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Loan Report: April 1st

1 April 2016

A look at how Grecians are getting on away from St James Park

CITY FAN Exiled Grecian delivers an update on the Grecians on loan away from St James Park.

Connor Riley-Lowe
Truro City, National League South (Joined in July, six-month loan extended until the end of the season)

Truro started off their Easter weekend with a 2-0 home defeat to play-off rivals Sutton. Steve Tully's men started off slowly, with the visitors allowed a number of chances early on. But it was from a Truro corner that the scoring was opened, as the Surrey side broke quickly despite appeals for handball and Ross Stearn headed home after Nicky Bailey's effort had hit the bar. Martin Rice then kept the home side in the game when he saved well from Craig Dundas just before half-time. After the break, Truro went in search for an equaliser, but never looked threatening, and they were punished on the break once again, Bolarinwa stroking the ball past a helpless Rice five minutes from time.
 
That was Truro's first home defeat since a 6-0 humbling at the hands of Oxford City back in August. They faced their play off rivals once again on Easter Monday and looked set to avenge their early-season defeat as they raced into a 2-0 lead inside the first fifteen minutes. They then went on to miss a flurry of chances before Oxford's Marlon Jackson scoring at the second time of asking, after Rice had saved his first shot well. The visitors then showed great resilience in the second half to earn the three points, which has put them five points clear of sixth-placed Oxford, with two games in hand.
 
Connor was once again involved in every minute over the Easter period, having now played thirty-one times for the Cornish outfit this season.
 
Stats
League: 31 starts, 2 goals, 2729 minutes.
FA Cup: 3 starts, 252 minutes.
FA Trophy: 4 starts, 258 minutes.
Last game
30th March: Oxford City 1-2 Truro, played 90 mins.
 
Matt Jay
Truro City, National League South (Joined in January, one-month loan extended until the end of the season)

Matt was back in the starting XI for the home defeat to Sutton, his ninth start for Truro and fifteenth of the season. He put an effort over the bar in the second half as his side went in search of an equaliser. However, he dropped to the bench for the win against Oxford City and replaced Matt Wright on fifty-five minutes as Truro looked to hold on the their lead.
 
Stats
Truro City:
League: 12 appearances, 9 starts, 2 goals, 770 minutes.
 
Hayes & Yeading United:
League: 6 starts, 2 goals, 540 minutes.
FA Trophy: 1 start, 90 minutes.

Last game
30th March: Oxford City 1-2 Truro, played 35 mins.
 
Alex Byrne
Weston-super-Mare, National League South (Joined in July, six-month loan extended until the end of the season)
 
Alex missed both of Weston's games over Easter as he continues to nurse an ankle injury he picked up last week.
 
Stats
League: 27 appearances, 20 starts, 1824 minutes.
FA Cup: 2 starts.
FA Trophy: 3 starts, 270 minutes.
Last game
15th March: W-s-M 1-2 Maidstone United, played 29 minutes before being taken off with a sprained ankle.
 
Jason Pope
Weston-super-Mare, National League South (Joined in July)

Weston hosted league leaders Ebbsfleet on what turned out to be a very Good Friday for the Somerset outfit. The visitors came into the game on the back of a 6-0 victory over Hemel Hempstead, but there were little signs of a another goalfest as both sides had very few chances in the first half. The league leaders then made a double substitution at half-time which gave them a slight edge early on, but a mistake allowed Dayle Grubb to drive a low shot through a sea of bodies to give the host the lead on fifty-five minutes. Ebbslfeet then had a penalty appeal turned down before Grubb added another on sixty-six minutes. The visitors pulled one back with thirteen minutes left, and had another effort cleared off the line, as Weston held on for their first win in five league matches.
 
The Seagulls then faced fellow strugglers Bath City on Easter Monday. Bath edged a game of very few chances, but the climax was certainly far from entertaining in this relegation six-pointer. Just as the game headed into stoppage-time, Scott Wilson shot off the post and in to set Weston on course for back-to-back league victories for the first time since December. It wasn't to be though, as Plymouth Argyle loanee Tyler Harvey's ninety-third-minute header was palmed over by Kane Ingram. Sadly for Weston, Ingram is a midfielder, and he was duly sent off. Harvey then converted the spot-kick before stealing the ball straight from kick-off and looping his second goal from two-yards inside his own half. The result leaves Weston four points from safety but with two games in hand on nineteenth-placed Hayes & Yeading United.
 
Jason was involved for the full ninety minutes in both of Weston's games, with manager Ryan Northmore not making a single substitution in either game.

Stats
League: 12 appearances,9 starts, 820 minutes
FA Trophy: 0 starts, 2 games, 46 minutes
Last game
28th March: Bath City 2-1 W-s-M, played 90 minutes.
 
James Hamon
Hayes & Yeading, National League South (Joined in February, one-month loan extended by a further month)

Hayes travelled to fellow strugglers Havant & Waterlooville on Good Friday. It was an end-to-end game in the first half with Hamon doing well when called upon. The hosts had the better of the second half, but it was only a lapse in concentration which allowed them to get through on goal, Hamon left stranded as James Hayter tapped in unmarked from six yards out following a cut back. The hosts continued to push forward and hit the bar from a free kick, but Hamon was rarely troubled again as Garry Haylock's men succumbed to a third league defeat in six.
 
Title-chasing Maidstone United were the visitors on Easter Monday. In what turned out to be a rather open game, kamikaze defending from Hayes allowed Maidstone to take a 3-0 lead into half time. The visitors were allowed to have to volleys within the six-yard box for two of the goals, while the other was a deflected effort which looped over Hamon. Two wonder goals brought Hayes back into the game with five minutes left, but two very good finishes in stoppage time put the gloss on the scoreline for second placed Maidstone.

Stats
League: 9 starts, 1 clean sheet, 810 minutes
Last game
28th March: H&Y 2-5 Maidstone United, played 90 minutes.
 
Toby Down
Willand Rovers, Western Football League Premier Division (Joined in February, one-month loan)

Willand were away in both of their Easter weekend games. They drew both games 1-1 after conceding late equalisers. They now sit fourth in the table, two points above sixth-placed Buckland Athletic but having played six more games. Toby played in the game against Buckland.

Stats
League: 7 appearances, 6 starts, c. 570 minutes
Last game
24th March: Buckland Athletic 1-1 Willand

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