It was an unbeaten weekend for our loanees as Sky Bet League One and Two took centre-stage over the international break.
Jack Bonham put in a virtuoso display on his home debut to keep a clean sheet for Bristol Rovers on Saturday. The Gas welcomed bottom-of-the-table Plymouth Argyle to The Memorial Stadium with Jack making a number of key saves to keep the scores level. The pick of those came late on as Jack somehow turned Graham Carey’s close-range effort over the bar. The point wasn’t enough to lift Darrell Clarke’s side out of the Sky Bet League One relegation zone as they head to Luton Town next Saturday.
Jack's wondersave can be seen at 1:40 below
Chiedozie Ogbene was an unused substitute as Exeter City made it a first-game in charge to forget for Harry Kewell at Notts County. Pierce Sweeney and Jayden Stockley both netted twice with Aaron Martin adding a fifth in injury-time to complete the rout. The only bright spot for The Magpies was an Enzio Boldewijn goal before the break. The win leaves The Grecians third in League Two with a trip to Mansfield Town coming up in six days’ time.
Also in the fourth tier, Tom Field played 90 minutes as Cheltenham Town won 3-1 on the road at Northampton Town. The game was level heading into the final quarter of an hour but a Conor Thomas penalty and Kelsey Mooney’s first professional goal secured an important three points for The Robins. The appearance was Tom’s third for Town as they prepare to host Crewe Alexandra next weekend.
Theo Archibald was an unused substitute as ten-man Forest Green were held 1-1 at home by Port Vale. Carl Winchester opened the scoring after 15 minutes but Tom Pope levelled from the spot inside the final 20 minutes. Farrend Rawson was then shown a straight red card as Rovers had to play the final quarter of an hour a man light. The draw means Rovers are still unbeaten in the league this season but they have won just twice in seven games to sit eighth with a visit to MK Dons up next.
National League Boreham Wood were knocked out of the Irn-Bru Cup on penalties by Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday. With Ellery Balcombe on England Under-20 duty he wasn’t involved but Justin Shaibu did play an hour at Meadow Park in the Scottish Challenge Cup. Neither side was able to create much going forward and it took spot kicks to separate them; Connor Smith crashing his effort against the bar to dump Wood out. Barrow are the visitors to Hertfordshire next Saturday as Wood return to league action.