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Loan Watch: Conn-Clarke makes strong start to life at Altrincham

15 February 2022

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Chris Conn-Clarke (31) making an attacking run for Altrincham. Jonathan Moore (Altrincham)
Chris Conn-Clarke (31) making an attacking run for Altrincham.

It’s been an action-packed last two weeks for our players out on loan who have played a lot of football for their respected loan sides – here’s how they got on.

Chris Conn-Clarke (Altrincham – National League)

Young forward Conn-Clarke has recently joined National League North side Altrincham and has featured in two games so far. The first was a 2-2 draw against Woking, with the forward looking settled straight away creating chances throughout the game. To start the game, he was brought down in the box to win a penalty which was subsequently missed. After 83 minutes, he was subbed off, but it was an impactful debut for the side.

He then started the next game against Kings Lynn Town at The Walks and was instantly on his game, running forwards and forcing the opposition’s backline to defend. Unfortunately, 15 minutes into the game, he was brought down for a free-kick on the edge of the Linnets box and had to be subbed off after some treatment.

Connor Teale (Curzon Ashton – National League North)

Two tough games have been and gone for Teale at Curzon Ashton, with the defender proving his worth in both fixtures. Telford travelled to face the Nash first, with Teale starting the game. He had an effort blocked from close range just after the hour mark and even helped keep a clean sheet in the goalless draw.

Another clean sheet would follow for the defender when they visited Glossop North End soon after for a friendly. He started the match that ended up being a 2-0 win over the Hillmen.

Akiel Raffie (Nantwich Town – Northern Premier League Premier Division)

In the last loan report, Raffie joined Nantwich Town and proved that he could be a vital player in their team for the duration of his loan spell and since then, the Dabbers have had three games in which the midfielder has played in two of them.

It started with a 2-1 win over Morpeth Town when he played 54 minutes and forced a good save out of the opposition’s goalkeeper. He was left out of the squad for the next game, before getting back in the starting line-up against Buxton as he played all 90 minutes on the right-wing in the 3-1 loss.

The main attack that included Raffie was when he stormed down the right and played a dangerous cross into the box, but no attackers were able to get on the end of it.

Sam Bird (Hyde United – Northern Premier League Premier Division)

Bird has been in the wars for Hyde United, who he joined at the end of January, as he was booked in the side’s 1-1 draw against Scarborough Athletic – a game in which he was named in the starting XI. Radcliffe was up next, and this game was all going to plan for the defender until the 64th minute when he picked up an injury and was forced off the pitch.

The final game for this report was a home game against Warrington and in that game, he tried an audacious chip to try and beat the goalkeeper just before the break, which had to be pushed behind for a corner. He had another chance soon after as a deflected shot fell to his feet, but his effort went wide of the target before getting subbed off in the 72nd minute.

Harry Wilson (FC United of Manchester – Northern Premier League Premier Division)

Wilson, who was a constant feature during his time at Broadhurst Park, has been recalled from FC United of Manchester after sustaining an injury. He impressed both the fans and the staff since playing his first game in December against Buxton.

Not only did he come up against Academy coaches Nathan Pond and Mark Yeates in the game against Bamber Bridge, but the midfielder also assisted two times in his penultimate game in Manchester which was a seven-goal thriller against Whitby Town. Everyone at Fleetwood Town wishes Harry all the best during his recovery.

Danny Edwards (Colne – Northern Premier League Division One West)

Edwards made the switch from Kendal Town to Colne earlier on this month and has been a constant feature from that day on. The first game, against Widnes, was called off due to a waterlogged pitch, but the next one which was against Warrington Rylands went ahead. He started the game and even hit the post in the clash, which went array as the side lost by some margin.

Soon after, they made the trip to Harrison Park to face Leek Town where he was named in the starting XI yet again. The game started out well, with Edwards hitting an effort on goal that hit the post, but the game ended up in a 2-0 loss on the day.

Billy Batch (Kendal Town – Northern Premier League Division One West)

Kendal have had one game since the last loan report at the start of the month and that was an away clash against Kidsgrove Athletic. Batch started the game at left-back like he has done in every game since joining the Mint Cakes on loan and played all 90 minutes in the 4-2 loss at Hollinwood Road.

Connor Eastham & Harry Clarke (AFC Blackpool – North West Counties Division One North)

The two young Cods at AFC Blackpool - Eastham, and Clarke - have also been in action over the last two weeks, with the former playing every minute in their last two games. Eastham made a great save at the start of their clash against Bury and ended up keeping a clean sheet on the day, before playing in the 5-1 win over Campion AFC alongside Clarke, who was subbed on in the 73rd minute.

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