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Loan Rangers: Smyth on target for Stanley

IN an Easter weekend full of exciting clashes, it was attacker Paul Smyth who caught the headlines for our loan Rangers.

With Smyth’s Accrington Stanley coming up against fellow loanee Mide Shodipo and his Oxford United side on Easter Monday, it was attacker Smyth who came out on top.

Heading into this one a goalless draw with Burton Albion for Stanley on Good Friday saw Smyth playing 84 minutes, whilst a 3-1 defeat to Sunderland for Oxford, saw winger Shodipo withdrawn in the 75th minute for the U’s.

However, on Monday Smyth’s fourth strike of the season got Stanley underway and a second-half effort from Michael Nottingham ensured that John Coleman’s side sealed the victory and remain in the hunt for the play-off places, whilst Oxford now sit a point below them, having played a game more.

Elsewhere, Dillion Barnes (Burton Albion) and Conor Masterson (Swindon Town) have returned to us for rehab for their respective injuries.

In League Two, Aramide Oteh didn’t feature in either of Colchester United’s clashes over the Easter Period, with a goalless draw with Bolton Wanderers on Friday quickly followed by a 1-1 draw with Barrow on Monday.

In the National League, Themis Kefalas was the only R’s loanee to feature.

The young defender played the full 90 minutes in Barnet’s 2-0 home defeat to Solihull Moors, but then didn’t feature at all in Monday’s 5-1 away defeat to Wealdstone.

Shot stopper Liam Kelly’s Motherwell side we back in action this week, with a 5-0 victory over Formartine United in the Scottish Cup, seeing Kelly’s side progress to the fourth round.