Loan Report: 24/1/2018

This week’s report covers the games played since (and including those played on) the 17th January. Last week’s loan report can be found here.

Alex Hartridge – Truro City – Vanarama League South

Saturday 20th January, Whitehawk – Truro City

Alex was completely omitted from the squad for Truro’s 3-2 defeat at rock-bottom Whitehawk. No explanation has been given for his absence and the White Tigers only named four (out of a possible five) substitutes on the bench. He may have been excluded due to City’s commitments in the U23s Premier League Cup, but that is just pure speculation on the author’s part.

As an aside, the Cornish outfit have confirmed that they require £6 million of public sector investment if they are to build a shared new stadium with Cornish Pirates and Truro and Pendwith College. The club also confirmed that the National League will not allow the club to play “any FA-affiliated football unless it can demonstrate that it will be moving into a new permanent home in the future”.

Monday 22nd January, Exeter City U23s – Hull City U23s

Alex played the full 90 minutes at left back against Hull, having a solid game alongside the experienced Dan Seaborne. It could be argued that he was caught out of position for the visitors’ equaliser, but that may be a tad harsh in what was a competent, professional, yet unspectacular performance from the youngster. He does look like he could make the step up to the first team next season if needed.

Stats:

League: 15 appearances, 13 starts, 1,250 minutes, 1 goal.

FA Cup: 3 appearances, 3 starts, 270 minutes*.

FA Trophy: 2 appearances, 2 starts, 180 minutes.

Last game:

6/1/2018, Bath City 0-0 Truro, played the full 90 minutes.

*Assumption made that he played the full 90 minutes vs AFC Sudbury in 3rd Qualifying Round.

James Hamon – Gloucester City – Vanarama League South

Saturday 20th January, Havant & Waterlooville – Gloucester City

Gloucester’s game against Havant & Waterlooville was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

James wasn’t involved in Monday night’s U23s game either, with Paul Jones preferred in goal and Lewis Williams retaining his place on the bench.

Stats:

League: 1 appearance, 1 start, 90 minutes.

Last game:

6/1/2018, Gloucester 1-3 Weston-super-Mare, played the full 90 minutes.

Kyle Egan & Archie Collins – Dorchester Town – Evo-Stick South Premier

Rumours that Kyle Egan has joined the Magpies permanently persist, but there still hasn’t been any confirmation from either club. Therefore, we’ll continue to assume that Kyle is still a City player and that he remains on loan at Dorchester.

Archie’s loan was extended by another month last week.

Saturday 20th January, Dorchester Town – Hereford

Dorchester hosted high-flying Hereford on Saturday looking for their fifth successive home league win. Both Kyle and Archie were involved from the start and played the full 90 minutes.

The visitors started the brightest, with Kyle Egan forced to clear off the line after just nine minutes when a corner was headed towards goal by Calvin Dinsley. Despite the occasional foray into Hereford’s half, the hosts were pegged back for the majority of the game, with the visitors eventually taking the lead on 61 minutes when Lance Smith nodded in at the back post.

The goal spurred Dorchester forward, who went in search of the equaliser in the final 30 minutes, creating a number of chances but ultimately failing to find the back of the net. The last attack saw Archie’s cross being “horribly miscued on the muddy surface” and drifting “harmlessly wide”.

Archie was named Man of the Match after the game:

Monday 22nd January, Exeter City U23s – Hull City U23s

Archie replaced Kane Wilson at half time against Hull. The forward played well in the unfamiliar role at right back, putting in a surprisingly assured performance and putting in a superb late sliding tackle in the area, as Hull applied some rare pressure. Kyle wasn’t involved.

Stats*:

Egan:

League: 29 appearances, 27 starts, 2,471 minutes, 2 goals, 5 assists.

FA Cup: 1 appearance, 1 start, 90 minutes.

Challenge Cup: 1 appearance, 1 start, 90 minutes.

FA Trophy: 2 appearances, 2 starts, 180 minutes.

Dorset Senior Cup: 1 appearance, 1 start, 90 minutes.

Last game:

20/1/2018, Dorchester 0-1 Hereford, played the full 90 minutes.

Collins:

League: 6 appearances, 3 starts, 339 minutes, 1 goal.

Last game:

20/1/2018, Dorchester 0-1 Hereford, played the full 90 minutes.

