There was lots of action across the weekend with our players making their mark on games in England and abroad.
Starting in Turkey, Halil Dervişoğlu grabbed his first goal for Galatasaray in their 2-0 win over Gençlerbirliği away from home. Halil, who has had more game time of late, netted in the 44th minute with a fine finish, whilst Emre Akbaba made sure the points were safe when he finished eight minutes after the break. The side are second in the Turkish Super Lig and are six points off of top spot.
Patrik Gunnarsson was part of a Silkeborg side who continued their fine form with a a 1-0 win over Fredericia. A Leonel Dahl Montano own goal was the difference between the two sides and Silkeborg are now just one point behind Viborg who occupy top spot.
In Poland, Joel Valencia wasn’t involved for Legia Warsaw in their 0-0 draw with Wisła Kraków. The Polish giants have recently been crowned champions of the Ekstraklsa once again after another dominant campaign. Julian Jeanvier missed Kasımpaşa's 3-0 win over Alanyaspor as he continues his recovery from a long-term injury.
In England, another of our players was on the scoresheet as Arthur Read helped Stevenage to a point at home against Crawley Town in SkyBet League Two. He entered the field just before the hour in a game which saw Luke Norris open the scoring in the first half before George Francomb levelled for Crawley just three minutes later. Norris netted again 15 minutes from time to make it 2-1, but once again the visitors managed to find a way back as Terence Vancooten scored an own goal. Substitute Arthur then made it 3-2 with an excellent finish after he worked some space and scored with his left foot. Jack Powell had the final say when he smashed home from distance for Crawley in stoppage tome to ensure the match finished 3-3.
In SkyBet League One, Dom Thompson gained 90 minutes for Swindon Town in their 2-1 defeat at home to Ipswich Town. James Norwood found the net twice whilst Brett Pitman scored for already relegated Swindon. Jaakko Oksanen played just under 30 minutes for AFC Wimbledon as they fell to a 3-1 defeat to Portsmouth. The Dons actually went in front through Joe Pigott, but Lee Brown scored twice in the first half which added to an earlier leveller from Ronan Curtis for Pompey. Results elsewhere meant that The Dons have secured safety in the division.
Finally, Ellery Balcombe wasn’t involved in Doncaster Rovers’ 2-1 win over Rochdale away from home. Taylor Richards grabbed two goals on the day, and despite Matt Done’s late strike, the result actually relegated Rochdale from the division.