There were plenty of early presents for our eight loan players on the final Saturday of action ahead of Christmas.
Justin Shaibu took his tally to five in a week as he netted for the third game in succession to earn Boreham Wood a point at bottom-of-the-table Braintree Town. Lyle Della Verde had unlocked a tight encounter with a superb volley from 30 yards for the hosts but Justin levelled five minutes after the restart with a controlled finish. That was how it stayed to leave The Wood 12th in the National League, nine points off the Play-Offs.
In the Sky Bet Championship, Ryan Woods played the full 90 minutes as Saido Berahino’s second-half goal wrapped up all three points for The Potters at home to Millwall while in League One, Jack Bonham and Bristol Rovers came from behind to pick up a priceless win on home soil against Fleetwood Town; James Clarke sealing the win four minutes into second-half stoppage time.
Of our trio of players in League Two, Chiedozie Ogbene and Theo Archibald were both second-half substitutes as Exeter City and Forest Green Rovers recorded victories in the race for promotion. Jayden Stockley’s hat-trick saw The Grecians take the points from their trip to Oldham Athletic while Joe Mills got the only goal as Rovers beat Crewe Alexandra at The New Lawn.
Also in the Fourth Tier, Tom Field was not involved in Cheltenham Town’s matchday 18 as The Robins drew 0-0 away at Swindon Town.
Reece Cole came close to rescuing a point for Maidenhead United in the National League as The Magpies went down 1-0 at Bromley. The midfielder’s dipping free-kick was kept out by home goalkeeper David Gregory as Jack Holland’s first-half goal proved decisive.
Elsewhere in the National League, Jarvis Edobor wasn’t involved in the matchday squad as Maidstone United’s late revival fell just short at home to Gateshead. The Stones trailed 3-0 late in the second-half before scoring twice in four minutes to threaten a dramatic comeback. However, the visitors held on to leave The Kent club firmly rooted in the bottom four.