International week doesn’t stop the Football League wheel from spinning and the two lower tiers are at the forefront this weekend and they did not disappoint.
There were some superb games, spectacular goals and some really excellent performances that would have been well worth the admission price for anyone who went out this weekend. Here’s the award winners for this weekend’s League One and Two football.
FANS OF THE WEEKEND: Coventry City
There were some excellent turnouts for the Football League this weekend and credit to Coventry City fans, with plenty watching their team get one over their former manager Steven Pressley in his first game at Fleetwood.
It was a relatively even game but a flash right at the end of the game gave the Sky Blues all three points, with former player Richard Wood putting through his own goal.
It was bitter for Pressley but delightful for those travelling fans who packed out a stand at Highbury, credit to them and for staying for the final minutes when their side grabbed a win.
GOAL OF THE WEEKEND: Kevin van Veen – Scunthorpe United
Cheeky goals will trump a spectacular goal every so often and this week, Kevin van Veen’s sneaky little chip wins the award this weekend.
The Dutchman does well to get in behind the Oldham defence but when the goalkeeper comes to meet the forward, he just gently lofts the ball over his head for the fourth goal in the Irons strong away win.
It’s the first time Scunthorpe have won on their travels since January and they put in an excellent performance. The cherry on the top was the lovely finish that Van Veen might want to write home about.
MOMENT OF THE WEEKEND: Cambridge, Portsmouth red cards
A really disappointing moment in what was a fantastic game as Cambridge Untied captain Mark Roberts and Portsmouth assistant manager Leam Richardson were sent off in a half-time pitch altercation.
Richardson was poor, getting himself involved for no reason but Roberts was plain silly, pushing people left, right and centre which rightfully earned him a red card.
Gareth Evans was sent off late for another absurd moment which ruined a fun game, shame on those who really put a downer on an entertaining match between two good teams.
GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Exeter City 3-3 Stevenage
When the Football League has a chance to showcase itself on television, it needs to grab it with both hands and that’s certainly what happened in this superb Sunday lunchtime affair.
Exeter took a 2-0 lead thanks to a David Wheeler header and a superb overhead kick from Clinton Morrison but were pegged back before half-time, with Dean Parrett curling in a free-kick into the top corner before Ben Kennedy equalised.
Wheeler thought he had won it with a superb strike but in the dying embers, Chris Whelpdale saved a point for Teddy Sheringham’s side. A great game of football filled with fantastic goals, a lovely little treat of a game in a weekend full of them.
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND: Che Adams – Sheffield United
This isn’t the first time Che Adams has been featured and it probably won’t be the last, the youngster put in another top performance at the weekend.
He hadn’t scored for a few weeks but two cool finishes saw that end quickly and definitively. The 19-year-old kept his composure on both occasions, showed his strength in keeping the ball before neatly placing the ball beyond the Rochdale goalkeeper.
Another impressive performance for a youngster on the rise, Adams just needs to start showing a little more consistency if he really wants to be a regular for Sheffield United this season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND: Reuben Reid – Plymouth Argyle
Two big man goals from Reuben Reid this Sunday saw his side jump to the top of League Two in superb fashion.
In a tough game at Meadow Lane, Reid stepped forward to give his side three vital points. His first showed all his strength, pace and ability before his second showed persistence after missing his first attempt, with him finding the space to score the winner.
He could have had four on another day but I’m sure he’ll settle for two, another superb afternoon from the hit marksman.
TEAM OF THE WEEKEND: Shrewsbury Town
It was a game of two halves at Shrewsbury this weekend but a masterstroke in substitutions for Micky Mellon gave his side a vital three points against a in-form Colchester side.
They were two down at half time, but doubles from Tyrone Barnett and Crystal Palace loanee Sullay Kaikai gave the Shrews a great come-from-behind victory.
The two subs doing so well showed how important a full squad of players can be and if you have someone who can then maximize that like Mellon did, it’s a recipe for success and his side have a real shot at staying up this season.