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Loan Report: March 23rd

23 March 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)

On 12th March, Truro lost only their second game in their last twenty-three league outings against Hemel Hempstead. The visitors had dominated for large parts of the game, but were undone by two Graeme Montgomery strikes. Steve Tully said after the game: "It was just one of those days. We had too many key players not at their best today".
 
They were back to winning ways just a few days later though, beating league strugglers Bath City 3-1. Things started off badly for the hosts, with David Pratt opening the scoring on seven minutes. Former Grecian Eliot Richards almost doubled the visitors' tally just before half time, but was thwarted by Martin Rice. Shane White leveled for the Cornish from the spot on sixty-one minutes, before Les Afful played the role of super-sub by scoring a late brace that sent Truro up to fourth in the league.
 
City finished off a busy week with a batlling 0-0 draw away to Maidenhead United. It had been a level game until Craig Duff received his marching orders for a second bookable offence early in the second half. From that point on Truro were indebted to keeper Rice, who pulled off a string of saves to earn his side a point.
 
Connor played every single minute of the three games as he continues to be a vital part of fourth-placed Truro. His clean sheet at the weekend was his (and Truro's) thirteenth of the season.
 
Stats
League: 29 starts, 2 goals, 2549 minutes.
FA Cup: 3 starts, 252 minutes.
FA Trophy: 4 starts, 258 minutes.
Last game
19th March: Maidenhead United 0-0 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 started in the 2-1 defeat at Hemel Hempstead. Steve Tully said after the match that he "had a good game," and that he "had a great chance near the end but could not get his shot away." Despite this, he was on the bench for the next two games, managing forty-five minutes from two substitute appearances.
 
Stats
Truro City:
League: 10 appearances, 8 starts, 2 goals, 645 minutes.
 
Hayes & Yeading United:
League: 6 starts, 2 goals, 540 minutes.
FA Trophy: 1 start, 90 minutes.

Last game
19th March: Maidenhead United 0-0 Truro, played 26 mins.
 
Alex Byrne
Weston-super-Mare, National League South (Joined in July, six-month loan extended until the end of the season)
 
It's been a bad fortnight for Weston. They picked up just one point from four matches, surrendering a lead against relegation rivals St Albans (lost 2-1) on the 8th March, before holding third placed Sutton to a goaless draw on the 12th March. The Seagulls then faced Maidstone twice in the space of a week, losing 2-1 at home to a 90th minute penalty before being well beaten away from home 3-1.
 
Alex started the St Albans game on the bench, coming on in the seventy-fourth minute as they went for the win. He then started away at Sutton and played the ninety minutes. Sadly, he sprained his ankle in the first Maidstone game, which made him miss sit out the second meeting against the Stones.
 
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)

Jason completed two full ninety minutes (against St Albans and Maidstone at home) whilst coming off the bench in the fourty-eighth minute against Sutton and the seventy-fifth minute away at Maidstone. The poor run of results has left the Seagulls second from bottom and four points from safety, but with a game in hand on nineteenth-placed Havant & Waterlooville.

Stats
League: 10 appearances, 7 starts, 640 minutes
FA Trophy: 0 starts, 2 games, 46 minutes
Last game
19th March: Maidstone United 3-1 W-s-M, came off the bench for the last 15 minutes.
 
James Hamon
Hayes & Yeading, National League South (Joined in February, one-month loan)
 
Garry Haylock's men beat Whitehawk away on the 8th March. It was only in the second half that the game had any meaningful chances, with the hosts taking the lead in the fifty-second minute which Hamon could do little about. There wasn't much more for him to do as Hayes went on to win 3-1, but the hosts did have a late chance cleared off the line. They then lost at home to St Albans on the 12th, with Charlie McDonald heading the visitors into an early lead completely unmarked from a yard out. Hamon did parry one shot onto the post, but could do little about St Albans' other goals, one a mix up in the box resulting in a one-on-one, the other a superb solo effort which went in off the upright. He then produced a handful of good saves to keep the scoreline respectable.
 
The Tuesday after, Hayes lost 3-0 away at Wealdstone. It was a case of damage limitation after the hosts scored all three goals inside the first twenty-one minutes, with Hamon making himself big in a one-on-one and saving well later on to avoid further embarrassment. Away at Margate on Saturday James dived the wrong way for a thirty-second minute penalty, but had nothing else to do as Hayes turned the game around a defended comfortably.

Stats
League: 7 starts, 1 clean sheet, 630 minutes
Last game 19th March: Margate 1-2 H&Y, played 90 minutes.
 
Toby Down
Willand Rovers, Western Football League Premier Division (Joined in February, one-month loan)

Willand were involved in three matches over the two-week period, a 1-0 home defeat to Clevedon, a 3-1 home win over Bitton and a 2-1 defeat away at Melksham Town. Toby started in all three, alternating between the centre-back and left-back roles. The results leave Willand second in the league but having played as many as seven more games than other teams around them.

Stats
League: 6 appearances, 5 starts, c. 480 minutes
Last game
19th March: Melksham Town 2-0 Willand, started the game.

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