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 32 – Week commencing 1st March 2020

SUNDAY 1ST MARCH

Merstham, of the Isthmian Premier league, lost 3-1 at Cray Wanderers and they named Barry Hayles on their bench for this one though, as far as I can tell, he didn’t get on the pitch.

Fraser Forster was in goal for Celtic as they won their 34th consecutive domestic cup tie, beating St Johnstone 1-0 in their Scottish Cup quarter final match.

MONDAY 2ND MARCH

Ellis Harrison started for Portsmouth in their fifth round FA Cup tie against Arsenal at Fratton Park. The Gunners won this one 2-0 to go through to the quarter finals.

Basford United, of the Northern Premier League Premier Division, suffered a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Nantwich Town. Kieran Preston was once again between the posts for Basford.

In the Danish Superliga, FC Midtjylland were 3-0 home winners against SenderjyskE and Mikkel Andersen was once again an unused substitute for the league leaders.

TUESDAY 3RD MARCH

Sam Walker was, once again, on bench warming duties for Reading, beaten 2-1 by Sheffield United at the Madejski Stadium, after extra time, in the fifth round FA Cup tie. Oli McBurnie was a 61st minute substitute for the Blades.

In a meeting of the second and third placed sides in League Two, Exeter City and Crewe Alexandra drew 1-1 at St James’ Park.  Tom Parkes scored the Exeter goal, but the result saw them drop a place to fourth.

Exeter were replaced in third place by Devon rivals Plymouth Argyle who were 3-0 winners against Grimsby Town at Home Park, so it wasn’t a happy return to that venue for Grimsby boss Ian Holloway who was, once upon a time, in charge of Argyle. The suspended Gary Sawyer was missing from the Argyle lineup but Byron Moore completed 90 minutes and Dominic Telford was sent on from the bench in the 89th minute.

League leaders Swindon Town beat Scunthorpe United 2-0 at the County Ground to extend their lead at the top of the table to three points. Tom Broadbent was in the Swindon side and completed 90 minutes.

Danny Woodards and Ricky Shakes both returned to the Boreham Wood squad for their National League game at Barnet. However, both remained on the bench and watched their side take a point from a 2-2 draw, a result that keeps them in the play off places.

Eastleigh picked three points thanks to a 2-1 win at bottom club Chorley. Joe Partington completed 90 minutes for them, while Scott Rendell was an unused substitute.

Joe Partington, a regular in the Eastleigh side this season. Photo courtesy of Tom Coffey, Eastleigh FC
Joe Partington, a regular in the Eastleigh side this season.  [Photo courtesy of Tom Coffey, Eastleigh FC]
Another former Gas man, Nathan Blissett, was an unused substitute for Solihull Moors who suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Hartlepool United and the sides are now two of four clubs on 54 points with Hartlepool only denied a play off place by an inferior goal difference. Luke James, though, was once again missing from the Hartlepool squad. He picked up serious injury in their FA Cup tie against Exeter City in December and may well miss the rest of the season.

National League North leaders York City were beaten 4-1 by Hereford at Bootham Crescent. Andy Bond was named on the York bench for this one, while Danny Greenslade was once again missing from the Hereford squad.

Paulton Rovers, with Nuno Felix in their side, were beaten 4-3 at home by Sholing in the Southern League Division One South match.

Lyle Della-Verde was in the Enfield Town side that collected a point from their 1-1 home draw against Lewes in the Isthmian Premier League Premier Division.

In the Western League Premier Division Bitton, fresh from their FA Vase victory at the weekend made six changes for their match against Hallen, but still ran out 3-0 winners. Matt Groves and Scott Brice were both in the Bitton side.

In the Scottish Premiership the Edinburgh derby saw Heart of Midlothian record a 3-1 win at Hibernian. Michael Smith was in the Hearts side for this one. The two sides will meet again in the Scottish Cup semi final which will be played on 11th or 12th April.

It would appear that Stirling Albion could have done with the services of Darryl Duffy for their match against Stenhousemuir.  He was missing from their squad as they played out a home goalless draw.

WEDNESDAY 4TH MARCH

Jake Clarke-Salter was in the Birmingham City side beaten 1-0 at Leicester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Taunton Town were in Southern League Premier South Division action, with a home game against Hendon. The result was a 3-3 draw and Ross Staley was named on the Taunton bench.

In the Scottish Premiership Celtic, with Fraser Forster in goal, were held to a 2-2 draw at Livingston though because Rangers were beaten at home, they increased their lead at the top of the table to 13 points.

Third placed Motherwell registered their first home win of the year, winning 4-1 against Ross County. Peter Hartley was in the Motherwell side while Jordan Tillson was a 65th minute substitute for Ross.

Alex Jakubiak was in the St Mirren starting XI for their home game against St Johnstone which ended in a goalless draw.

THURSDAY 5TH MARCH

There was a rare first team appearance for Kelle Roos, who was in goal for Derby County who faced Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round. There was no happy ending, though, as United ran out 3-0 winners. That completed a week of fifth round ties, all of which were midweek evening kick offs. Didn’t they used to play at least some of them on Saturdays? Nice to see the authorities considering travelling supporters when arranging these games. All they can see is £££ signs!

FRIDAY 6TH MARCH

In the Welsh Premier League Connah’s Quay Nomads collected a point from a 2-2 draw at Bala Town. Kris Owens was again in the starting XI for the Nomads.

Kris Owens, now playing for Connah’s Quay Nomads. NO CREDIT FOR THIS ONE
Kris Owens, now playing for Connah’s Quay Nomads. 

Barry Town United, with Kayne McLaggon in their side, also drew 2-2 away from home. They scored their equalising goal against The New Saints in the 92nd minute to claim a point.

Mark McChrystal was in the Derry City side beaten 2-1 away at Waterford in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

Mark McChrystal, who was in the Derry City side that were beaten 2-1 last weekend. Photo courtesy of Derry City FC
Mark McChrystal, who was in the Derry City side that were beaten 2-1 last weekend.  [Photo courtesy of Derry City FC]
SATURDAY 7TH MARCH

Oli McBurnie was in Sheffield United’s lineup for their Premier League game against Norwich City at Bramall Lane. The Blades were 1-0 winners and moved up to sixth place.

