Loan Watch: Saturday, 8th February 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.
Saddlers manager 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 retained his place in the Salisbury starting eleven as the Whites took on the Metropolitan Police in their latest BetVictor Southern League Premier Division South fixture of the season on Saturday afternoon.

The match was another high-scoring affair as the net was hit on five occasions as the travelling Salisbury side slipped to a 3-2 defeat on a blustery afternoon in Surrey. The scoring was opened by the visitors as Bay Downing slotted home from the penalty spot after just four minutes of play.

Salisbury's lead was short-lived as Jack Mazzone levelled the scores just seven minutes later. There were no further goals until midway through the second-half as Ollie Knight slammed home after seventy-four minutes.

Salisbury thought they'd snatched a point deep into stoppage time as Owen Howe scoring four minutes after the ninety, however, the match was far from over as the Met Police went back into the lead via Tom Cursons.

There was yet more drama still to come as Met striker Ayoub Assal was soon felled in the box and regained his feet to take the spot-kick only to scuff an effort straight at goalkeeper Marcus Beauchamp.

As previously reported, Gary Liddle remain on-loan with Hartlepool for the remainder of the season, and the midfielder continued his spell of starts as the Pools played host to Aldershot Town.

The match saw former Sunderland prospect Luke Molyneux celebrate his first start of the season by scoring one and setting up another as Pools ran out comfortable two-nil winners at Victoria Park.

Molyneux soon turned provider on twenty minutes when he swung over a right-wing corner right on to the head of on-loan Salford City midfielder Mark Shelton, whose glancing sent toe ball into the back of the net.
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