It was a tough weekend for some of the clubs at the top of the League One table, with Hull City dropping points, and Peterborough and Sunderland getting beat.
The Sofa Score League One Team of the Week reflects this, with the biggest winners of the weekend, Lincoln City, contributing the first player on our list. Dutch defender Lewis Montsma is already raising eyebrows with a number of goals for Michael Appleton’s side, and this weekend was no exception. His team ran out 2-0 winners at Rochdale to move within touching distance of Hull City, and Montsma bagged a 30-yard drive to seal the points.
Bristol Rovers secured a strong win away at Wimbledon, running out 4-2 victors in a thrilling game to pull away from the bottom four. Brandon Hanlan and Sam Nicholson bagged a brace each, and they both feature in the Team of the Week. They’re either side of Accrington striker Dion Charles, who also bagged a brace as the surprise promotion contenders beat MK Dons.
It might not have been a great week for Charlton, beaten in midweek and held to a draw at Shrewsbury, but Ben Watson’s performance will have given their fans some heart. The former Wigan man was joined in the Team of the Week by Shrews man Ollie Norburn, who looked solid in Steve Cotterill’s improving side.
Jon Nolan wasn’t the flavour of the week when he got sent off for Ipswich away at Lincoln earlier in the season, but he was key as they arrested their recent slide. The Blues climbed to third with their 2-1 win at Plymouth, Nolan bagging the first of two in a minute to turn the game around. The four-man midfield is completed by Joe Wright, who helped Doncaster Rovers to a 2-0 victory against Northampton Town, leaving them three points outside the top six.
Montsma might be the stand out man for Lincoln City, but he is in good company in the back three. Jack Whatmough scored as Portsmouth beat Peterborough in a promotion six-pointer, moving Pompey up to fourth. Another Jack, this time Tucker of Gillingham, makes up the trio after his stellar performance as Gillingham beat Swindon. The home side had just seven shots, but Swindon had 19 and still lost 2-0, courtesy of some great defending by Tucker.
Finally, between the sticks is Northampton stopper Steve Arnold. Doncaster might have won 2-0 in their clash, but the visitors had 11 shots, nine on target with a committed Arnold keeping the score respectable.
The full TOTW, with ratings, is below
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