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Loan Round-Up: Balcombe and Shaibu in action for The Wood

Boreham Wood, Forest Green and Yeovil Town play midweek

16 August 2018

In the Vanarama National League, Boreham Wood gave minutes to Ellery Balcombe and Justin Shaibu. 

Goalkeeper Balcombe played 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw that saw The Wood take the lead in the first half. The England Under-19 international was described as 'smart' when defending his goal from a constant threat of Gateshead. 

He could do nothing to stop the late equaliser, after a game of top drawer saves. The ball was in his grasp until a coming together with an opponent knocked it out of his hands, the referee waved play on and Gateshead netted a dramatic leveller. 

Striker Shaibu got 77 minutes in the tie and could have made the game safe with a chance in the early stages of the second period, but it was blocked by a defender. 

Elsewhere, in the Carabao Cup, Yeovil Town gave Reece Cole 33 minutes against Aston Villa before bringing him off with what his manager described as a thigh strain. The young midfielder had to watch from the bench as his temporary side suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat, Conor Hourihane netting the winner in the last quarter of an hour.

Theo Archibald also got the full game in Forest Green Rovers' 1-0 win over Swindon Town in the same cup competition. Another narrow win, Tahvon Campbell got the goal on this occasion to put the green side through to face Round Two.

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