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Stags' players excelling out on loan

3 October 2018

Striker Zayn Hakeem pictured earlier this season for Basford United. Photo: Mick Gretton.
Striker Zayn Hakeem pictured earlier this season for Basford United. Photo: Mick Gretton.

Five Stags' players have been gaining plenty of experience around the country with their respective loan deals. Read about how they've been getting on below...

Zayn Hakeem – Basford United

Forward Zayn Hakeem has spent the last few weeks on loan at Basford United. The dynamic striker was a starter when he joined the club, and found the net for the first time in Basford’s 3-1 defeat to Staveley Miners Welfare, firing home after a surging run.

Hakeem also produced a stellar performance in the 6-0 victory over Matlock Town, assisting the third goal. The striker last started in the recent 3-1 victory over Lancaster, and has been named among the substitutes for the last three fixtures.

Sam Wilson – St. Ives Town

Goalkeeper Sam Wilson is currently plying his trade at St. Ives Town, where has made a positive impression since joining the club. Wilson most recently played in the away clash against AFC Rushden & Diamonds, a game in which he kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw.

The ‘keeper made his debut for the club last month against Saffron Walden Town, making a string of fine saves to preserve his side’s clean sheet. In the replay against Saffron Walden, Wilson was once again heavily involved as St. Ives earned a 3-1 victory.

Wilson’s heroics continued into the next game, as he saved a penalty in the 0-0 draw against Stourbridge United. The match report on the St. Ives website read: ‘Wilson’s save was the pinnacle of a fantastic rear-guard action from the hosts that claimed another vital point against one of the fancied sides in the Division.’

Alistair Smith – Frickley Athletic

Midfielder Alistair Smith featured heavily for Frickley before a recent injury kept him out of action for the past few games. The creative midfielder starred in the 5-4 victory over Cleethorpes in the Integro League Cup, scoring twice in the match.

Smith’s first goal was a fine finish inside the area, which was followed up by a strike from distance into the bottom corner, leading to him being awarded the man of the match award on the Frickley website. The match report on the website read: ‘the Glitterball goes to Ali Smith, who showed great skill to create and score both of his goals.’

Teddy Bloor – Frickley Athletic

Defender Teddy Bloor recently joined Evo-Stik Division One East side Frickley Athletic on a one-month loan, and completed his first game in their recent 1-0 loss to Gresley. Bloor played 90 minutes in the match, which resulted in a narrow loss following a first half penalty. The defender could feature again for Frickley tonight, as they are set to face Lincoln United away (7.45pm kick-off).

Kane Baldwin – Coleshill Town

Defender Kane Baldwin recently joined Coleshill Town, and was named amongst the substitutes for their recent 1-1 draw against Tamworth in the Birmingham Senior Cup. Coleshill went on to win the match 6-5 on penalties.

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