More former Rovers goalkeepers were involved in the Championship games and, as usual. Neil Etheridge spent the afternoon on the Cardiff City bench. He saw his side win 2-0 against Barnsley at Oakwell.

Sam Walker was also a spectator, watching his Reading side win 3-1 against Birmingham City at St Andrews. Jake Clarke-Salter was an unused Birmingham substitute.

Luke Daniels probably enjoyed his afternoon more than most. Yes, he was on the Brentford bench again, but watching his side record a 5-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday at Griffin Park must have made for an enjoyable afternoon!

Brentford v Cambridge United
Luke Daniels, who watched his Brentford team mates demolish Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday.   [Photo courtesy of Chris Wickham, Brentford FC]
Joe Lumley completed a quartet of Championship former Gas goalies on bench warming duty. He saw his Queens Park Rangers side win 3-1 against Preston North End at Deepdale. Scott Sinclair was an 81st minute Preston substitute.

Tom Lockyer was missing from the Charlton Athletic side that slipped into the bottom three following their 1-0 defeat by Middlesbrough at the Valley.

Also missing from action was Hull City’s Tom Eaves. His side were beaten 5-1 by Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium and find themselves just two points above the bottom three.

Connor Roberts was an unused substitute for Swansea City, who played out a goalless home draw against West Bromwich Albion.

Cian Bolger was an unused Lincoln City substitute and saw his side record a 3-2 win against Burton Albion, in League One, at Sincil Bank. John-Joe O’Toole was in the Burton side.

Goalkeeper Lee Nicholls and his MK Dons side were beaten 1-0 by Doncaster Rovers at Stadium MK, a result that kept Doncaster’s play off hopes alive.

Peterborough United moved into fourth place thanks to a 2-0 home win against promotion rivals Portsmouth who dropped to sixth. Aaron Chapman was an unused Peterborough substitute, while Lee Brown sat on the Pompey bench all afternoon. Ellis Harrison was missing from the Portmsouth squad.

Rochdale eased their relegation worries with a 3-1 home win against Rotherham United. Matt Lund scored their third goal of the afternoon, in the 76th minute while Tyler Smith watched the action unfold from the Rochdale bench.

Oxford United moved up to third place following their 3-2 away win at Shrewsbury Town. Matty Taylor was in the Oxford side but failed to score on this occasion.

Gillingham picked up a point from a 2-2 draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Jack Bonham was in goal for the Gills and John Akinde was sent on as a 72nd minute substitute.

In League Two, Harry Pell was in the Colchester side that revived their play off hopes with a 3-0 win against Carlisle United at Brunton Park.

Two more play off hopefuls, Cheltenham Town and Port Vale, played out a goalless draw at Whaddon Road. Ryan Broom was in the Cheltenham side and Tom Nichols was an unused substitute but Cristian Montano was missing from the Vale squad.

Matt Harrold returned to the Leyton Orient squad for their home game against Cambridge United and was an unused substitute in their 2-1 home win. Victor Adeboyejo completed 90 minutes for Cambridge.

Leyton Orient v Forest Green Rovers 23rd Nov 2019
Matt Harrold, who returned to the Leyton Orient squad last Saturday.   [Photo courtesy of Simon O’Connor, Leyton Orient FC Official Photographer]
Northampton Town had Sam Hoskins sent off in their game against Mansfield Town at Sixfields and were beaten 2-1. Chris Lines was an unused Northampton substitute while Ryan Sweeney completed 90 minutes for Graham Coughlan’s Mansfield side.

Plymouth Argyle strengthened their grip on an automatic promotion place with a 3-0 win against Macclesfield Town at Home Park. The suspended Gary Sawyer was missing from the Argyle side, but Byron Moore started, and Dominic Telford was sent on from the bench in the 83rd minute.

Tom Broadbent was an unused Swindon Town substitute for their home game against Forest Green Rovers. Town were knocked off top spot following their 2-0 defeat. Conrad Logan spent the afternoon on the Rovers bench.

James Clarke and Stuart Sinclair were both in the Walsall side that beat Exeter City 3-1 at the Banks’s Stadium. Tom Parkes was in the Exeter side that remained in fourth place following this result.

Walsall v GrimsbySky Bet League Two
31/8/2019
James Clarke, who was in the Walsall side that beat Exeter City last Saturday.  [Photo courtesy of Tom Heslop, Walsall FC]
In the National League Solihull Moors kept their play off hopes alive with a goalless draw against AFC Fylde. Nathan Blissett was sent on from the Moors bench at the start of the second half.

Alefe Santos was missing from the Aldershot Town side beaten 1-0 at home by Dagenham & Redbridge, but Angelo Balanta was in the Daggers’ side.

Yeovil Town remained in third place following their 1-0 win at Dover Athletic. Adam Smith, returning to the Glovers for a second loan spell, was an unused Yeovil substitute while Marc Richards started and scored the all important goal after 47 minutes.

Eastleigh’s point from a goalless draw at Wrexham moved them five points clear of the relegation zone. Joe Partington started this one for Eastleigh while Scott Rendell was sent on as an 80th minute substitute.

National North league leaders York City returned to winning ways in fine style. They visited Alfreton Town and came away with a 3-1 win. Andy Bond was an unused York substitute for this one.

Gloucester City, playing their first game in quite a while, picked up a point from a 1-1 away draw against Kettering Town. Bernard Mensah scored the all important Gloucester goal.

Fifth placed Bath City took a point from a goalless draw against third placed Weymouth at Twerton Park in front of a crowd of 1,902. Ryan Clarke was missing from the Bath side, but Ryan Brunt was sent on from the bench in the 61st minute. Abdulai Baggie was in the Weymouth lineup and Josh Wakefield went on in the 89th minute.

Elliott Ward was in the Chelmsford City side that was held to a 1-1 draw at home by Concord Rangers, a result that left them in tenth place.

Theo Widdrington, who joined Hemel Hempstead Town on loan earlier in the week, made his debut for his new club when going on as an 80th minute substitute. They were 1-0 winners in their home game against Dorking Wanderers.

Welling United, with Bradley Goldberg in their lineup, lost 3-1 at Maidstone United and although they are in 14th place they are only five points above the drop zone.

