Norwich City loanee Caleb Richards has played maximum minutes of Tampa Bay Rowdies’ last two USL Championship games, as they continue to battle for the Eastern Conference title.
Richards featured in Thursday’s 1-0 loss away to Ottaway Fury, as well as Sunday’s emphatic 6-1 win at home to Bethlehem Steel.
Those results put the Rowdies third in the division on goal difference, but level on points with second-placed Indy Eleven and leaders New York Red Bulls Reserves. However, Indy Eleven have the advantage of two games in hand as they approach the business end of the campaign.
In the UK, three Norwich City loanees were in Football League action. James Husband played 180 minutes across Blackpool’s double header as they beat Doncaster Rovers 1-0 on Tuesday and drew 1-1 with Accrington Stanley on Saturday. The Seasiders are now sixth in League One, just inside the play-off spots with 16 points from ten games.
Elsewhere in the division, Carlton Morris featured heavily for Rotherham United. Morris played 81 minutes of their 1-1 draw at Sunderland before being replaced by Michael Smith, as well as the full 90 minutes of Rotherham’s 0-0 draw at home to Shrewsbury Town. Rotherham sit 13th in League One, four points behind the play-offs and eight above the relegation zone.
In League Two, Mason Bloomfield was chosen for Crawley Town's side, earning a 2-2 draw away to Northampton Town. Crawley are in eighth place, one point behind Newport County, who occupy the bottom play-off place.
Over in the Netherlands, Charlie Gilmour took part in SC Telstar’s Eerste Divisie clash with FC Volendam. Telstar lost 2-1, leaving them 11th in the league with ten points from three wins, one draw, and three defeats.
Meanwhile, the second qualifying round for the FA Cup saw Aston Oxborough keep a clean sheet for Wealdstone in their convincing 5-0 win away to Farnborough. Wealdstone have been drawn away to Bristol Manor Farm in the third qualifying round, which will be played between October 4 and 6.
In the same competition, Alfie Payne was substituted on for Michael Clunan for the final 13 minutes of King’s Lynn Town’s 1-1 draw away to Alfreton Town. That result forced a replay at King’s Lynn, which will be played tonight at 7.45pm.
Finally, Daniel Barden was kept busy for Bury Town in the Non-League Division One, keeping a clean sheet in their 3-0 win at home to AFC Sudbury, and playing in their 3-2 victory away to Dereham Town. Those six points put Bury second in the league with 17 points from five wins and two draws, just one point behind league leaders Maldon & Tiptree.
Players left on bench: Rocky Bushiri (Blackpool), Josh Coley (Dunfermline Athletic)
Players not included in matchday squads: Sean Raggett (Portsmouth), Louis Thompson (Shrewsbury Town), Diallang Jaiyesimi (Swindon Town), Savvas Mourgos (FC Dordrecht), Anthony Spyrou (Chesterfield), Simon Power (Ross County)