Loan Update: October 5
Posted by nickogs20 on October 6, 2010
International break it may be, but with eight United youngsters on loan in Leagues One and Two, there’s still something for Reds to keep an eye on at club level over the next fortnight – last night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy action for starters, which saw involvement for five of our loanees on what turned out to be quite a dramatic evening.
Much of that drama was to be found at Brunton Park, where Carlisle United included James Chester and Oliver Norwood in the starting lineup for the visit of League Two leaders Port Vale. Norwood had been recalled to the lineup after an impressive substitute appearance at the weekend but made his mark on this game in unfortunate fashion, opening the scoring by inadvertently heading past his own goalkeeper when attempting to clear a cross. Vale soon doubled that lead, but the other United loanee popped up at the right end to kickstart a comeback, Chester powerfully heading home a cross from James Berrett. Jason Price (part of a triple-substitution just before the hour mark that saw Norwood depart) levelled the scores, and the Cumbrians completed a famous turnaround as they edged the penalty shootout 4-3.
Another player who had to endure the dreaded lottery of spot-kicks was Nick Ajose, who made his full debut for Bury as they took on Shrewsbury Town at Gigg Lane. Ajose had a relatively quiet game as the two sides played out a goalless draw but, unlike Chester and Norwood, did play a part in the shootout that took his team through. The 18 year-old stepped up and coolly converted the Shakers’ fourth penalty, helping set the stage for goalkeeper Cameron Belford to become the hero by saving and then scoring in the first round of sudden death.
The remaining United involvement was at Victoria Park, as Hartlepool United took on Bradford City. Conor Devlin was the goalkeeping understudy for the home side, while Oliver Gill started at centre-back for the visitors, with Reece Brown missing out through injury. In what was a fairly uninspiring and uneventful game, it was Hartlepool that edged their way into the next round with a narrow 1-0 wim, Leon McSweeney’s second-half strike proving to be decisive.
JOHNSTONE’S PAINT TROPHY
Bury 0-0 (6-5 pens) Shrewsbury Town (Ajose completed full 90, scored in shootout)
Carlisle United 2-2 (4-3 pens) Port Vale (Chester completed full 90, scored 1; Norwood taken off after 58 mins)
Hartlepool United 1-0 Bradford City (Devlin an unused sub for HU; Gill completed full 90 for BC, Brown out injured)