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Loan Round-Up: Cup exits and league frustration for our loanees this weekend

Three Bees were in action on Saturday, here's how they got on

3 December 2018

Following his late goal on debut, Reece Cole was drafted into the starting line-up as Maidenhead United hosted high-flying Harrogate Town on Saturday.

The away side took a deserved 11th minute lead through Callum Howe. Maidenhead replied midway through the half; Reece’s free-kick was deflected into the path of Adam Clifton who made no mistake from close range. However, Kelvin Langmead struck 13 minutes from time to ensure that it was Harrogate who took the points. Defeat dropped Maidenhead back into the relegation zone ahead of next weekend’s home game against Hartlepool.

In the Emirates FA Cup Second Round, Tom Field and Cheltenham Town were knocked out by League One Accrington Stanley after a 3-1 defeat at The Wham Stadium. All four goals came after the break as Offrande Zanzala and Billy Kee fired Stanley into a two-goal lead going into the final 20 minutes. Alex Addai pulled one back and threatened to set up a grandstand finish only for Jordan Clarke to make the game safe with 12 minutes to play. The Robins will hope for better luck in another cup tomorrow night when they host Newport County in the Checkatrade Trophy Second Round.

A 95th minute Modou Barrow goal denied Ryan Woods and Stoke City all three points from their Sky Bet Championship trip to Reading on Saturday. The home side took the lead three minutes before the break through Marc McNulty. The Potters levelled shortly after the restart through Benik Afobe and then took the lead with 20 minutes to play, Tom Ince the man to get the goal. That looked like being the final score until Barrow showed great composure to steer home deep into stoppage time. Stoke host rock-bottom Ipswich Town next Saturday.

Of our other four loanees not in action last weekend, two could feature this midweek in the EFL Trophy as Chiedozie Ogbene’s Exeter City host Peterborough United on Tuesday while on Wednesday, Jack Bonham and Bristol Rovers head to Swansea City’s Under-21s.

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