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Loanee Watch 2023-24

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With apparently 11 Shrimpers out on loan

SOUTHEND United youngster Jack Stone has joined Great Wakering Rovers on a dual registration.

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Help with Echo links

It’s time to revive Loanee Watch.

This is going to be a bit of a challenge as details of the youth team are scarce and many of them are apparently out on loan at a lower level than we’ve seen in recently years.

According to the Echo these are the players currently out on loan. All are second year scholars (their age group, rather than how long they’ve been with us - most joined as second years)

Level 6 NL N/S
None

Level 7
Isthmian Prem
Jacob Bland (third year scholar) - Concord
Tyrese Sibanda (third year scholar) - Haringey Borough

Southern League Prem South
Ellis Lawson (third year scholar) - Hayes & Yeading

Level 8
None

Level 9
Essex Senior League
Jack Stone - Great Wakering
Beau MacDonald (first year) - Great Wakering
Mikey Faulkner- Romford

Southern Counties East Premier
Zak Hammond (1st year scholar) - Deal Town

Level 10
Thurlow Nunn South (Southend Manor’s division)
Harrison Bradbury - Hutton
Oscar Jones - Burnham Ramblers
Joe Poxon (1st year) - Burnham Ramblers
George Pulham - Basildon Town
Cameron Hall (1st year scholar) - Enfield Borough

Level 11
Essex Olympian League (Leigh Ramblers’ league)
Thato Molefi (1st year scholar) - Runwell Sports


Any corrections/further information welcome
 
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I'll make an attempt to set the scene.

Jacob Bland has been at Concord Rangers since the beginning of September, featuring 19 times altogether (14 starts and 5 as sub). He's started the last eight matches, including a last-gasp 4-3 defeat to Potters Bar Town in the Isthmian League on Saturday, He's been cautioned five times but is yet to open his goalscoring account for the Beachboys, who are currently five points from Premier Division safety, albeit with a number of fixtures in hand due to issues with the Thames Road pitch. Since Bland became a regular starter Concord have won two, drawn four and lost two by a single-goal margin, suggesting something of an upturn in form.

Haringey Borough are level on points but below Concord on goal difference in the Isthmian League Premier Division table, having played six more games. Tyrese Sibanda is yet to appear in a first-team game for Haringey, although he featured 28 times for Romford in the Essex Senior League last season (26 of those appearances coming as a substitute). This term he has made 22 appearances (19 starts, 3 substitutes) and scored once for Haringey Borough U23s, who are fourth in the Essex Alliance League Senior Division (Regional Feeder League, which feeds into Step 6 of the National League System).

Over in the Southern League Premier South, Ellis Lawson became the 587th player to feature for Hayes & Yeading United when he made his solitary league appearance as a late substitute in a 3-1 Boxing Day defeat to Hanwell Town, having previously made 11 appearances in the Essex Senior League for strugglers Coggeshall Town. Left-sided defender/midfielder Lawson was injured in an U19s match recently and hasn't played for either club since.

Elsewhere in the Essex Senior League, Jack Stone celebrated joining Great Wakering Rovers on loan last week by scoring the only goal of the game for Blues' U19s in a friendly at Burroughs Park on Friday night. Stone converted a measured through-ball from Aidon Shehu in the 36th minute to impress his new employers.

Mikey Faulkner has made three appearances for Romford since joining them in the New Year following his released from Isthmian League North Division outfit Heybridge Swifts, including a substitute appearance in Saturday's 2-0 win over Little Oakley in the Errington Challenge Cup. His only start was in a 6-1 home success against Frenford. Faulkner previously made 23 appearances for Heybridge (4 starts, 19 as sub), scoring the late winner in a 2-1 win over Ipswich Wanderers.

In the Southern Counties East Football League, central defender Zak Hammond has yet to make an impression on the Deal Town first team, who are poised to make a promotion push to Step 4, sitting third in the table with games in hand. Instead, he has started five games and made three substitute appearances in the Kent County Football League for the club's reserve team, most recently coming off the bench in a 5-1 Bill Manklow Inter Regional Challenge Cup defeat to Snodland Town Reserves on Saturday.

At Step 6, in the Eastern Counties League Division One South, central defensive colleague Harrison Bradbury has appeared 14 times for fourth-placed Hutton (6 starts, 8 substitute appearances), for whom ex-Shrimpers youngsters Jamie Grossart, Ergis Shala and Freddie Gard are team-mates. Bradbury was injured in the win over Great Wakering on Friday, so didn't feature in the weekend's 1-1 draw at Clapton Community, having been a substitute in Wednesday evening's 5-1 thumping of Hoddesdon Town in the League Cup.

Oscar Jones has played 9 times (7 starts, 2 substitute appearances) for Burnham Ramblers, having helped them to a 2-1 win over Park View in their last outing on 27th January as a half-time substitute. Burnham netted twice in the last ten minutes to secure their ninth win of the season and they sit three places and six points above the relegation zone.

