27/12/2019

Loan Watch: Thursday, 26th December 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 the experienced Gary Liddle and striker Mitchel Candlin out as they get a shot at some much-needed first-team football.

Tom Leak's loan to BetVictor Southern League Premier Division South side Salisbury, continues with the defensive prospect due to remain with the Wiltshire outfit Saturday, 11th January 2020.

Tom, who plays in the centre of defence, continued his spell in the team and was named in the Salisbury starting XI to take on Wimborne Town at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Though unable to keep their sheet clean, the Whites were able to record a welcome victory as goals from Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick (52'), Bay Downing (78'), and Lewis Benson (84') cancelled out Sam Bayston's first-half opener to take all three points.

Veteran defender Gary Liddle recently joined Vanarama National League side Hartlepool United on a short-term loan as the well-travelled 33-year-old gets some first-team football with a view to earning a permanent switch to one of his former clubs.

Gary, who entered a Man of the Match winning display in his re-debut last weekend, retained his place in the starting XI as the Pools travelled to the CNG Stadium to take on Harrogate Town in their latest league outing of the season.

The match looked to be a tight one as the two sides reached half-time without a goal to their names, however, the second-half was a very different affair with five goals scored as the home side went on to take all three points.

Harrogate first netted via Lloyd Kerry (54'), before Jack Muldoon (58') and Josh Falkingham (68') further extended their lead. Nicke Kabamba (78') was able to get one back for Hartlepool before Jack Muldoon (91') secured his second and Harrogate's fourth to round off a successful, Boxing Day outing for Town.

Luke Little is currently enjoying a loan spell with local BetVictor Southern Premier Division Central side Tamworth, and was named in the starting XI to take on Nuneaton Borough on Thursday afternoon.

The match saw six goals scored but neither side was able to put themselves ahead as the 1,326 fans in attendance were rewarded for their Boxing Day visit to the Lamb Ground with a six-goal thriller.

Tamworth scored via Ryan Beswick (P - 36', 45') and Tyrell Waite (50') with Luke Benbow (27'), Joel Kettle (58'), and David Bremang (P - 88') hitting back for the visiting Boro as the spoils were settled in the early afternoon kick-off.

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