Six Norwich City loanees have been kept busy over the Christmas period, with Mason Bloomfield standing out for his goal against Northampton Town on Boxing Day.
After replacing Ashley Nadesan in the 76th minute, Bloomfield got on the scoresheet when he lifted the ball over the ‘keeper with his right foot and squeezed it into the goal from a tight angle with his left, putting Crawley Town comfortably 4-0 up.
That win, their first under new head coach John Yems, moved them up to 16th in League Two, and it’s fair to say the club’s Twitter admin was rather pleased about it!
Bloomfield was then an unused substitute for Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Grimsby Town, which saw Crawley go up to 15th, ten points above the drop and 11 adrift of the playoffs.
Looking up a tier, there was plenty of League One action for Carlton Morris, Sean Raggett and James Husband over the last week. Morris played 85 minutes of Rotherham United’s 2-1 win away to his old club Shrewsbury Town on Thursday, before being replaced by Michael Smith, who netted the winner in the seventh minute of stoppage time.
Morris was unlucky not to score, hitting the post in that victory. He did get an assist in the following 4-0 win at home to promotion rivals Peterborough United, crossing for the head of defender Richard Wood. Smith replaced Morris in the 77th minute of that game, as Rotherham rose to third in the league, just one point behind Oxford United and five below league leaders Wycombe Wanderers.
Wycombe were dealt a blow to their dominance at the top of the division by Portsmouth on Boxing Day, Sean Raggett playing the full 90 and keeping a clean sheet in their 2-0 win at Fratton Park.
There was less to celebrate in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Milton Keynes Dons for Pompey, who slipped back down to ninth and two points away from the playoff places.
Blackpool didn’t do their playoff hopes any favours with a loss and a draw in their last two games, James Husband featuring for the full 180 minutes across the double-header. Accrington Stanley inflicted Boxing Day defeat on the Seasiders, before a draw at Tranmere Rovers saw them stay tenth in the league, also two points adrift of the playoffs.
Outside of the Football League, Daniel Barden was between the sticks for Bury Town’s 2-1 win at home to Soham Town Rangers on Boxing Day. Bury Town are now third in the Isthmian League North, four points behind Aveley and seven behind Maldon & Tiptree.
Finally, Alfie Payne played the first hour of King’s Lynn Town’s 2-2 draw away to Alfreton Town, before being replaced by Ryan Jarvis. That point was enough to keep them at the top of the National League North, four points clear of York City in second.
Players who were unused substitutes: Diallang Jaiyesimi (Swindon Town)
Players who were not included in matchday squads: Rocky Bushiri (Blackpool), Louis Thompson (Shrewsbury Town), Simon Power (Ross County), Josh Coley (Dunfermline Athletic), Aston Oxborough (Wealdstone FC)
Players whose clubs didn’t have a game: Charlie Gilmour (SC Telstar), Savvas Mourgos (FC Dordrecht)
Image credit: Jim Brailsford (Rotherham FC), Graham Hunt (Portsmouth FC), Telephoto Images (Crawley Town FC)