Basildon Town are next in the league table, three points behind Burnham, with winger George Pulham having featured five times this term. His most recent outing was in a 3-1 defeat at Hutton on Boxing Day, where Alfie Terry, who left Blues as a first-year scholar last season, was a team-mate.

Enfield Borough are next in the table, three points above the relegation zone and behind Basildon only on goal difference. Midfielder Cameron Hall has appeared twice in recent weeks, starting a 6-1 reverse at Benfleet and appearing as a substitute as Borough defeated Hackney Wick 3-1 last midweek.

Finally, in the Essex Olympian League Premier Division (another Regional Feeder League), defender Thato Molefi joined mid-table Runwell Sports in December and has started five games, including a 2-1 loss to league leaders Rayleigh Town last Saturday.
 
A night of contrasting County Cup fortunes for our loanees this evening.

Jacob Bland's Concord Rangers were knocked out of the BBC Essex Senior Cup at the quarter-final stage, following in the footsteps of Blues with a home defeat to Redbridge of the Isthmian League North Division. Bland started the fixture for the Beachboys, who were beaten by two goals inside the opening half-an-hour of the fixture.

However, Jack Stone was named in the starting line-up for a 3-1 Essex Thames-Side Trophy first round success at Hullbridge Sports. Sonny Noble netted twice early on before Max Gnandi sealed it in stoppage time to settle any Rovers nerves. Wakering will now host Cannons Wood in the quarter-finals of the competition, with the Burroughs Park outfit unbeaten in two matches since Stone's arrival following a goalless draw with Barking in the league last week.
 
Over in the Southern League Premier South, Ellis Lawson became the 587th player to feature for Hayes & Yeading United when he made his solitary league appearance as a late substitute in a 3-1 Boxing Day defeat to Hanwell Town, having previously made 11 appearances in the Essex Senior League for strugglers Coggeshall Town. Left-sided defender/midfielder Lawson was injured in an U19s match recently and hasn't played for either club since.
587 players! Shouldn't be surprised really with Mark Molesley in charge.
On a serious note, appreciate the update on all these loanees. Given the level the third year scholars are playing at, doesn't sound like any of them will be pushing for the first team soon?
 
Seventh tier

Jacob Bland
’s Concord Rangers are in Isthmian League Premier Division action this afternoon (3:00pm kick-off) away to Cray Wanderers. Ellis Lawson wasn’t involved for Hayes & Yeading United as they edged a five-goal thriller, 3-2, at Beaconsfield Town in Southern League Premier South.

Ninth Tier

Jack Stone’s
Great Wakering Rovers were frustrated by the weather as their FA Vase Fifth Round tie at Highworth Town was postponed.

Romford were in FA Vase action, and Mikey Faulkner came off the substitutes’ bench to help them reach the Quarter-Finals with a 3-1 victory away to Hilltop. Romford trailed 1-0 early on, levelled before the break and netted twice in the second half to progress.

Tenth Tier

No Harrison Bradbury for Hutton as they bounced back from a 4-0 midweek League Cup defeat at Long Melford with a 3-1 home win over Clapton Community in Eastern Counties League First Division South. No Oscar Jones for Burnham Ramblers as they lost 2-0 at home to Hackney Wick at Leslie Field.

Awaiting details regarding Cameron Hall’s involvement, or otherwise, in a 3-2 defeat for Enfield Borough against May & Baker Eastbrook Community.

Eleventh Tier

Awaiting details regarding Thato Molefi’s involvement, or otherwise, in a 3-2 win for Runwell Sports away to Canning Town in the Essex Olympian League Premier Division.

There was no match for Tyrese Sibanda and his Haringey Borough U23s team in the Essex Alliance League Senior Division this weekend.

Twelfth Tier

There was no match for Zak Hammond’s Deal Town Reserves in the Kent County League Division One Central & East Division this weekend.
 
587 players! Shouldn't be surprised really with Mark Molesley in charge.
On a serious note, appreciate the update on all these loanees. Given the level the third year scholars are playing at, doesn't sound like any of them will be pushing for the first team soon?
I think it’s fair to say this, even though they are only two tiers below our first team currently. However, it’s important to also consider the progress or regression shown in the loan moves.

Jacob Bland, for example, played in the eighth tier last season at Great Wakering Rovers as they suffered relegation in a play-off. He impressed there (I saw their play-off defeat and he was one of the better players that day, continuing to get into space to receive the ball and to try to drive the team forwards, even when they were losing heavily), and this season he has moved up a level, to a struggling Concord Rangers in the seventh tier.

Ellis Lawson played fairly regularly at Coggeshall Town in the ninth tier; he has now joined a club in the seventh tier, so is trending upwards, prior to his injury. By contrast Tyrese Sibanda featured regularly for Romford last season in the ninth tier but has moved up two levels and hasn’t broken through at Haringey, instead dropping two levels to their U23s in the eleventh tier (like Lawson, he only joined Blues midway through this season).

