Skip to main content Skip to site footer

Final Third Development League Digest

17 September 2015

It was another action-packed week in the Final Third Development League, with a staggering 25 goals being scored across five fixtures.

Final Third Development League – South Division

Having not played in the opening week, Leyton Orient began their Final Third Development League campaign at home to last year's South Division winners Luton Town.

The visiting Hatters picked up where they left off last term in their first game, beating Gillingham 7-0, but  it was the O's who marked the perfect start to their season, as Ollie Palmer’s strike midway through the first half earned them all three points.

Read more: Final Third Development League newsletter

Final Third Development League – East Division

The biggest result of the week came at Billingham Town, where Notts County romped to a 10-2 away victory against Hartlepool United.

The Pools took the lead after just 70 seconds through Scott Fenwick, but were on the reverencing end of a County backlash thereafter.

Jimmy Spencer hit four, Nicky Wroe bagged a brace and strikes from Jordan Aghatise, Rutty Smith, Luther Wildin and Filip Valencic compounded a miserable afternoon for Hartlepool, who scored their second with the last kick of the game courtesy of Kudus Oyenuga.

Final Third Development League – West Division

The West Division wasn't shy of goals either, as Shrewsbury Town and Walsall battled to a 3-3 draw on Tuesday.

Saddlers' first-team regulars Jordan Cook - who netted twice - and Reece Flanagan got on the scoresheet, but their efforts were cancelled out by Town's Shaun Whalley, Scott Vernon and James Caton.

The spoils were also shared at the Globe Arena, where Morecambe and Bradford played out a 1-1 stalemate.

Reece Webb-Foster gave the travelling Bantams the lead on the hour mark, but Shrimps youngster Lewis Tomlinson fired home with 10 minutes remaining to rescue a point.

Lewis Tomlinson scored this for the reserves vs @officialbantams this afternoon

— Morecambe FC (@ShrimpsOfficial) September 15, 2015
On Wednesday, Wigan Athletic made the short journey south to Port Vale, and the pair completed a hat-trick of West Division draws for the week.

.@Grantholt31 happy to help out in the Development Squad on his road to recovery -

— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) September 17, 2015
The Latics - whose line-up featured the returning Grant Holt - had taken a 2-0 lead inside 41 minutes after goals from Danny O'Brien and Louis Robles. But two in four second-half minutes from Vale's Colin Daniel and JJ Hopper maintained their unbeaten start to the season.

To keep up-to-date with the latest news from the Final Third Development League, follow @FinalThirdDevLg on Twitter and join in the conversation using #FTDL hashtag.

Advertisement block