This weekend saw several games postponed through Covid, and to compound that many received news during the game that Christmas was basically cancelled, so with nothing else to do let’s take a look at what’s been happening up and down the league.
Hull City 0 Portsmouth 2
In the Friday night game (Pictured Above) the top two went head-to-head to see who was to have the bragging rights of being top of the table over Christmas, but if I had to be honest if you had stumbled onto this game on the TV you would have thought these two were fighting to avoid relegation. It was devoid of quality, overhit and under hit passes, misplaced passes and was generally a poor advertisement for League 1 football. For the record Pompey won without having a shot on target and go top as both goals were own goals. Josh Magennis more accustomed to scoring in the opposition net sealed the fate of the League leaders shortly after half time heading into his own net and this was on the back of a Jacob Greaves own goal after just 6 minutes, That’s now four games without a win for Hull City and three straight defeats.
Bristol Rovers v Oxford Utd, Peterborough v Ipswich and Shrewsbury Town v Sunderland were all called off with Covid 19 in the Rovers, Posh and Black Cats camps.
Rochdale 1 Gillingham 4
The early kick off on Saturday saw two teams go head-to-head that have confounded pundits since the first ball was kicked this season. Both teams are equally capable of putting in a good result as a poor one, and this week it was the Gills who would come out the victors. A brace from big John Akinde, plus goals from Connor Ogilvie and Rob McKenzie doing the damage. A late goal for Dale from Eoghan O’Connell was nothing more than a consolation.
AFCW 1 Crewe 2
Oliver Finney struck a late winner for Crewe just when AFC had thought they had salvaged a point. Mikael Mandron scored on the hour for the Railwaymen and the game looked like it was going to harmlessly conclude then it dramatically burst into life when Ryan Longman equalised for AFC just as the injury time board went up. Then straight from the kick-off Crewe broke the hearts of the AFC fans making that no win in four for AFC and three wins on the bounce for Crewe.
Accrington Stanley 0 Blackpool 0
Blackpool with 7 wins from their last 10 fought out a dull game with few chances against the Seasiders with the only real highlight was a CJ Hamilton fierce drive striking the post but that was about as good as it got.
Burton Albion 1 Doncaster Rovers 3
Fejiri Okenabirhie got Doncasterlona off to a swift start scoring after just 8 minutes. Albion remained positive and equalised from the spot just before halftime through Lucas Akins but with time running out Rovers had a penalty of their own duly converted by Ben Whiteman. Any hope of an Albion revival was sniffed out on the hour as Taylor Richards ran through the Albion midfield and smashed the winning goal home from 25 yards.
Fleetwood 1 Wigan 1
It was honours even in the West Coast derby, but it took an extremely late equaliser from Wigan substitute Oliver Crankshaw to share the points. A long-range goal Danny Andrew had split the sides for over an hour of the game.
Northampton 0 Lincoln City 4
When you feel down you can always rely on the Cobblers to put a smile on your face as once again, they shipped four goals without reply. Tony Scully got the Imps off to a flying start with a goal after just 2 minutes. Tom Hopper doubled the advantage just before the break, and with time running out Lincoln pressed home their advantage with a brace from Brennan Johnson.
Swindon 2 Charlton 2
Brett Pitman’s last-minute headed equaliser gave Swindon a share of the points against a Charlton side trying to play out time. Diallang Jaiyesimi scored the opener for the Wiltshire team, Omar Bogle levelling shortly before halftime. Chuks Aneke then turned the game upside down slotting home into a vacant net as Charlton completed a sweeping move, however Charlton could not hang on and it finished all square.