Hall heads busy weekend

Robert Hall was on target as England kicked-off their UEFA European Under-17 Championship Elite Round qualifying campaign with a 4-0 win over Sweden at Northampton Town's Sixfields on Saturday.

The West Ham United striker scored England's third goal in a comprehensive victory which puts them in a strong position ahead of their remaining Group 7 matches against Malta and Slovakia.

The group winners will qualify for the finals, which will be held in Liechtenstein in May. England face Malta at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium on Monday and Slovakia at Sixfields on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson will not play in the Belgian Cup final after KSV Roeselare were edged out 4-3 on aggregate in their semi-final with KSV Cercle Brugge.

West Ham loanee Eyjolfsson was suspended for the second leg on Friday night after picking up two yellow cards in previous ties.

Roeselare went into the game 3-0 down from the first leg, and fell a further goal behind when Jelle Vossen scored for Cercle after just three minutes.

Roeselare refused to give up, scoring three times through Mahamadou Dissa's brace and Jeremy Huyghebaert to set up a grandstand final 20 minutes. However, defender Damir Mirvic was sent-off with 12 minutes to go, and the home side were unable to force a dramatic victory.

Eyjolfsson will remain with Roeselare for the club's promotion/relegation play-offs, which will take place in May. After finishing 15th in the Belgian First Division, the Flanders-based club will take on three Second Division clubs for a place in next season's top-flight.

On Saturday afternoon, three more Hammers loanees were in action.

Freddie Sears played a full 90 minutes for Coventry City as the Sky Blues snatched a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. The draw saw the Sky Blues stay 12th in the Championship, nine points adrift of the play-off places.

In League One, Frank Nouble played for an hour of Swindon Town's 1-0 League One win at Hartlepool United. Victory saw the fourth-placed Robins close the gap on second-placed Leeds United to just one point.

Elsewhere, Bondz 'Gala played a full game for Plymouth Argyle in their 2-0 home Championship defeat by Blackpool. The loss leaves the 23-placed Pilgrims six points from safety.

Finally, defender Matt Fry missed out on making his debut for League One promotion-chasers Charlton Athletic in their 1-1 draw at Huddersfield Town. The teenager is recovering from a knee injury and will link-up with his new team-mates on Monday.