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LOAN WATCH: GARD RETURNS, KINALI CONTINUES TO SHINE

6 December 2021

Southend United’s game with Yeovil Town was postponed until Tuesday 11th January due to the Glovers’ FA Cup run, but many young prospects were still in action over the weekend.

Lewis Gard was one of those, before returning to Blues upon the conclusion of his loan spell at Heybridge Swifts.

Here’s a closer look at those that are out on loan at the moment and how they got on at their clubs.

Jon Benton - Aveley

Benton played 90 minutes on Saturday in a challenging afternoon for the Millers. Aveley lost 2-1 away at Stowmarket thanks to a 91st-minute winner for the hosts. Benton himself also had a frustrating afternoon as he hit the woodwork three times in the second half for the away side.

Tommy Davis and Lewis Gard - Heybridge Swifts

Lewis Gard and Tommy Davis both completed 90 minutes in Heybridge Swifts’ 7-1 thumping of Hullbridge Sports. As large numbers of Blues fans flocked to Scraley Road in search of some Saturday entertainment, the hosts did not disappoint with Gard ending his loan spell with Swifts in style as the club leapt into 10thposition in the Isthmian League North.

Eren Kinali – Hendon

It’s been a terrific week for Eren Kinali as he adapts to life at Hendon. On Tuesday evening, Kinali scored a terrific first-time strike before setting up another as the Greens overcame The Met Police 3-0. On Saturday, Kinali continued his form setting up a Joe White equaliser before almost getting on the scoresheet himself as Hendon wrapped up a good week with a 4-1 win away at Wimborne Town.

Reiss Chandler and Jimmy Wallace - Bishop’s Stortford

Neither of Blues’ youngsters featured for Stortford as their 1-1 draw against Carshalton Athletic meant they continued their impressive 13-game unbeaten streak alive.

O’Shane Stewart - Welling United

O’Shane Stewart didn’t feature for Welling as The Wings fell to a 2-0 defeat to Eastbourne Borough in the Vanarama National South.

Damaray Anyadike and Ergis Shala - Harlow Town

It’s been a difficult few weeks for Blues’ duo at Harlow. Anyadike continues his recovery from an illness and so hasn’t featured, whilst Shala continues his rehabilitation from an injury. The latter was a 90th-minute substitute on Saturday in The Hawks’ 3-2 win over Waltham Abbey FC.

Shala did however play 60 minutes for Blues U23s on Tuesday evening as they lost 2-0 to Aveley.

 

Photo credit: Alan Edmonds.


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