Loan Round-Up: Rowdies and Richards off to perfect start

Tampa Bay Rowdies got their USL Championship season off to the perfect start on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Memphis 901 FC.

Sebastian Guenzatti’s fourth minute penalty was enough for the Rowdies to notch three points on the opening day of the Eastern Conference season.

City youngster Caleb Richards featured for the first time in competitive action over in the States and managed to play the full 90 minutes in the unfamiliar role of centre-half on the left side of a back three. 

Next up for the Rowdies is their first home game of the campaign at the Al Lang Stadium on Sunday when they host Pittsburgh Riverhounds (12.30am KO - UK time).

Back on British soil, it was a mixed weekend across the EFL and non-league for our loan exports.

In the Sky Bet Championship, Nelson Oliveira [Reading], Sean Raggett [Rotherham United] and Yanic Wildschut [Bolton Wanderers] all missed out on action through injury.

Elsewhere, Ben Marshall came on as a 61st minute for Millwall as they were beaten 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers.

In League One, James Husband played 90 minutes of Fleetwood Town’s 2-0 defeat at Walsall.

Two second-half goals dealt a blow to Fleetwood’s play-off ambitions, with Morgan Ferrier and Dan Scarr getting their names on the scoresheet.

Matt Jarvis was absent from Walsall’s 18-man squad with a minor ankle injury which, according to manager Dean Keates, is nothing too concerning.

Yeovil Town were in League Two action on Friday but were narrowly beaten 1-0 at leaders Lincoln City.

Tristan Abrahams started and featured for 70 minutes, before being replaced by Alex Fisher. The decisive goal came in the 69th minute when Mark O’Hara headed home Harry Anderson’s cross.

In the National League, Timi Odusina was an unused substitute in AFC Fylde’s 1-1 draw with Boreham Wood. Mason Bloomfield was still absent as he continues his recovery from a broken arm.

In Scotland, Steven Naismith missed Hearts’ 1-0 win over Dundee with a knee injury. He is set to be absent from action for eight to ten weeks.

In the Netherlands, Simon Power came on as a 75th minute substitute in FC Dordrecht’s 1-0 defeat at Telstar on Friday night.

In Germany, Marcel Franke was on the scoresheet for SV Darmstadt on Saturday in their 3-2 win over Holsten Kiel.

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