A look at how our players are getting on away from the club
John McAtee made his first start for AFC Telford United as they drew two-all with Tamworth on Saturday. McAtee put in a mature performance as he played for just over an hour before being substituted with the score at 0-0. The final half-an-hour became a goal fest with Telford twice taking the lead through Amari Morgan-Smith and an own goal, but on both occasions the Lambs hit back, including a 94th minute equaliser, which was heartbreak for the Bucks who remain in the National North relegation zone.
AJ Leitch-Smith played his part as Dundee put on a late show to defeat Partick Thistle 2-1. Thistle had been leading until the final seven minutes thanks to Conor Sammon’s first-half goal, but Simon Murray struck twice in the final few minutes to give Dundee all three points. Murray’s first goal saw him latch onto a Leitch-Smith shot, whilst AJ also played a part in the build-up for the 90th minute winner. Dundee are now up to eighth in the Scottish Premiership.
All the goals came inside the first 20 minutes of Newtown’s game against Barry Town on Saturday. Ryan Sears and Callum Roberts were once again part of the Robins defence, but they could do nothing to keep out Ryan Newman’s early volley. Nick Rushton equalised for Newtown, but Kane McLaggon fired Barry back in front and that is how the score would stay and Newtown fell to back to back defeats. That defeat means that Newtown have moved down to third in their half of the Welsh Premier League table.
Clitheroe’s chances of making the Evo Stick North Play-Offs took a hit as they were beaten 1-0 by table topping South Shields on Saturday. George Hughes played the full 90 minutes, but Clitheroe were unable to get back into the game after South Shields scored a fifth minute goal. That result means that Clitheroe now sit seventh in the league.
Finally, Zak Jules was forced to sit on the bench as Port Vale were beaten 3-2 by Swindon Town on Saturday. The sides shared four goals in the first-half with Swindon Striker Marc Richards scoring twice against his former club. Paul Mullin then scored an 88th minute winner to give Town all three points. Vale remain in 19th place in Sky Bet League Two.