Freddie Potts

Loan Watch: Freddie Potts sets up Wembley final after late drama for Wycombe

West Ham United's loanees were in action in a busy week of football played across Europe...

Freddie Potts secured an afternoon at Wembley Stadium, as Wycombe Wanderers progressed to the Bristol Street Motors Trophy final after a 1-0 win over Bradford City on Wednesday evening.

The 20-year-old midfielder, who signed a new contract with the Hammers ahead of the 2023/24 campaign, saw Matt Bucher decide the tie by a 1-0 scoreline.

Bucher’s stoppage-time effort, his first for Wycombe, set up a meeting with Peterborough in the final on Sunday 7 April for Potts, with fellow West Ham United loanee Gideon Kodua cup-tied in this competition.

Kodua, though, did make his first senior start the following Saturday, as Wycombe returned to EFL League One action against Stevenage.

With Potts an unused substitute in the fixture, Wycombe, who saw goalkeeper Max Stryjek sent off after the break, fell to a 1-0 defeat to Carl Piergianni’s first-half strike.

Said Benrahma

In France, Saïd Benrahma struck the winner as Olympique Lyonnais moved into the Ligue 1 top half after a 2-1 win over FC Metz on Friday evening.

The tricky winger decided the match on the hour when he found the bottom right corner from inside the area, with his whipped strike flicking the post on its way in.

Benrahma’s first goal for Lyon secured the win after former Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette had cancelled out Georges Mikautadze’s opener in a busy first half.

Benrahma and company face Strasbourg for a place in the French Cup semi-finals on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, in Denmark, Nathan Trott kept a clean sheet as Vejle continued their unbeaten return from the Superliga's winter break with a 2-0 victory over Silkeborg.

A goal in each half was enough to secure maximum points for eleventh-placed Vejle, who are now within striking distance of the three teams above them.

Elsewhere, both midfielder Keenan Appiah-Forson and goalkeeper Krisztián Hegyi suffered narrow losses.

Krisztian Hegyi

Appiah-Forson fell to a 1-0 Vanarama National League defeat by FC Halifax Town on Saturday after Andrew Jose Oluwabori found the net with 56 minutes played.

Hegyi, meanwhile, saw a 2-0 defeat by De Graafschap on Friday evening, leaving Den Bosch, despite a bright start to the young goalkeeper’s loan, bottom of the Dutch second tier on goal difference.

Fellow goalkeeper Mason Terry saw Concord Rangers’ fixture against Folkestone Invicta postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, while Thilo Kehrer was not involved as AS Monaco beat Lens 3-2 in Ligue 1.

Finally, Callum Marshall was an unused substitute as West Bromwich Albion battled to a 1-1 draw against Hull City in the EFL Championship, and Dan Chesters featured in ten-man Salford City’s 5-1 defeat to Mansfield Town in EFL League Two.

Salford will seek to bounce back against Chester’s former loan club Colchester United on Tuesday evening, while Marshall could feature against Coventry City on Friday night.