The Police insisted on Newcastle and Sunderland being kept apart in the Checkatrade Trophy group matches.

Thus avoiding the chances of Newcastle’s Under 21s facing the Sunderland first team.

However, that chance of an unusual derby remains, after Newcastle’s kids produced another excellent performance in the competition.

After a win over League One Doncaster in the first group game, Tuesday night saw a 2-0 victory at League One Notts County.

Goals from Callum Roberts (penalty) and Elias Sorensen (his eighth of the season) sealing the win.

This sees them top the group with six points and if they avoid defeat against League Two Grimsby in the final group game, they will go through. Even a defeat could see them qualify as the top two go through, if Doncaster fail to beat Notts County.

Last night saw Sunderland’s first team beat League Two Carlisle, having got a 0-0 draw (and a bonus point from a penalty shoot-out…???) in the first match against Championship Stoke’s Under 21s.

The Mackems also top their group and with both them and Newcastle’s kids looking hot favourites to go through, it once again raises the chances of the two meeting.

The Police had also banned Portsmouth from being drawn against Southampton Under 21s at the group stage, so it will be interesting to see what they do if the two pairs of local rivals reach the knockout stage. With it remaining on a regional basis at that stage, it would see an even greater chance of Newcastle’s kids potentially being drawn against the Sunderland first team.

Newcastle United coach Ben Dawson taking to The Chronicle about last night’s win:

“I thought that they were terrific tonight.

“Every man, the starting 11 and the subs that came on, made a big impact.

“Probably the most pleasing thing was the clean sheet as we haven’t had one for a while.

“We managed the game really well scored early which always helps.

“It was a case of letting them come on to us a bit in the second half and get some chances on the break.”