The bigger question is how much time they have to continue that progression, with no Academy structure, with associated U23s, or B team to feed into. Essentially the club has to make a decision on whether to offer them a professional contract this summer in order to prospectively send them out to a National League South club on loan next season.
 
Seventh tier

Jacob Bland
was named in the starting line-up for Concord Rangers in their Isthmian League Premier Division fixture away to Cray Wanderers. Bland was substituted after 57 minutes with the match goalless; Ricky Modeste put the Beachboys in front seven minutes later, but Cray levelled from the penalty spot and the match ended 1-1. Concord are five points from safety with games in hand.

Tenth Tier

Cameron Hall was not involved in a 3-2 defeat for Enfield Borough against May & Baker Eastbrook Community yesterday.

Eleventh Tier

Thato Molefi was not involved in a 3-2 win for Runwell Sports away to Canning Town in the Essex Olympian League Premier Division.
 
The weather wiped out Jacob Bland's trip to Whitehawk in the Isthmian League Premier Division with Concord Rangers and Jack Stone's journey to Buckhurst Hill in the Peter Butcher Memorial Trophy with Great Wakering Rovers last night.

However, Mikey Faulkner played all 90 minutes for Romford as they triumphed 1-0 over Tilbury in the Peter Butcher Memorial Trophy at Rookery Hill. Hassan Nalbant's 72nd minute goal was enough to see Boro prevail over the Dockers, a second impressive knockout result in succession for Romford following their FA Vase success on Saturday.
 
Seventh tier

Jacob Bland
played the full 90 minutes as Concord Rangers suffered a 2-1 home Isthmian League Premier Division defeat to Dulwich Hamlet at Thames Road. The Beachboys are now just two points from the bottom of the table, and seven from safety, although they do have six games in hand on 18th-placed Margate.

Ellis Lawson remains injured and wasn’t involved for Hayes & Yeading United as they were beaten, 1-0, by AFC Totton in Southern League Premier South.

Ninth Tier

Jack Stone
was in the squad as Great Wakering Rovers reached the quarter-finals of The FA Vase with a dramatic 3-2 victory at Highworth Town. Perry Dunn scored the winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time to set up a last eight tie at home to Falmouth Town.

Stone and Rovers join Mikey Faulkner’s Romford in the Vase quarters. Today Romford were back in league action, and the Blues midfielder was in the starting line-up as they claimed a thrilling 4-3 win over West Essex at Rookery Hill. Boro trailed 1-0, but then led 2-1 and 3-2, being pegged back each time before Darren Phillips grabbed the winner late on. Faulkner played the full 90 minutes, having a shot deflected over in the 15th minute and playing a part in the third Romford goal with some good build-up play. Boro are third in the Essex Senior League table.

Tenth Tier

Oscar Jones was back in the starting line-up for Burnham Ramblers in the Eastern Counties League First Division South and he completed 90 minutes in another action-packed encounter as they lost 4-3 at home to Dunmow Town at Leslie Field. Ramblers were 2-0 down at half-time, conceded a third on 57 minutes, but an eight-minute hat-trick by Karl Swanborough levelled the game midway through the second period before Dunmow snatched it.

There was no game for Cameron Hall’s Enfield Borough, who dropped into the relegation zone on goal difference.

More details on other Blues loanees to follow once information becomes available.
 
Tenth Tier

Harrison Bradbury remains injured and missed Hutton’s 3-0 defeat away at fellow promotion-chasers Benfleet in the Eastern Counties League Division One South. Former Shrimpers Freddie Gard and Ergis Shala both stated for the mid-Essex outfit at Park Lane.

There was no George Pulham for Basildon Town as they slipped to a 3-1 away defeat at NW London in the same division. Basildon are three points above the relegation zone.

Eleventh Tier

Defender Thato Molefi was in the starting line-up as ninth-placed Runwell Sports lost 2-1 at home to third-placed Sungate in the Essex Olympian League Premier Division.

Still no information available on Tyrese Sibanda’s involvement as Haringey Borough U23s won 3-2 away to Woodford East in the Essex Alliance League Senior Division.

Twelfth Tier

Zak Hammond
was in the squad for Deal Town Reserves as they thrashed Lordswood Reserves 8-3 in the Kent County League Division One Central & East Division.
 
Seventh Tier

Jacob Bland
was not involved this evening as Concord Rangers registered a 2-1 victory over local rivals Billericay Town in the Isthmian League Premier Division. The Beachboys are now four points from safety with five games in hand; former Blues youngster Tommy Davis was in the Billericay team, who remain third in the table.

Ninth Tier

Jack Stone
scored the opening goal after 16 minutes as Great Wakering Rovers progressed in the Peter Butcher Memorial Trophy with a 3-0 win over Buckhurst Hill in a match switched to Rovers’ Burroughs Park home.

However, Mikey Faulkner’s Romford were knocked out of the competition after their recent run of good form was stopped by FC Clacton. Having edged West Essex 4-3 in the league on Saturday, Romford lost by the same scoreline in north Essex this evening.
 
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