A look at how our players are getting on away from the club
Callum Roberts’ TNS side moved to the top of the Welsh Premier League for the first time this season thanks to a 1-0 win over Llandudno on Friday night. Llandudno had gone into the game on top of the pile, but an early goal from Chris Seargeant proved to be the difference between the two sides. Roberts hadn’t started the game, but came on in the 59th minute and played an important role in helping his side to their fifth straight clean-sheet in the league.
Ryan Sears also kept a clean-sheet this weekend as his Newtown side were held to a 0-0 draw by Prestatyn. In what was described as an ‘uninspiring game’, neither side created many chances, but Newtown will be pleased with the point which means they are now 6th in the Welsh Premier League.
Up in Scotland, AJ Leitch-Smith’s Dundee side picked up a point to add to the three that they won last weekend as they drew 1-1 with bottom side Kilmarnock. AJ’s strike partner Faissal El Bakhtaoui scored an early opener after Killie ‘keeper Jamie MacDonald failed to hold Leitch-Smith’s powerful shot and it fell to the French Moroccan forward who couldn’t miss. However, Kilmarnock got themselves back on level terms on 65 minutes thanks to Captain Gordon Greer.
In League Two, Chesterfield’s difficult start to the season continued as they were beaten 1-0 by Luton Town. Zak Jules played the full-ninety for the struggling Spireites but Danny Hylton’s goal was enough to give Luton the win, despite the Hatters having Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu sent off in the 77th minute.
Meanwhile, Town’s non-league loanees were both on the end of defeats this weekend. Shaun Rowley’s Tamworth side played FC United of Manchester on Sunday and were beaten 3-1. Tamworth were 1-0 down at the break, but managed to equalise early in the second half. However, Jason Gilchrist scored a bizarre second for the Manchester side and Steven Irwin then scored from the spot after Rowley was ajudged to have brought him down.
It was even worse for Dom Smith’s whose Southport side were beaten 3-0 by Nuneaton Town. The result leaves Southport 14th in the National League North having lost all five of their last five games in all competitions.