
Referee: Ben Toner
10 January 2018 Shrewsbury Town 0–0
(4–2 p)
BlackpoolShrewsbury
19:00 GMT Report Stadium: New Meadow
Attendance: 1,362
Referee: Chris Sarginson
Penalties
Payne