Loan Watch: Okonkwo helps Wrexham to big win

Arthur Okonkwo celebrates a Wrexham goal

Arthur Okonkwo kept another clean sheet as Wrexham beat fellow promotion rivals Mansfield Town to move to within a point of the top of League Two.

The young shot-stopper recorded his 14th shutout this season across all competitions to help the Red Dragons to victory at the Racecourse Ground, with Paul Mullin’s double pulling them level on points with the Stags, and just four behind leaders Stockport County ahead of a game against Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night.

A third straight win for Real Socieded took them closer to clinching European football again next season, as Kieran Tierney’s team beat Alaves 1-0. Kieran came on as a 69th-minute sub, helping his team over the line to leave them sixth in La Liga, seven points ahead of seventh-place Real Betis.

Mika Biereth played the whole game as Sturm Graz lost 1-0 to Red Bull Salzburg, and fell five points behind the league leaders. The two sides meet again on Tuesday in the Austrian Cup semi-final as Graz look to retain the trophy Okonkwo helped them win last season.

In the Netherlands, Salah-Eddine Oulad M'Hand played 62 minutes as Den Bosch lost 3-0 to Dordrecht to leave them level on points with rock-bottom Jong FC in the Eerste Divisie.

Charlie Patino came on in the 83rd minute as Swansea City drew 1-1 with Sheffield Wednesday on Friday, and was an unused sub in their 1-0 home loss to Queens Park Rangers four days later, leaving them 15th in the Championship.

Brooke Norton-Cuffy came on in both of Millwall’s Easter matches, as they drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion before losing 2-1 to Rotherham United, although Brooke did manage to get the Lions’ assist in that game before they fell to a late Millers winner, meaning they are now just four points above the relegation zone.

Bromley strengthened their grip on a National League play-off spot after picking up four points in their two matches. They won 2-0 against Dorking on Good Friday, before Kido Taylor-Hart picked the perfect time to score his first Ravens goal with a stoppage-time equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to Woking, after coming off the bench after 45 minutes. Alex Kirk also played all 180 minutes for the promotion chasers.

In the women’s game, Kathrine Kuhl played the first 71 minutes of Everton’s 4-1 loss against Manchester United as the Toffees’ winless run extended to five matches as they slipped to 10th in the WSL.

In the Women’s Championship, Michelle Agyemang came on in the 72nd minute as Watford Women lost 3-0 to Sunderland, but a fourth consecutive loss leaves the Hornets six points adrift of safety with three games to go.

Charlton remain four points off the leaders Sunderland after beating Birmingham City 4-1, with Freya Godfrey coming on at half-time and helping her side to victory.

Over in Spain, Gio started Madrid CFF’s 3-0 loss at Granada which saw them slip to fifth in the Primera Division table.

Players whose teams didn’t play this weekend:
Marquinhos - Fluminense
Brian Okonkwo - Cheshunt United

Players who were unused subs:
Catalin Cirjan - Rapid Bucharest
Khayon Edwards - Leyton Orient
Billy Vigar - Eastbourne Borough

Players who weren’t included in matchday squads:
Nuno Tavares - Nottingham Forest
Sambi Lokonga - Luton Town
Omar Rekik - Servette
Charles Sagoe Jr - Swansea City
Tyreece John-Jules - Derby County
Zane Monlouis - Reading
Laila Harbert - Watford Women
Ruby Doe - Ipswich Town Women

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