Cedwyn Scott scored as Huddersfield Town Under 18s won 1-0 at Birmingham City to keep their Professional Development League II play-off hopes alive.
Tony Carss’ side need to finish in the top two of the Northern section, with Nottingham Forest having already clinched the title.
They are now third, level on points with Sheffield United but with a goal difference of 21 to the young Blades’ 23.
Crewe Alexandra are fourth, also on 56 points, but have played all 30 of their games and have a goal difference of 18.
That means the race for runners-up spot will be concluded on Saturday, when Town host Coventry City (11.30) and Sheffield United are at home to Hull City.
Scott netted 67 minutes into the game against Birmingham at St George’s Park.
He followed-up to score after captain Jack Boyle’s shot was saved.
Team: Ryan Schofield; Mason O’Malley, Rarmani Edmonds-Green, Jordan Williams, Sam Gibson; Olly Dyson, Sam Warde; Luca Colville, Jack Boyle, Dom Tear; Cedwyn Scott, Subs not used: Callum Elliott, Alfie Raw, Adam Edgar.