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Bonham misses out on Final as EFL returns this weekend

Loan players gearing up for heavy week of fixtures

6 March 2019

Jack Bonham was in goal for Bristol Rovers as they lost 2-0 to Sunderland in the Semi-Final of the Checkatrade Trophy. Will Grigg and Lewis Morgan scored either side of half-time for The Black Cats as they set up a Wembley Final against Portsmouth.

Rovers travel to Scunthorpe this weekend before a midweek trip to Gillingham in search of the three points that will lift them out of the relegation spots in League One. They are only two points behind Walsall in 20th, with a game in hand and winning it could put them as high as 17th.

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This weekend the rest of the Brentford loan gang have football to play across tiers three, four and five of the English game.

Josh Clarke missed Burton Albion's last fixture with an ankle problem, but could make a return for Friday night's match with Coventry City. The Sky Blues are ninth, five points off the top six, while Burton remain 11th a further six points behind them.

In League Two, 10th-place Swindon Town face two away fixtures on the bounce against the teams either side of them in the division; Carlisle (9) and Stevenage (11). Canice Carroll scored in his last outing for The Robins, netting the first goal in a 3-0 win over Colchester United. Town are only four ponts from Forest Green Rovers in the final Play-Off position, and five from Exeter City and Tranmere Rovers in the spaces above.

Reece Cole and Macclesfield Town have two home games on the spin as they host MK Dons on Saturday and then Exeter City on Tuesday night. All that before a trip to Yeovil Town in 10 days. Sol Campbell's men are four points (30) from safety behind Port Vale (34), five points separating the next team up; Morecambe (35). Yeovil are the team above with 36, and all of them have just 11 games to play this season.

In the National League, Justin Shaibu and Jarvis Edobor will both be playing at home if selected for their loan clubs. Edobor's Maidstone United welcome Havant & Waterlooville and Shaibu's Wood host AFC Fylde. While Wood seem comfortable in 17th with 42 points, United are in the bottom two with 26 and are six points behind Aldershot, nine further away from Havant.

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