DaveAlbon keeps us up to date with all of Rushden’s lads out on loan.
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend…”
It would appear that Polonius’ famous advice hasn’t reached East Northants yet, because if you’re trying to secure a loan during these difficult financial times, then Rushden & Diamonds Football Club is the place to go. No fewer than ten of our young Diamonds have been shipped out to various clubs so far this season, and with Sam Smith reported to be joining Corby any day now, it’s likely that a possible Rushden & Diamonds starting XI (albeit one which would struggle to cling to the coattails of the pointless, penniless Chester City) will have plied most of their trade away from Nene Park this season. “But how have the potential Rushden stars of the future been getting on during their loan spells?” I hear you ask. Okay, so maybe you didn’t ask; but anyway…
Unfortunately, the Blue Square Premier seems to be the lowest level of the football pyramid at which official club websites all have accurate, up to date match reports, with starting lineups, substitutes and goal scorers thrown in at no extra cost. The further down into the murky depths of non-league football you delve, the more difficult it is to locate those vital statistics required to keep us anoraks suitably informed. Some clubs do make life easy for you, but for the others it sometimes requires hours of painstaking, and often fruitless, Googling. As a result, some of the stats may not be 100% accurate, but I think the majority are on the money.
(I should probably point out that this isn’t actually some tragic, lonely hobby of mine, but as the Rushden researcher for the legendary Football Manager games – FM2010, out Friday 30th October, available at all good retailers 😉 – it is a necessity that I know this stuff; otherwise I won’t get my free copy of the game. And that would be tragic!)
Anyway, starting at the back, Joe Day is currently with Harrow Borough in the Ryman League Premier Division (two leagues below the BSP). He faced a baptism of fire on his debut against the league leaders Dartford, and despite losing the game 2-0 Joe apparently made several good saves to keep the score down. His second game unfortunately saw him injured late on, and taken to hospital with concussion. This has kept him out of the last two games, and with the initial loan deal due to expire at the end of this month, he may well have played his last game for Harrow.
Current youth team ‘keeper James Broadbent has been registered with Newport Pagnell Town under a ‘work experience’ loan, and played one game for them at the start of the season but doesn’t appear to have played since.
In defence, youth team captain Aynsley McDonald is now in his second spell at Wingate & Finchley, where Michael Stone was manager before joining us. Aynsley was recalled briefly after only a couple of appearances for Wingate, and was on the bench for our league game up at Barrow last month, before heading back to Wingate again, where he has now become a regular starter for the Ryman League Division 1 North side (3 leagues below the BSP). He has now made 11 appearances for Wingate in all competitions, scoring his first ever senior goal against Tilbury last month, and in a recent game apparently created a goal with a Scholes-like crossfield pass!
Jack Higgins, Young Player of the Season for 2008-09, started the season at Hemel Hempstead Town, playing in 10 games, and also finding the net once with his first ever career goal. However, he lost his place in the side when the Zamaretto League Premier Division strugglers (two levels below the BSP) changed manager a few weeks ago. It looks as though he has now been recalled.
Bobby Aisien had been playing regularly for Kings Lynn in the Unibond League Premier Division (two below the BSP), before returning to Nene Park in time to make the bench for the game at Workington. In total he made seven appearances, including one in the FA Trophy, which makes him cup tied and unable to play for us in the same competition.
Finally, Matt Evans (as sponsored by The Diamonds Forum!) had a short spell at Raunds Town in the Eagle Bitter UCL Premier Division, four levels below the BSP. His stay lasted just four games, although my sources tell me that the club are hoping to arrange another loan deal for him with a team higher up in the footballing pyramid. (When I say “sources” I mean eavesdropping on Paul Driver’s conversations at the youth games!)
In the midfield positions, Lewis Hallford also had a four game stint at Raunds Town, scoring twice in a 6-0 win over Yaxley, and picking up the highly coveted Player of the Match award in their 2-0 win over S&L Corby the week before. As with Matt Evans, the club are hoping to loan him out elsewhere at a higher level.
Jamie McGuinness made six appearances in a one month spell at Bedford Town in the Zamaretto League Premier Division. He scored a debut goal in the Eagles 4-1 win over Rugby Town despite playing in his now regular position of right back.
The most experienced member of the squad currently out on loan is Jake Beecroft who has almost completed his second month at Ilkeston Town in the Blue Square North. Apparently the Robbins’ supporters have been impressed with his passing ability, and he provided the assist for their first goal in the shock 2-0 victory over Tamworth in the FA Cup. His appearances in the FA Cup qualifying rounds mean that if we were to suffer an injury crisis of catastrophic proportions, he would be cup tied and unavailable to play in that competition. So far, Beeky has played in all nine of Ilkeston’s games since he joined the club, but has yet to trouble the scoresheet.
Finally, the strikers, and Lewis Hilliard and Nabil Shariff both appear to be enjoying themselves in front of goal this season. Shariff is currently at Newport Pagnell Town where he has racked up three goals in nine or ten games, all three coming in his last six appearances. Hilliard is going even better at Hemel Hempstead Town with five goals in thirteen games (albeit three from the penalty spot – perhaps we should bring him back in a coaching role), and would appear to be a rather rare positive in what has been a pretty dire season for the Tudors so far.
Thanks to DA for the article! As always, any contribution is welcome, email reports, news, rumours, photos, rants etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org