Young stopper extends spell at Ryman Premier League leaders
Brentford goalkeeper Mark Smith will remain at Hampton and Richmond Borough on loan until the end of the season. The 20-year-old joined The Beavers for a third time earlier this season and has been in impressive form during his latest spell in South West London. His new loan deal runs through until 5th May which would include the Ryman Premier League Play-Offs should he be required.
The Beavers are currently five points clear at the top of the table with seven matches to play after winning five of the six matches since Mark re-joined. The former QPR scholar has kept four clean sheets in those six matches as Alan Dowson's side eye a return to the National League South.
Mark signed a one-year Development Squad contract in 2014 after a successful trial following his release from Queens Park Rangers. He had loan spells at Hitchin Town and Hampton and Richmond Borough – where he played 22 games and won two Player of the Month awards – last term and played eight games for Brentford’s Development Squad in the Under-21 Professional Development League.
The stopper was offered a new one-year deal by The Bees at the end of 2014/15, promoted to the First Team group and given a squad number for the current campaign. He has been an unused substitute on two occasions this season and played a further six games for the Development Squad. Mark played 11 matches for Hampton earlier this season on loan, keeping two clean sheets and conceding just 11 goals as The Beavers picked up eight victories. The 20-year-old also played two games on a loan spell to National League North side Lowestoft Town in January. The Beavers have seven matches which Mark will be eligible for including clashes with promotion chasing Kingstonian and Billericay Town.