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Loan watch: McMillan makes Radcliffe debut against Ashton

28 February 2022

Club News

Loan watch: McMillan makes Radcliffe debut against Ashton

28 February 2022

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Seven of Fleetwood Town’s young players were on show for their respected loan sides in the last week, with two of them making their debuts – here’s how they got on.

Connor Teale (Curzon Ashton – National League North)

Much like the last loan report, Teale was only able to play in one of Curzon Ashton’s two games in the last week. Seven days ago, the Nash hosted Hereford at the Tameside Stadium, with the young Cod named in the backline once again and he didn’t fail to impress in this one as he proved pivotal in keeping a clean sheet on the night as they won the game 3-0.

After that, Teale was supposed to face off against Alfreton Town at the Impact Arena five days later, but this clash had to be called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Next game: Telford (A – Tuesday 1 March)

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

Raffie continued his brilliant form for the side who play in green when they faced off against South Shields at the weekend as he looked lively from the start. Just 14 minutes into the game, he forced the opposition’s defence into fouling him inside their own box, earning a penalty which was tucked away by Sean Cooke.

Unfortunately, the home side on the day ran riot in the second half of the game after the Dabbers made all three substitutions and walked away 4-2 winners.

Next game: Witton Albion (H – Tuesday 1 March)

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

Bird has had a lively week with Hyde United as they have played two games over the last seven days. The first was the Manchester FA Senior Cup semi-final on Tuesday evening, against FC Trafford, and the young Cod was named in the starting XI for this one.

Hyde took the lead early on through a Chinedu Uche strike before Tom Pratt almost converted from Bird’s cross. Trafford equalised just after the half-time break, but Lewis Earl nodded the Tigers back ahead with 20 minutes to go to send the side to the final of the competition.

In the second game, which was against Basford United, Bird was named on the bench and stayed there for the duration of the 1-0 loss at the Project Solar Stadium.

Next game: Atherton Collieries (A – Saturday 5 March)

Max McMillan (Radcliffe – Northern Premier League Premier Division)

After a long wait, McMillan has finally made his debut for Boro and it came in a league clash against Ashton United at the Neuven Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The young forward lined up alongside former-Cod Bobby Grant and fellow new signing Ben Rydel.

The game didn’t go to plan for Radcliffe; even though they created a multitude of chances throughout the game, it was Ashton who was able to capitalise in front of goal as they netted a quick brace before the half-time break, which in turn decided the result on the day.

Next game: Basford United (H – Saturday 5 March)

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

Edwards has been back in action for Colne in the last week after the side’s league fixture against City of Liverpool had to be called off due to a waterlogged pitch. He started their latest game against Newcastle Town, which started quickly for both sides, but it was Newcastle who opened the scoring 23 minutes in.

The second half was a hard-fought spell of football with yellow cards being brandished to both sides, but it just wasn’t meant to be for Colne on the day as they ended up losing the game one-nil, with Edwards playing all 90 minutes.

Next game: Prescot Cables (H – Saturday 5 March)

Donte Thompson-Prempeh (Kendal Town – Northern Premier League Division One West)

Thompson-Prempeh made his way to Kendal Town on Friday and will play there until the end of the season. He has been a big part of Fleetwood's Under-18s so far this season and made his debut for the side straight away in their league clash against Clitheroe away from home. He managed 63 minutes before being replaced by Mason Cross in the 3-1 loss.

Next game: Warrington Rylands (H – Saturday 5 March)

*Billy Batch has returned from his loan spell at the Mintcakes and is currently with our Development Squad.

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

After their last match being postponed due to stormy weather, AFC Blackpool were wanting to build on their 5-1 win over Campion from the game before, but it didn’t quite work out for them when they faced Holker Old Boys AFC on Saturday as they lost the clash 2-1.

Eastham made a few crucial saves to keep the side in the game, but it wasn’t enough on the day. Clarke had to miss out on the game due to an injury.

Next game: Pilkington (A – Saturday 5 March)

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