Looking For Gas – Feb & March 2020

With your wonderful armchair traveller, Keith Brookman.

As the title suggests, this is an attempt to track down as many former Rovers players, who are still involved in the game, as possible.

Most will have played first team football for Rovers in the past, while others are still contracted to the Gas, but either out on loan or work experience.

The latest instalment lives on the main page HERE, and the rest of the season will be archived in chunks.

February & March 2020 are archived below, right in front of your very eyes.


Chapter 29 – Week commencing 9th February 2020

SUNDAY 9th FEBRUARY

In the afternoon’s only Premier League game Oli McBurnie completed 90 minutes for Sheffield United who were 2-1 winners against AFC Bournemouth at Bramall Lane.

Fraser Forster was an unused Celtic substitute for their Fifth Round Scottish Cup tie at Clyde and he watched his side win 3-0.

TUESDAY 11TH FEBRUARY

Jake Clarke-Salter was in the Birmingham City side that claimed three points with a 1-0 win at Barnsley, a result that saw his side up to 14th.

Tom Eaves was a 70th minute substitute for Hull City whose slide down the table continued with a 3-0 defeat, at Ewood Park, against Blackburn Rovers.

Brentford, with Luke Daniels taking up his customary place on the bench, drew 1-1 against Leeds United at Griffin Park, a result that keeps them in fourth place and Leeds in second.

Championship result of the night, in my opinion, was the 1-0 win by Charlton Athletic at the City Ground, against Nottingham Forest. Tom Lockyer was in the Charlton side.

Charlton Athletic v Leeds United - Sky Bet Championship - The Valley
Tom Lockyer, a regular in the Charlton Athletic side this season.  [Photo courtesy of Tom himself]
Swansea City and Queens Park Rangers played out a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium. Connor Roberts was in the Swansea side while Joe Lumley was an unused Rangers substitute.

Moving on to League Two and Blackpool, with Marc Bola in their side, were beaten 3-2 by Gillingham at Bloomfield Road but they must have thought they had gained a point when they equalised in the 91st minute. However, the Gills scored a 95th minute winner. John Akinde had scored their first goal of the evening.

Burton Albion and Oxford United drew 2-2 at the Pirelli Stadium where John-Joe O’Toole was an unused Burton substitute and Matty Taylor started for Oxford. Taylor also scored Oxford’s equaliser, in the 91st minute and picked up a yellow card as well.

Portsmouth’s nine match winning run came to an and at St Andrews where Coventry City were 1-0 winners thanks to an 84th minute goal. Ellis Harrison was a 63rd minute substitute for Pompey but Lee Brown stayed on their bench all night.

At Sincil Bank Lincoln City and MK Dons played out a 1-1 draw. Cian Bolger was in the Lincoln side and goalkeeper Lee Nicholls completed 90 minutes for MK.

Another former Gas goalie, Aaron Chapman, also spent the night bench warming, for Peterborough United who were 4-0 home winners against Southend United.

Sunderland moved up to fifth place thanks to a 3-0 home win against Rochdale, who included Matt Lund in their lineup, but left Tyler Smith on the bench all night.

Wycombe Wanderers dropped to fourth place following their 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Fleetwood Town, who played out the final 32 minutes with ten men following the red card issued to Ched Evans. Surprise, surprise, Joey Barton was sent to the stand late on! Joe Jacobson was in the Wycombe side and picked up a yellow card.

Cheltenham Town stayed in seventh place in League Two following their 1-0 win at Carlisle United. Ryan Broom was on for the 90 minutes for Cheltenham, but Tom Nichols wasn’t called on and stayed on the bench all night.

Harry Pell started for Colchester United, beaten 3-2 at home by Grimsby Town, though they remain in fifth place in the league standings.

Oldham Athletic were forced to play 48 minutes of their game against Exeter City at St James’ Park with ten men after the red card issued in the direction of David Wheater. Exeter took full advantage of their numerical superiority and romped home 5-1. Tom Parkes started this one for the Grecians but was forced off injured in the 29th minute.

Conrad Logan was in goal for Forest Green Rovers, who were beaten 3-2 at home by Port Vale. Cristian Montano played for Vale and picked up a yellow card, though two of his teammates collected red cards in 87th and 97th minutes.

Ryan Sweeney also saw yellow when playing for Mansfield Town at Leyton Orient though Orient, who were 2-1 winners, were again without the services of Matt Harrold.

Daniel Leadbitter was again in the starting lineup for Newport County, held to a goalless draw by Walsall at Rodney Parade. However, he was substituted a minute before half time due to injury (though what the injury was isn’t specified on the Newport website). Stuart Sinclair was a 55th minute substitute for the Saddlers.