Chippenham Town’s fine run of form continued with a 3-1 away win at Oxford City and they have moved up to twelfth place. Will Puddy, Luke Russe and George Rigg all started for Chippenham and Chris Zebroski was sent on as an 80th minute substitute.

George Rigg, helping pull Chippenham Town clear of the National League South relegation places. Photo courtesy of Richard Chappell, Rchapp@btinternet.com
George Rigg, helping pull Chippenham Town clear of the National League South relegation places.   [Photo courtesy of Richard Chappell, Rchapp@btinternet.com]
A 2-0 home defeat at the hands of bottom club Hungerford Town saw Slough Town drop to fourth place, Scott Davies was sent on from the Slough bench in the 56th minute.

Jefferson Louis was also sent on from the bench (the St Albans City one).  That was in the 76th minute, but he ended up on the losing side as they were beaten at home, 2-1, by Dartford.

In spite of opening the scoring for Dulwich Hamlet, an 32nd minute penalty, at Wealdstone, Jeffrey Monakana was also on the losing side as the home side hit back to win 2-1.

Our three Northern League representatives didn’t fare very well at all and the three sides with Gas representation failed to score a goal between them.

In the Premier Division Kieran Preston was in goal for Basford United who suffered a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Buxton. In the North West Division Craig Stanley was in the Clitheroe side that picked up a point from a goalless home draw against Dunston. In the same division Andy Monkhouse was in the Tadcaster Albion side that lost 1-0 at Marine.

In the Southern League Premier Central Division, Jordan Goddard was in the Nuneaton Borough side that won 2-0 at Alvechurch. Nuneaton are currently in ninth place, just three points off a play off place.

Farnborough, of the Premier South Division, were 4-0 home winners against Yate Town. Rene Howe scored their second goal, on 45 minutes, while Sam Kamara was in the Yate side.

Swindon Supermarine were beaten 1-0 at Hayes & Yeading United, who went above them on goal difference into third place. Martin Horsell was in goal for Supermarine, while Alex Henshall was named on the bench and went on in the 76th minute.

Darren Mullings was in the Salisbury side that picked up three points from a 2-1 home win against Merthyr Town. Eliot Richards and Ben Swallow were in the Merthyr side while Gavin Williams was one of two named substitutes and went on in the 77th minute.

Ross Staley was named on the Taunton Town bench for their visit to Cornwall to take on league leaders Truro City. They collected a point from a 1-1 draw and stayed in sixth place, two points off a play off place.

In Division One Central Tom Hitchcock found the back of the net for Bedford Town, 2-0 winners at Daventry Town.

Moving on to Division One South and Larkhall Athletic slipped to a 4-0 defeat at Cirencester Town, though they remained in third place in the league standings. Jack Camm, Dale Evans and Lewis Powell all started for the Larks, while Geraint Bater was named on the bench.

Jamie Lucas was in the Evesham United side but was unable to find the back of the net as they took a point from a home goalless draw against Bristol Manor Farm. Steve Kingdon, Ollie Mehew and Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist all started for Manor Farm.

Jamie Lucas, who is currently playing for Evesham United in the Southern League Division One South. NO CREDIT ON THIS ONE
Jamie Lucas, who is currently playing for Evesham United in the Southern League Division One South.

The points, and the goals, were shared in the meeting between Paulton Rovers and Frome Town. Nuno Felix was in the Paulton side facing a Frome side managed by Danny Greaves.

The three former Gas ‘amigos’ at Isthmian Premier League side Hornchurch, namely Chris Dickson, Adam Cunnington and Jamie Cureton, all started in their 1-1 away draw at Corinthian Casuals. None of them found the back of the net, though!

Barry Hayles was named on the Merstham bench for their home game against Bognor Regis Town. The game ended 2-2 and ‘Bas’ was sent on in the 75th minute.

Lyle Della-Verde was named on the Enfield Town bench for their game at Folkestone Invicta. They also drew, 1-1, though I have no idea if he managed to get some game time.

Dave Martin was in the Whitehawk side that recorded an 8-1 home win against Three Bridges in the South East Division. The visitors had their goalkeeper sent off in the first minute of the game and things just went from bad to worse for them. Dave didn’t get on the scoresheet, though.

Dave Martin, who was in the Whitehawk side that recorded an 8-1 win last Saturday. Photo courtesy of Andy Schofield
Dave Martin, who was in the Whitehawk side that recorded an 8-1 win last Saturday.  [Photo courtesy of Andy Schofield]
Johnny Burn was back in the Whickham squad for their away match against Billingham Town on the Northern League Division One. He was named on the bench and his side won 4-0.

Nabi Diallo and Scott Brice were both in the Bitton side that registered a 2-1 away Western League Premier Division win against Clevedon Town, though Matt Groves was missing from their squad.

I’ve written this sentence write a few times this season; ‘There was another clean sheet for Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster.’ He must have been a spectator for much of the ninety minutes of their home game against St Mirren which they won 5-0. Alex Jakubiak was a 63rd minute substitute for St Mirren and his side were already three goals down when he was sent on.

Although they claimed a point from a 1-1 home draw against Motherwell, Heart of Midlothian are three points adrift at the bottom of the table. Michael Smith was in the Hearts side while Peter Hartley was in the Motherwell starting XI.

In Scottish League Two Darryl Duffy was in the Stirling Albion side that lost 3-2 in their away game at Elgin City.

Jeff Hughes was again in the Larne side and they recorded a 1-0 home win against Glenavon in the Northern Ireland Premier League.

Thanks to Stephen Byrne for the following information; Jeff Hopkins was last week named 2019 Coach of the Year at the Victorian Sports Awards; this is open to coaches of all sports. He has guided Melbourne Victory women’s side through their W-League season, and they face a title semi-final against Sydney on Saturday 14th M

 


Chapter 31 – Week commencing 23rd February 2020

SUNDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

There was another win bonus for goalkeeper Fraser Forster as Celtic went 12 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership thanks to a 3-1 home win against Kilmarnock.

Fraser Forster, now playing for Celtic who were knocked put of the Europa Cup last week, though they still continue to dominate the Scottish domestic scene. NO CREDIT FOR THIS ONE
Fraser Forster, now playing for Celtic who were knocked put of the Europa Cup last week, though they still continue to dominate the Scottish domestic scene. 

TUESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY

In the Championship Cardiff City were beaten 1-0 at the City of Cardiff Stadium by Nottingham Forest and, once again, Neil Etheridge was an unused Cardiff substitute.

Luke Daniels also spent the night on the bench, the Brentford one, and he saw his side lose 2-1 against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

Two more former Gas goalies were on the bench at Loftus Road where Queens Park Rangers were 2-1 winners against Derby County. The players referred to are, of course, Joe Lumley (Rangers) and Kelle Roos (Derby).

Scott Sinclair was a 78th minute substitute for sixth place Preston North End, who lost 2-0 against league leaders West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

Moving on to League One and Marc Bola spent the night on the Blackpool bench, watching his side beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at Bloomfield Road.

Matty Taylor scored twice for Oxford United, who were 3-0 home winners against Accrington Stanley, a result that left them just a point away from a play off position.

Lee Brown returned to the Portsmouth side for the visit of MK Dons to Fratton Park, but the injured Ellis Harrison was still missing from the Pompey squad. Lee Nicholls was in goal for MK, who were beaten 3-1.

There was a League Two goal for Ryan Broom who scored Cheltenham Town’s opener in the 19th minute of their 2-1 win against Northampton Town at Whaddon Road. Tom Nichols was an unused Cheltenham substitute while Chris Lines was in the Northampton side and Joe Martin was an unused substitute for the Cobblers.

National League South side Chippenham Town took a welcome three points from their home match against Concord Rangers, winning 3-0. Will Puddy, Luke Russe and George Rigg all started for Chippenham and Rigg opened the scoring in the first half. Chris Zebroski was named on the Chippenham bench and was sent on late in the second half.

Goalkeeper Will Puddy has helped pull Chippenham Town away from the relegation zone in national League South. Photo courtesy of Richard Chappell Rchapp@btinternet.com
Goalkeeper Will Puddy has helped pull Chippenham Town away from the relegation zone in national League South.  [Photo courtesy of Richard Chappell – Rchapp@btinternet.com]
Elliott Ward was in the Chelmsford City side that recorded a 1-0 away win against league leaders Wealdstone, a result that no doubt was welcomed by all Bath City supporters!

In the Southern League Premier South Division Salisbury, with Darren Mullings in their side, took a point from a goalless draw at Gosport Borough.

In the same division Swindon Supermarine were held to a 1-1 home draw by Hayes & Yeading United. Martin Horsell in the Supermarine goal, was credited with a number of outstanding saves. Alex Henshall was named on the bench.

Merthyr Town also picked up a point on the road, thanks to a goalless draw at Wimborne Town. Eliot Richards was named on the Merthyr bench for this one and was sent on in the 76th minute.

Third placed Motherwell, with Peter Hartley in their side, suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership, just a week after losing to them in the Scottish Cup. Alex Jakubiak was in the St Mirren starting XI.

WEDNESDAY 26TH FEBRUARY

Connor Roberts was an 82nd minute substitute for Swansea City in their game against Fulham at Craven Cottage. Fulham moved into third place by virtue of their 1-0 win, the only goal of the game being scored in the 94th minute.

Hull City’s winless run was extended to nine matches as they lost 1-0 at home against Barnsley. They were without Tom Eaves for this game.

Jake Clarke-Salter was an unused Birmingham City substitute and watched on as they played out a goalless draw against Millwall at the Den.

Charlton Athletic were beaten 1-0 by Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, conceding the only goal of the game in the 95th minute. Tom Lockyer was in the Charlton side that sits 18th in the table, only two points above the relegation places.

Sam Walker was again on the Reading bench for their home game against Wigan Athletic and he saw his side lose 3-0 which means they have now gone five consecutive home games without a win.

Scott Davies was a 68th minute substitute for Slough Town in their National League South defeat at Havant & Waterlooville. The home side were 1-0 winners and moved into third place, a point behind Bath City, while defeat for Slough saw them drop to fourth.

Scott Davies (yellow shirt) is unable to hold down a starting place for Slough Town at present. A regular on the bench, he has seen the National League South side move up to second place. Photo courtesy of Philip JA Benton
Scott Davies (yellow shirt) is unable to hold down a starting place for Slough Town at present. A regular on the bench, he has seen the National League South side move up to second place.  [Photo courtesy of Philip JA Benton]
THURSDAY 27TH FEBRUARY

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster was on the losing side as Celtic were knocked out of the Europa Cup. They suffered a 3-1 home defeat against FC Copenhagen to go out 4-2 on aggregate.

FRIDAY 28TH FEBRUARY

Portsmouth moved up to third place in the League One table following their 3-0 win against Rochdale at Fratton Park. Lee Brown started for Pompey and Ellis Harrison, back in the squad after injury, was on the bench and was sent on in the 83rd minute. Matt Lund was in the Rochdale side, but Tyler Smith was missing from the squad.

In the Northern Irish Cup quarter final Larne suffered a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Coleraine. Jeff Hughes was in the Larne side.

Jeff Hughes, who was in the Larne side that lost to Coleraine in the Irish Cup quarter final last weekend. Photo courtesy of Chris at Larne FC
Jeff Hughes, who was in the Larne side that lost to Coleraine in the Irish Cup quarter final last weekend.  [Photo courtesy of Chris at Larne FC] 

SATURDAY 29TH FEBRUARY

The Championship game between the eighth and ninth placed sides, Blackburn Rovers and Swansea City, ended 2-2 at Ewood Park. Connor Roberts was named on the Swansea bench and was sent on in the 70th minute.

There was another 2-2 draw at the City of Cardiff Stadium, between Cardiff City and Brentford. The game was watched by two former Gas goalies, who were on their club’s respective benches (Neil Etheridge for Cardiff & Luke Daniels for Brentford).

Scott Sinclair was named on the Preston North End bench for their game against Fulham at Craven Cottage, and he was sent on in the 72nd minute of their 2-0 defeat.

Two more former Gas players, Joe Lumley and Jake Clarke Salter watched their sides, Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City, play out a 2-2 draw at Loftus Road.

Sam Walker is another former Gas goalie who was on bench warming duty and he saw his Reading side beat Barnsley 2-0 at the Madejski Stadium.

I’m not sure why there are so many former Gas keepers in the Championship, or why so many of them are always on the bench, but there was another one, Kelle Roos, on the Derby County bench at Hillsborough where he saw his side win 3-1.

