Tom Field returned to the Bradford City starting line-up on Saturday as they suffered a late defeat at home to Charlton Athletic. The left-back replaced the injured Adam Chicksen for his first appearance in more than a month as two of Sky Bet League One’s top six met. The only goal of the game came in the 76th minute, three minutes after Tom had been replaced, as Jake Forster-Caskey bundled home from close range to secure the points for The Addicks. Defeat means Bradford remain third, ahead of tomorrow’s Checkatrade Trophy clash with Manchester City Under-23s.
In Sky Bet League Two, Jack Bonham helped Carlisle United take a point from their encounter against top of the table Notts County at Brunton Park. Hallam Hope bundled Keith Curle’s side in front midway through the first-half but a slick passing move opened up The Cumbrians, allowing Ryan Yates to level on the hour. Jack has now played 13 times for United who sit 16th in League Two with a visit to bottom of the table Chesterfield United coming up on Saturday.
Zain Westbrooke made his National League debut for Leyton Orient on Saturday as they were beaten 1-0 by league-leaders Macclesfield Town at Brisbane Road. Scott Wilson scored the only goal of the game in first-half stoppage time as Orient made it eight league games without a win. Zain played the final 30 minutes for The O’s who welcome Gateshead to E10 tomorrow night, with both sides just five points above the relegation zone.
In Denmark, FC Nordsjaelland lost top spot in the Alka Superliga following a 4-0 hammering by Hobro IK on Sunday. Three goals in 13 second-half minutes settled the game after the home side had taken a one-goal lead into the break. Emiliano Marcondes played the full 90 minutes as FCN dropped to third after their first defeat in four. On Friday, they travel to mid-table AGF looking to return to winning ways.
Konstantin Kerschbaumer and Arminia Bielefeld lost further ground at the top of the 2.Bundesliga after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Holstein Kiel. Konstantin was returned to the starting line-up and proved a constant threat in a goalless first-half. The game turned midway through the second period as Steven Lewerenz set up Marvin Ducksch for the opener before, three minutes later, the roles were reversed, Lewerenz making it 2-0. A late Rafael Czichos own-goal gave DSC hope but they ran out of time and slipped to sixth in the table. Up next is a home game against Ingolstadt on Friday night.