Striker Josh Magennis scored his first goal for Charlton Athletic in over three months as the Addicks cruised to a comfortable 3-0 home win over struggling Gillingham in League One yesterday.
The 25-year-old had not scored for the South-London outfit since hitting a hat-trick in the 4-1 victory over Bristol Rovers on 2nd January.
“I’m really pleased for Josh,” stated Charlton boss Karl Robinson, “I thought he worked very hard and it was an important goal for him to kick-start his end to the season.”
In League Two the goals keep flowing for Accrington Stanley striker Shay McCartan who made it six from his last seven outings when he slotted home the only goal of the game against Crawley to extend the Lancashire side’s unbeaten home run to 11 games.
The former Burnley forward, who now has 11 goals for the season all of which have come in his last 19 appearances for the League Two outfit, again earned high praise for his boss John Coleman.
Coleman said, “I’m really pleased for Shay, he is in a rich vein of form, he believes he’s going to score goals every time he plays.
“His goals recently are one of the main reasons we are now just two points off a play-off place.”
Midfielder Ben Reeves registered his ninth goal of the campaign when he found the net in a 2-0 victory over one of his former clubs Southend United who still harbour hopes of a play-off spot in League One.
“It was good to get a goal today and get all three points,” said the former Southampton trainee, who also provided an assist for MK Don’s opener, “I loved my brief time though at Southend United and would still love to see them get promoted.”
Elsewhere, under-21 striker Dion Charles, who is currently on-loan at FC Halifax Town from Fleetwood Town, scored and got two assists as the Yorkshire side defeated Harrogate Town in the National League North.
There were goals too in the National League for three former under-21 internationals, Matthew McClure (Aldershot Town), Rory McKeown (Southport) and Paddy McLaughlin (Gateshead).
Meanwhile, Hartlepool United defender Liam Donnelly could be facing a long suspension after being sent-off in the 2-1 defeat at Leyton Orient following a confrontation with the referee.
Also seeing red yesterday was Northampton Town left-back David Buchanan in the draw with Shrewsbury Town – it was his first sending-off in almost six years.
Finally, midfielder Ollie Norwood will be playing in the Premier League next term after Brighton & Hove Albion confirmed their return to the top flight after a 34-year absence with a 2-1 home win versus Wigan Athletic.