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Loan Round-Up: Morris lifts Rotherham to play-off places

18 November 2019

Three Norwich City loanees scored for their clubs over the past week, with Carlton Morris’ winner for Rotherham United perhaps the most crucial.

Having played just over 20 minutes of Tuesday’s Trophy defeat to Lincoln City, Morris featured for the first 88 minutes of Rotherham’s League One fixture at home to Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

He scored the only goal in United’s 1-0 win, heading in Ben Wiles’ free-kick on the half-hour mark to lift Rotherham into the play-off spots. They’re now placed sixth and are six points behind leaders Ipswich Town.

Fellow League One loanee Louis Thompson also got on the scoresheet last week, albeit in the Trophy. He played the first 67 minutes of Shrewsbury Town’s 3-1 win against Macclesfield Town, scoring the opening goal with a lovely strike in the 28th minute.

Receiving a cross from Ryan Giles, Thompson showed great technical skill to flick the ball first time on the volley onto the crossbar and in. The result sets up a tantalising tie at home to Manchester City Under-21s in the round of 32.

Mason Bloomfield was the other scorer among the Norwich City loanees down in League Two, as he netted Crawley Town’s only goal in a 4-1 Trophy defeat at home to Oxford United on Tuesday.

2-0 down, Bloomfield’s 50th minute header offered some hope of a comeback for the hosts, but the defeat ultimately led to them finishing at the bottom of Southern Group J thanks to defeats against Oxford, Portsmouth, and Norwich City U21s.

Bloomfield then made a cameo on Saturday, coming on to replace Nathan Ferguson in the 83rd minute of Crawley’s 1-1 draw at home to Morecambe. The point lifts Town to 16th in the division.

Turning attention back to the heated battle for play-off places in League One, James Husband was part of the Blackpool side that put two past AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. An Armand Gnanduillet brace saw the Seasiders rise to fifth in the league, one point above Morris’ Rotherham.

In the Netherlands, there was a return from injury for Charlie Gilmour, who was able to play 90 minutes of SC Telstar’s 2-0 defeat at home to Go Ahead Eagles. That keeps them perfectly mid-table with six wins, three draws, and six losses from the opening 15 games.

Back on home soil, there was FA Cup First Round action for Sean Raggett at Portsmouth, although he was only able to play the first 31 minutes of their 2-1 win away to Harrogate Town on Monday night. Replaced by Paul Downing, Raggett was one of three players to leave the 3G surface injured before half-time.

King’s Lynn Town continued their dominance in the National League North with two wins last week, and while Alfie Payne didn’t feature in their most recent 2-1 win at Southport FC, he did play the final nine minutes of the Linnets’ 5-2 win at home to Leamington on Tuesday.

Finally, Diallang Jaiyesimi came on in the 92nd minute to replace Eoin Doyle in Swindon Town’s 3-2 win away to Salford City on Saturday, keeping them at the top of League Two and two points clear of Forest Green Rovers

Players not included in matchday squads: Rocky Bushiri (Blackpool), Savvas Mourgos (FC Dordrecht), Aston Oxborough (Wealdstone FC)

Players whose teams didn’t have games this week: Simon Power (Ross County), Josh Coley (Dunfermline Athletic), Daniel Barden (Bury Town)

Image credit: Jim Brailsford

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