Going into added time of their game at Salford City Plymouth Argyle were looking to celebrate a point from a 2-2 draw. However, they ended up with all three after scoring in the 92nd minute to clinch a 3-2 win. Byron Moore was in the Argyle side and scored their first goal, in the 19th minute.

In the battle of the Towns at Sixfields, Swindon were 1-0 winners against Northampton. Andy Williams and Chris Lines both started for Northampton while Joe Martin was an unused substitute, and Tom Broadbent was a 28th minute substitute for Swindon.

Cambridge United were 2-0 winners against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park. Reggie Lambe was a 52nd minute substitute for them, while Victor Adeboyejo was sent on in the 70th minute and Daniel Jones stayed on the bench all night.

Joe Partington completed 90 minutes for Eastleigh in their 2-2 home draw against AFC Fylde in their National League clash.

Marc Richards was a 78th minute substitute for Yeovil Town, beaten 3-0 at second placed Harrogate Town, which left them in fourth place.

There was a win, and a goal, for Solihull Moors who revived their play off hopes with a 1-0 home win against Barnet. Nathan Blissett started this one for the Moors.

Nathan Blissett, whose Solihull Moors side occupy the final play off place in the National League. NO CREDIT ON THIS ONE
Nathan Blissett, whose Solihull Moors side occupy the final play off place in the National League.

Hampton & Richmond Borough shared the points with Welling United in a 1-1 draw. Bradley Goldberg was named on the Welling bench for this one.

In the Southern League Premier South Division Swindon Supermarine pulled off an excellent 2-1 win at the home of league leaders Chesham United. Martin Horsell was between the posts for Supermarine, while Alex Henshall was named on the bench.

Eliot Richards, meanwhile, scored a hat trick for Merthyr Town who recorded a 4-2 home win against Taunton Town. Ben Swallow also started for the Martyrs while Gavin Williams was on the bench. Ross Staley was in the Taunton Town side.

Eliot Richards, who scored a midweek hat trick for Merthyr Town against Taunton Town. Photo courtesy of Mackenzie, Merthyr Town FC

Eliot Richards, who scored a midweek hat trick for Merthyr Town against Taunton Town.   [Photo courtesy of Mackenzie, Merthyr Town FC]

Mangotsfield United were beaten 1-0 at Moneyfields in Division One South, but hard as I tried, I was unable to track down a lineup for the Mangos.

Whickham were at home against Sunderland RCA in the Northern League Division One. They were losing at half time though it’s proved impossible to find the final result or any lineup for Whickham so I’ve no idea if Johnny Burn was involved in this one!

Hot on the heels of their FA Vase win at the weekend Bitton went through to the next round of the Gloucestershire Challenge Trophy. They beat Wick 1-0 in spite of having their keeper sent off in the second half. I do know that Scott Brice was in the Bitton side but no idea if Matt Groves was involved.

Matt Groves, who scored for Bitton last Saturday. Photo courtesy The Post
Matt Groves, who scored for Bitton on Saturday.  [Photo courtesy The Post]
WEDNESDAY 12TH FEBRUARY

Kelle Roos was back in Bristol for the evening and spent it on the bench at Ashton Gate, watching his Derby County side lose 3-2 to Bristol City in their Championship fixture.

Another goalkeeper who was a bench warmer was Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge, who were 3-0 winners at Huddersfield Town.

Completing the night’s trio of former Gas goalkeepers on bench warming duties was Sam Walker who saw his Reading side lose 2-1 to league leaders West Bromwich Albion at the Madejski Stadium.

Scott Sinclair was in the Preston North End starting lineup for their game against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium and helped them to a 2-0 win, a result that kept them in sixth place.

The injured Sam Oji was forced to sit out the Highgate United match against Coventry United in the Midland League Premier Division. He’s probably glad he did miss it, as his side lost 3-0 with all the goals arriving in the first nine minutes!

There was another clean sheet for Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster whose side were 5-0 home winners against Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Premiership. Michael Smith started this one for Hearts.

Jordan Tillson was an unused Ross County substitute and watched his side lose 3-0 at Hibernian.

Peter Hartley was also on the losing side as Motherwell were beaten 2-1 at St Johnstone, though they are still in fourth place in the league table.

Another to feature in a losing side was Alex Jakubiak who started for St Mirren, beaten 2-1 at Livingston.

FRIDAY 14TH FEBRUARY

There were goals galore at the KC Stadium where, in a televised match, Hull City and Swansea City drew 4-4. Hull’s equalising goal was scored in the 95th minute by Tom Eaves, who had been sent on in the 81st minute. Connor Roberts was an unused Swansea substitute.

In the Welsh Premier League Connah’s Quay Nomads were 4-0 home winners against Caernarfon Town. Kris Owens was in the Nomads side that took over at the top of the league following this victory.

