Three Boro players were involved in the FA Cup over the weekend with European action for another.
Joe Fryer made his FA Cup debut a winning one, keeping a clean sheet too, as Stevenage beat Northern Premier League Nantwich Town 5-0, Matt Gooden scoring a hat-trick. In goal for Nantwich was William Jääskeläinen, son of former Bolton goalkeeper Jussi who is now playing in the Indian Premier League. Jussi, remember, was between the posts in Cardiff in 2004 when we won the Carling Cup. Stevenage are at home to Swindon in round 2 of this season’s FA Cup.
Callum Johnson (Accrington Stanley) made his FA Cup debut when a 61st minute replacement for Scott Brown in a 0-0 draw away to Guiseley at Nethermoor Park on Sunday afternoon. The winners of next Tuesday’s replay will be at home/away to Mansfield in round two.
Callum Cooke was on the wrong end of an FA Cup shock on Saturday as his Blackpool side lost 2-1 away to Boreham Wood from the National League. Boreham Wood are now away to former winners Coventry.
Connor Ripley was an unused sub as Burton Albion sprang a surprise, winning 1-0 away to a Millwall side who were down to ten men for the final half hour after Jed Wallace was shown a red card. Marvin Sordell scored the only goal of the game with 20 minutes remaining. The result took Burton back out of the relegation spots into fourth bottom.
Real Betis are in eighth place and just outside the European spots in the Primera Division in Spain after drawing 2-2 at home to Getafe on Friday night, Antonio Barragan played the full game, his 11th appearance for the Seville-based side.
There were two full games in four days for Julien De Sart as his Zulte-Waragem side followed-up an excellent 2-0 win away to Vitesse in the Europa League with a 4-2 defeat away to KV Oostende in the Belgian First Division A. Zulte-Waragem are in seventh, just one point and one place from a European spot.