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Loan watch: Conn-Clarke, Boyle and Russ all impress for respective clubs this weekend

17 January 2023

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Dylan Boyle in action for Spennymoor Town whilst out on loan. Stefan Willoughby Photography
Dylan Boyle in action for Spennymoor Town whilst out on loan.

Six Fleetwood Town players were in action over the weekend for their respective loan clubs, with three of them playing pivotal roles in their sides earning valuable points.

Chris Conn-Clarke was in action for Altricham on Friday evening in their FA Trophy encouter against fellow National League side, Wrexham AFC. The match finished 2-2 before heading to penalties, which saw Alty win 4-3, ultimately sending Wrexham out of the competition.

The 21-year-old forward played a huge part in the opening goal as his effort hit the underside of the bar which former Town player, Lewis Baines heading the ball over the line from close range. Conn-Clarke was causing the Wrexham defender trouble all game, but couldn't find the goal that his performance deserved. He slotted away his penalty in the shootout to help guide his side into the next round of the competiton.

Will Russ joined Hyde United on Friday, and made a huge impact on his debut in the Greater Manchester derby. The visitors (Hyde) took the lead early in the game, but were back level 15 minutes into the match.

The forward started the match and scored his first for the club with just over 10 minutes to go in the match. With it poised at 3-3, Russ cut inside and curled one into the corner to give his side the lead. However, within seconds, FC United of Manchester scored their fourth of the game - which was the final score in the match.

Dylan Boyle played his last game for National League North side, Spennymoor Town in their 3-2 win over Bradford Park Avenue at Brewery Field. The midfielder started on the bench, but was introduced at half-time with the score level at 1-1. Despite not scoring, the Northern Ireland U21 international made an impact in the center of the park to push Town on to seal all three points and claim a valuable win on home soil.

Tom Hoyle & Tom Donaghy both played 90 minutes for Colne FC at the weekend in their 1-1 draw against Mossley. Colne took the lead in the second half thanks to a goal from Oliver Roberts, with Mossley scoring their equaliser with 15 minutes left on the clock. Donaghy made some fantastic saves throughout the match, with Hoyle being solid at the back.

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