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Five things from the EFL this weekend

21 November 2022

Sky Bet League One and League Two took centre stage this weekend, with the top two tiers in England paused for the World Cup.

Here are five talking points you may have missed...

Late goals prove decisive

There was late drama in both divisions, with eight goals scored after the 80th minute across the 24 games.

Bolton Wanderers secured the most unlikely comeback, with goals from Conor Bradley and Oladapo Afolayan in the final five minutes turning it around for a 2-1 win at Fleetwood Town in League One.

Defensive veteran Adrian Mariappa left it until the 97th minute to score his first ever Burton Albion goal and rescure a point for the Brewers in a 2-2 draw against leaders Plymouth Argyle.

And in League Two, Niall Maher struck in injury time to give Grimsby Town a 1-1 draw with Stevenage, while Walsall snatched a 2-1 win against Crawley Town courtesy of Danny Johnson's 92nd-minute goal.

League One and Two serve up stunners

The World Cup may have started on Sunday, but it was just like watching Brazil across the third and fourth tiers in England, with quality goals across both divisions.

Northampton Town capped off a fine 3-1 win at Bradford City with Sam Sherring nodding in after tika taka football Spain would be proud of.

Callum Guy's thunderous daisy cutter helped Carlisle United on their way to a 4-1 win at Salford City.

Samson Tovide made his first Colchester United goal one to remember, lashing into the top corner as the U's overcame Doncaster Rovers 3-0.

But probably the best of the bunch was Ayoub Assal's curling effort, his seventh goal in eight games in all competitions, in AFC Wimbledon's 2-0 win at Tranmere Rovers.

Orient go marching on

League Two leaders Leyton Orient made it five wins from their last six league games as their firm hold on top spot showed no sign of abating.

With Stevenage dropping points at Grimsby, Orient are now five points clear of their nearest rivals and have an 11-point cushion in the automatic promotion spots.

League One race keeps giving

The race for promotion from League One continues to be blockbuster, with the top three separated by only three points.

Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday were the beneficiaries of Mariappa's late goal against Plymouth, as Argyle dropped points for the second successive weekend.

Ipswich impressed in their 2-0 win over Exeter City, to move within two points of the leaders, and Wednesday edged out Shrewsbury Town to keep themselves in the pack.

Sinclair rolls back the years 

Fans at the Memorial Stadium could be forgiven for thinking they had travelled back to 2004, as 33-year-old Scott Sinclair scored the only goal to give the Gas a 1-0 win over Peterborough United.

Sinclair made his debut for Rovers almost 18 years ago, aged 15, and went on to feature for Chelsea, Manchester City, Celtic and Aston Villa, among other Clubs, before returning to his boyhood team in October this year.

His strike against Posh was his first ever league goal for the Club, 6,540 days after his debut.

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