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Loan Rangers: Mide’s Oxford remain in promotion hunt

MIDE Shodipo featured in both of Oxford United’s fixtures last week as they recorded two more wins in their latest quest for promotion from League One.

The winger – who has already hit 10 goals for Karl Robinson’s men this term – played 59 minutes as the U’s saw off Bristol Rovers 2-0 at the Memorial Stadium last Tuesday, prior to his 68th-minute introduction as Oxford enjoyed a 2-1 success over Wigan Athletic on home soil on Saturday.

Across the city, Aaron Drewe’s Oxford City hit four goals twice last week on their way to separate comprehensive successes over Hungerford Town (4-0, Tuesday) and Chelmsford City (4-1, Saturday). Drewe played the full 90 minutes in both games.

Also in the National League South, Kai Woollard-Innocent helped Eastbourne Borough pick up four more points in their last two fixtures, playing all 90 minutes in both.

The Sports overcame Dartford 1-0 away from home last Tuesday, before playing out a 1-1 draw with Concord Rangers at home on Saturday. Charley Kendall – who is also on loan at Eastbourne – did not feature in the two matches.

Back in League One, Paul Smyth started both of Accrington Stanley’s fixtures last week. The Northern Irishman played the full 90 minutes as Stanley suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Plymouth Argyle last Tuesday, but they bounced back to record a 2-2 draw at Lincoln City at the weekend.

Smyth racked up 89 minutes in that particular contest.

In the same division, injury to Conor Masterson kept him out of Swindon Town’s 2-0 midweek defeat at Portsmouth, while Dillon Barnes was left out of Burton Albion’s matchday squad as they picked up an important 2-0 win at Northampton Town on Saturday.

A day later, in League Two, Rem Oteh was introduced as an 85th-minute substitute as Colchester United played out a 2-2 home draw with Mansfield Town. And north of the border, it was a mixed week for Liam Kelly’s Motherwell – 1-0 victors at Kilmarnock in midweek before a 4-1 defeat to Hamilton at Fir Park on Saturday.

They played with 10 men for well over an hour following Stephen O’Donnell’s 18th-minute dismissal.