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Stags' youngsters continue to flourish on loan

12 October 2017

Since agreeing to join National League North side Boston United on a month's loan deal last month, midfielder Jack Thomas has tasted defeat only once.

After drawing 1-1 with Haughmond in his first match, Thomas was named Man-of-the-Match in the 5-0 replay win over The Academicals.

The Mansfield Woodhouse-born youngster won a penalty in the Pilgrims' next match – a 1-1 draw with Darlington – and then helped former boss Adam Murray's side into the final qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 2-0 win over AFC Mansfield.

Thomas won his second Man-of-the-Match award in five matches last week, when he was named as the stand-out Pilgrims' players, despite losing 2-1 to Telford United.

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Sam Wilson has extended his loan deal with Evo-Stik South side Corby Town until 28 April 2018.

The 18-year-old originally joined Corby on a month's loan on September 12, but will remain with the Evo-Stik South side until the end of the season following a string of impressive performances in The Steelmen's upturn in form. Since former manager David Bell left in September, Corby have won four successive games, of which Wilson has played 90 minutes in all four.

Striker Zayn Hakeem has also been on loan with the Northamptonshire club, but has been forced to make an impact from the bench during his month with the Steelmen.

Meanwhile, midfielder Lewis Collins and forward Jordan Graham have joined Hednesford Town on a month's loan deal.

Collins returned from his spell with Gainsborough Trinity last month and subsequently joined the West Midlands side last week, making his debut in the 1-0 win over Witton Albion on Saturday, before keeping his place in the side for Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Halesowen Town.

Frontman Graham also appeared in both matches – as a second half substitute for fellow Stags' man Collins.

He climbed off the bench in the 61st minute against Witton before making an impact as a half-time substitute against Halesowen on Tuesday. He picked up a long ball down the middle of the pitch and after cutting inside one defender, he curled a low effort into the net from the edge of the box.

Right-back Teddy Bloor has been enjoying an excellent spell with high-flying Evo-Stik South side Frickley Athletic.

The former Brighton and Hove Albion man has been an ever-present at Athletic, making 15 appearances in all competitions with Frickley currently occupying fourth spot in the division.

Conversely, Gresley are struggling in the Evo-Stik South. They are currently bottom of the table with seven points from their opening 13 games, but two shining lights have been Stags' loanees Jason Law and Louis Danquah.

Forward Law and left-back Danquah have both found the net in recent weeks. Former Carlton Town frontman Law secured a point for the The Moatmen against Basford United on Monday when he tapped home from close range, before former Stags' striker Liam Hearn equalised two minutes later for the hosts.

Danquah also ensured his side won a point with a goal of his own – he scored an early opener against Peterborough Sports last month when he raced into the box from the left wing and fired a left-footed effort into the far corner.

Attacking midfielder Alistair Smith is continuing to flourish at Loughborough Dynamo, contributing two goals in excellent victories since his arrival.

He scored Dynamo's first goal in a 3-1 win over Stamford before popping up with a vital goal in his side's 4-3 victory over Corby Town last month.

 


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