Dungannon Swifts, again without the services of Seanan Clucas, were beaten 2-0 at home by Larne in the Northern Ireland Premier league. Jeff Hughes was in the Larne side.

In the League of Ireland Premier Division Mark McChrystal was an unused Derry City substitute for their game at Dundalk and he saw his side lose 1-0.

In the German Regionaliga Philip Kenan Dunnwald-Turan was in the Bonner SC side that recorded a 1-0 away win at Monchengladbach II.

SATURDAY 15TH FEBRUARY

In the Championship Birmingham City and Brentford played out a 1-1 draw at St Andrews. Jake Clarke-Salter was in the Birmingham side and picked up a yellow card, while Luke Daniels warmed the Brentford bench.

Also on bench warming duty was Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge who saw his side draw 2-2 against Wigan Athletic at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Tom Lockyer was in the Charlton Athletic side beaten 2-0 by Blackburn Rovers at the Valley, a result that leaves them just five points above the relegation places.

Kelle Roos was back in the Derby County side for their home game against Huddersfield Town. His side drew 1-1 in front of 27, 502 at Pride Park.

There was a surprise home defeat for play off hopefuls Preston North End who remained in sixth place in spite of their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Millwall. Scott Sinclair was in the Preston side for this one.

Joe Lumley was an unused Queens Park Rangers substitute and saw his side beat Stoke City 4-2 at Loftus Road.

Sam Walker was also an unused substitute and watched on from the Reading bench as his side were 3-0 winners against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

There was a seven goal thriller in League One, at the Wham Stadium, where Accrington Stanley were 4-3 winners against Lincoln City. I’m guessing that Lincoln fans weren’t that thrilled, though, as they saw their side conceded the winning goal in the 95th minute! Cian Bolger was in the Lincoln side.

Following their midweek defeat, Wycombe Wanderers returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win at Bolton Wanderers. Joe Jacobson was in the Wycombe side and scored their second goal, in the 62nd minute, from the penalty spot.

Joe Jacobson who scored a penalty for Wycombe Wanderers last Saturday. NO CREDIT ON THIS ONE
Joe Jacobson, who scored a penalty for Wycombe Wanderers last Saturday

Marc Bola returned to the Memorial Stadium, with Blackpool, but was an unused substitute and saw his side lose 2-1. They also lost their skipper, Ben Heneghan, to a 43rd minute red card.

Aaron Chapman was an unused Peterborough United substitute and saw their promotion hopes take a knock as they lost 2-1 at Fleetwood Town.

Gillingham are unbeaten in the league in 13 games and were 2-1 winners against Doncaster Rovers at the Priestfield Stadium. Jack Bonham and John Akinde both completed 90 minutes for the Gills.

John-Joe O’Toole was an unused Burton Albion substitute and watched his side lose 4-1 against Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

Sunderland made it seven wins from their last nine games as they beat Oxford United 1-0 at the Kassam Stadium.  Matty Taylor was in the Oxford side for this one.

Ellis Harrison started for Portsmouth and scored their first goal, in the 64th minute, in their 2-0 win against Shrewsbury Town at Fratton Park. Lee Brown was an unused Pompey substitute.

Ellis Harrison, who scored for Portsmouth last Saturday. Photo courtesy of Neil Weld, Portsmouth FC
Ellis Harrison, who scored for Portsmouth last Saturday.  [Photo courtesy of Neil Weld, Portsmouth FC]
Cambridge United won their fourth successive league game, beating Bradford City 2-1 at the Abbey Stadium. Victor Adeboyejo started this one for the U’s, while Reggie Lambe was an unused substitute.

By virtue of their 2-1 home win against Leyton Orient, Cheltenham Town moved into fifth place. Ryan Broom was in the Cheltenham starting XI and Tom Nichols was a 73rd minute substitute.

Exeter City strengthened their promotion credentials with a 3-2 win at Macclesfield Town, though Tom Parkes was missing from their squad on this occasion.

Mansfield Town ended a four match winless run with a 1-0 victory against Newport County at Field Mill. Ryan Sweeney was in the Mansfield side that moved 13 points clear of bottom club Stevenage.

Conrad Logan was an unused Forest Green Rovers substitute and saw his side pick up a point from a 1-1 draw at Oldham Athletic.

There was a crowd of 11,567 at Home Park, where Plymouth Argyle beat promotion rivals Crewe Alexandra 2-1. Byron Moore was in in the Argyle side for this one.

Port Vale moved into a play off position thanks to their 3-0 home win against Colchester United. Cristian Montano was in the Vale side while Harry Pell started for Colchester.

