📈 EFL Review: Brilliant Bellingham; Ramsey's return; Wrexham madness | OneFootball

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Alex Mott·22 August 2023

📈 EFL Review: Brilliant Bellingham; Ramsey's return; Wrexham madness

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The Football League served up its usual helping of brilliant goals and astonishing late drama this weekend.

Here’s our highlights.

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Moment of the weekend

Just over 12 years to the day since his last goal for Cardiff, Aaron Ramsey finally netted again for his hometown club.

And what a goal it was.

Ramsey left the Welsh capital in 2008 to join Arsenal before briefly returning on loan to the Bluebirds in 2011.

But the Wales international’s career has gone stratospheric since then, winning multiple FA Cups with the Gunners as well as the Serie A title with Juventus.

Following his departure from Nice over the summer, Ramsey had plenty of options for the final few years of his career.

But despite receiving an offer from Saudi Arabia, the 32-year-old opted instead to go back home and netted an absolute piledriver against Leicester on Saturday.

In the words of the eternal Barry Davies: “Just look at his face”.

Notable mentions: Ipswich going top of the table after another brilliant win; Southampton scoring an injury time winner over Plymouth.

Player of the weekend

What a weekend it was for the Bellingham brothers.

Late on Saturday night, Jude netted twice for Real Madrid – that’s three in two games now – as Los Blancos beat Almería 3-1.

Earlier in the day though, his younger sibling Jobe scored his first goals for new club Sunderland.

The 17-year-old joined the Black Cats from Birmingham this summer and has taken no time to settle in, becoming a regular starter already.

It was two excellent finishes from the teenager that saw Sunderland beat Rotherham 2-1 and set up the potentially tantalising prospect of the Bellingham brothers together in an England shirt one day soon.

Notable mentions: Ashley Barnes (Norwich); Conor Chaplin (Ipswich); Aaron Connolly (Hull)

League One

Moment of the weekend

Most of the Football League commentariat either completely ignored Cambridge’s chances of a promotion run this season or brushed it off as nonsense.

The U’s have been an unspectacular League One club for three seasons now and were a game away from the drop last time out.

But they kept faith with coach Mark Bonner over the summer and brought in at least four players of real quality.

It is proving to be a masterstroke of a summer with Cambridge now top of League One, with three wins from four.

The latest, a 2-0 win over Joey Barton’s Bristol City, was the best of the lot, with new arrivals Jack Stevens, Elias Kachunga and Gassan Ahadme all playing well.

Notable mentions: Oxford beat Barnsley to claim a third win on the bounce; Wigan upset the odds with a brilliant 4-0 win at Bolton; Northampton shock Peterborough.

Player of the weekend

Charlie Wyke has enjoyed a brilliant start to the season at Wigan and kept up his purple patch this past weekend with another two goals.

Wyke has netted five now for the Latics but his performance in their win at Bolton on Saturday was comfortably his best overall 90 minutes this season.

Bolton had yet to lose before the weekend but Wyke and his side completely blitzed their Lancashire rivals 4-0.

Notable mentions: Cameron Brannagan (Oxford); Stephen Humphrys (Wigan); Ryan Trevitt (Exeter)

League Two

Moment of the weekend

As co-owner Rob McElhenney tweeted at the weekend: “Don’t ever leave a Wrexham game early!”

The Welsh side are, whether fans like it or not, the biggest story in League Two this season but with all that media attention comes a sense that every opponent sees you as their cup final.

That’s certainly been the case so far this campaign with Wrexham currently sitting in 13th place having scored 13 goals but also have conceded 13 goals as well.

It was Swindon who came to the Racecourse Ground on Saturday and produced one of the best games you’ll see in the Football League all season.

The Wiltshire side were 5-3 up going into added time but a James Jones goal in the 92nd minute and then an Elliot Lee strike in the 96th ensured Wrexham earned a share of the points for a 5-5 draw.

Notable mentions: Salford leave it late to beat Tranmere 4-3; Notts County win again; Gillingham maintain 100 per cent start.

Player of the weekend

It has been a mixed start to the League Two season for Salford who, going into Saturday’s game with Tranmere had won one, drawn one and lost one.

But their 4-3 victory over the Wirral outfit could well be the catalyst for something this term with most of the praise having to go to Callum Hendry.

The Scottish striker was in fine fettle at Prenton Park as bagged a hat-trick – his first goals of the campaign – to ensure the victory.

Notable mentions: James Tilley (AFC Wimbledon); James Jones (Wrexham); Michael Mellon (Morecambe)