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Five stories from the weekend's action

21 September 2020

The EFL action continued at the weekend across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two and, as usual, produced plenty of drama!

It was one to remember, with fans returning to seven select stadiums, and that's where we begin in our round-up of five things you may have missed...

Fans return to stadiums  

With the new season under. way, the continued effort to get supporters back inside football stadiums took another successful step at the weekend.

Seven pilot games took place throughout the EFL, which included two from the Sky Bet Championship, three from Sky Bet League One and two from Sky Bet League Two, with each fixture seeing 1,000 fans return to a live football event.

Here are the results from those seven games! 

Norwich City 2-2 Preston North End

Middlesbrough 1-1 AFC Bournemouth 

Charlton Athletic 1-3 Doncaster Rovers 

Blackpool 2-0 Swindon Town

Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Northampton Town

Forest Green Rovers 2-2 Bradford City

Carlisle United 2-0 Southend United

 

Hat-trick hero Hendo

Eyebrows were raised when the news broke that Ian Henderson would not be extending his stay at Sky Bet League One side Rochdale, for the 2020/21 season.

But Salford City did not hang around, and made sure that one of the most clinical strikers in the country would be within their ranks next season. 

After scoring his first two goals in two different competitions for the club, Henderson marked his second league game with a hat-trick against Ian Holloway’s Grimsby Town.

Two penalties and a header wrapped up his hat-trick and send the Ammies back to Salford with a 4-0, with Henderson heading to the top of the league’s goal scoring charts with four strikes to his name.

 

Five-star Cambridge enjoy day by the seaside

Cambridge United have had a fantastic start to their 2020/21 campaign, carding four wins in five games across three different competitions.

Saturday’s performances against Morecambe was arguably their best of the season so far, as they fired five past their opponents at the Globe Arena.

EFL legend Wes Hoolahan opened the scoring for the U’s before an own goal made it two, with one from Adam May before the half-time whistle. 

A brace from Paul Mullin sealed the deal for Cambridge, who are joint top of League Two with Port Vale.

 

Bees christen new stadium in style 

It was a day to remember for Brentford Football Club as they opened the doors for league action in their brand new stadium. 

The first home league game would end in an impressive win for Thomas Frank’s side, who saw off Huddersfield Town by three-goals-to-nil to grab their first win of the season. 

Goals from Josh Dasilva, Marcus Forss and Bryan Mbuemo helped the Bees on their way to three points, and saw them get back in the swing of things after narrowly missing out on promotion last season.

 

That’s GrEIGHT! 

In one of the highest scoring games of the season so far, AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth Argyle walked away with a point apiece from an eight-goal thriller.

With Argyle leading 2-1 at half-time, no-one could have predicted what was to ensue in the second period of Saturday’s game.

The Wombles netted three goals after the break, leaving Ryan Lowe’s side needing to find two goals in the remaining 15 minutes of the game to get at least a draw.

Two goals in two minutes handed the Green Army that much valued point, making it an early game to remember for both teams, with a potential goal-of-the-season contender scored by Conor Grant in the first half. 


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