Keeping you updated on how our players out on loan are getting on at their respective temporary homes…
After a promising start to his loan move to Yeovil Town, JARED BIRD has found first-team football hard to come by of late. The 20-year-old played his first League Two match since 20 January when he completed 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw at Exeter City on Tuesday evening.
Prior to that, his last two appearances were both in the Checkatrade Trophy. Yeovil were knocked out of the competition at the semi-final stage by Shrewsbury Town, with Bird playing 72 minutes of the contest.
The former Derby County trainee will be hoping to get some more minutes under his belt before the end of the season to help boost the Glovers’ survival bid. Darren Way’s side are currently 17th in the table, eight points above the drop zone.
In League One, CAMERON McGEEHAN came off the bench for the last three minutes of Scunthorpe United’s surprise 2-0 home defeat to relegation-threatened Oldham Athletic on 3 March. The 22-year-old midfielder has been a regular for Graham Alexander’s side, who currently occupy one of the four play-off spots.
McGeehan was an unused substitute as the Iron claimed a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Wigan Athletic on Saturday, and will be hoping to play a part this weekend as Scunthorpe look to record their first win in seven games when they host Shrewsbury at Glanford Park.
Elsewhere in League One, ALEX MOWATT helped Oxford United keep a hard-fought clean sheet in a 0-0 against Northampton Town at Sixfields on 24 February.
The versatile 23-year-old has been a key member of Derek Fazackerley’s side this campaign, and will be aiming to ease their relegation fears. Oxford are 16th in the table, just five points above the bottom four.
DYLAN MOTTLEY-HENRY came off the bench for the last 18 minutes as Chesterfield suffered another agonising defeat. The Spirites - in the League Two drop zone and five points from safety - were unable to hold on against play-off hopefuls Swindon Town as Harrison Dunk scored a last minute winner.
Also at the Proact Stadium is JACOB BROWN who only featured for ten minutes as Chesterfield lost 2-0 at Carlisle United on 17 February. The 19-year-old forward also completed 90 minutes as Jack Lester’s side were beaten 3-1 at home by play-off hopefuls Lincoln City on Saturday.
JACK WALTON continues to impress for Stalybridge Celtic. The 19-year-old goalkeeper was at his best as he saved an 85th minute penalty against high-flying Warrington Town in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, as Celtic went onto win 1-0.
Steve Burr’s side are currently 21st in the table but have up to six games in hand on the teams around them. Walton also featured for the Bower Fold outfit as they drew 2-2 with Hednesford Town, lost 2-0 at Stafford Rangers and claimed a valuable three points with a 4-3 victory at Workington at the weekend.
Finally, SHAUN TUTON played 80 minutes as FC Halifax Town beat Hartlepool United 2-0 at the MBi Shay Stadium. The striker thought he had got off the mark for the Shaymen after just ten minutes, but his goal was ruled out for offside.
Tuton also played another 80 minutes in Halifax’ 0-0 draw at Eastleigh on 24 February but is yet to score during his loan spell, having joined the Reds from Halifax in 2016.