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Loan watch: Cup action for Town's players

9 November 2014

Mixed bag of results for loanee's

Midfielder Stewart Murdoch completed his second full appearance for Northampton Town in the Cobblers’ FA Cup first-round draw at home to Rochdale.

Murdoch helped the League Two side to a 0-0 stalemate against League One high-flyers Rochdale, who had to play most of the game with 10 men.

The Aberdeen native put in another commendable performance as they earned a replay at Spotland.

Ivan Toney and Kaid Mohamed had chances to win it for Northampton, however they must meet again to determine who advances.

Murdoch signed a three-month loan deal with Chris Wilder’s men at the end of October, and made his league début in last Saturday's victory over AFC Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, Scott Davies did not feature as Morecambe bowed out of the FA Cup to non-league side Dover Athletic.

A solitary goal from Stefan Payne on the stroke of half-time sent the south coast side through, in what was one of the shocks of the round.

Elsewhere, Matty Hughes was also absent as Chester overcame Southend United 2-1 at Roots Hall in another shock.

Hughes, who extended his loan deal with the Vanarama Conference side last week, was suspended for the match having been sent off in their league win over Alfreton.

Ben Heneghan gave Chester an early lead after five minutes, before Barry Corr equalised with a penalty after half an hour.

However, Craig Mahon won the game for the non-league side, with a well taken left-footed effort after 51 minutes to cap off a memorable victory in Essex.

Meanwhile, Jamie Allen was in FA Cup first round action, as his AFC Fylde side put up a strong fight away at Plymouth Argyle.

Allen played the full 90 minutes in the defeat at Home Park, in what was the West Lancashire club's first venture into the first round proper.

A header from Peter Hartley after 28 minutes gave the Pilgrims the lead, with Marvin Morgan adding a second after 68 minutes, to see the Devon club advance into the second round.

19 year-old Allen is at Town’s coastal neighbours for a month in order to gain match fitness at the non-league outfit.

He has impressed during his time so far, and scored his first goal for club last weekend.

And finally, defender Tom Davies was not involved this weekend, as his Alfreton Town team were not in action in either the FA Cup or the Vanarama Conference.



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