Two managers with Rovers connections, Darrell Clarke (Walsall) and Keith Curle (Northampton), saw their sides meet at the Banks’s Stadium where the Saddlers ran out 3-2 winners thanks to Rory Holden’s 93rd minute strike. Stuart Sinclair started for Walsall, while Andy Williams was in the Northampton starting XI. Chris Lines was an unused Northampton substitute.

The weather almost put paid to the complete National League programme of matches and only three survived. There was a former Gas man involved in one of them, namely Alex Wall, who was in the Woking side that took a point from a 1-1 draw against Notts County at Meadow Lane. The point gained by County was enough to see them back in a play off place.

Only two matches were played in National League North, the rest being called off as Storm Dennis took a grip. Neither game featured any former Gas players.

It was a slightly different story in National League South, as only two games were called off. Deon Moore was named on the Hemel Hempstead Town bench for their game at Braintree Town. They played out a goalless draw with their hosts and Moore was sent on with ten minutes to go.

Chippenham Town picked up a valuable three points with a 1-0 home win against Maidstone United who ended the game with nine men following two red cards. Will Puddy, George Rigg, Luke Russe and Chris Zebroski all started for Chippenham.

Chris Zebroski - helping Chippenham Town pull away from the relegation zone. Photo courtesy of Richard Chappell, Rchapp@btinternet.com
Chris Zebroski – helping Chippenham Town pull away from the relegation zone.  [Photo courtesy of Richard Chappell, Rchapp@btinternet.com]
Bath City avenged their FA Trophy defeat by Concord Rangers and recorded a 1-0 away win to keep them in fifth place. Ryan Clarke was in the Bath side while Ryan Brunt was named on the bench.

Jeffrey Monakana was in the Dulwich Hamlet side that suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Welling United while Bradley Goldberg was in the Welling United starting XI.

Abdulai Baggie started for Weymouth, who were 3-2 winners at Hampton & Richmond Borough, while Josh Wakefield was named on the bench. The result keeps Weymouth in fourth place.

Scott Davies and Louie Soares were both named on the Slough Town bench for the visit of Havant & Waterlooville and they saw their side draw 1-1. It was second against third and, with a point apiece, that’s how it remained.

Jefferson Louis was also named on the bench, for St Albans City, and he saw his side take a point from a goalless home draw against Oxford City.

None of the four former Gas players currently playing Northern Premier League football were involved as Storm Dennis wiped out their games.

The same goes for the Southern League where only eight games were played across the four divisions, none of which involved any former Gas players.

Jamie Cureton and Adam Cunnington were named in the Hornchurch starting XI for their Isthmian Premier League Premier Division home game against Merstham and there were two familiar names on the substitutes benches, namely Chris Dickson (Hornchurch) and Barry Hayles (Merstham). Dickson was sent on in the 87th minute of the 2-2 draw but as far as I can tell, Hayles was an interested spectator!

There was another 2-2 draw in the South East Division, where third placed Whitehawk picked up a point from their trip to face Ramsgate. Dave Martin, though, was missing from the Whitehawk squad.

The only game played in the Western League Premier Division saw Bitton take a point from a 1-1 draw at Keynsham Town. Matt Groves scored the Bitton goal and Scott Brice was also in the side, as was Nabi Diallo.

In the Scottish Premiership Michael Smith was in the Heart of Midlothian side that could only draw2-2 in their home game against Hamilton Academical who played all but 21 minutes of the game with ten men and were 2-0 ahead when defender Jamie Hamilton was sent off.

In the only other Premiership game played, Ross County and St Johnstone played out a 1-1 draw. Jordan Tillson was again an unused Ross substitute.

Congratulations to former Gas striker Darryl Duffy, who scored his 200th (and 201st) career goal in Stirling Albion’s 4-1 away win at Cowdenbeath. By my reckoning 19 of those goals were scored for Rovers.

Congratulations to Darry Duffy, who scored twice for Stirling Albion last Saturday. The first of his brace was his 200th career goal. Photo courtesy of Jeff Davis
Congratulations to Darryl Duffy, who scored twice for Stirling Albion last Saturday. The first of his brace was his 200th career goal.  [Photo courtesy of Jeff Davis]
Finally this week, thanks to Lee McLean for advising me of the whereabouts of former Gas striker Jamie Lucas. He’s now playing for Southern League Division One South side Evesham United, on loan from Halesowen Town. He scored the only goal of the game as Evesham beat Melksham Town last week but, like many non league players, had a weekend off this time around thanks to Storm Dennis.

Jamie Lucas, currently playing for Evesham United, on loan from Halesowen Town. Photo courtesy of JMP UK
Jamie Lucas, currently playing for Evesham United, on loan from Halesowen Town.  [Photo courtesy of JMP UK]

Chapter 28 – Week commencing 2nd February 2020

SUNDAY 2ND FEBRUARY

In the Scottish Premiership Celtic moved seven points clear at the top of the table as, with Fraser Forster in goal, they were 4-1 winners at Hamilton Academical.

