It was an unbeaten weekend for our four players out on loan with crucial points secured at both ends of the table.
Ilias Chatzitheodoridis put in a man-of-the-match showing as Cheltenham Town beat Morecambe 3-0 at the LCI Rail Stadium on Saturday. All the action came after the break as Jerell Sellars, Will Boyle and Harry Pell netted for Gary Johnson’s side. Ilias was involved in the build-up for the second and his performance earned him the sponsors’ Man of the Match prize after the game. The Brentford B defender has made 14 appearances during his time in Gloucestershire with The Robins sitting comfortably 15th in Sky Bet League Two. Next up is a home game against struggling Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.
Also in League Two, Jack Bonham starred as Carlisle United took a point from their trip to Swindon following a goalless draw at The County Ground. The 24-year-old made a string of fine saves to keep the hosts at bay as The Cumbrians just about stay in touch with the Play-Off places. Saturday’s draw leaves Keith Curle’s side four-points off the top seven but having played a game more than the teams above them. Jack has now kept 15 clean sheets in 45 appearances this season and will look to add to that as Carlisle head to Morecambe this coming Saturday.
In Sky Bet League One, Justin Shaibu started for the first time since February as Walsall picked up a vital three points in their fight against relegation. The Bees striker played just under an hour as Dean Keates picked up his first win as Saddlers boss. The only goal against rock-bottom Bury came in the 89th minute as Shakers defender Adam Thompson inadvertently turned an in-swinging cross into his own net. Victory gives Walsall a five-point cushion over the bottom four ahead of Tuesday’s trip to fellow strugglers Oldham Athletic.
Meanwhile in Germany, Konstantin Kerschbaumer was suspended as DSC Arminia Bielefeld picked up a good point from their trip to fourth-placed Ingolstadt on Sunday. All the goals came in an 18 minute second-half spell as DSC twice came from behind to level; Fabian Klos and Andreas Voglsammer with the goals. The point leaves Bielefeld sixth, six points off third, with a home game against Erzgebirge Aue coming up next Saturday.