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Loan Round-Up: Dramatic cup wins for Raggett and Famewo

24 February 2020

13 Norwich City loanees were in action last week, with ten of them involved in winning sides.

Sean Raggett played 90 minutes of Tuesday’s 3-2 win at home to Exeter City in the Trophy semi-final, setting up a Wembley final against League Two’s Salford City in April.

Pompey were 1-0 down until the 86th minute when they equalised, then went 2-1 down in the 89th, but scored goals in the first and sixth minutes of stoppage time to win.

Raggett also played 90 minutes of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat away to Fleetwood Town (and had a header cleared off the line), who leapfrog them into the playoff places. Pompey are now seventh with 53 points, seven behind leaders Rotherham United.

As for Akin Famewo, his cup tie was even more dramatic. St. Mirren were shockingly 4-1 up at half time away to the Scottish Premiership’s third-placed team Motherwell in the fifth-round replay of the Scottish Cup on Tuesday.

Motherwell scored three goals in the second half to take the tie to extra-time, before St. Mirren won 3-2 on penalties to advance to the quarter finals where they will host Aberdeen.

Diallang Jaiyesimi was the only City loanee to get on the scoresheet last week as Swindon Town continue their quest for League Two glory. In his 64 minutes of Saturday’s 3-1 win at home to Grimsby Town, Jaiyesimi assisted the assist for Swindon’s opener, before scoring the second goal with a header onto the far post which was parried in by James McKeown.

Swindon stay top of the league; two points clear of Crewe Alexandra.

One tier above, fellow City loanee Sam McCallum was involved in Coventry City’s surge at the top of League One. They beat Rochdale 2-1 on Saturday to go level on points (60) with league leaders Rotherham United, but with one game in hand.

Carlton Morris and Louis Thompson also featured in the division as Milton Keynes Dons beat League One strugglers Bolton Wanderers 1-0. Russell Martin’s Dons remain 18th, 13 points above the drop as Carlton Morris was handed his Player of the Month award for January.

Mason Bloomfield played the first 45 minutes of Crawley Town’s 2-0 win at home to bottom-placed Stevenage in League Two, as the former move up to twelfth and are eleven points away from the playoffs.

There were 90 minutes to be played by Charlie Gilmour during SC Telstar’s 2-1 win at home to MVV Maastricht on Friday. Telstar sit ninth in the Eerste Divisie on 40 points.

The standout performance in non-league goes to Timi Odusina for Hartlepool United, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday’s 2-0 home win against Notts County. Odusina was also the runner-up in the club’s Man of the Match vote, decided by the fans.

Hartlepool move up to 11th in the National League and are only one point behind Notts County, who occupy the bottom playoff spot.

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Wealdstone FC are on fire at the top of the National League South, six points clear of Bath City and with three games in hand. Aston Oxborough is enjoying every minute of it, as he played 90 minutes of their 3-1 win at home to Dorking Wanderers on the weekend.

Slightly further down the pyramid, Nick Hayes kept a clean sheet in Hertford Town’s 2-0 win at home to Chipstead in the Isthmian League South. Hertford sit 16th in the division with 22 points, eleven above the relegation zone.

Melvin Sitti was the only City loanee to draw last week, as FC Sochaux-Montbéliard were held to a 1-1 stalemate by En Avant de Guingamp. FC Sochaux are now eleventh in Ligue 2 with 33 points.

Rocky Bushiri played all of Sint-Truidense VV’s 4-1 away defeat to K.A.A. Gent on Sunday – the result keeping them 12th in the league with 32 points, 12 clear of the foot of the table and nine behind the top six.

Finally, Billy Johnson played all of Braintree Town’s 2-0 away defeat to Hungerford Town in the National League South. Braintree drop into the relegation zone in 21st, level with the three teams above on points but with a lower goal difference.

Players who were unused substitutes: Isak Thorvaldsson (Fleetwood Town), Philip Heise (1. FC Nürnberg), Alfie Payne (King’s Lynn Town)

Players who weren’t involved in matchday squads: Savvas Mourgos (FC Dordrecht), Caleb Richards (Yeovil Town), Simon Power (King’s Lynn Town), Daniel Barden (Bury Town)

Image credit: Joe Pepler/PinPep (Portsmouth FC), Mark Fletcher of Shutter Press (Hartlepool United FC)

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