A handful of Norwich City Academy products made their loan debuts last week, with Simon Power standing out.
Thrown into the deep end for King’s Lynn Town’s top of the table clash with title challengers York City, Power put in a Man of the Match performance and got an assist as the Linnets emerged 1-0 victors to go four points clear at the top of the National League North!
What a day!!! Buzzing to make my debut for @officialKLtown and to get a very important victory. Nice to top it off with being rewarded motm🍾 Thanks for your support today and hope yous enjoyed that linnet fans💙 #UTFL pic.twitter.com/E6s0ddoCBq— Simon Power (@simonpower9) January 18, 2020
A MOTM display also earned Power a place in the Non-League Paper’s Team of the Day, while fellow City loanee Alfie Payne also featured after coming on in the 31st minute to replace Jordan Richards.
Elsewhere among the debutants, centre-back Akin Famewo made his and kept a clean sheet in St. Mirren’s 3-0 win at home to Broxburn Athletic in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup, setting up a fifth-round tie with Motherwell.
He wasn’t the only City defender on loan to get a clean sheet on his debut, however, with Rocky Bushiri achieving the same in Sint-Truidense VV’s 2-0 win at home to Kortrijk, a win that puts them eleventh in the Belgian First Division A after 22 matches.
Sean Raggett will be pleased with his week’s work after he notched an assist and clean sheet in Portsmouth’s 1-0 win away to Bolton Wanderers in League One. His header was saved by Remi Matthews into the path of Raggett’s centre-back partner Christian Burgess to score at the far post.
Pompey move up to seventh in the division, level on points with Sunderland and Oxford United but with a goal difference that keeps them just outside the playoff places.
Elsewhere in England’s third tier, Carlton Morris made his first start for Milton Keynes Dons after scoring on his debut, playing 90 minutes of Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat away to play-off challengers Burton Albion.
He also played 82 minutes of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Sunderland, who are also battling for the playoffs, while Louis Thompson came on as a 64th minute substitute to make his debut for the club. Dons are now 19th in the league, precariously three points above Tranmere Rovers who are at the top of the relegation zone with two games in hand.
James Husband was part of the Blackpool side to lose 2-0 in the third-round replay of the FA Cup at home to Reading on Tuesday. There was also League Two defeat for Diallang Jaiyesimi, as Swindon Town were beaten 2-0 at Newport County on the weekend, leaving them top of the table on goal difference.
In Non-League, a bizarre enigma occurred as three City loanee goalkeepers took part in 4-1 wins. Billy Johnson made his debut for Braintree Town as they beat Oxford City, moving them up to 17th and five points above the relegation zone in the National League South.
Great result today!!🔸🔹Travelling fans where class👏🏼Bring on next weekend🔥 https://t.co/6r6FQIwFNg— Billy Johnson (@BillyJohnsxn) January 18, 2020
In the Isthmian League North, Daniel Barden was between the sticks for Bury Town’s 4-1 win at home to Felixstowe & Walton United – a win that sees them go fourth in the league, four points adrift of leaders Maldon & Tiptree.
Finally, in the Isthmian League South, Nick Hayes represented Hertford Town as they beat Staines Town 4-1 at home, putting them 16th in the division and eight points above the drop zone.
Players who weren’t included in matchday squads: Mason Bloomfield (Crawley Town), Charlie Gilmour (SC Telstar)
Players whose teams didn’t have games: Louis Lomas (Tampa Bay Rowdies), Philip Heise (FC Nurnberg)
📸: Jane Russell (Milton Keynes Dons), Sint-Truidense VV, Ian Burt Photography (King's Lynn Town)