A look at how our players are getting on away from the club
Only six Town players remain out on loan after George Hughes’ one-month deal at Colwyn Bay ended last week. With Shaun Rowley also not in action due to Tamworth’s scheduled opponents being in FA Cup action, only five Town players had the opportunity to make their mark away from the club this weekend.
That number was down to four as Callum Roberts failed to get off the bench in TNS’ 1-0 defeat to Barry Town on Saturday. It is the Oswestry-based side’s first defeat since the opening game of the season and means that Connahs Quay were able to go level on points with TNS at the top of the Welsh Premier League table.
All four other players did manage to get game time, but none of their teams were victorious this weekend.
AJ Leitch-Smith came on as an 80th minute substitute as rock-bottom Dundee were beaten 2-1 by Hibernian in controversial fashion. Goals from Martin Boyle and Simon Murray cancelled out Marcus Haber’s header, but Dundee boss Neil McCann believed that the man who provided the cross for Murray’s winner, Anthony Stokes, shouldn’t have been on the pitch after a punch on Jack Hendry.
John McAtee was playing alongside a familiar face for Halesowen last week as former Town youngster Ethan Jones joined the Yeltz, but neither McAtee nor Jones could help them get anything against Rushall Olympic as the home side ran out 3-1 winners. McAtee did play the through ball for Danny Udoh’s strike, but that was all Halesowen could muster against a strong Rushall side.
Dom Smith’s Southport side made it three draws out of three since Kevin Davies arrived at the club as they drew two-all with North Feriby. Smith played the full game and his side did lead 2-1 at one point, but Kuda Muskwe scored an equaliser 30 minutes before the end and neither side could find a winner.
Finally, Newtown’s poor run of form continues as they were beaten 2-1 by Bangor City. Sears played the full-ninety and looked to be helping Newtown towards a points, until seven minutes to go when Robins Dave Jones was forced into a mistake and Dean Rittenburg rolled it into an empty net.