Several of our young talents are out on loan, plying their trades in different divisions as they continue building the experience that they hope to bring back to Madejski Stadium. And Ben House, who joined Dagenham & Redbridge on loan last month, made the perfect start to life in the National League with two goals on his Daggers debut in a 6-1 win.
His brace of goals were the first two of the home side’s half-dozen against visitors Aldershot. House’s first was a smart finish after a clever one-two down the inside left, and his second – which came before quarter of an hour had been played – was a brave diving header in a congested area.
The forward wasn’t able to complete his hat-trick, but was heavily involved throughout the game for the London club as they knocked the Shots for six.
No such luck for Ramarni Medford-Smith, who also made his bow for loan side Torquay United on the same afternoon.
The Gulls, in the play-off pack, were favourites going into the game against second-bottom Sutton – ultimately they were overcome 2-1 at Plainmoor. Our loanee played the full 90.
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Striker Sam Smith has been on a hot streak of form for Cambridge United; the most recent of his seven goals to date came in the 90th minute of the U’s FA Cup game against Exeter City, tying up the game at 1-1 and forcing a replay down in Devon. His other half-dozen goals have all come in League Two.
Defender Tennai Watson has six appearances under his belt for Coventry City so far, as the Sky Blues seek promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship. The Midlands club – who are playing their home games at Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s this season – currently lie third in League One. Watson’s most recent appearance was a Leasing.com Trophy game against Southampton’s Under-21 side, which ended in a 3-2 win.
After making a first-team debut in the Carabao Cup for the Royals this year, Akinwale Odimayo is being used with more regularity for loan side Hungerford Town. His most recent appearance came at the start of November, helping his side to a clean-sheet in a 3-0 victory at Braintree.
Meanwhile fellow Under-23 player Jordan Holsgrove continues to impress for Atlético Baleares, helping the Mallorca-based side to the summit of the Segunda División B Group 1. The Scottish youth international has one goal his name so far – in a 3-1 victory over Real Oviedo B – and the only fixture that his side have lost so far this term was against Rayo Majadahonda, when Holsgrove was not in the squad.
Also on the continent, Tom Holmes is plying his trade with KSV Roeselare but couldn’t prevent his side from falling to defeat in a goal-strewn game against Westerlo on Sunday, who were 5-3 winners. It was Holmes’ third appearance for the Belgian club.
Goalkeeper Luke Southwood is yet to make his senior debut for Hamilton Academical in the Scottish Premiership, with former Wales international Owain Fôn Williams being the club’s first choice between the sticks. Southwood has made two appearances to date for the U20 side in the Scottish League Challenge Cup.