Emiliano Marcondes was on target for the sixth time in as many games as FC Nordsjaelland retained top spot in the Danish Superliga with a 3-2 win over Randers on Saturday. The 22-year-old opened the scoring just before the break, capitalising on a mistake by visiting goalkeeper Hannes Thór Halldórsson, but bottom-of-the-table Randers struck twice in three minutes either side of the interval to threaten an upset. However, Ernest Asante levelled with his tenth of the season on the hour and the league leaders then took the points with four minutes to play thanks to Nikolai Baden Frederiksen’s close range finish. The win leaves FCN a point clear of FC Midtjylland at the top of the table ahead of next Sunday’s trip to fifth placed Hobro.
Jack Bonham put in an inspired display to help Carlisle United to a 1-0 victory at Colchester United on Saturday. It was a real smash and grab raid from The Cumbrians with Jack making a string of fine saves, none better than a remarkable double save to deny Drey Wright and then Brandan Hanlon, before Jamie Devitt netted the only goal of the game on the hour. The clean sheet was Jack’s second in three games and helped Keith Curle’s side climb to 14th in the Sky Bet League Two standings.
In Germany, Konstantin Kerschbaumer was an unused substitute as DSC Arminia Bielefeld’s three game unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-0 defeat at home to 2.Bundesliga leaders Fortuna Düsseldorf. Belgian striker Benito Raman scored the opener ten minutes before the break with Florian Neuhaus wrapping up the points in the closing stages as Bielefeld slipped to fifth. Things don’t get much easier for DSC with a trip to second-placed Holstein Kiel next up on Sunday.
Tom Field was on the bench as Bradford City suffered defeat on the road for the first time this season as they went down 3-1 at Bury on Saturday. Charlie Wyke fired The Bantams in front early on but the hosts hit back with two goals in two minutes: Chris Maguire equalised with a 19th-minute penalty before Jermaine Beckford claimed his seventh goal of the season. James O’Shea then wrapped up the points five minutes from time as City lost ground on the top two in Sky Bet League One.
Zain Westbrooke made his Leyton Orient debut as a late substitute in their Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round draw at Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday. The midfielder joined The O’s last week and came on in the dying seconds of Saturday’s stalemate. The two sides will go again at Brisbane Road tomorrow night with a place in the First Round up for grabs.