TUESDAY 4TH FEBRUARY

There were five FA Cup Fourth Round replays on this Tuesday evening, and all but one, Shrewsbury against Liverpool, featured former Rovers players.  It would have been a clean sweep if Shrewsbury Town’s Ollie Norburn not been injured in their first game against Liverpool. He was still not fit enough to be included in the side for the Anfield replay which they lost 1-0.

At St Andrews Birmingham City and Coventry City were tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes, and 2-2 after extra time. However, Birmingham won the ensuing penalty shootout 4-1. Jake Clarke-Salter was an unused Birmingham substitute.

The game at the Cardiff City Stadium also went to penalties. Goalkeepers Neil Etheridge (Cardiff) and Sam Walker (Reading) had been on their sides’ respective benches for the league meeting between the sides the previous Friday, but both played in this one. It was
2-2 after 90 minutes and 3-3 after extra time. Reading were 4-1 winners in the penalty shootout, with Walker saving one of the Cardiff spot kicks.

Kelle Roos was between the posts for Derby County who beat Northampton Town 4-2 at Pride Park to set up a Fifth Round home tie against Manchester United; will he play in that one, I wonder. Chris Lines and Andy Williams were in the Northampton starting XI and Joe Martin was sent on from the bench in the 62nd minute.

Matty Taylor was a 58th minute substitute for Oxford United, who took Newcastle United to extra time at the Kassam Stadium (it was 2-2 after 90 minutes) before losing 3-2.

Daniel Leadbitter was in the Newport County side (haven’t written that in a long while!) for their EFL Trophy tie against Leicester City U-21’s at Rodney Parade. Their 1-0 win sets up a home semi final against Salford City.

In the Northern Premier League North West Division Clitheroe played out a goalless draw at Marske United. Craig Stanley was named on the Clitheroe bench, though I have no idea if he managed any game time in this one!

Craig Stanley who is now playing for Clitheroe. NO CREDIT
Craig Stanley, who is now playing for Clitheroe.

Andy Monkhouse was in the Tadcaster Albion side that lost 3-2 at home against Dunston. Down to nine men, following two red cards, they conceded in the 90th minute in what was described on their Twitter feed as a ‘bonkers’ game.

Jordan Goddard, I have discovered, is now playing for Southern League Premier South side Nuneaton Borough and he scored the second of their three goals in an away game at Hednesford Town.

In the Southern League Premier South Division Merthyr Town picked up a point from a 1-1 draw at Poole Town. Ben Swallow and Eliot Richards started for Merthyr and Gavin Williams was on the bench.

In Division One Nuno Felix and Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis were in the Paulton Rovers side that picked up a valuable point from a 1-1 draw at AFC Totton.

Frome Town manager Danny Greaves named himself on the bench for the home game against league leaders Thatcham Town. Greaves saw his side win 3-0 and replace Thatcham at the top of the table.

Bristol Manor Farm were beaten 1-0 at Sholing. Steve Kingdon and Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist were in the Farm starting XI, while Ollie Mehew was named on the bench.

On Tuesday morning Isthmian Premier League side Bishop’s Stortford issued the following statement regarding Jamie Cureton.

‘It is with regret that Jamie Cureton has left Bishop’s Stortford FC to join another Club. An offer came in for Jamie last week and after sitting down with him he wanted assurances he would be with BSFC next season as a player or player/manager, we couldn’t guarantee that at this moment in time but said we were happy for him to stay as a player for the remainder of the season.

‘After a lot of thought Jamie decided it would be his best interest to leave the Club. We respect his decision and would like to place on record our thanks to him for all he has achieved whilst at the Club. He will not be severing all ties with the Club as he will continue to work alongside Jim Duggan coaching our academy Under 19 side.’

Jamie Cureton who has signed for Hornchurch, his 2oth club, and is already off the mark for them. Photo courtesy of Alan Marshall
Jamie Cureton who has signed for Hornchurch, his 20th club, and is already off the mark for them.  [Photo courtesy of Alan Marshall]
Jamie responded by saying; ‘It is with great sadness that my time at the club has come to an end. The club have told me I have no future next season as a player or manager. I have had the best two years playing and managing your club and I thought this was going to be the club I’d retire at, but it’s not to be.’

Stortford then went out and lost 1-0 at home against Worthing, while Jamie signed for Hornchurch who play in the same division. They issued this statement; ‘We are extremely pleased to announce the signing of former Premier League star Jamie Cureton.

