A look at how our players are getting on away from the club
With Callum Roberts and Ryan Sears heading out on loan last week, Town now have four players plying their trade away from the club.
Roberts got off to the perfect start with last season’s Welsh Champions, TNS, as they beat Bala Town 3-0. The Saints had opened up there season with a 5-2 defeat against Bangor City, but with Roberts now in their defensive ranks they looked much harder to break down and three second-half goals saw off a plucky Bala side.
Ryan Sears also made his debut this weekend as Newtown drew 1-1 with Cefn Druids. Sears played the full-ninety minutes for the Powys based side, who went a goal down early on, but struck back on the 86th minute to get their first point of the season.
Dom Smith’s Southport continued their good start to the season last week with a win and a draw. On Tuesday they were involved in an exciting 3-3 draw with FC United of Manchester. FC United have started the season poorly, but they put Southport to the sword at times and looked like they would win 3-1 until Southport struck twice late on to rescue a point.
However, Dom’s afternoon was short-lived on Saturday as he managed just 23 minutes before injury struck and he was replaced by Jacques Kpohomouh. Southport went onto win the game 1-0 meaning they sit 3rd in the National League North, but they will be hoping that Smith won’t be out long-term.
Meanwhile, Shaun Rowley’s Tamworth side are beginning to pick up the pace in the same division. Rowley has been an ever-present since joining on-loan in the summer and conceded just twice last week as Tamworth won both their games. On Tuesday night, The Lambs beat Boston United 2-1. Tamworth led at half-time, only for Boston to hit back early in the second half, but Tamworth struck again with 20 minutes to go and managed to hold out a late surge of Boston pressure.
It got even better for Tamworth on Saturday as they cruised to a 4-1 victory over Curzon Ashton. Two goals from Steph Morley and a goal apiece for Darryl Knights and Bradley Reid gave Tamworth a 4-0 lead and only a late consolation for Curzon meant that Rowley didn’t manage to keep a clean-sheet.