After another hectic midweek schedule, Colossal’s stars across the globe have shaken off any pre-season fatigue with the current campaign in full flow.
Martell’s hat-trick and Cody’s two assists were the pick of the action this weekend as the Fulham youngsters put on a show at Craven Cottage. Meanwhile, Reece gained more minutes for Augsburg in a tight affair against an in-form Freiburg side on Saturday.
Here’s a full rundown of our talent’s latest match updates:
Total Minutes Played (Normal Time): 376
Total Appearances: 6
Player of the Week: Martell Taylor-Crossdale
• Martell netted superb first-half hat-trick in 5-4 thriller vs Reading on Friday night.
• Martell’s mesmeric display at Craven Cottage saw Fulham jump to seventh in table.
• These were the first of Martell’s goals for the club’s U23 side this season
Martell produced a stellar performance against Reading U23s after scoring a sensational hat-trick in Fulham’s 5-4 classic at Craven Cottage on Friday night.
All three of the 19-year-old’s strikes were expertly taken as Martell’s opening two goals came in the space of four minutes.
At 4-1 up during the break, Martell’s side were cruising until Reading’s stunning fight-back squared the game at 4-4 – Fulham eventually edged the dramatic contest with Luca de la Torre’s 85th minute winner snatching all three points for the hosts.
• Fulham U23 regular Cody made a crucial impact in the side’s 5-4 win over Reading
• The right-back was vital going forward in providing two assists for his team
• Cody’s second assist saw fellow Colossal talent Martell complete his hat-trick
Whilst Martell grabbed the headlines with his hat-trick in the nine-goal thriller against Reading, Cody’s contribution in the game cannot be understated.
The 17-year-old was part of everything positive for the young Cottagers who put on a first-half clinic in goalscoring, with Cody assisting the opening goal.
After displaying his energy in the final third, Cody’s well-timed interception set-up Martell for his third goal, with the young pair both producing two sublime individual performances.
• David played final 35 minutes in exciting 2-2 draw away to Northampton Town
• Despite not starting, David has been Crawley’s mainstay at right-back this season
• Crawley still remain just one point outside the play-off spots in eighth place
David was given some rest time in the 2-2 draw against Northampton Town on Sunday as Crawley Town failed to push inside the League Two play-off zone.
The 21-year-old, who has been a regular for the Red Devils at right-back, appeared for the last 35 minutes at Northampton’s Sixfields stadium.
With the home side 1-0 up until the substitution, David steadied the ship as the visitors came back from 2-0 down to earn a point in the latter stages.
• Kasey came on in the 54th minute in Bristol City’s 0-0 home draw against Swansea
• Kasey has played in all eight Championship games for the Robins so far this season
• Bristol City are still in the play-off spots despite dropping points on Saturday
Like David, Kasey was also brought on in the 54th minute of the midfielder’s respective game, with Bristol City and Swansea City playing out a goalless draw at Ashton Gate.
Manager Lee Johnson has wisely utilised Kasey through the season, allowing the 22-year-old enough time and fitness to get the best out of the former Chelsea academy product.
Despite not making the impact he would have liked in Saturday’s clash, Kasey will be optimistic of starting for the visit to Preston in the Robins’ next fixture.
• Despite Middlesbrough’s 1-0 defeat to Cardiff City, Marvin completed 81 minutes.
• Marvin picked up a yellow card as Boro searched desperately for equaliser.
• Jonathan Woodgate’s side are now 15th in the Championship after the loss.
Middlesbrough’s woes in the Championship returned on Saturday after the 1-0 loss to Cardiff City, with Marvin playing 81 minutes in the defeat.
Whilst Marvin and his teammates failed to snatch a result in the Welsh capital, the winger’s desire and never-say-die attitude couldn’t be faulted.
With Boro set for a long-season ahead in the bottom-half of the table, manager Jonathan Woodgate clearly trusts the 28-year-old in his team.
• Reece was substituted on at half-time as Augsburg drew 1-1 away to Freiburg
• The two goals in the contest came in the first half before Reece’s appearance
• The 20-year-old has been deployed as a defensive midfielder for Augsburg
Reece is starting to adjust to permanent life in Germany after gaining more minutes in Augsburg’s 1-1 away draw against Bundesliga high-flyers Freiburg.
Augsburg manager Martin Schmidt’s faith in Reece continues to grow with the former West Ham talent providing fresh legs – playing in the team’s pivot.
With more minutes under Reece’s belt, the Englishman will be confident of featuring once again as Augsburg host Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.