Our regular Monday loan update
Zak Jules made a good start to life with Chesterfield as they moved off the bottom of the Football League thanks to a 0-0 draw against Coventry City. Jules played on the left hand side of a back three and was able to help keep a clean-sheet despite Chesterfield having Robbie Weir sent off in the 60th minute.
Callum Roberts was on the winning side as TNS progressed in the Irn-Bru Cup with a penalty shootout victory over Livingston. Originally a Scottish competition, Welsh and Irish sides have been invited into the tournament for the last couple of years and TNS are looking to improve on last season’s semi-final run. Roberts was substituted in the 80th minute with the scores at 1-1 and TNS eventually went onto win 6-5 in the shootout.
Southport’s fantastic start to the season continued with a 2-0 victory over Darlington. Dom Smith has been a regular in the Sandgrounders starting eleven this season and he was once again part of a clean-sheet. It was two other loanees who grabbed the goals with Chris Sang, on loan from Bury, grabbing the first and Wigan’s Christopher Merrie scoring from 25 yards in stoppage time. Southport did have former Town ‘keeper Mark Halstead to thank for the clean-sheet as he pulled off some magnificent saves on his debut.
Shaun Rowley kept his first clean-sheet of the season on Saturday as Tamworth drew 0-0 with North Ferriby. Despite not keeping a shutout prior to Saturday, Rowley has been in fine form for the Lambs and that continued against Ferriby. Tamworth now sit 6th in the Conference North.
Meanwhile, Ryan Sears’ Newtown side didn’t have a game this weekend but they did pick up a victory in midweek as they beat Bala Town 1-0 in the Nathaniel MG Cup. Bala put a great deal of pressure on Newtown, but the visitor’s backline, which included Sears, stood up to the test well.
Finally, Dean Henderson wasn’t involved in England Under-21’s 1-1 draw with the Netherlands on Friday night but he has another chance to be part of the side against Latvia tonight.