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Final Third Development League digest

30 October 2014

It was a busy week of Final Third Development League action with seven games taking place across the three divisions.

Final Third Development League – East Division

Scunthorpe United were the big winners in the East Division, thumping Burton Albion 6-0 at St George's Park.

The Iron, who had a side made up of first-team and academy players, secured their comfortable victory with goals from Terry Hawkridge, Billy Kee, Deon Burton (2), Jennison Myrie-Williams and Kyle Wootton.

Rob Jones' Doncaster Rovers also notched a midweek win in the East Division, running out 2-0 victors against Hull City at North Ferriby.

Defender Paul McKay opened the scoring in the 18th minute before captain Harry Middleton secured the win late on.

Final Third Development League – West Division

Walsall made it back-to-back wins by beating Wrexham 2-1 on the road.

A week after overcoming Port Vale 2-0 in the Cup, the Saddlers notched three points in the league against Wrexham with first-half goals from Mathieu Manset and Ashley Grimes. Louis Moult was the man on target for the Welsh side.

Wigan Athletic and Tranmere Rovers shared six goals in a pulsating draw at Christopher Park, with the latter coming from 3-1 down.

Andy Delort, Martyn Waghorn and Jordan Flores were on the scoresheet for the Latics but goals from Lewis Moynes, James Rowe and Elliot Richards earned Tranmere a point.

Final Third Development League – South Division

Paul Benson and Ricky Miller were both at the double for Luton Town as they overcame Peterborough United 4-0.

Benson's brace came in the first half, while Miller's goals, including one from a Shaun Whalley corner, were netted in the second period, to give the Hatters a comfortable win.

Cambridge United and AFC Wimbledon battled out a five-goal thriller, with the U's coming from behind to triumph 3-2.

First-team regular Adebayo Azeez struck twice in the first half to give the Dons a comfortable lead but Harry Lennon and Sam Whittall were on target to haul Cambridge level, before Ryan Bird grabbed an injury-time winner.

Elsewhere, Bournemouth and Portsmouth drew 2-2 on the south coast.

Ben Close had Pompey in front just after the half-hour mark but the Cherries hit back either side of the interval through Ben Whitfield and Aly Coulibaly.

That wasn't the end of the goalscoring, though, as Dan Butler's rasping free-kick made it 2-2, preserving Portsmouth's unbeaten start to the Final Third Development League season.

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