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LOAN REPORT: FA TROPHY PROGRESS FOR JENNINGS AND O'BRIEN

14 December 2015

Nicholls plays final game on loan at Bristol Rovers, with FA Trophy progress for O'Brien and Jennings.

  • Latics player in action across the Championship, League Two, Scottish Premiership and FA Trophy.
  • Jennings and O'Brien into second round of FA Trophy with Cheltenham and Wrexham.
  • Huws, Taylor and Mckay all taste narrow defeats, Holt an unused substitute.

A round-up of action from Wigan Athletic players out on loan across the Football League, non-league and Scottish Professional Football League, starting in Sky Bet League Two as Lee Nicholls played the final game of his loan spell at Bristol Rovers.

BRISTOL ROVERS 2 YORK CITY 1 - LEE NICHOLLS

TEAM: Two changes to take on @yorkcityfc at the Mem! pic.twitter.com/QLOgRJ0SvX

— Bristol Rovers (@Official_BRFC) December 12, 2015

Goalkeeper Lee Nicholls featured in the final game of his loan spell with Bristol Rovers on Saturday, with the Gas sealing a 2-1 victory in the first minute of second half stoppage time thanks to the club's leading scorer Matty Taylor.

Nicholls' side fell a goal behind to a Vadaine Oliver strike four minutes before half time, with Taylor's winning goal coming after a 71st minute equaliser from experienced forward Jermaine Easter.

The victory leaves Bristol Rovers eighth in the table, level on points with seventh place Mansfield Town, and just seven points from an automatic promotion place.

Speaking to the bristolpost.co.uk about Nicholls' 18 appearances, Rovers' manager Darrell Clarke said:

"He's worked very hard and done very well. And the pleasing thing for me is that when he has made an error he has bounced back and you need that as a footballer. Otherwise you won't be lasting long in the game. Lee has that and he has the attributes to be a very good 'keeper."

CHELTENHAM TOWN 3 CHELMSFORD CITY 1 - RYAN JENNINGS

77: PENALTY! Jennings is brought down after a great run! @RobDickie96 steps up.....#ctfclive

— Cheltenham Town FC (@CTFCofficial) December 12, 2015

Ryan Jennings completed the full 90 minutes for Cheltenham Town on Saturday, with the Robins sealing a spot in the second round of the FA Trophy thanks to an unlikely hat-trick from defender Rob Dickie, the third goal of which came from a penalty earned by Latics' 20-year-old winger.

Cheltenham fell behind to a Billy Bracknell goal after 21 minutes, with Dickie levelling just before half time.  The on-loan Reading defender put his side ahead in the 67th minute, with his hat-trick goal coming 12 minutes from time to effectively seal the contest, after Jennings was fouled by Rory McAuley for the penalty.

The Robins will now face a trip to Oxford City in the second round.

TRANMERE ROVERS 2 WREXHAM 4 - DANNY O'BRIEN

78' still 4-1 Wrexham - Danny O'Brien getting ready to come on

— Wrexham AFC (@Wrexham_AFC) December 12, 2015

It was only a 10 minute cameo appearance for winger Danny O'Brien on Saturday, as Wrexham shocked National League rivals Tranmere Rovers with a 4-2 victory at Prenton Park in the first round of the FA Trophy.

An early goal from Wes York gave the visitors the lead, before midfielder Dominic Vose made it 2-0 in the 44th minute.  Tranmere bit back a minute later, with the first of two James Norwood goals.

Sean Newton made it 3-1 in the 59th minute, before Manny Smith added the Dragons' fourth of the game seven minutes later.  Norwood's second proved a mere consolation in the 82nd minute.

Wrexham face a trip to either Torquay United or Chesham United in the second round.


HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 BRISTOL CITY 2 - EMYR HUWS

SUB 17' #htafc 0-1 #BristolCity: an early change for Town sees @EmyrHuws1 replaced by @_kyledempsey in midfield (DTS)

— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) December 12, 2015

It was an afternoon to forget for midfielder Emyr Huws as Huddersfield Town fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Bristol City, with the Wales international having a penalty saved, before being substituted due to a hamstring injury.

Jonathan Kodjia gave the visitors the lead inside the seventh minute, before Huws was handed the opportunity to pull the Terriers level, only for Frank Fielding to dive the right way and beat the ball clear.

Huws was then forced off in the 18th minute due to a hamstring complaint, which could see him miss out on Tuesday's clash with fellow strugglers Rotherham United.

Huddersfield now lie 20th in the Sky Bet Championship, just two points above the relegation places.

PRESTON NORTH END 1 READING 0 - ANDREW TAYLOR

Defender Andrew Taylor also tasted narrow defeat in the Championship on Saturday, with Joe Garner's 52nd minute penalty the difference in Reading 1-0 away defeat to Preston North End.

The Royals now lie 12th in the league table.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 - GRANT HOLT

In the first of Sky Sports' and the Football League's 10-in-10 live matches, forward Grant Holt was an unused substitute as Wolverrhampton Wanderers drew 1-1 at Molineux against Nottingham Forest.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell gave Wolves the lead inside 15 minutes, with the hosts holding their own until an 80th minute equaliser from Dexter Blackstock resulted in a share of the spoils.

Wolves now sit 14th in the Championship.

DUNDEE UNITED 0 PARTICK THISTLE 1 - BILLY MCKAY

It's been a tough season so far for Dundee United, and it didn't get any easier on Saturday, with Billy Mckay featuring for the full 90 minutes in their 1-0 home defeat to Partick Thistle.

Kris Doolan's 51st minute goal condemned United to defeat, leaving them at the foot of the Scottish Premiership and eight points adrift.

UPCOMING FIXTURES

Tuesday 15 December - Huddersfield Town v Rotherham United (Sky Bet Championship)
Wednesday 16 December - Hull City v Reading (Sky Bet Championship)
Thursday 17 December - Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leeds United (Sky Bet Championship)
Friday 18 December - Braintree Town v Wrexham (Vanarama National League)
Saturday 19 December - Brentford v Huddersfield Town (Sky Bet Championship) / Cheltenham Town v Altrincham (Vanarama National League) / Nuneaton v Chorley FC (Vanarama National North) / Inverness CT v Dundee United (Scottish Premiership)
Sunday 20 December - Reading v Blackburn Rovers (Sky Bet Championship) / Sheffield Wednesday v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Sky Bet Championship)

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