Story by Ryan Howden
Well the wait is over, the Football League is back and it certainly delivered some great entertainment this weekend.
Walsall 0-3 Doncaster
Personally for me the best viewing was at Walsall where Doncaster made a good start to life in League One with a convincing 3-0 win, Chris Brown opened the scoring for the visitors before new signing David Cotterill caught the Walsall keeper off guard with a great strike from near the halfway line. Kyle Bennet sealed the win with a classy finish on 56 minutes.
Tranmere 3-1 Lleyton Orient
The man with one of the greatest names I have ever heard, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro netted twice on his debut for Tranmere in a confident win over Lleyton Orient . Zoumana Bakayogo opened the scoring for the Rovers and Michael Symes scored a late consolation from the spot for Orient.
MK Dons 2-0 Oldham
Daniel Powels great solo effort proved to be the difference as MK Dons took on Oldham. Darren Potteres header opened the scoring for the Dons, before Powels goal but the win was marred by Anthony Kay’s sending off for violent conduct.
Crewe 1-2 Notts County
Outside promotion contenders Notts County made a winning start to the season at Crewe, with strikes from Zoko and Arquin putting them in a comfortable position but when Arquin was sent off for a late challenge on Westwood, and Pogba scored on 73 minutes, 10-man County were forced to hang on to claim the three points.
Crawley 3-0 Scunthorpe
League newcomers Crawley Town made it a winning start to life in League One with new captain Gary Alexander leading by example with two goals before Johnathan Forte put the game to bed with a goal on 80 minutes.
Else where in the league troubled Portsmouth who fielded a full team of debutant’s earned a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth. Gary McAllisters early goal proved the difference in Sheffield United’s game with Shrewsbury, meanwhile at Stevenage a late mistake from Carlisle keeper Adam Collin allowed Robin Shroot to score and claim a point for the Shrews.
The first ever meeting between Yeovil and Coventry ended in a draw with first half goals from Richard Hinds and Cody McDonald. The remaining three games finished goalless with Colchester’s keeper Mark Cousins producing a string of fine saves to deny Preston. A missed penalty from Swindon’s Tommy Miller against his former club, proved to be one of the few chances in their game with Hartlepool. A quiet game between Bury and Brentford also ended goalless.
So that’s the first weekend of action over and done with, and wasn’t it good. I’ll see you all on Tuesday and wish your team the best of luck (unless its Bury).