Mason Bloomfield’s goal for Crawley Town was the highlight among Norwich City’s loanees on the weekend, with ten others featuring for their sides as well.
Bloomfield played 78 minutes for Crawley in their 3-1 League Two defeat away to now-league-leaders Forest Green Rovers, before being substituted for Gyliano van Velzen.
Receiving a Reece Grego-Cox cross from the right wing, Bloomfield buried his shot in the 58th minute, offering Town a sight back into the game after they had been 3-0 down. A comeback didn’t materialise, however, and the result moves Crawley down to 13th in League Two.
Alfie Payne and Aston Oxborough both enjoyed FA Cup third qualifying round action over the weekend, with plenty to play for in the coming weeks. Payne’s King’s Lynn Town salvaged a 2-0 win away to Leek Town, while Oxborough kept a clean sheet in Wealdstone FC’s goalless draw at Bristol Manor Farm.
That forced a replay at Wealdstone FC on Tuesday night, where Oxborough was on hand to deliver another clean sheet in an impressive 4-0 win, sending them through to the fourth qualifying round away to Maidenhead United.
As for Payne, King’s Lynn are through to the fourth qualifying round away to Nantwich Town, just 90 minutes away from the first round proper of the FA Cup. The games will take place on the weekend of Saturday, October 19.
Now in the thick of the business end of the season, Tampa Bay Rowdies have seen their hopes of winning the USL Championship Eastern Conference damaged with a 2-0 away defeat to Loudoun United.
Caleb Richards played the full 90 for the Rowdies, who now must win their remaining two games and hope that the four teams above them drop points to stand a chance of lifting the title.
Three City loanees had League One action over the weekend, with Sean Raggett starring in Portsmouth’s 2-1 win at Doncaster Rovers. That lifts them to 16th in the division. Raggett’s performance was even impressive enough to earn him a spot in The Football League Paper Team of the Day!
A few spots above them in 13th are Rotherham United, for whom Carlton Morris played the final 11 minutes in place of Jake Hastie during their 4-0 demolition of Coventry City. The result was even more remarkable considering Coventry had been unbeaten in the league until that point.
On Tuesday night, Morris netted for Rotherham as they got another good result with a 3-2 win over Doncaster Rovers in the Leasing.com Trophy. At 2-1 down, Morris raced away from two defenders and ran through on goal to cooly dispatch for 2-2. Morris also set up the third goal for debutant Trevor Clarke to give United a chance of progressing in the competition from their final group game against Lincoln City.
Immediately above Rotherham is Shrewsbury Town who occupy 12th place. Louis Thompson came on for Daniel Udoh in the 84th minute as they beat Tranmere Rovers 1-0 away. He also played the first hour of their 3-0 Leasing.com Trophy win against Newcastle United Under-21s on Tuesday.
On Monday in League One, Blackpool played out a goalless draw at Bolton Wanderers, with James Husband playing the full 90 minutes. That shifts them up to fourth, level on points with Fleetwood Town in third and Coventry City in fifth.
The final three City loanees who played on the weekend were all involved in 2-1 defeats. Charlie Gilmour played 90 minutes of SC Telstar’s loss at home to Roda, moving them down to 13th in the Eerste Divisie.
Anthony Spyrou chalked up more minutes upon his recent return from injury, replacing Scott Boden in the 63rd minute for Chesterfield as they lost by the same score line at home to Eastleigh. They stay 22nd in the National League. He also played the first 46 minutes of Chesterfield's 3-1 away win at AFC Fylde on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Daniel Barden was between the sticks for Bury Town’s 2-1 loss at home to Tilbury, putting the former third in Non-League Division One.
Players left on bench: Josh Coley (Dunfermline Athletic), Rocky Bushiri (Blackpool)
Players not included in matchday squads: Diallang Jaiyesimi (Swindon Town), Savvas Mourgos (FC Dordrecht), Simon Power (Ross County)
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