02/01/2020

Loan Watch: Wednesday, 1st January 2020

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 defender Tom Leak, 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 until Saturday, 11th January 2020.

Tom retained his place in the starting XI as Salisbury travelled away from the Raymond McEnhill Stadium to take on Yate Town in their what would turn out to be a high-scoring affair as five goals were scored during an eventful second-half.

Thankfully for Tom and his team, and despite taking on two goals, they were able to take all three points after scoring four of their own. The Whites took the lead via Bay Downing's 42nd minute penalty.

Dan Flitchett would double Salisbury's lead after fifty-four minutes of play but saw his side pegged back just a minute later as Yate midfielder Luke Spokes bagged one of his two goals to cut the lead back to one.

Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick's strike soon put the visitors back into a two-goal lead before Spokes slotted home from the penalty spot seven-minutes from time to put Yate back to within a goal of their opponents.

Danny Young would be the man who had the decisive say as he netted just two minutes from full time to reestablish his team's two-goal lead as they went on to take three welcome points.

Veteran defender Gary Liddle, who recently joined Vanarama National League side Hartlepool United on a short-term loan, retained his place in the starting XI as the Pools faced Harrogate Town for the second time in three outings.

Sadly for the Pools they were unable to bounce back from their recent 4-1 defeat to Harrogate as Jon Stead's second-half goal proved to be enough to take the win and, more importantly, the points.

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