The latest action from Latics players out on loan across the EFL, National League and Northern Premier League.
- Loan Report: Callum Lang on target as Morecambe edge closer to safety.
- 19-year-old Lang nets his 10th goal in just 11 starts for the Shrimps.
- Terell Thomas, Luke Burke, Luke Burgess and Chris Merrie all on track for play-off and promotion campaigns.
Callum Lang’s blistering form in his first EFL season continued on Saturday, with the 19-year-old on target for the 10th time in just 11 starts at Sky Bet League Two Morecambe. The forward earned his side a vital point in their bid to beat the drop when he equalised against Carlisle United to grab a 1-1 draw.
Jamie Devitt gave the visitors to the Globe Arena the lead inside 14 minutes, before Lang’s 29th minute equaliser bumped the Shrimps onto 44 points in 20th place, seven points clear of 23rd place Barnet and still with a game in hand.
Lang featured for the full 90 minutes in his 26 appearance for Morecambe, proving once again how crucial his goals have been to Jim Bentley’s side.
Andy Kellett and Chesterfield are a far cry from Lang’s Shrimps, with the Spireites condemned to a 1-0 home defeat by Mansfield Town on Saturday. Malvind Benning hit the killer blow in the 67th minute, meaning Chesterfield will have to perform something close to a miracle with five games to play.
Kellett featured in his 38th game for the club since joining on loan at the start of the season but could do little to stop the Stags from leaving Chesterfield bottom of the EFL on just 35 points. Jack Lester’s side are now seven points behind Grimsby Town and with two games in hand they’re hanging onto their League Two status for another week at least.
A division higher in League One, midfielder Josh Laurent, although not involved in the squad, suffered relegation on Saturday after Bury’s 3-2 defeat to Northampton Town. Ryan Lowe’s side were dealt a late blow when Ash Taylor’s 88th minute pinched the points for the Cobblers.
With relegation on the mind for Latics’ players in League One and League Two, it’s completely the opposite for National League pair Luke Burke and Terell Thomas.
Thomas’ Sutton United sit the higher, with the Yellows third in the table on 73 points following a 1-1 draw at home to Hartlepool United. The defender featured for the full 90 minutes on Saturday, making his 17th appearance for the club as they slowly but surely look to confirm their spot in the division’s play-offs.
Ross Lafayette gave Sutton an early lead only for Josh Hawkes to pull Pool level, but a draw isn’t a disaster for Thomas and his team mates, with a six point lead over eighth place Dover Athletic and only three games left to play.
Two places below Sutton sit Burke’s AFC Fylde. Newcomers to this level of football in the summer, Dave Challinor’s Coasters looked set to join Sutton in the play-offs following an impressive campaign, but their chances were dealt a blow on Saturday.
Defender Burke featured for the full 90 minutes in his 31 appearance on loan as Fylde fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Maidstone United. Blair Turgott’s goal midway through the first half leaves the Coasters fifth in the National League table, four points inside the play-off places, but they’ll have one eye on Dover in eighth who still have a game in hand.
Down a division in the National League North, Chorley FC have promotion hopes of their own after jumping into the play-off places with a 2-0 victory over Blyth Spartans. Luke Burgess wasn’t involved in the match day squad at Victory Park as Alex Newby and Marcus Carver earned the Magpies three crucial points, but he could have a big part to play before the end of the season, with Chorley set to play four games in the next six days.
Matt Jansen’s side are sixth in the National League North, one point above York City with two games in hand following a third straight victory at the weekend.
Altrincham FC look all set to join the National League North for next season, with Chris Merrie involved in their 4-0 thrashing of Barwell as the Robins closed in on the league title.
Merrie was a 62nd minute substitute and missed out on all of the goal action as Shaun Densmore, Josh Hancock, John Johnstone and Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Player of the Year Jordan Hulme all struck inside an hour.
The quartet of goals has Altrincham first on 84 points, seven clear of nearest rivals Warrington Town, knowing a victory tonight away at Buxton, coupled with defeats for Warrington and third place Grantham Town would hand them the title.
Tuesday 17 April
Doncaster Rovers v Bury (Sky Bet League One)
Exeter City v Chesterfield (Sky Bet League Two)
Maidenhead United v Sutton United (National League)
Chorley FC v Stockport County (National League North)
Buxton v Altrincham FC (Northern Premier League)