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The Loan Report: April 13

A look at how the young grecians are getting on away from SJP.

13 April 2018

Exiled Grecian's report covers matches taking place from Saturday, April 7 to Wednesday April 11.

Alex Hartridge - Truro City - Vanarama League South
Saturday, April 7 | Truro City 1-2 East Thurrock United

Truro fell to their first defeat in five league games at the weekend against East Thurrock. Hartridge was once again on the bench and was an unused substitute.

A late Tyler Harvey penalty wasn't enough to earn the White Tigers a draw following Sam Higgins' early brace for the visitors. The hosts had put East Thurrock under large amounts of pressure and almost completed their comeback with a late goalmouth scramble, but the visitors' defence managed to hold on for the win.

Tuesday, April 10 | Truro City 2-0 Concord Rangers

Truro returned to winning ways in their midweek game against Concord Rangers, with Hartridge coming off the bench with five minutes remaining.

The White Tigers couldn't have asked for a better start, as Connor Riley-Lowe's cross found National League South's Player of the Month for March Cody Cooke, who headed home after just 20 seconds.

The hosts continued to apply the pressure and doubled their lead on 27 minutes when Ed Palmer curled in a free kick with much aplomb to give the keeper no chance.

Both sides had chances in the second half but the White Tigers, who brought on Hartridge late on to help see out the game, held on for a valuable three points. The victory keeps them four points clear of outside the play offs with just five games left to play.

Stats:

  • League: 20 appearances, 16 starts, 1,537 minutes, 1 goal.
  • FA Cup: 3 appearances, 3 starts, 270 minutes*.
  • FA Trophy: 2 appearances, 2 starts, 180 minutes.

Last game:
10/4/2018, Truro 2-0 Concord Rangers, played the final 5 minutes.

*Assumption made that he played the full 90 minutes vs AFC Sudbury in 3rd Qualifying Round.

James Hamon - Gloucester City - Vanarama League South
Saturday, April 7 | Gloucester City 3-2 Bognor Regis Town

Gloucester celebrated a well deserved victory in what proved to be Hamon's final game at the club, though they almost threw away a three goal lead late on.

The hosts were in complete control of the game from the off but had Hamon to thank for keeping the scores level midway through the opening period. The City loanee did well to get down to his left from a volley inside the box in what proved to be the visitors' only meaningful chance of the half.

Gloucester's dominance eventually showed: Joe Parker capitalised on some shoddy defending to score a brace either side of half time, while Matt Williams' header from a corner had seemingly given his side a comfortable win with 15 minutes to go.

But there was plenty of drama still to unfold as Bognor Regis were awarded a penalty with five minutes to go. Ibra Sekajja converted down to Hamon's left, with the spot kick just beyond the reach of the 'keeper.

The visitors grabbed another in stoppage time when Keaton Wood headed in at the near post to set up a tense finale.And with his final touch for the club, Hamon denied an emphatic comeback with a good save in virtually the final kick of the game.

Highlights available here. 

Stats:

  • League: 13 appearances, 13 starts, 1,170 minutes, 4 clean sheets, 21 conceded.
  • Gloucestershire FA Challenge Cup: 1 appearance, 1 start, 90 minutes, 1 clean sheet.

Final game:
7/4/2018, Gloucester 3-2 Bognor Regis Town, played the full 90 minutes.

Max Smallcombe, Ben Seymour & Josh Key - Bideford - Evo-Stick South West
Saturday, April 7 | Larkhall Athletic 0-1 Bideford

    

Bideford bounced back from their three-game losing run with a win over mid-table Larkhall Athletic on Saturday. Josh Key started for the Robins, while Seymour was on the bench and Smallcombe missed out on the squad.

The visitors failed to take advantage of their dominance in the first half. Sean Downing, Kevin Squire and Josh Key all had efforts saved, while Ryan Turner and Dan Western's efforts were off target.

Ben Seymour was introduced on 54 minutes as Bideford continued to press, with Key going close again. The Robins finally broke the deadlock on 65 minutes when Downing superbly chipped the keeper.

