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Loan Round-Up: Safety secured for Jack Bonham

The latest action for our players away from Griffin Park this weekend

29 April 2019

Jack Bonham and Reece Cole helped both their sides secure huge results in their respective relegation battles over the weekend.

An 18th clean sheet of the season for Jack Bonham ensured that Bristol Rovers took the point they needed to preserve their Sky Bet League One status at Fleetwood Town on Saturday. Jack made a fine early double save to keep out Ashley Hunter's low drive and then Ched Evans' close-range rebound as both sides struggled against the conditions in Lancashire. The draw leaves Rovers 16th, four points clear of the drop zone, with just the visit from Barnsley to come.

In Sky Bet League Two, Reece Cole was a first-half substitute as Macclesfield Town won on the road at Port Vale to take a step closer to survival. Reece was introduced just before the break and made an instant impact, setting up Fiacre Kelleher to go close before seeing a shot saved shortly after the break. The decisive moment came on 66 minutes; David Fitzpatrick coolly slotting home to wrap up a priceless three points, relegating Yeovil Town in the process. The win means that a final day draw at home to fourth from bottom Cambridge United would almost certainly be enough, given the Silkmen’s goal difference advantage over Notts County.

Elsewhere in the fourth tier, Canice Carroll played the full 90 minutes as Swindon Town were beaten 3-2 on the road at Cheltenham Town. A disastrous first-half showing saw The Robins 3-0 down at the break. Richie Wellens side rallied late on; Canice setting up Theo Robinson for an 84th minute goal before Marc Richards thumped home a second in injury-time. There wasn’t to be a remarkable escape however, defeat extinguishing Town’s remote Play-Off hopes ahead of their season finale at home to Notts County.

In League One, Josh Clarke was an unused substitute as a Lucas Akins’ brace saw off Champions elect Luton Town at the Pirelli Stadium while, in the National League Justin Shaibu played the opening 53 minutes as Boreham Wood shared six goals at home to Eastleigh to bring the curtain down on a disappointing campaign. Last season’s Play-Off finalists ending this campaign one spot above the drop zone. Justin finishes the season with 12 goals and three assists in 44 appearances for The Wood. 


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