Sunday, 12 January 2020


Loan Watch: Saturday, 11th January 2020

Loan Watch: Saturday, 11th January 2020

Here we take our regular look at how the Saddlers' fringe players are doing as they look to force their way into the club's first-team plans.
Darrell Clarke has opted to loan out young defender Tom Leak and experienced midfielder Gary Liddle as they get some much-needed first-team football.

Tom Leak's loan to BetVictor Southern League Premier Division South side Salisbury has been extended until March and the prospect celebrated the deal by retaining his starting spot on Saturday afternoon.

Tom, who has been among the regular starters since joining Steve Claridge's side, was named in the starting XI as they faced Chelmsford City in the Second Round (Proper) of the Buidbase FA Trophy.

Sadly for Tom he was unable to prevent the Clarets from earning a comfortable victory at their Melbourne Stadium home as goals from Shaun Jeffers (28'), Jonathan Giles (75'), Robbie Simpson (86'), and Chris Whelpdale (90+5') saw Chelmsford safely through to the next round.

Gary Liddle retained his starting spot as Hartlepool United made the lengthy trip to the Crabble Athletic Ground where they faced Dover Athletic in their latest Vanarama National League outing of the season.

Gary, who has been a regular fixture since returning to the Pools a few weeks ago, was part of a side which ultimately took a point from their trip South as the hosts left it late to level after Pools had taken the lead via Kevin Lokko's own goal midway through the first-half.

The Whites remained patient and broke Hartlepool hearts as Nassim L'Ghoul prodded the ball past Mitchell Beeney in the first minute of second-half stoppage time, ultimately securing a point for his side.

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