‘Jamie signs from Bishop’s Stortford where he made 29 appearances this season, scoring an impressive 18 goals. The mercurial striker comes with a wealth of experience and will be a fantastic addition to the Hornchurch front line.’

Hornchurch also had a match that night and were 3-0 home winners against Cheshunt thanks to goals from Adam Cunnington (2) and Chris Dickson. Jamie was named on the bench and made his debut for his new club when going on in the 66th minute.

In the South East Division third placed Whitehawk drew 2-2 at home against league leaders Hastings United. Dave Martin was in the Whitehawk side.

WEDNESDAY 5TH FEBRUARY

Weymouth were in National League South action and slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Havant & Waterlooville. Josh Wakefield and Abdulai Baggie were both in the Weymouth side.

Abdulai Baggie, scoring regularly for Weymouth. NO CREDIT
Abdulai Baggie, scoring regularly for Weymouth. 

In the Southern League Division One South Larkhall Athletic played out a 2-2 home draw against Cinderford Town. Lewis Powell scored their first goal of the evening and was joined in the starting lineup by Jack Camm and Dale Evans. Geraint Bater and Neil Arndale were both on the Larks’ bench.

There was another clean sheet for Fraser Forster who was between the posts for Celtic, 4-0 away winners at Motherwell. Not a great evening for Peter Hartley, who was in the Motherwell side that remains in third place in the table.

Jordan Tillson was a 90th minute substitute for Ross County who were 2-0 home winners against Livingston and they are now in ninth place.

Alex Jakubiak was sent on from the St Mirren bench in the 73rd minute of their 1-1 home draw against Hamilton Academical. Given that his new side have scored only 20 goals this season, it seems a little bit of a surprise that he didn’t start the game!

FRIDAY 7TH FEBRUARY

Jake Clarke-Salter returned to Bristol for the evening and was in the Birmingham City side that beat Bristol City 3-1 in their Championship fixture at Ashton Gate.

The one game played in League One saw Lincoln City lose 1-0 to league leaders Rotherham United at Sincil Bank. Cian Bolger was in the Lincoln side and picked up another card of the yellow variety to add to his season’s collection!

SATURDAY 8TH FEBRUARY

With only two Premier league games played, and no Gas involvement, we begin Saturday’s roundup with former gas men in the Championship.

Preston North End moved into the final play off place by virtue of their 2-1 win at Wigan Athletic and while Scott Sinclair was in the Preston lineup, Billy Bodin is still missing from the squad through injury.

Brentford maintained their promotion challenge with a 3-2home win against Middlesbrough and once again Luke Daniels spent the afternoon watching the match from the bench.

Joe Lumley was also on bench warming duty for Queens Park Rangers and saw his side beaten 2-0 at Huddersfield Town.

After playing in Cardiff City’s midweek FA Cup tie, Neil Etheridge was back on the bench for their trip to face Luton Town and he saw his teammates take all three points thanks to a 1-0 win.

The same goes for Sam Walker, who appeared in Reading’s FA Cup win at Cardiff. He was back on the bench for the home game against Hull City and watched his side take a point from a 1-1 draw. Tom Eaves was in the Hull City side.

There was another yellow card for Tom Lockyer, who was in the Charlton Athletic side beaten 3-1 at Stoke City, a result that leaves them one place and four points above the bottom three.

Connor Roberts was in the Swansea City side beaten 3-2 at home by Derby County. Goalkeeper Kelle Roos was on the Derby bench.

Blackpool picked up their first league win of 2020 by beating Southend United 2-1 at Bloomfield Road. Marc Bola was in their lineup for this one.

John-Joe O’Toole was the recipient of a yellow card for Burton Albion, who played out a goalless draw against Gillingham at the Pirelli Stadium. Jack Bonham and John Akinde both started for the Gills.

Matt Lund, who has returned to Rochdale following his time with Scunthorpe United, was in their starting lineup for their game against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. Tyler Smith was on the bench and was sent on in the 65th minute.

Peterborough United won their fifth consecutive league match with a resounding 4-0 home win against Oxford United. Aaron Chapman was on the Peterborough bench while Matty Taylor completed 90 minutes for Oxford.

Shrewsbury Town, still missing the injured Ollie Norburn, were held to a 1-1 draw at home by MK Dons. Lee Nicholls was in goal for MK.

Portsmouth registered a ninth straight win in all competitions as they comfortably beat Tranmere Rovers 2-0 at Prenton Park. Ellis Harrison completed 90 minutes for Pompey while Lee Brown was an unused substitute.

Rovers were beaten 3-1 by Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park and Joe Jacobson was in the Wycombe side that remained in second place.

League Two leaders Swindon Town picked up a point from a 1-1 draw against Carlisle United at Brunton Park. Tom Broadbent was an unused Swindon substitute.

