Diallang Jaiyesimi helped Swindon Town overcome a 1-0 deficit with a brilliant solo goal to beat Plymouth Argyle 2-1 on New Year’s Day.
At 1-0 down, DJ’s equaliser came by way of selling two Argyle midfielders before smashing a shot into the bottom left corner from distance.
On Saturday, he also played 76 minutes of Swindon’s 1-1 draw with Bradford City. Those two results see Town remain at the top of League Two by three points, albeit over an Exeter City side who have one game in hand.
Six other Norwich City loanees were also in action over the last week, most notably Carlton Morris for his assist in Rotherham United’s 2-1 win against Blackpool on Wednesday.
After coming on to replace Michael Smith, Morris won a free kick by drawing a foul from Jay Spearing. Daniel Barlaser stepped up and nestled the set-piece into the top corner for an 85th minute winner. Rotherham are now second in League One, just three points below Wycombe Wanderers.
He almost made a similar impact off the bench for the club’s FA Cup third round tie with Hull City on Saturday. On this occasion it wasn’t until the 91st minute that Morris replaced Smith, but there was just enough time for the former to have a late cross deflected onto the woodwork. Rotherham ultimately lost 3-2 to end their FA Cup journey.
James Husband was also playing in the aforementioned 2-1 win for Rotherham, representing the opposition. There was no love lost between the City loanees, as Husband picked up a booking for a foul on Morris in the 93rd minute!
The Seasiders are now tenth in the league, two points behind Peterborough in the playoff places.
On Saturday, Husband came on in the 71st minute to replace Calum McDonald in Blackpool’s 2-2 FA Cup draw with Reading, meaning a replay will take place at Bloomfield Road.
Wrapping up the League One action, Sean Raggett played 90 minutes of Portsmouth’s 1-1 draw at Gillingham on Wednesday. That keeps Pompey ninth in the division, one point below the play offs.
Raggett also played all of the following 2-1 FA Cup win away to Fleetwood Town, sending Portsmouth through to the fourth round.
Raggett wasn’t the only City loanee to play 180 minutes over the last few days however, with Daniel Barden achieving the same at Isthmian League North side Bury Town. They beat Cambridge City 2-1 away on Wednesday before losing 1-0 at home to Canvey Island on Saturday, results that keep them third in the league and seven points behind leaders Maldon & Tiptree.
In the National League North, there were 90 minutes to be played for Alfie Payne in King’s Lynn Town’s 3-0 win at home to Spennymoor Town. The Linnets remain top of the table and four points clear of York City while having a game in hand.
Finally, Mason Bloomfield played the final eleven minutes of Crawley Town’s 1-1 draw at home to Forest Green Rovers on Saturday. Crawley sit 16th in League Two, eleven points clear of the drop and twelve adrift of the play offs.
Players who weren’t included in matchday squads: Rocky Bushiri (Blackpool), Aston Oxborough (Wealdstone FC)
Players whose teams didn’t have games this week: Charlie Gilmour (SC Telstar), Savvas Mourgos (FC Dordrecht)
Image credit: Swindon Town FC, Jim Brailsford (Rotherham FC), CameraSport (Blackpool FC)