Newcastle United kicked off their Checkatrade Trophy campaign on Tuesday night with a visit to Crewe.

They were one of seven invited teams to kick off last night, with Under 21 sides from Category One reserve teams, joining clubs from Leagues One and Two in the competition.

The Category One reserve teams must include at least six players in the starting 11 that qualify as under the age of 21.

Group D sees Newcastle up against Crewe, Oldham (Tuesday 7 November 7.30pm) and Port Vale (Tuesday 3 October 7.45pm), with NUFC playing all three ties away from home.

The group winners and runners-up qualify for the knockout stages which begin in December.

Newcastle resisted the urge to give first team squad members/unwanted players a run out and a young team was named, with Curtis Good and Jamie Sterry the most (relatively) high profile ones included.

A crowd of 1,351 (including a reported 135 Newcastle fans) saw the following team named:

Woolston, Sterry (O’Connor 72), Good, Cameron, Gillesphey, Hunter, Barlaser, Roberts (Sangare 67), L Smith, Fernandez (C Smith 46) Charman

Goals from Liam Smith (4th minute) and Luke Charman (68 minutes) put Newcastle in command and a consolation goal arrived for Crewe in the 89th minute but they couldn’t force an equaliser.

Elsewhere, Sunderland fielded a quarter of first team squad players in Jack Rodwell, Lynden Gooch, Adam Matthews and Donald Love but they were dominated by Scunthorpe and lost 3-1.

Whilst Leicester, Stoke, Brighton and Southampton also saw their Under 21s defeated, with Reading only drawing, it left Newcastle United as the only one of the invited Under 21s to win on the night.

Checkatrade Trophy results on Tuesday night (29 August 2017):

Fleetwood Town 3-0 Leicester U21

Blackburn 1-0 Stoke U21

Crewe 1-2 Newcastle U21 (Oldham 0-0 Port Vale)

Scunthorpe 3-1 Sunderland U21

Colchester 2-2 Reading U21

Milton Keynes Dons 2-0 Brighton U21

Peterborough 2-0 Southampton U21