The Easter weekend in England sees action twice across the Football League, with the Monday seeing a full calendar of action. We round up the movers and shakers, and bring news of international success for Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
After being substituted at the weekend, mainly through tiredness, Barry Bannan was a substitute for Derby County as they hosted league leaders Wolves. The home team lost 3-2 to a late goal, which was immediately followed by the Scotsman’s introduction with two minutes remaining. He was, therefore, unable to make a notable impact on things. Jake Thomson, the only remaining Championship player to cover, was once again missing for Southampton.
Jonathan Obika has been in fine form for Yeovil, but against Cheltenham, he was kept quiet and the Glovers lost 1-0 in the battle of two teams with two Tottenham loanees apiece. Obika was upstaged by David Hutton, one of the Spurs lads, who scored the only goal and leaves Yeovil still looking over their shoulder at the drop. Jordan Spence and Leyton Orient, however, are officially safe after winning by a single goal away to Swindon. Spence once again completed the game and has been a big part of the O’s turnaround under Geraint Williams. Hereford are all but gone, with Sam Hewson still injured and unable to do anything about it.
Henri Lansbury and Scunthorpe kept their playoff hopes alive with a crucial 3-2 win at Huddersfield. Lansbury completed an hour and won the 8th minute free-kick from which Grant McCann gave the Iron the lead. They have two games in hand on most of their rivals due to reaching the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final and look good to make the top six and aim to return to the Championship at the first time of asking.
Moving further afield, and to Italy, where Ben Amos and Matthew James were part of the Manchester United Under-18 team which won the Torneo Claudio Sassi. They beat Ajax 1-0 in the Final on Monday, with a goal from Ryan Tunnicliffe. You can read more detail on that game and their tournament in full at the ever-excellent United Youth. Similar success went Tottenham’s way in Bellinzona, where Dean Parrett was on hand to life the Torneo Internazionale trophy. After beating Barcelona in the Semi-Finals, they went one better in besting Sporting Lisbon with goals from Ryan Mason and Nathan Byrne.
Meanwhile, back on English shores, the Tottenham Reserves, with David Bentley, beat Arsenal 2-1 at Barnet, completing a double over their rivals inside a week. John Bostock was an unused substitute, whilst Kyle Bartley and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas put in credible efforts for a flailing Gunners second string. Finally, Vladimir Weiss was back on Man City domestic duty for their Reserves in a 3-0 loss to Sunderland which sealed the North League crown for the Wearsiders.