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LOAN REPORT: WHITEHEAD FEATURES FOR FIRST TIME SINCE SIGNING

12 January 2016

Jennings' Cheltenham extend lead, as Whitehead features from bench for Macclesfield.

  • Whitehead, Jennings, Taylor and Mckay all feature over weekend.
  • Macclesfield loan midfielder features for first time since Latics switch.
  • Cheltenham draw as Jennings' side extend lead in National League.

It was a mixed bag for Latics' players out on loan across the Football League, non-league and SPFL, with victory for Billy Mckay's Dundee United, a draw between Huddersfield Town and Reading, a draw for National League leaders Cheltenham Town, and a narrow defeat for Danny Whitehead back on loan with Macclesfield Town.

We start in the National League with Macclesfield, as Whitehead returned on loan to the Silkmen, after completing a permanent switch to Latics last Friday.

MACCLESFIELD TOWN 0 HALIFAX 1 - DANNY WHITEHEAD, LOUIS ROBLES AND ADAM ANSON

59 - Sampson makes way for Danny Whitehead

— Macclesfield Town (@thesilkmen) January 9, 2016

Latics now have three players out on loan with play-off chasing Macclesfield Town, but only Danny Whitehead featured at the weekend, with Louis Robles and Adam Anson still settling in to their new surroundings.

Midfielder Whitehead was introduced as a 59th minute substitute during their clash with Halifax, the Shayman taking the spoils thanks to a Shaun Tuton goal in the 77th minute.

Whitehead was making his first appearance since becoming Gary Caldwell's second signing of the January transfer window last Friday.

The defeat for the Silkmen leaves them in seventh place in the National League, just one point from the final play-off spot, with Eastleigh occupying fifth.

BOREHAM WOOD 0 CHELTENHAM TOWN 0 - RYAN JENNINGS

70: Cheltenham subs: Hall on for Jennings & Dayton on for Munns #ctfclive

— Cheltenham Town FC (@CTFCofficial) January 9, 2016

Cheltenham Town continued to strengthen their position at the top of the National League despite a goalless draw away to Boreham Wood on Saturday, as promotion rivals Forest Green Rovers had their match away at Guiseley postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Ryan Jennings featured for 70 minutes before being replaced, with Gary Johnson's side unable to break the deadlock.

A point means Cheltenham lead the league on 60 points, five ahead of Forest Green.

TORQUAY UNITED P BRAINTREE TOWN P - DAN LAVERCOMBE

We can confirm that Saturday's game against @braintreetownfc has been postponed due to a water-logged pitch...

— Torquay United FC (@TUFC1899) January 8, 2016

Rounding off the action in the National League should have been Latics' first signing of the January window, Dan Lavercombe, and his Torquay United side (to who he has returned on loan to until the end of the current season), but the inclement weather over recent weeks left the Plainmoor pitch waterlogged, resulting in a postponement.

Torquay remain 23rd in the National League table, on 20 points.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 2 READING 2 - EMYR HUWS AND ANDREW TAYLOR

Emyr Huws wasn't involved in this topsy-turvy Emirates FA Cup encounter, but Andrew Taylor featured for the full 90 minutes for Reading, his side just moments away from a fourth round berth, before Nahki Wells' 92nd minute equaliser.

Jamie Paterson gave Huws' Terriers the lead in the 57th minute, before Matej Vydra levelled for the Royals, with Hal Robson-Kanu then giving the Berkshire club the advantage three minutes from time.

Wells' equaliser late on forced a replay to be played at the Madejski Stadium.

AIDRIEONIANS 0 DUNDEE UNITED 1 - BILLY MCKAY

With Dundee United's Scottish Premiership campaign becoming increasingly difficult, Billy Mckay's side will welcome the morale boosting victory over the weekend, with United edging past Airdrieonians 1-0 in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup, to earn a clash with Partick Thistle in the fifth round.

Blair Spittal grabbed the crucial goal 11 minutes from time, with Mckay featuring for the full 90 minutes.

UPCOMING FIXTURES

Tuesday 12 January - Derby County v Reading (Sky Bet Championship) / Huddersfield Town v Charlton Athletic (Sky Bet Championship)
Friday 15 January - Dundee United v Celtic (Scottish Premiership)
Saturday 16 January - Huddersfield Town v Fulham (Sky Bet Championship) / MK Dons v Reading (Sky Bet Championship) / Oxford City v Cheltenham Town (FA Trophy) / Torquay United v Wrexham (FA Trophy) / Truro City v Macclesfield Town (FA Trophy)

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