Colchester United, with Harry Pell in their side, recorded a 3-0 win over Plymouth Argyle. Byron Moore was in the Plmouth side, but they were missing the suspended Gary Sawyer and the injured Dominic Telford.

Exeter City’s 2-1 home win saw them move into third place, three points adrift of leaders Swindon. Tom Parkes was in the Exeter side for this one.

Forest Green Rovers, with Conrad Logan in goal, suffered a fourth successive home defeat as they went down 2-1 against Walsall. Stuart Sinclair started for Walsall, but James Clarke and Rory Gaffney were missing once again.

Ryan Sweeney was in the Mansfield Town side that had to settle for a point from a 1-1 draw at Morecambe.

Daniel Leadbitter started for Newport County, who were beaten 1-0 by Cambridge United at Rodney Parade. Victor Adeboyejo started for Cambridge while Reggie Lambe and Daniel Jones were unused substitutes.

Daniel Leadbitter has appeared in Newport County’s last two games. Photo courtesy of JMP UK
Daniel Leadbitter has appeared in Newport County’s last two games.  [Photo courtesy of JMP UK]
Northampton Town remained in a top six spot in spite of their 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Port Vale. Chris Lines, Andy Williams and Joe Martin were all named on the bench for the Cobblers. Williams was sent on in the 61st minute and Lines in the 85th minute while Martin stayed on the bench. Cristian Montano was in the Vale side.

Cheltenham Town lost 1-0 against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park. Ryan Broom started for the Robins, while Tom Nichols was sent on in the 57th minute.

Nathan Blissett was in the Solihull Moors side that collected a National league point from a 2-2 draw at Bromley.

Angelo Balanta returned to the Dagenham & Redbridge side following a lengthy lay off through injury. He was named on the bench for their home game against Stockport County and was sent on in the 68th minute of their 1-1 draw.

Alefe Santos was sent on from the Aldershot Town bench in the 67th minute of their 2-0 defeat at Hartlepool United and his side are only three points above the relegation zone.

Several National League sides were involved in the Third Round of the FA Trophy and two former Gas players, Joe Partington and Scott Rendell, were in the Eastleigh side beaten 2-0 at Harrogate Town.

Marc Richards was in the Yeovil Town side beaten 2-1 at home by Notts County, who played all of the second half with ten men following the red card issued to Wes Thomas. They were down to nine men for the last 20 minutes when Damien McCrory went off injured after County had used all three substitutes. The injured Sam Slocombe was missing from the County squad.

Andy Bond was a 56th minute substitute for York City who slipped to a 3-1 defeat against Boston United at York Street. They stay in second place, though Boston are now in third, six points behind but with two games in hand.

Gloucester City picked up three valuable points from a 2-1 away win at bottom club Bradford Park Avenue. Bernard Mensah scored one of the Gloucester goals while Cameron Ebbutt was an unused substitute.

Danny Greenslade was missing from the Hereford side held to a 2-2 draw by Southport at Edgar Street.

Bath City’s National League South form must be a cause of concern for manager Jerry Gill. They slipped to a 3-0 defeat against St Albans City , though they remain in fifth place in the league standings. Ryan Clarke and Ryan Brunt both started this one for Bath while Jefferson Louis was an 88th minute substitute for the visitors.

Dulwich Hamlet, with Jeffrey Monakana in their lineup, played out a goalless draw at Havant & Waterlooville.

A 1-0 win at Hemel Hempstead Town was enough to lift Chippenham Town out of the bottom two. Will Puddy, Chris Zebroski all started this one for them while George Rigg was sent on from the bench in the second half.

Bradley Goldberg was an 82nd minute substitute for Welling United, beaten 2-1 at home by second placed Slough Town. Louie Soares was a 62nd minute Slough substitute while Scott Davies stayed on the bench all afternoon.

Fourth placed Weymouth conceded a 95th minute goal in their home game against Eastbourne Borough and had to settle for a point from a 2-2 draw. Abdulai Baggie was in the Weymouth side and scored one of their goals while Josh Wakefield was sent on in the 70th minute.

In the Northern Premier League Premier Division Kieran Preston was in goal for Basford United who are in second place following their 1-1 home draw against FC United of Manchester. A crowd of 901 watched this one.

In the North West Division Andy Monkhouse was in the Tadcaster Albion side beaten 3-0 at Ramsbottom United though they are still in sixth place in the league, one point away from a play off place.

Andy Monkhouse, who is now playing for Tadcaster Albion. NO CREDIT
Andy Monkhouse, who is now playing for Tadcaster Albion. 

