This was a difficult weekend to choose the awards, which is a testament to the Football League. At the quarter-mark, there has been some real quality on display and it just serves as a reminder of how lucky we are in England to have such depth in the lower parts of our pyramid of football.
Without further ado, here’s this weekends’ winners:
FANS OF THE WEEKEND: Bradford City
2,600 fans made their way across Yorkshire for their game against Doncaster Rovers and they truly spoiled Darren Ferguson’s first game in charge.
Devante Cole scored his fifth of the season in the first minute and that was enough to earn Bradford the win against a blunt Doncaster team that never really ended up troubling their goal mouth.
A win for plenty of fans to take home, they’ll hope that can kick-start a season in which many pegged Phil Parkinson’s men to be battling for promotion this season.
GOAL OF THE WEEKEND: Chris Martin – Derby County
This was a difficult one this week, with some really great goals to choose from especially from League Two, but the award goes to Chris Martin for his sensational first against Wolves on Sunday.
The Scottish striker loitered outside of the box when he was softly laid on by Bradley Johnson and the Rams forward proceeded to rifle the ball home past Damien Martinez, who had absolutely no hope in saving it.
A terrific strike, Martin could not have hoped for a better connection and even more importantly, it helped Derby win again as they begin their rise back up the Championship table.
MOMENT OF THE WEEKEND: Stevenage goalkeeper goal
We all love a goalkeeper goal, especially when it’s accidental and Jesse Joronen would get his first league goal for Stevenage this weekend.
The Finnish stopper simply lofted a ball forward in hope more than expectation, the wind took hold and sent it beyond the Wycombe defence and a wicked bounce fooled Matt Ingram, with the ball flying over his head too and into the back of the net.
A crazy goal, one Ingram will certainly want back but his suitors won’t be distracted by one error of judgement. A freak incident for Joronen, who looked unsure as to whether he should be delighted but he should, it helped Stevenage to their first win in five games.
GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Mansfield Town 1-2 Bristol Rovers
To call this a tempestuous affair might be a little kind as this strange display at Field Mill claims a slightly fiery Game of the Weekend award.
Jermaine Easter put his Rovers side ahead with a good finish but he turned into villain moments later, with a dive incensing the Stags players and his reaction earned him a straight red card.
That stirred some ill will in North Nottinghamshire as some argy-bargy in the box lead to a little melee that saw Krystian Pearce earn his marching orders, that on another day could have seen a few go.
Nicky Hunt then earned his second yellow for a silly challenge but the nine men would equalise soon after through an excellent Ryan Tafazolli strike that looked to have earned them an unlikely point.
However, Matty Taylor popped up in the eighth minute of added time and all those shenanigans caught up with Mansfield as Bristol head home with the three points. A crazy game but it’s one of the reasons we love football.
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND: Solly March – Brighton
Solly March has been on many people’s radars over the past year or so and he showed exactly why in a fantastic display against Leeds United on Saturday.
The young midfielder seemed to be involved in everything positive for Brighton, scoring the first goal and almost giving them the lead again after striking the post in the second half.
The 21-year-old is tipped for the Premier League in the future and if he can begin to add more goals to his game like he did here, it’ll be hard to keep him with the Seagulls for long.
PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND: Jamie Proctor – Fleetwood Town
Proctor put in a top performance for his new boss Steven Pressley and helped his side earn a vital win at home against high-flying Burton Albion.
The midfielder put his side ahead with a good finish before adding two assists later in the game to aid Fleetwood in getting a 4-0 win in Pressley’s first home game in charge.
A good win and a great performance, the Cod Army will need to see many more like it if they want to be challenging at the right end of the table instead of at the bottom at the end of this season.
TEAM OF THE WEEKEND: Wigan Athletic
Fleetwood were candidates here again but one award per team allows Wigan to sneak past with their five-star victory against Colchester United.
Donervon Daniels opened the scoring in the first five minutes for Gary Caldwell’s side before Max Power made it two with just 11 minutes played. Daniels scored his second just before the quarter-hour mark and Northern Ireland international Will Grigg made it four 10 minutes before half time.
Grigg put some gloss on the scoreline with three minutes to go but take nothing away from Wigan, an impressive performance as they begin to put their poor early-season form behind them.