Loan Watch: Saturday, 23rd November 2019

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.
Darrell Clarke has opted to loan out young defenders Tom Leak and Luke Little along with striker Mitchel Candlin out as the highly rated prospects get a shot at some much-needed first-team football.

Tom Leak continues to enjoy a loan spell with BetVictor Southern League Premier Division South side Salisbury, having joined the Raymond McEnhill Stadium side in October.

However, Tom was not called into action this weekends as the Whites faced and defeated Hayes and Yeading United in a high-scoring Buidbase FA Trophy clash.

First-half goals from Darren Mullings (12') and Bay Downing (17') had given the home side a half-time lead before Ogo Obi (68') and Elliott Buchanan (73', 78') looked to have secured the win for the travelling side.

But Steve Claridge's Salisbury were not done there as Alex Lafleur (89') and Warren Bentley (90+4') netted late on to break Hayes and Yeading hearts and secure a spot in the next round.

Luke Little remains with BetVictor Southern Premier Division Central side Tamworth having joined the local club on an initial one-month loan deal with the former scholar continuing to earn plenty of praise for his mature performances.

Luke was not in action this weekend as Tamworth have already exited the Buildbase FA Trophy giving the squad a welcome break to worth through the odd injury issue. Their next league outing will see them take on Lowestoft Town next weekend.

Mitchel Candlin is still with BetVictor Southern League Central Division side Nuneaton Borough and had to do with a place on the bench as his temporary team took on Hitchin Town at Top Field.

The match would end in disappointing fashion for Nuneaton as Hitchin left it late to secure a point.

Boro had taken the lead in the first-half when Jack Byrne’s (21') long range strike beat goalkeeper Josh Mollison, but, despite struggling to create much in the way of clear-cut chances, the home side grabbed an equaliser when Lewis Barker (87') tapped into the empty net.

Candlin, who had replaced Luke Benbow with just over ten minutes of the second-half remaining, almost grabbed a goal but was unfortunate to see an effort just slip past the post. The striker was also booked late in the game as he sought to prevent the home side from mounting another attack.
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