The visitors held on comfortably for a win that put them six points off the play offs with two games in hand.

Tuesday, April 10 | Bideford P-P North Leigh

Bideford suffered a 17th postponement of the season on Tuesday night. The number of unplayed fixtures has seen the league secretary ask for an extension to the league season. As things stand, the season could be extended for a further week if a certain number of criteria are met.

Stats*:
Max Smallcombe:

  • League: 11 appearances, 9 starts, 757 minutes.
  • FA Cup: 3 appearances, 3 starts, 243 minutes, 2 goals, 1 assist.

Last game:
2/4/2018, Bideford 0-1 Taunton Town, subbed off after 63 minutes.

Ben Seymour:

  • League: 26 appearances, 23 starts, 1,955 minutes, 19 goals, 2 assists, 1 red card.
  • Challenge Cup: 1 appearance, 1 start, 90 minutes, 1 goal, 1 assist.
  • FA Trophy: 1 appearance, 1 start, 90 minutes, 1 goal.

Last game:
7/4/2018, Larkhall Athletic 0-1 Bideford, played the last 36 minutes.

Josh Key:

  • League: 11 appearances, 10 starts, 950 minutes, 3 goals.
  • Devon Bowl: 2 appearances, 2 starts, 180 minutes, 1 goal.

Last game:
7/4/2018, Larkhall Athletic 0-1 Bideford, played the full 90 minutes.

*These stats aren't recorded on any website, so the minutes played is an estimate based on time-stamps on social media or match reports. Does not include stoppage time.

Sam Haynes & Mitch Thomas - Barnstaple Town - Evo-Stick South West
Saturday, April 7 | Barnstaple Town 0-4 Didcot Town

  

Both Sam Haynes and Mitch Thomas were absent as Barnstaple suffered a heavy home defeat at the hands of Didcot.

Two early goals for the visitors set the tone of the match, as Barum were comfortably beaten by the play off-chasing Railwaymen.

Tuesday, April 11 | Barnstaple Town 2-3 Yate Town

Barum twice let a lead slip as they fell to their 23rd defeat of the season at home to mid-table Yate Town.

Billy Hopcroft and Harry Stevens had both given the hosts the lead, but poor mistakes in defence allowed the visitors to get back in the game and eventually take all three points.

Though no team sheets have been published, it appears neither Haynes nor Thomas took part in the game.

Stats*:
Sam Haynes:

  • League: 11 appearances, 11 starts, 990 minutes.

Last game:
2/4/2018, Mangotsfield United 0-3 Barnstaple, played the full 90 minutes.

Mitch Thomas:

  • League: 7 appearances, 7 starts, 624 minutes, 2 goals.

Last game:
2/4/2018, Mangotsfield United 0-3 Barnstaple, subbed off after 84 minutes, scored twice.

*These stats aren't recorded on any website, so the minutes played is an estimate based on time-stamps on social media or match reports. Does not include stoppage time.

Joel Randall - Taunton Town - Evo-Stick South West
Saturday, April 7 | Taunton Town 1-0 Evesham United

The Peacocks sealed their emphatic league title at the weekend with victory over Evesham United, becoming the first team in the top eight tiers of English football to be crowned champions this season.

An early Josh Nelmes goal was enough to secure the win, Taunton's 29th consecutive game without defeat which put them 19 points clear of second placed Salisbury City.

Joel Randall was not involved in the match. He was, however, involved in City U18s' 3-0 victory over Oxford United on Tuesday 3rd April.


Tuesday, April 11 | Taunton Town P-P Slimbridge

Taunton's game against Slimbridge on Tuesday night was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Stats*:

  • League: 4 appearances, 1 start, 109 minutes.

Last game:
24/2/2018, North Leigh 1-1 Taunton, played the last 16 minutes.

*These stats aren't recorded on any website, so the minutes played is an estimate based on time-stamps on social media or match reports. Does not include stoppage time.

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