Royals in action up and down the country over the weekend...As our first team took a break from domestic action this weekend, our loanees were all battling for points up and down the country! Here's what they are all fighting for in their respective divisions!
Jack Stacey | Exeter City 3-3 Yeovil Town
Stacey came off the bench for the Grecians with the game goalless in the 57th minute - little did he know he would play a part in one of the most eventful half an hour's-worth of football this season as Exeter came from behind to secure a point that keeps them in the play-off places in League Two!
That doesn't quite tell the story. The Glovers raced into a seemingly unassailable 3-0 lead with three goals scored within 16 secodn half minutes at St James' Park - but Paul Tisdale's men came back in incredible style! First David Wheeler drilled in off the post with less than two minutes of normal time remaining.
Then, in stoppage time, Troy Brown headed in to make it 3-2! And Stacey supplied the telling cross for Reuben Reid to smash home an injury time equaliser! Exeter remain seventh but are level on points with eighth-placed Carlisle United.
Tariqe Fosu | Colchester United 2-1 Luton Town
Winger Tariqe Fosu came off the bench to play a 24-minute part in a vital win for Colchester United on Saturday - the Us beating a Luton outfit who were sitting fifth in the League Two table before a trip to the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Fosu has made 27 appearances for Colchester this season scoring three goals in the process, but it was a Chris Porter brace that was enough to see Colchester close the gap on the top six to just two points and move up to tenth in the League Two ladder at the Hatters' expense. Fellow Royals loanee Stuart Moore was an unused substitute for Town.
Jake Cooper | Swindon Town 1-0 Millwall
Cooper's Millwall lost by a single Conor Thomas goal scored in the 94th minute of a game against Swindon Town on Saturday - and the Lions are now three points adrift of a top six spot in League One as they keep up the hunt for a return to the Championship.
Cooper had enjoyed an exceptionally strong start to his loan spell with the Lions since joining the club on loan in January - this was only the second defeat he has suffered since his arrival at the New Den...and that was away at Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup quarter finals!
But defeat at the weekend means Millwall are a place outside the League One play-off places, three points behind Simon Cox's Southend albeit with a game in hand.
Dom Hyam | Aldershot Town 3-1 Macclesfield Town
Young defender Dom Hyam made his debut for Aldershot Town at the weekend, having secured a loan deadline day move to the Shots earlier in the week.
Hyam came on as a late replacement in a 3-1 home win over Macclesfield Town to help the local non-league side move into the National League play-off places with three vital points.
Sean Long | Lincoln City 3-1 Forest Green Rovers
Lincoln City fought back from a goal down at the break to overtake National League leaders Forest Green Rovers and go top of the National League table on goal difference, and Sean Long played the full ninety minutes for the Imps on Saturday.
After a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Boreham Wood last Tuesday night, the Imps had been knocked from the top of the table by Forest Green but in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off Long and his teammates restored their place at the summit and have three games in hand as a result of their FA Cup giant-killing heroics earlier in the year.
Lewis Ward | Welling United 0-0 Hungerford Town
Royals keeper Lewis Ward kept a clean sheet in his second Hungerford Town appearance on Saturday, earning an away point having only just joined Hungerford Town to replace recalled Royal George Legg between the sticks at the weekend.
Ward had been thrust straight into action in a 2-1 home win over Weston Super Mare the previous weekend and the point at Welling keeps Town in the top six in the National League South.
Joe Tupper | Carshalton Athletic 4-1 Herne Bay
Joe Tupper’s Carshalton secured a comfoprtable win over Herne Bay this Saturday to edge closer to a top six finish in the Ryman One South Division.
The goalkeeper joined Carshalton back in mid-December on a Youth Loan and has been a regular in goal for the side since, helping keep Herne Bay at bay to move into fifth place in the table with that victory.