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The EFL weekend review

6 September 2021

Attention turned to Sky Bet League One and League Two at the weekend, with the international break pressing pause on the Sky Bet Championship.

We look back at some of the key talking points from the weekend’s action…


Joel Mumbongo’s strike was enough to see Accrington Stanley edge Shrewsbury Town, as the Shrews leapfrogged Crewe Alexandra in the table and Accrington moved level on points with Sunderland at the top.

AFC Wimbledon climbed to ninth place in League One on the back of a 3-1 victory over Oxford United. The Dons came from behind in the second-half to claim their first win since their opening day display against Doncaster Rovers.

Meanwhile, Cheltenham Town shared the spoils with Milton Keynes Dons in a 1-1 stalemate, as Hiram Boateng’s late leveller cancelled out loanee Kyle Joseph’s opener for the Robins.


Harrogate Town preserved their unbeaten start at Mansfield Town to move top of League Two. It’s the second time this week that Harrogate beat the Stags, with Simon Weaver’s side recording an identical win at the EnviroVent Stadium in the Papa John’s Trophy.

Barrow followed up a point against Bristol Rovers with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Oldham Athletic, whilst Rochdale and Tranmere Rovers registered wins against Port Vale and Hartlepool respectively.

Elsewhere, 10-man Walsall came from a goal down to earn a point at high-flying Bradford City. Elliott Watt opened the scoring in spectacular style, before Saddlers skipper Joss Labadie was given his marching orders prior to the half-time whistle. However, Jack Earing responded for Walsall to settle the score at 1-1.

Newport County striker Dom Telford made it two goals in as many games in a four-goal thriller against Leyton Orient.

Kenny Jackett’s men drew first blood courtesy of Harry Smith, before Matty Dolan hit back for Newport. Orient forward Smith restored his side’s lead in the second period but Telford’s introduction on the hour saw the South Wales side take a point.

Rounding off the weekend’s action, Bristol Rovers’ deadline day signing Leon Clarke wasted no time introducing himself to the Gas faithful, bagging his first goal in Rovers colours just 90 seconds into his debut against Crawley Town.

The 36-year-old’s strike was the only goal of the game, as Rovers ran out 1-0 winners.

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