Missing from action, presumed injured, were Tom Eaves whose Hull City side lost 4-0 at home against Leeds United, and Tom Lockyer who missed Charlton Athletic’s 4-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town.

Ipswich Town are down to ninth place in Division One following their 2-1 defeat at Blackpool where Marc Bola was an unused substitute for the winning side.

Burton Albion, with John-Joe O’Toole in their side, were held to a 1-1 draw by Peterborough United at the Pirelli Stadium. Aaron Chapman, another former Gas keeper, was on the bench for the Posh.

Joe Jacobson was in the Wycombe Wanderers side that lost 3-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium against Doncaster Rovers.

Jack Bonham and John Akinde were both in the Gillingham side that slipped to a surprise home defeat at the hands of AFC Wimbledon who scored the winning goal in the 91st minute to put an end to Gillingham’s 15 match unbeaten run.

Matty Taylor scored his seventh goal in his last six games for Oxford United as they ran out 2-1 winners against Southend United at the Kassam Stadium. The three points saw the U’s move into the final play off place.

League leaders Rotherham United were held to a 1-1 draw at the New York Stadium by MK Dons, who had Lee Nicholls in goal (at last, a former Gas goalie who actually played!)

It wasn’t a good day for Division Two promotion hopefuls Plymouth Argyle, beaten 2-1 by Bradford City at Valley Parade. They finished the match with nine men after Gary Sawyer collected his second red card of the season in the 40th minute and Antoni Sarcevic was sent off six minutes from time. Byron Moore was also in the Plymouth side and Dominic Telford was sent on from the bench in the 80th minute.

Bolton Wanderers v Plymouth Argyle, Bolton, UK - 9 Nov 2019
Gary Sawyer- the Plymouth Argyle skipper picked up his second red card of the season last Saturday.  [Photo courtesy of Dave Rowntree, official Plymouth Argyle photographer]
Reggie Lambe, on as a 15th minute substitute, was on target for Cambridge United in their 2-1 home defeat against Carlisle United. Victor Adeboyejo started for Cambridge, but Daniel Jones was missing from their squad.

Exeter City, with Tom Parkes an unused substitute, were held to a 1-1 draw by Crawley Town at St James’ Park, but they remained in third place in the table.

Northampton Town moved up to sixth place following their 3-0 win at Grimsby Town where former Rovers players Ian Holloway (Grimsby) and Keith Curle (Northampton) are in charge. Chris Lines was a 60th minute substitute for Northampton.

Northampton Town manager Keith Curle saw his side take all three points last Saturday, against a Grimsby Town side managed by another former Rovers player, Ian Holloway. Photo courtesy of Pete Norton, official Northampton Town
Northampton Town manager Keith Curle saw his side take all three points last Saturday, against a Grimsby Town side managed by another former Rovers player, Ian Holloway.  [Photo courtesy of Pete Norton, official Northampton Town photographer]
Cheltenham Town were 2-0 away winners at Colchester United, a win that saw them up to fourth and just a point away from an automatic promotion place and saw Colchester drop out of the play off places. Harry Pell was in the Colchester side while Ryan Broom completed 90 minutes for Cheltenham and Tom Nichols was sent on as an 87th minute substitute.

Cristian Montano was in the Port Vale side that claimed a point from a 2-2 draw against Scunthorpe United at Vale Park and they currently occupy the final play off place.

Cristian Montano, in the Port Vale side pushing for a League two play off place. NO CREDIT FOR THIS ONE
Cristian Montano, in the Port Vale side pushing for a League two play off place.

Three games in this division were postponed as a result of waterlogged pitches, so there was no game for the former Gas players at Forest Green Rovers, Leyton Orient, Walsall, Mansfield Town and Swindon Town.

In the National League Angelo Balanta was in the Dagenham & Redbridge side that lost 2-1 at the home of league leaders Barrow.

Nathan Blissett was an unused substitute for Solihull Moors who were 3-0 home winners against promotion rivals Dover.

Woking, with Alex Wall in their starting lineup, were 2-0 home winners against Maidenhead United, a result that leaves them two points outside the play off places.

Marc Richards was in the Yeovil Town starting lineup for their home game against Wrexham which they won 3-0 to move into third place.

Fixtures in National Leagues North and South were decimated by the weather but in one of only four matches played in the North section leaders York City, with Andy Bond in their side, drew 1-1 against Curzon Ashton at Bootham Crescent.

Andy Bond who is currently playing for National League North league leaders York City. Photo courtesy of Ian Parker, York City FC
Andy Bond who is currently playing for National League North league leaders York City. [Photo courtesy of Ian Parker, York City FC]
In the South, Bath City missed a great opportunity to close the gap on league leaders Wealdstone as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Braintree Town, a result that saw them drop to fourth. Ryan Clarke was in goal for the Romans and Ryan Brunt was an unused substitute.

Chippenham Town moved up to 14th following their 2-1 home win against St Albans City. Will Puddy, George Rigg, Luke Russe and Chris Zebroski all started for Chippenham. Jefferson Louis was an 81st minute substitute for St Albans.

Slough Town moved back into second place by virtue of their 5-3 win at Dorking Wanderers. Scott Davies was an unused Slough substitute for this one.

Dulwich Hamlet, with Jeffrey Monakana in their side, suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Tonbridge Angels and they find themselves in trouble down at the bottom of the table, where they are one of three clubs on 34 points vying to avoid the final relegation place (bottom club Hungerford Town are nine points adrift).

Third placed Weymouth scored five goals in their game home game against Maidstone United, who scored just once in reply. Weymouth were awarded three penalties in this match but scored only one of them. Josh Wakefield and Abdulai Baggie (who missed one of the spot kicks) both started for Weymouth.

The only former Gas player in action in the Northern Premier league was Craig Stanley. He was in the Clitheroe side that travelled to face Workington Town in their North West Division fixture. They lost 4-1 and find themselves in 11th place in the league.

Waterlogged pitches were the order of the day in the Southern League and just one game survived in the Premier Central Division.

Three games went ahead in the Premier South Division and in one of them Merthyr Town played out a goalless draw at home against Beaconsfield Town. Eliot Richards was in the Merthyr side for this one and they appear to be struggling with injuries as they could only name two substitutes.

