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Loan Update

11 September 2017

A look at how our players are getting on away from the club

With AJ Leitch-Smith and Zak Jules making moves on deadline day, Town now have six players out on loan.

Callum Roberts has made a good start to life at Welsh Champions TNS. Since Roberts arrived, The New Saints have won all three of their Premier League games, moving them up to fourth in the Division. On Friday night, goals from Mullan, Draper, Sergeant and Spender gave TNS a 4-0 victory over Cefn Druids, with Roberts playing the full 90.

Elsewhere in the Welsh Premier League, Ryan Sears’ Newtown side were beaten 2-0 by Barry Town United. Sears has been an ever-present at the heart of the Newtown defence in recent weeks, but he was unable to stop Barry moving above the Powys based side on goal difference.

Up in Scotland, AJ Leitch-Smith made his Dundee debut at Ibrox on Saturday. AJ started on the bench, but was brought on after 38 minutes. However, Rangers showed their quality and cruised to a comfortable 4-1 victory. Only Faissal El Bakhtaou late goal gave the Dundee fans anything to shout about and it leaves Dundee bottom of the Scottish Premiership.

In the National North, it was contrasting feelings for Shaun Rowley and Dom Smith. Rowley’s Tamworth side continued their impressive form and they are now unbeaten in four thanks to a 3-1 victory over Spennymoor Town. It was the first time that the two sides have met and goals from Reid and a Knights brace were enough to move the Lambs up sixth.

That result meant they leapfrogged Dom Smith’s Southport side who were beaten 3-0 by Kidderminster Harriers. It ended what has been a terrible week for the Sandgrounders who were also beaten 6-0 by Stockport County on Tuesday night. Those two results mean that Southport now sit 7th in the National League North.

Meanwhile, Zak Jules’s Chesterfield side enjoyed a weekend to forget as they were beaten 5-1 by Crewe Alexandra. Jules had helped Chesterfield keep a clean-sheet last weekend, but this was a different tale with former Town man Chris Porter grabbing a brace. The result leaves Chesterfield one point above Port Vale at the bottom of League Two.


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