*These stats aren’t recorded on any website, so the minutes played is an estimate based on time-stamps on social media or match reports. Does not include stoppage time.

Max Smallcombe & Ben Seymour – Bideford – Evo-Stick South West

Saturday 20th January, Cindeford Town – Bideford

Bideford’s game at Cindeford was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. The Robins now have five midweek away games in hand, a backlog manager Sean Joyce believes “will take its toll on the squad”.

Monday 22nd January, Exeter City U23s – Hull City U23s

Ben Seymour was on the bench but failed to get on, with Ryan Loft making his first appearance in a City shirt instead.

Stats*:

Smallcombe:

League: 5 appearances, 5 starts, 426 minutes.

FA Cup: 3 appearances, 3 starts, 243 minutes, 2 goals, 1 assist.

Last game:

20/9/2017, Bodmin 1-1 Bideford (FA Cup), was subbed off on 90 minutes, captained the side.

Seymour:

League: 15 appearances, 14 starts, 1,130 minutes, 14 goals, 1 red card.

Challenge Cup: 1 appearance, 1 start, 90 minutes, 1 goal, 1 assist.

FA Trophy: 1 appearance, 1 start, 90 minutes, 1 goal.

Last game:

16/1/2018, Swindon Supermarine 0-5 Bideford, played the full 90 minutes, scored 4 goals.

*These stats aren’t recorded on any website, so the minutes played is an estimate based on time-stamps on social media or match reports. Does not include stoppage time.

Sam Haynes – Barnstaple Town – Evo-Stick South West

It was announced last Friday that City U18s captain Sam Haynes had joined Barnstaple Town on a one-month loan deal. Barum, as the North Devon side are known, are battling against relegation this season and find themselves second-from-bottom, nine points from safety and having played one more game than Shortwood United and Slimbridge (that’s two different teams, just so you know), who are equal on points, with the former outside the relegation places on goals scored. In other words, it’s not looking good.

Saturday 20th January, Barnstaple Town –  Taunton Town

Sam was made to wait for his Barum debut, as their home game against Taunton was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. [No, I’m not making this up because I couldn’t be arsed to write up another grueling loan report. The weather was really that bad].

Tuesday 23rd January, Barnstaple Town – AFC Totton

Despite a late pitch inspection, Barum’s game against AFC Totton was given the go ahead by referee Stuart Kane. Sam was handed the number 2 shirt and a starting berth on his debut.

Despite the visitors’ dominance in the first half, Barnstaple managed to get to half time with the scores at 0-0. They eventually went behind just before the hour mark, as Callum Chugg rose highest from a corner to head his side into the lead.

The hosts went in search of an equaliser, but late goals from Craig Feeney and Oluwatobi Adekunle secured the victory for the Stags.

Barnstaple manager Kevin Darch said after the game he believed Sam was the best player on the pitch.

In an interview with Devon Live, Darch explained Sam “got beat once and made a mistake, and I thought it was going to lead to a goal but he got straight back up and put a challenge in”. The Barum manager added he hoped the rest of his side would “show that same sort of commitment”.

Stats*:

League: 1 appearance, 1 start, 90 minutes.

Last game:

23/1/2018, Barnstaple 0-3 AFC Totton, played the full 90 minutes.

*These stats aren’t recorded on any website, so the minutes played is an estimate based on time-stamps on social media or match reports. Does not include stoppage time.

Joel Randall – Taunton Town – Evo-Stick South West

It was announced on Monday that Joel Randall had joined Evo-Stick South West table-toppers Taunton Town on a work experience deal until the end of the season. The U18s winger teams up at the Peacocks with former Grecians Les Afful, Joe Charles and Toby Down.

Manager Leigh Robinson said Joel had joined to “learn the rigours of men’s football as he’s been excelling in the Under 18’s at Exeter”. He added Joel’s “a strong runner, good 1 v 1 and with an eye for goal so I’m sure the supporters will enjoy watching him play”.

Taunton’s game against Wimborne Town, which had already been postponed once, again fell foul to the weather, with the pitch at the Peacock’s Viridor Stadium waterlogged.

Stats*:

N/A

Last game:

N/A

*These stats aren’t recorded on any website, so the minutes played is an estimate based on time-stamps on social media or match reports. Does not include stoppage time.

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