There were also three games played in Division One Central and Tom Hitchcock was in the Bedford Town side that took a point from a 1-1 home draw against Bedworth United.

There were just two games in Division One South, neither of which featured any former Gas players.

Hornchurch, of the Isthmian Premier league, did manage to play and their 2-1 home win against Haringey Borough moved them up to second place in the Premier Division. Chris Dickson scored both Hornchurch goals and Jamie Cureton and Adam Cunnington also started for them.

Chris Dickson and alex wall
Chris Dickson and Adam Cunnington, two of the three former Gas strikers now playing for Isthmian League side Hornchurch (Jamie Cureton is the third). Chris scored twice last Saturday to help his side move into second place.

Elsewhere in non league circles, Highgate United’s Midland League Premier Division game was called off, so no match for Sam Oji. In the bottom of the table clash in the Northern League Division One Whickham were 1-0 home winners against Penrith, though they did it without Johnny Burn. In the Northern Counties League Premier Division Barton Town were beaten 2-1 at Hemsworth Miners Welfare, though I have been unable to trace the lineups for this game so have no idea if Craig Disley was in the Barton side.

Pride of place this week goes to Bitton, who were 4-0 away winners at Wroxham in the quarter final of the FA Vase. A crowd of 997 saw Bitton go through to the semi finals and Scott Brice, Nabi Diallo and Matt Groves were all in their lineup.

In the Scottish Cup quarter finals, Heart of Midlothian, with Michael Smith in their side, went through to the last four thanks to their 1-0 home win against Rangers.

At the same stage of the competition St Mirren were beaten 2-0 at home by Aberdeen. Alex Jakubiak was in the starting lineup for the home side but didn’t appear for the second half.

In Scottish league two Darryl Duffy was in the Stirling Albion side that won 2-0 at Brechin City to consolidate their sixth place in the league table.

Connah’s Quay Nomads, with Kris Owens in their side, were beaten 2-1 at home by Cardiff met in their Welsh Cup quarter final.

 


Chapter 30 – Week commencing 16th February 2020

SUNDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

Just for a change Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster didn’t manage to keep a clean sheet. In spite of that his side were 2-1 winners at third placed Aberdeen and now have a ten point lead over second placed Rangers.

MONDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

Elliott Ward made his full debut for Chelmsford City, following his move from Cambridge United, and helped his new side to a 3-1 home win against Tonbridge Angels in their National League South fixture. One of Ward’s new teammates is former Bristol City striker Leroy Lita and he scored one of the Chelmsford goals.

In the Danish Superliga FC Midtjylland were 2-0 home winners against Lyngby. Goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen was an unused Midtjylland substitute.

TUESDAY 18TH FEBRUARY

There were two games played in League One, both featuring former Rovers players.

Matty Taylor scored twice for Oxford United, 5-0 winners against AFC Wimbledon at the Kassam Stadium. They moved up to tenth place following this victory.

Gillingham extended their unbeaten League One record to 14 games thanks to a 1-0 win against Southend United at Roots Hall, a run that has seen them up to ninth in the table. Jack Bonham was in goal for the Gills, and John Akinde also completed 90 minutes for them.

Plymouth Argyle missed the opportunity of going joint top of League Two as they could only draw 1-1 against Macclesfield Town at Moss Rose. Gary Sawyer was back in the Plymouth side after suspension, Byron Moore also started and Dominic Telford, returning to the squad after injury, was sent on as a 79th minute substitute.

Holders Portsmouth will have the opportunity of retaining the EFL Trophy after their 3-2 semi final win against Exeter City at Fratton Park. Exeter took a 2-1 lead in the 89th minute, Pompey equalised in the 91st minute and then scored the winning goal with 96 minutes on the clock. Ellis Harrison started for the hosts, but was forced off through injury on 24 minutes, while Lee Brown was an unused substitute. Tom Parkes was in the Exeter side.

Lee Brown - will he be able to get back into the Portsmouth side for their Wembley final - Photo courtesy of Neil Weld, Portsmouth
Lee Brown – will he be able to get back into the Portsmouth side for their Wembley final – [Photo courtesy of Neil Weld, Portsmouth]
In National League South Bath City kept up their promotion challenge with a 2-0 win at Maidstone United and moved into third place. Ryan Clarke was in goal for the Romans while Ryan Brunt was named on the bench.

In the Southern League Premier South Division Salisbury slipped to a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of new league leaders Truro City. Darren Mullings returned to the Salisbury side for this one.

Yate Town picked up a welcome three points from their home game against Swindon Supermarine. Sam Kamara was in the Yate lineup while Martin Horsell was in goal for Supermarine and Alex Henshall was named on their bench.

Alex hnshall, who returned to the Swindon Supermarine side last Saturday. Photo courtesy of Steve Brennan motionsportphotography.co.uk
Alex Henshall, who returned to the Swindon Supermarine side on Saturday. [Photo courtesy of Steve Brennan motionsportphotography.co.uk]
Hornchurch had to be satisfied with an away point in their Isthmian League Premier Division away clash against Margate. Chris Dickson was named in the Hornchurch starting XI while Jamie Cureton and Adam Cunnington were both on the bench and both were sent on in the 53rd minute. Jamie scored 21 minutes later, from the penalty spot after he had been fouled in the area.

Peter Hartley was in the Motherwell side for their Scottish Cup Fifth Round replay. It’s not a game he will want to remember, though, as he scored an own goal as the sides drew 4-4 after extra time and St Mirren won the ensuing penalty shootout 3-2.

FRIDAY 21ST FEBRUARY

Kelle Roos spent his Friday night on the Derby County bench, at Pride Park, watching his side draw 1-1 against Fulham in their Championship match.

Kris Owens was in the Connah’s Quay Nomads side that went four points clear at the top of the Welsh Premier League with a 1-0 home win against The New Saints.

FC Midtjylland were 2-0 winners at Hobro in the Danish Superliga and Mikkel Andersen was again an unused substitute for them.

SATURDAY 22ND FEBRUARY

Oli McBurnie completed 90 minutes for Sheffield United in their Premier league match against Brighton & Hove Albion at Bramall Lane, which ended 1-1.

