In what was an underwhelming weekend of action for Sheffield United’s loanees, 19-year old forward Tyler Smith stole the headlines as he continued his great form at Barrow AFC.
Eight loanees featured this weekend, with Ricky Holmes (Oxford United), and Caolan Lavery (Bury FC) both ruled out due to injury.
Here’s the full lowdown on all the action, starting with the goalscorer…
Despite Barrow narrowly losing 3-2 to the hands of Chorley in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup, young forward Smith again boasted his eye of goal.
Scoring his seventh goal of the season in all competitions, Smith’s impressive first half performance handed Barrow a 2-0 lead going into the second half. However, unfortunately for the Barrow loyal, Smith’s first half efforts wasn’t enough to put the game to bed, as Chorley battled back and managed to complete an emphatic comeback.
“Everything said at half time goes out of the window a minute in. I’ve made my thoughts to them clear in there afterwards.
For me the only one who has done enough today is Tyler Smith. He worked his socks off again and is the only one who can leave today with any credit.” (3/5)
— Barrow A.F.C. (@BarrowAFC) October 20, 2018
Also out on-loan at Barrow, Rhys Norrington-Davies started and played 90 minutes against Chorley. However, his performance didn’t warrant the same amount of praise from manager Ian Evatt.
In fact, an all around poor performance from the inexperienced fullback, was rounded off with him getting booked late in the game for an unnecessary off the ball incident.
Additionally, there were three loanees in action during this weekend’s League One fixtures, and disappointingly none of them enjoyed much collective or individual success.
Replacing Jason Holt midway through the second half, Ched Evans failed to help Fleetwood scavenge any points, as Joey Barton’s side were easily beaten by league leaders Portsmouth.
67' | First change for Fleetwood. Evans coming on for Holt.
— Fleetwood Town FC (@ftfc) October 20, 2018
On-loan at Oxford United, Samir Carruthers struggled to make any impact as his side drew 0-0 away at Bristol Rovers.
The best collective outing came for central defender Ben Heneghan, who came off the bench to help maintain Blackpool’s 2-0 lead at home to AFC Wimbledon.
Overlooking League Two action, Nathan Thomas had a miserable weekend, as he had to first hand witness his club Notts County get dispatched 4-0 to promotion battlers Bury.
Moreover, starting for Tranmere away at Yeovil, Harvey Gilmour had a steady defensive performance, but failed to create any danger in front of goal. As, he was substituted in the 61st minute, in a game which ended 0-0.
In other League Two fixtures, Sam Graham at Oldham, and Regan Slater at Carlisle, both had to watch their sides from the bench, not making any first team minutes this weekend.
To conclude, Callum Semple currently on-loan at Scottish Championship outfit Queen of the South, made a short appearance of the bench, as his team were successful on the road as they beat Dunfermline Athletic 1-0.