RECAP: MIDWEEK SWEDISH ACTION
Patrick Hopkins was a part of a big win for Ljungskile while Baggio Husidic went the distance for Hammarby in a draw against Landskrona.
Hammarby IF 0 - 0 Landskrona BoIS
Baggio Husidic was on the field all 90 minutes Tuesday as Hammarby and Landskrona fought to a scoreless draw.
Billy Schuler dressed for HIF, but the 22 year old striker failed to see any action.
Hammarby created their first good chance in the 12th minute. Max von Schlebrugge headed a Mikael Rynell cross off of the crossbar. The ricochet came right to Husidic, and the Bosnian-American's follow up shot was saved by Ivo Vazgec in Landskrona's net.
Hammarby kept the pressure on throughout the first half, in which they outshot Landskrona 9 - 4. Husidic took another shot from distance in the 36th minute which sailed wide of the net.
Neither side found the breakthrough they were looking for and now Landskrona's 30 points match fourth place Ljungskile and fifth place Angelholm, but find themselves in sixth due to goal differential while Hammarby sit directly below the bunch in seventh.
Hammarby are back in action Sunday when they face Falkenberg and Landskrona take on Brian Edwards and Degerfors next Monday
Ljungskile SK 3 - 2 IFK Varnamo
Patrick Hopkins played all 90 minutes as Ljungskile got a big win on Wednesday which against Varnamo which see's them now in fourth place, one spot beneath Halmstad for a spot in the promotion playoffs. Hopkins provided a typically gritty defensive shift, staying around the backline for most of the encounter.
Kenny Pavey's two early goals to give his side the edge. The English striker's 11th minute goal was a solo effort, as he dribbled into the box and beat Varnamo keeper Bjorn Halvorsen from eight meters out. Joakim Runnemo provided the assist for the Pavey's second goal from almost an identical location to his first in the 15th minute.
Varnamo were awarded a penalty in the 36th minute due to a Niclas Andersen defensive error. Vlado Zlojutro buried the spot kick to cut Ljungskile's lead in half.
Runnemo got a goal for himself in the 51st minute to restore LSK's two goal lead. Pavey returned the favor to Runnemo as he found the Swedish forward sitting on the doorstep, and the 25 year old merely had to tap in to make the score 3-1.
Carlos Gaette Moggia responded for Varnamo in the 70th minute. Martin Claeson provided the assist for Moggia, who's strike from ten meters beat Ljungskile Keeper Markus Sandberg.
Ljungskile are in action on Sunday when they take on Assyriska while Varnamo face Trelleborg on Monday.
Halmstad BK 3 - 0 Umea FC
Halmstad cleaned up at home on Wednesday when they torched Umea. Ryan Miller got his 20th consecutive start at right back for HBK after getting his first rest of the season last weekend when he offered only a 12 minute cameo in the Swedish cup.
Despite Umea offering a significant amount of early pressure, Kristinn Steindorsson was able to get Halmstad on the scoreboard first. Gudjon Baldvinsson found a wide open Steindorsson in the penalty area and the Icelandic midfielder's strike was able to escape the punch of Umea Keeper Vladimir Sudar's left hand as it ricochetted off the right post and in to give HBK the lead in the 40th minute.
Baldvinsson scored a goal himself minutes later. Halmstad's prolific striker received a pass from Kristoffer Fagercrazntz and fired a rocket of a shot from 30 meters out which burnt the back of the Umea net to make the score 2-0 in the 43rd minute. The goal was Baldvinsson's 13th of the season, which is tops in the Superettan.
Baldvinsson was involved in the set up once again as Antonio Rojas' 61st minute goal gave Halmstad a comfortable 3-0 lead. The Paraguayan received the pass in the center of the box and immeadiately struck a nice shot past Sudar to give HBK a commanding lead which held for the rest of the game.
Miller didn't get too involved in the match, as he and his fellow defenders didn't have much to do with Halmstad dominating the match.
With the win HBK are still in third place, four points behind Brommapojkarna who they face on Monday in a big match which may help determine which side is granted automatic promotion to the Allsvenskan, and which one must battle it out in the promotion playoffs.
Brian Edwards was suspended this weekend for Degerfors, while Angelholm keeper Matt Pyzdrowski is still battling a concussion.