There was another draw in the Championship as Brentford and Blackburn Rovers shared four goals at Griffin Park. Luke Daniels took up his usual place on the Brentford bench.

Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday also shared the spoils, in a 3-3 draw at St Andrews. Jake Clarke-Salter started for Birmingham in this one.

Tom Lockyer was in the Charlton Athletic side that recorded a 3-1 win over Luton Town at the Valley, a result that lifted them four points above the relegation places.

Sam Walker took up his usual place on the Reading bench and watched his side go down 1-0 against Leeds United at Elland Road.

Joe Lumley was also an unused substitute, for Queens Park Rangers, and he saw his side claim a point from a goalless draw at Nottingham Forest.

Preston North End stayed in the final play off place thanks to a 2-1 win against Hull City at Deepdale. Scott Sinclair started this one for Preston and Tom Eaves was in the Hull starting XI.

Preston North End v Swansea City, EFL Sky Bet Championship, Football, Deepdale, Preston, UK - 01 Feb 2020
Scott Sinclair, now playing in the Championship with Preston North End.

Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge spent his afternoon on the Cardiff City bench, watching his side lose 2-0 against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Connor Roberts was sent on from the Swansea City bench in the 90th minute of their 3-1 home win against Huddersfield Town.

In League One Blackpool, with Marc Bola an unused substitute, played out a goalless draw against AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow.

Portsmouth dropped out of the play off places and were replaced by the side that beat them, Fleetwood Town. However, both Lee Brown and Ellis Harrison were missing from the Pompey lineup at the Highbury Stadium.

Matty Taylor scored the only goal of the game at Portman Road, in the 44th minute, where Oxford United beat Ipswich Town.

Cian Bolger was in the Lincoln City side that drew 0-0 against Gillingham at Sincil Bank, while Jack Bonham was in goal for the Gills and former Lincoln player John Akinde was sent on as a 64th minute substitute.

MK Dons, with Lee Nicholls in goal, were 1-0 winners against Bolton Wanderers at Stadium MK and continued their climb up the table. They are now 13 points clear of the final relegation place.

Matt Lund was in the Rochdale starting XI for their home game against Coventry City, while Tyler Smith was an unused substitute. It was Coventry who picked up all three points, though, and they remain in second place following their 2-1 win.

Matty Lund, who has returned to Rochdale for a second time. NO CREDIT FOR THIS ONE
Matty Lund, who has returned to Rochdale for a second time. 

Burton Albion ended a winless run of six games with a 3-2 win against Southend United at Roots Hall. John-Joe O’Toole was in the Burton side and he collected a yellow card and also put through his own goal in the 91st minute.

Joe Jacobson scored another late penalty for Wycombe Wanderers in their 3-1 win against Tranmere Rovers at Adams Park. This one arrived in the 92nd minute and Rovers now look to be relegation certainties, along with Southend and Bolton.

Moving on to League Two and Cheltenham Town were 1-0 home winners against Mansfield Town, a result that keeps the Gloucestershire Robins in fifth place. Ryan Broom was in the Cheltenham side and supplied the cross from which Reuben Reid scored the only goal of the game, and Tom Nichols also started. Ryan Sweeney was in the Mansfield side.

Northampton Town moved into the final play off spot with a 2-0 win against Exeter City at Sixfields. Chris Lines was in the Northampton side for this one, while Tom Parkes was in the Exeter lineup.

Plymouth Argyle and Cambridge United played out a goalless draw at Home Park. Gary Sawyer and Byron Moore started for Argyle, while Dominic Telford was sent on in the 62nd minute. Reggie Lambe was a 51st minute Cambridge substitute but Victor Adeboyejo stayed on their bench all afternoon.

Dominic Telford, who has returned to the Plymouth Argyle squad following injury. Photo courtesy of Dave Rowntree, official photographer Plymouth Argyle FC
Dominic Telford, who has returned to the Plymouth Argyle squad following injury.  [Photo courtesy of Dave Rowntree, official photographer Plymouth Argyle FC]
Harry Pell was in the Colchester United side that kept their play off hopes alive with a 2-1 win at Salford City.

Forest Green Rovers continued their slide down the table as they were beaten again, this time 1-0 at Glanford Park, home of Scunthorpe United. Conrad Logan was an unused Forest Green substitute.

In a meeting of the Towns at the County Ground, league leaders Swindon were 3-1 winners against Grimsby. The three points moved the Wiltshire side two points ahead of second placed Crewe Alexandra.

Described as a thrilling 2-2 draw, Walsall and Port Vale shared the spoils at the Banks’s Stadium. Stuart Sinclair was an 88th minute substitute for the Saddlers but James Clarke spent his afternoon kicking his heels on the bench. Cristian Montano was in the Vale side.

Boreham Wood’s bid for promotion from the National League improved with a 1-0 home win against Yeovil Town, which saw them move up to third place. However, Ricky Shakes and Danny Woodards were both missing from their matchday squad. Marc Richards was a 78th minute substitute for the Glovers.

In spite of their 2-0 home win against Solihull Moors, Dagenham & Redbridge are only a point above the relegation places. Angelo Balanta started this one for the Daggers and scored their second goal, on 43 minutes. Nathan Blissett was in the Solihull starting XI.

Angelo Balanta, who was on the scoresheet for Dagenham & Redbridge last Saturday. Photo courtesy of Lewis McKean, media Officer, Dagenham & Redbridge FC
Angelo Balanta, who was on the scoresheet for Dagenham & Redbridge last Saturday. [Photo courtesy of Lewis McKean, media Officer, Dagenham & Redbridge FC]
Eastleigh, also are flirting with the bottom four places and following their 3-0 defeat at Harrogate Town, they are only two points above those relegation spots. Joe Partington was in the Eastleigh side for this one while Scott Rendell was an unused substitute.

Aldershot Town recorded a 2-1 away win at Maidenhead United which saw them move up to 16th in the table. Alefe Santos was missing from their squad for this one.

Also missing from action were Luke James (Hartlepool United) and Sam Slocombe (Notts County) both injured, I believe. Hartlepool won this one 2-0 and could yet force themselves into a play off place.

Alex Wall was in the Woking side that played out a 1-1 home draw against Stockport County and he scored their goal, in the 11th minute. Although they are down in 13th place, they are only two points off a play off place.

