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LOAN REPORT: LATICS IN ACTION OVER THE EASTER WEEKEND

30 March 2016

Robles makes Gloucester debut over Easter weekend.

  • Four involved in Easter weekend non-league action.
  • Whitehead, O'Brien, Jennings and Robles feature for loan clubs.
  • Striker Robles make Gloucester City debut.

LOUIS ROBLES - GLOUCESTER CITY

The City team is in! @jsingh22 starts for his 50th appearance for City, with @LouisRobles7 making his debut! pic.twitter.com/HXmlYwuksw

— Gloucester City AFC (@GCAFCofficial) March 26, 2016

The Tigers had just one fixture over the Easter period after Monday's scheduled home game against Nuneaton was called off due to a waterlogged pitch, but nonetheless Latics' striker Louis Robles made his debut in a 1-1 draw away at Alfreton Town on Saturday.

Striker Robles featured for 87 minutes on his first appearance for Gloucester, but his temporary side had to settle for a single point, leaving them in 15th place on 43 points in the National League North, seven points clear of Lowestoft Town in the final relegation place in 20th.

DANNY WHITEHEAD - MACCLESFIELD TOWN

It was a successful weekend for the Silkmen who claimed maximum points from their two fixtures, with Danny Whitehead featuring in their latter victory on Easter Monday.

Macclesfield began the busy period with a 3-0 win away from home against Gateshead on Friday, before Whitehead played the full 90 minutes in their 2-1 win over Grimsby Town back at Moss Rose on Monday.

The more than healthy six point haul has Whitehead's side 10th in the National League on 57 points, 11 points behind Dover Athletic in the final play-off place, with six matches remaining.

RYAN JENNINGS - GRIMSBY TOWN

It was a mixed weekend for the Mariners, starting with a 1-0 victory at home to Wrexham on Saturday, but followed up with a 2-1 away defeat to Macclesfield Town.

Ryan Jennings featured for the majority of the latter, coming on as a 38th minute substitute, but couldn't help prevent the narrow loss.

With three points from six available over Easter, Grimsby remain in third place in the National League on 72 points, 14 behind leaders Cheltenham Town, but with three games in hand.  Looking down the league, the gap to sixth place Braintree Town is just six points, so plenty to play for in the rest of Jennings' loan spell.

DANNY O'BRIEN - CHESTER

Chester picked up just a single point from the six on offer over the weekend, drawing 3-3 away at Guiseley on Monday, following on from a 1-2 home defeat against Barrow on Saturday.

Danny O'Brien came on as a 77th minute substitute in the defeat, but was an unused substitute in the draw.  The point has Chester 17th in the National League on 44 points, just five points above Altrincham in the final relegation spot.

DAN LAVERCOMBE - TORQUAY UNITED

Dan Lavercombe remained sidelined through injury for the Easter weekend, and had to watch on as his side faced back-to-back defeats, ending their eight game unbeaten streak in the National League.

Still threatened by relegation, Torquay were thumped 5-0 by play-off chasing Dover Athletic on Saturday, before a narrow 0-1 defeat to Eastleigh back on home soil on Monday.

After their rival and unbeaten run, the two defeats still leave the Gulls in a solid position to avoid the drop, with Lavercombe's side 22nd on 38 points, two behind the safety mark of Halifax on 20th, and the same margin behind Boreham Wood in 19th, who they still have a game in hand over.

SAM COSGROVE - NANTWICH TOWN

Striker Sam Cosgrove wasn't involved in the match day squads for Nantwich Town's back-to-back Easter victories, defeating Barwell 2-1 at home, before a 1-0 away win against Skelmersdale United on Monday.

The Dabbers six point return strengthened their Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division play-off hopes, moving them up to eighth on 61 points, 12 behind fifth place Workington Town, but with three games in hand and 10 fixtures of the season remaining.

UPCOMING FIXTURES

Wednesday 30 March - Frickley v Nantwich Town (Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division)
Friday 1 April - Cheltenham Town v Grimsby Town (National League)
Saturday 2 April - Bolton Wanderers v Reading (Sky Bet Championship) / Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday (Sky Bet Championship) / St. Johnstone v Dundee United (Scottish Premiership) / Chester v Boreham Wood (National League) / Gateshead v Torquay United (National League) / Macclesfield Town v Braintree Town (National League) / Gainsborough Trinity v Gloucester City (National League North) / Mickleover Sports v Nantwich Town (Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division)


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