Willem II are now the favourites to earn the automatic promotion spot to the Eredivisie after overcoming league leaders FC Dordrecht 3-1 on Friday night. The Tilburg side stay in second but are now just one point adrift from the top spot with a game in hand over their rivals.
Willem’s top scorer Ruud Boymans, on loan from AZ Alkmaar, lead his side to the all-important victory scoring a double including the opener after just three minutes. Brazilian forward Bruno Andrade got the second just after the half-hour mark to send the hosts in two goals to the good. As Dordrecht pressed for goals to try and get back into the game, Boymans hit his second on 68 minutes to cement all three points. The visitors got a last minute consolation goal through Paul Gladon but Dordrecht will be hoping that De Graafschap can do them a favour on Wednesday, when Willem II travel to Doetinchem in their game in hand.
The biggest win of the weekend was Excelsior 8-0 drubbing of Telstar in game which saw the Rotterdam side five goals up at half-time. Eerste Divisie top scorer Lars Veldwijk took his tally to 25 goals in 33 games with a hat-trick as fellow striker Kevin Vermeulen notched a brace. Scoring was complete by Moroccan midfielder Adil Auassar, Ricky Kruys and Lars Hutten netting the other three goals.
Third-placed VVV Venlo maintain their playoff position with a 2-1 home victory over FC Emmen, thanks to goals from Oguzhan Tuerk and Prince Rajcomar after Ronald Bergkamp had grabbed a equaliser for the away side.
Friday 4th April
WILLEM II 3 – 1 FC DORDRECHT
VVV VENLO 2 – 1 FC EMMEN
FC OSS 0 – 3 ALMERE CITY
TELSTAR 0 – 8 EXCELSIOR
HELMOND SPORT 0 – 1 FC VOLENDAM
Saturday 5th April
MVV 3 – 0 ACHILLES ‘29
SPARTA ROTTERDAM 2 – 3 FORTUNA SITTARD
Sunday 6th April
JONG TWENTE 2 – 1 DE GRAAFSCHAP
Monday 7th April
JONG PSV 1 – 2 DEN BOSCH
JONG AJAX 1 – 4 FC EINDHOVEN
League table courtesy of WhoScored.com
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