Tom Field and Jack Bonham both featured this midweek as Cheltenham Town and Bristol Rovers made it through to the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy but there was defeat for Chiedozie Ogbene’s Exeter City.
At the Jonny Rocks Stadium, Tom retained his place, following Town’s Emirates FA Cup exit on Saturday, for the visit from Newport County. Padraig Amond gave County a 17th minute lead but Alex Addai levelled in the second-half to send the game to extra-time. After a goalless extra half-hour it was on to the lottery of penalties. With the score at 6-6, Tom stepped up and converted from 12 yards, putting the pressure on Mark Harris. However, his effort was saved meaning that Town advanced to the Third Round.
Further West, Jack Bonham and Bristol Rovers also made it safely through after beating Swansea City’s Under-21s. Jack made one fine early save to deny Joel Asoro but he was powerless to stop Jordan Garrick turning home ten minutes after the interval. However, Rovers hit back and were level four minutes later through former Brentford defender Tony Craig. Alex Jakubiak's winner came a minute from time as Rovers joined Cheltenham in Saturday’s draw.
One Bee knocked out in midweek was Chiedozie Ogbene after Exeter City were beaten 2-0 at home by Sky Bet League One high-flyers Peterborough United. Chiedozie made his second start back following injury, playing the full 90 minutes, as The Posh settled the tie with two goals in ten minutes midway through the second-half; Ivan Toney and Jason Cummings on target.
All eight of our players out on loan return to the bread and butter of league action this weekend.
In the Sky Bet Championship, Ryan Woods and Stoke City host rock-bottom Ipswich Town while in League One, Jack and Bristol Rovers are at home to Doncaster Rovers. Sky Bet League Two’s three fixtures see Exeter head to Bury, Cheltenham host Grimsby and Theo Archibald’s Forest Green Rovers make the comparatively short trip to Yeovil Town.
In the National League, Jarvis Edobor could make his Maidstone United debut as they make the long journey north to Barrow while Reece Cole’s Maidenhead United host Hartlepool United. Justin Shaibu and Boreham Wood are also at home, with Leyton Orient making the cross-capital trip to Meadow Park.