Enduring a tough start to life at Brunton Park, 19-year old midfielder Regan Slater finally found his shooting boots at the weekend, as nine other United loanees featured.
Here’s the full lowdown of this weekend’s action, beginning with the goalscorer…
Starting the game away at Swindon Town, Slater took his first goal in the 46th minute, as he laced the ball into the top right corner from just inside the box, following a headed knock down from Ashley Nadeson. He then tipped the icing on the cake for John Sheridan’s side, scoring his second of the game, and Carlisle’s fourth, with another right-footed strike which was firmly finished into the bottom right corner.
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Continuing his fine form for Oxford United, Winger Ricky Holmes again showed his quality at League One level. Being a constant threat in front of goal, Holmes was able to contribute in the U’s 1-0 home victory against Gillingham. Also, on-loan at Oxford United, Samir Carruthers was not featured in the 18 man squad.
Moving forward, former Wales international Ched Evans was unable to make a difference in Fleetwood’s home tie against Walsall. Being substituted on for Wes Burns in the 59th minute, Evans never really got into the game, which finished a 0-0 bore draw.
In addition, being utilised in a back-three for the first time this campaign, Ben Heneghan was able to deny Sam Mantom a chance on goal, with a last ditch tackle early in the first half. Overall, Heneghan was capable enough to solidify Blackpool’s defence enough for them to secure a 2-1 away win at Southend United.
Paying attention to this week’s League Two action, alongside Slater, two others featured with neither of them entertaining much collective success.
Firstly, on-loan at Notts County Nathan Thomas played the entire 90 minutes, as his side were emphatically dismantled at home by Cheltenham. Furthermore, midfielder Harvey Gilmour was enable to deliver any cutting edge which may have given Tranmere Rovers the difference during their 3-2 away defeat in the hands of Crewe Alexandra.
On the other hand, Sam Graham was able to watch his side Oldham Athletic push over Cambridge United in a 3-1 victory. Although, this was done from the bench, as Graham yet again was an unused substitute for the Latics.
Trying to overlook the National League, Tyler Smith and Rhys Norrington-Davies both had a miserable weekend on-loan at Barrow AFC. Both starting the game, and finishing 90 minutes, the Bluebirds were inhilated 3-0 at home to Eastleigh.
Even further down the English pyramid, under-18 England International Marcus Dewhurst again pulled off some incredible saves, as Gainsborough Trinity punished Whitby Town 4-1. Differently, on-loan at Boston United David Parkhouse had to watch his side lose 2-1 in the hands of Southport FC, from the bench as he was an unused sub.
Outside of England, young central defender Callum Semple featured in a six-goal thriller for Queen of South. In a game which ended 3-3, Qos had a blistering start to the game leading 3-0 going into the 65th minute. However, a lapse of concentration from Semple and his defensive peers allowed Inverness back into game, which only ended in tears after such a dominant first half performance.
60 mins – Queen of South 2-0 Inverness CT
61 mins – Queen of South 3-0 Inverness CT
71 mins – Queen of South 3-1 Inverness CT
74 mins – Queen of South 3-2 Inverness CT
81 mins – Queen of South 3-3 Inverness CT
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