Jordan Goddard was in the Nuneaton Borough side held to a 2-2 home draw by Biggleswade Town in the Southern League Premier Central Division. It wasn’t a particularly good day for the former Gas man, though, as he was sent off for a deliberate handball in the box after only 18 minutes.

Jordan Goddard who scored a goal and collected a red card in his last two games for Nuneaton Borough. Photo courtesy of Neil Brookman
Jordan Goddard who scored a goal and collected a red card in his last two games for Nuneaton Borough.  [Photo courtesy of Neil Brookman]
In the Premier South Division Merthyr Town were beaten 2-0 at top of the table Chesham United. Ben Swallow and Eliot Richards both started this one for Merthyr while Gavin Williams was on the bench.

Harry Warwick was an 82nd minute substitute for Dorchester Town who suffered a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Hendon and remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Rene Howe was in the Farnborough side held to a 1-1 draw at home by Blackfield & Langley, a result that sees them in 13th place in the league standings.

Swindon Supermarine’s poor run of form continued as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Taunton Town. Martin Horsell was in goal for Supermarine, who are in fifth place while Ross Staley was in the Taunton side that moved up to fourth.

last Saturday’s game between Swindon Supermarine and Taunton Town, both courtesy of Steve Brennan of motionsportphotography.co.uk
Two photos from last Saturday’s game between Swindon Supermarine and Taunton Town, both courtesy of Steve Brennan of motionsportphotography.co.uk – In this one Taunton Town’s Ross Staley is on the attack… 
…and here Supermarine goalkeeper Martin Horsell guards his near post
…and here Supermarine goalkeeper Martin Horsell guards his near post

Yate Town suffered a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Hayes & Yeading United and remain just above the bottom three. Sam Kamara was in the Yate side for this one.

The promotion race is hotting up in Division One South and Paulton Rovers are in fifth place following their 6-0 away win at bottom club Barnstaple Town. Nuno Felix was in the Paulton side for this one.

Bristol Manor Farm and Highworth Town played out a goalless draw at the Creek. Steve Kingdon and Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist were in the Farm lineup, while Ollie Mehew was named on the bench.

Third placed Larkhall Athletic were 3-2 home winners against second placed Thatcham Town. Jack Camm, Dale Evans and Lewis Powell were all in the Larks’s starting lineup while Geraint Bater was named on their bench.

In the Isthmian League Premier Division Lyle Della-Verde was in the Enfield Town side that recorded a 2-0 home win against Bognor Regis Town.

It didn’t take long for Jamie Cureton to register his first goal for Hornchurch – he netted after 17 minutes of their away game at Potters bar Town. Unfortunately, though, he ended up on the losing side as Potters Bar were 2-1 winners. Adam Cunnington also started for Hornchurch and he was replaced by Chris Dickson in the 77th minute.

In the South East Division Whitehawk, with Dave Martin in their side, were 1-0 home winners against Sittingbourne and they remain in third place.

In the FA Vase, Bitton were 2-1 home winners against Sutton Common Rovers in the Fifth Round of the FA Vase. With Scott Brice and Matt Groves in their side, they made it through to the quarter finals for the first time in their history.

In the Midland league Premier Division Sam Oji was in the Highgate United side beaten 3-2 at Selston.

Northern Counties League Premier Division side Barton Town also lost 3-2, at home against Grimsby Borough though Craig Disley was again missing through injury.

Johnny Burn started for Northern League side Whickham, who lost 2-1 at Seaham Red Star, though he was injured and substituted in the 48th minute.

Johnny Burn, pictured playing for Whickham. NO CREDIT
Johnny Burn, pictured playing for Whickham. 

In the Fifth Round of the Scottish Cup St Mirren and Motherwell drew 1-1. Alex Jakubiak scored his first goal for St Mirren to set up a replay on 18th February. Peter Hartley was in the Motherwell lineup.

Michael Smith returned to the Heart of Midlothian side for their tie at Falkirk and helped his side through to the next round as they won 1-0.

In Scottish League One Darryl Duffy was in the Stirling Albion side that suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Queens Park.

Lochee United won a penalty shootout to go through to the next round of the Quest Engineering Cup, but I was unable to trace a lineup, so have no idea if Garry Kenneth was involved!

There were two former Gas men involved in the Welsh Premier League game between Barry Town United and Connah’s Quay Nomads. Kayne McLaggon was in the Barry side while Kris Owens was named on the Nomads’ bench. Nomads won the game 1-0.

Over in Northern Ireland Jeff Hughes was in the Larne side that recorded a 4-0 away win against Institute.

Kenan Dunnwald-Turan is now playing for Bonner SC in the German Regionaliga. Last Friday (31st January) he was in the side that lost 2-0 at Schalke 04 II. This weekend also saw him start, but he was on the losing side as Bonner lost 3-0 at home against Verl.