Ledley's Talking Points: 10-Minute Hat-Tricks, Late Winners and False Hope
7 Talking Points
Bristol Rovers slotted 6 past Northampton at Sixfields Stadium on Saturday. Billy Bodin scored against his former club to give Rovers a deserved lead at half-time, before the floodgates opened in the second half. It was only Rovers’ second away league win of the season and their goal difference, now at 0, tells the story of how their season is going. Now League One’s top scorers, if they can stop conceding goals they will be pushing for promotion in no time.
Doncaster Rovers took all three points at home for the first time in 6 months after a 10-minute hat-trick from Ben Whiteman. Southend took the lead through Anthony Wordsworth, who was lucky to be on the pitch after kicking Jordan Houghton in the back. But the Sheffield United loanee struck three goals in the second half to help Rovers to a 4-1 win.
Exeter went top of League Two after picking up a 1-0 win on their travels to Carlisle. A header just after half-time by Pierce Sweeney was enough to secure victory for the Grecians, who had lost their previous two meetings at Brunton Park.
Notts County scored a 96th-minute equaliser through Robert Milsom to earn a point against Forest Green Rovers. It would have been an unlikely victory for Rovers, who moved up to third from bottom in league Two, while Notts County were leapfrogged by Exeter. It was a frustrating afternoon for Kevin Nolan’s side with Shola Ameobi missing the best chance of the game, heading his effort wide.
Torquay showed what looked like the very beginnings of a turnaround last week when they bean Maidenhead 4-0 in their first win of the season. But it was back to usual business this week when Dover came away 2-0 victors. Torquay still sit bottom of the National League with just one win from their opening 15 games, and look doomed for relegation unless something changes fast.
England have officially qualified for the World Cup after wins against Slovenia and Lithuania. Two 1-0 victories and two goals from Harry Kane was all that was required, but should we expect more? The performances were perhaps uninspired, but England only conceded one goal from open play in 15 hours of qualifiers. Meanwhile Scotland crashed out after being held to 2-2 draw by Slovenia. and Wales and Ireland face-off tonight with everything on the line.
Mohamed Salah sent Egypt to their first World Cup in 28 years with a 95th-minute penalty against Congo. Salah put the Pharaohs ahead after the hour, only for Arnold Bouka Moutou to equalise with 3 minutes left. But the Liverpool man converted his penalty with just seconds to spare to confirm his and his nation’s ticket to Russia.
Our two players who were just two steps away from the £1,000,000 prize have fallen at the third hurdle. Both got 5 predictions correct this week with their draw selections and Notts County letting them both down. It's back to square one for Pittaway65 and Johno, while 4 players found 7 correct predictions this week including Jordans92, who himself has achieved the feat for the second week running. So it's Jordan who moves into pole position in the race for the jackpot. Can he get one step closer next week?
Minnieminx came out on top to take the prize beating the other three players with a bonus two points for goal margins and finishing the weekend on 29 points.
The Anthony Strokes topped the team table this week with 82 points, beating Jumpers for Goalposts who managed 79.
The Legend's scored 64 points this week, ending up outside the top 30 in the weekly team table. Jermaine Jenas scored a respectable 15 points in a tough week, while Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ledley followed with 14 and 13 points respectively.
Ledley's Challengers scored a very impressive 76 points this week, finishing 4th in the country overall!
Top 6 picked wins
Notts Co 1-1 Forest Green
Doncaster 4-1 Southend
Lincoln 2-1 Chesterfield
Newport 2-0 Yeovil
Tranmere 0-0 Chester
Maidstone 1-1 Guiseley
Top 6 picked draws
Walsall 1-1 Shrewsbury
Port Vale 1-2 Grimsby Town
Woking 1-0 Dagenham & Red
Barrow 2-2 Leyton Orient
Boreham W 1-1 Halifax
Crewe 1-0 Stevenage
Bristol Rovers 6-0 (2 points)
You can now make your selections for matchweek 11. Good luck!