Tom Field played the full 90 minutes for Cheltenham Town as they beat Arsenal Under-21s 6-2 in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night.
The 21-year-old came in for his first appearance in almost a month as The Robins put their Sky Bet League Two struggles behind them at the Jonny Rocks Stadium. The game turned in Cheltenham’s favour early on as Robbie Burton was shown a straight red card for a professional foul after just seven minutes, Chris Clement compounded things by firing the resulting free-kick into the top corner. Will Boyle and Tyreece John-Jules traded goals late on in the half as Town went in with a 2-1 advantage.
It was after the break that the home side stepped things up against Freddie Ljungberg’s young Gunners. Jacob Maddox netted twice in three minutes at the start of the second period before Charlie Gilmour pulled one back from the spot midway through the half. Michael Duff’s side added gloss to the scoreline in the final six minutes thanks to goals from Kelsey Mooney and Ryan Broom. Mansfield Town are the visitors to Gloucestershire tomorrow afternoon in Sky Bet League Two.
The only other Bee in action midweek was Justin Shaibu who came off the bench late on in Boreham Wood’s 1-1 draw away at Aldershot. Despite scoring three in his last four, Justin was named on the bench for the trip to Surrey with the home side opening the scoring on the brink of half-time through Adam McDonnell. Justin was introduced with ten minutes to play as Wood grabbed an injury-time leveller through David Stephens to remain 11th, six points outside the Play-Offs, ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Solihull Moors.
There were no games for our other quartet of loanees but they should all, barring the injured Chiedozie Ogbene, be in action of Saturday as Ryan Woods and Stoke City host Middlesbrough, Jack Bonham’s Bristol Rovers travel to Blackpool, while Forest Green Rovers and Theo Archibald made the long journey to Lincoln City.