Keeping you updated on how our players out on loan are getting on at their respective temporary homes…
Two of our loan players featured on Sky Sports this weekend, but it was contrasting emotions for JACOB BROWN and ALEX MOWATT on Sunday.
We’ll start in Derbyshire where 19-year-old forward Brown played the full game as Chesterfield picked up a morale-boosting victory over promotion-chasing Notts County.
Sid Nelson and Zavon Hines put the Spireites in a commanding position before the interval, and Kristian Dennis’ 98th minute penalty settled the nerves at the Proact Stadium after Dan Jones had pulled a goal back for the Magpies five minutes from time. Brown tested the opposition 'keeper and defence throughout the game, looking a constant threat and gaining plaudits from Sky Sports pundits throughout.
The result leaves Chesterfield three points from safety in League Two, but they have two games in hand on Grimsby Town and a superior goal difference. Midfielder DYLAN MOTTLEY-HENRY was not in the matchday squad.
In Sunday’s second live game, Mowatt was sent off just after the hour mark as Oxford United crashed to a resounding 3-0 defeat at play-off hopefuls Portsmouth on the south coast.
The versatile 23-year-old impressed during his time on the field, but was dismissed with the score at 1-0, courtesy of Kal Naismith’s early goal. Pompey forward Brett Pitman scored twice in ten minutes to secure all three points for the hosts at Fratton Park.
Oxford drop to 16th in League One and are now just five points clear of the bottom four with nine games remaining.
Elsewhere in League One, CAMERON McGEEHAN was an unused substitute as Scunthorpe United drew 1-1 with relegation-threatened Rochdale.
Dale took the lead through Callum Camps’ first half strike before Ivan Toney levelled the scores six minutes after the interval. It proved to be Graham Alexander’s last game in charge of the Iron, who are on an eight game winless run and in danger of slipping out of the play-off spots.
In League Two, JARED BIRD was not in action at the weekend as a result of Yeovil Town having four international call-ups. The Glovers’ trip to high-flying Accrington Stanley has been rearranged for Tuesday 17 April.
Young goalkeeper JACK WALTON kept a clean sheet as Stalybridge Celtic secured a 2-0 win over Warrington Town - denting their opponents hopes of automatic promotion in the process.
Celtic have won their last four league games to ease their relegation fears and still have up to three games in hand on the teams around them in the Evo-Stik Premier.
In the Vanarama National League, SHAUN TUTON was not in the matchday squad as FC Halifax Town drew 0-0 with Solihull Moors and are now 15th in the table.