Sunday, 13 October 2019

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Loan Watch: Saturday, 12th October

Here we take our regular look at how the Saddlers' young prospects are doing as they look to force their way into the club's first-team plans.
First-team manager Darrell Clarke has opted to loan young defender Tom Leak and striker Mitchel Candlin out as the highly rated prospects get a shot at some much-needed first-team football.

Leak, who turned professional alongside Luke Little in the summer, has joined BetVictor Southern League South side Salisbury on a one-month loan deal and went straight into the side which faced Hendon on Saturday afternoon.

Tom enjoyed a dream debut as he not only helped his side to a welcome clean-sheet but also got his name on the scoresheet, bagging the first of Salisbury's three goals.

Leak's goal arrived around thirty-minutes into the first half as he was on hand to prod the ball home following Lewis Benson's deep corner kick. A superb way to announce his arrival for his new side.

Tom was joined on the scoresheet by Toby Holmes (38') and Leroy Lita (90+3') as Steve Claridge's side left Hendon's Avenue Park Stadium with three points in the bag.

Mitch Candlin joined BetVictor Southern League Central Division side Nuneaton Borough on short-term loan deal late last month and has enjoyed a successful spell with the Liberty Way side.

Mitch, who got on the scoresheet during the midweek Southern League Cup victory over Rushall Olympic, retained his place in the starting XI as Boro played host to Redditch on Saturday afternoon.

Much like Salisbury, Nuneaton were able to score three unanswered goals, however, Mitch was unable to get among them as, after being fouled and receiving treatment in the early stages of the match he was ultimately replaced by Alex Henshall just five minutes into the second-half.

Following a goalless first-half the home side were able to add to their recent home form as they netted via Luke Benbow (61', 90+3') and Joel Kettle (71') to make it seven wins in seven games at Liberty Way.

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