LEAGUE ONE ROUND-UP: Barnsley smash seven past Port Vale

LEAGUE ONE ROUND-UP: Barnsley smash seven past Port Vale in opening day rout…while relegated Wigan triumph away at Derby

  • Barnsley hit Port Vale for six thanks to Devante Cole hat-trick on opening day 
  • Ruben Selles loses first game in charge of relegated Reading to Peterborough 
  • Wins for Wigan at Derby, Blackpool over Burton Albion and Exeter at Wycombe  

Barnsley put last season’s Play-off Final disappointment behind them with a 7-0 thrashing of Port Vales on the opening day in League One.

The Tykes were dramatically beaten by Sheffield Wednesday in the league’s finale last season, but bounced back by hitting Vale for seven at Oakwell. 

Devante Cole was the star of the show, netting a hat-trick for Barnsley alongside goals from John Russell, Liam Kitching, Andrew Dallas and an own goal by Dan Jones.  

Reading endured a disappointing start to life in League One as they beaten by Peterborough in their opening home game following relegation from the Championship last season. 

Ephron Mason-Clark’s strike just before half time was enough to condemn new boss Ruben Selles to defeat in his first game in charge of the Royals. 

Blackpool opened their campaign with a 2-0 win over Burton Albion thanks to two goals from Shayne Lowery 

Relegated Wigan had one of the day’s biggest wins as they beat Derby 2-1 at Pride Park 

There were no problems for fellow relegated side Blackpool however, Neil Critchley’s return to the Tangerines hot seat saw his side run out 2-0 winners over Burton Albion thanks to a Shayne Lavery brace. 

While, Wigan the final relegated side, enjoyed an impressive away day at one of the promotion favourites, Derby. 

The Latics saw off Country with a 2-1 win, thanks to a brace from Charlie Wyke to give Wigan fans something to smile about after the drama of the last campaign. 

As for the division’s newcomers, Northampton and Stevenage took on each other, where Stevenage grabbed a 1-0 victory, while Carlisle picked up a point in a 1-1 draw at home to Fleetwood. 

Leyton Orient were the only promoted team to  suffer defeat, as George Dobson netted the only goal in Charlton’s 1-0 win at the Valley. 

There were also wins for Exeter over Wycombe – quickest out the blocks with two goals in the first four minutes in their 3-0 victory – as well as Shrewsbury over Cheltenham, and Cambridge and Bolton’s comfortable wins over Oxford and Lincoln.  

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