York City moved back to the top of National League North following their 1-0 away win at Kidderminster Harriers. Andy Bond was in the York side for this one.

Danny Greenslade was missing from the Hereford side that drew 2-2 against Darlington at Edgar Street, while Bernard Mensah and Cameron Ebbutt had a blank Saturday as Gloucester City’s game at Curzon Ashton was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

Bath City moved up to second place in National League South thanks to a 3-2 win against Dulwich Hamlet at Twerton Park, a game watched by a crowd of 1,047. Ryan Clarke was in goal for the Romans, and Ryan Brunt was sent on from the bench in the 75th minute. Jeffrey Monakana started for Dulwich.

Slough Town’s 1-1 draw at Chelmsford City saw them drop down to third place. Scott Davies was an unused Slough substitute, while Louie Soares was missing from the squad altogether. Elliott Ward was in the Chelmsford side.

Bradley Goldberg was in the Welling United side that recorded a 1-0 home win against Chippenham Town. Will Puddy, George Rigg, Luke Russe and Chrs Zebroski all started for Chippenham, who are out of the bottom two on goal difference only.

Bradley Goldberg, who was in the Welling United side that defeated Chippenham Town last weekend. Photo courtesy of Dave Budden
Bradley Goldberg, who was in the Welling United side that defeated Chippenham Town last weekend.  [Photo courtesy of Dave Budden]
Fourth placed Weymouth had to be content with a point from a goalless home draw against Billericay Town. Abdulai Baggie started for Weymouth, while Josh Wakefield was sent on from the bench in the 83rd minute.

Jefferson Louis was a 90th minute substitute for St Alabans City, who were 2-1 away winners at Havant & Waterlooville.

Moving on to the Northern Premier League and in the Premier Division Basford United remained in second place following their 2-1 home win against Atherton Collieries. They are now only two points behind league leaders South Shields with both having played 29 games. Kieran Preston was again in goal for Basford.

In the North West Division, Craig Stanley was in the Clitheroe side beaten 3-1 by Mossley, a result that saw them drop to ninth in the table.

In the Southern League Premier South Division Eliot Richards started for Merthyr Town, who played out a goalless draw at Blackfield & Langley while Gavin Williams was named on the bench and Ben Swallow was missing from the squad altogether. Williams replaced Richards in the 78th minute.

Swindon Supermarine are up to third place following their 1-0 win at Farnborough, the only goal of the game arriving in the 90th minute. Martin Horsell and Alex Henshall were both in the Supermarine side for this one. Rene Howe was named on the Farnborough bench.

Sixth placed Taunton Town, with Ross Staley in their lineup, collected a point from a 2-2 draw at Hayes & Yeading United.

Although they lost 2-0 at Metropolitan Police, Yate Town remain three points above the relegation places. Sam Kamara was in the Yate side for this one.

Darren Mullings was in the Salisbury side that recorded a 2-0 home win against Hendon, a result that keeps them in seventh place.

Darren Mullings who has recently returned to the Salisbury starting XI. Photo courtesy of Michael Berkeley Photography
Darren Mullings who has recently returned to the Salisbury starting XI.  [Photo courtesy of Michael Berkeley Photography]
In Division One Central Tom Hitchcock was named on the Bedford Town bench for their home game against Kempston Rovers. He was sent on in the 74th minute of his side’s 2-0 win.

Paulton Rovers are in fourth place in Division One South. They were 1-0 winners at Basingstoke Town, with Nuno Felix in their starting XI.

Bristol Manor Farm lost 1-0 against Melksham Town at The Creek and find themselves down in 16th place. Steve Kingdon and Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist were in the Manor farm side, while Ollie Mehew was named on the bench.

Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist of Bristol manor farm, who celebrated his 21st Birthday at the weekend. Photo courtesy of The Post
Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist of Bristol manor farm, who celebrated his 21st Birthday at the weekend.  [Photo courtesy of The Post]
Jamie Lucas was in the Evesham United side that played out a 2-2 draw at home against Bideford and he scored their second goal, in the 65th minute. Ryan Paddock was also in the Evesham side.

Larkhall Athletic are still in third place and their 3-1 home win against Winchester City enhanced their play off prospects. Jack Camm, Dale Evans and Lewis Powell all started for the Larks, while Geraint Bater was named on the bench.

Hornchuch won 2-0 at Bishop’s Stortford in the Isthmian League Premier Division with Chris Dickson scoring one of their goals. Adam Cunnington also started for Hornchurch, as did Jamie Cureton against the side he managed until very recently.

Merstham slipped to a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Enfield Town. Barry Hayles was named on the Merstham bench while Lyle Della-Verde started for Enfield and scored their third goal in the 51st minute.

Sam Oji skippered Midland League Premier Division side Highgate United to a 4-1 home win against Gresley FC.

Johnny Burn and Craig Disley weren’t involved for their respective clubs (Whickham and Barton Rovers) this weekend. Whickham didn’t have a game, but Barton Rovers were 1-0 winners against league leaders Stavely Miners Welfare.

In the Western league Premier Division Bitton were 5-0 away winners against Bridport FC. Scott Brice, who opened the scoring for Bitton, and Matt Groves, were both in the starting lineup ahead of next week’s FA Vase quarter final.

Cribbs were at home against Shepton Mallet and picked up a point from a goalless draw. There were no former Gas players in their side, but they did have a Devon White in goal…surely not!!!

In the Scottish Premiership Jordan Tillson was again an unused Ross County substitute and he watched his side win 2-1 at Aberdeen.

Motherwell, who played all but 37 minutes of their game against Hamilton Academical with ten men, picked up a point from a goalless draw and moved back into third place. Peter Hartley was in the Motherwell side.

Kayne McLaggon was in the Barry Town United side that played out a home 1-1 draw against Caernarfon Town in the Welsh Premier League.

In the Northern Ireland Premier League, Jeff Hughes was in the Larne FC side that registered a 1-0 home win against Warrenpoint.

In the German Regionaliga Philp Kenan Dunnwald-Turan started for Bonner SC who played out a 2-2 home draw against SC Fortuna Koln.

And, finally, news of Bo Henriksen, who is now coach at Danish Superliga side Horsens. They lost their last game 6-0 against Nordsjaelland.

 


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.