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Mixed fortunes for Dons loan quintet

11 April 2016

There were mixed results for the five Dons loanees in action last weekend.

Lee Hodson’s Kilmarnock picked up an important three points in their final Scottish Premiership fixture before the division’s split.

Hodson and Co beat St. Johnstone 3-0 at Rugby Park to move eight points clear of the automatic relegation place, currently held by Dundee United.

Kris Boyd opened the scoring for Killie before Kallum Higginbotham and Liam Craig added goals in the second half to seal a convincing triumph – the first under boss Lee Clark.

Hodson was made his 10th appearance for the Ayrshire club in the victory.

Also involved in top tier action in Scotland this weekend was Simon Church, who found the net in Aberdeen’s 2-1 defeat to Heart of Midlothian.

Church finished from Graeme Shinnie’s cross to move his goal total for Aberdeen to six, but Hearts came from behind to take the three points through Delgado Lloria’s brace.

The loss leaves the Dons eight points adrift of leaders Celtic, with only the five post-split fixtures to play.

Back in England, Giorgio Rasulo helped Aldershot Town to their first win in three games.

The Shots ran-out 2-0 victors over FC Halifax Town at The Shay to all-but guarantee their place in the National League next season – the two goals came courtesy of Jim Stevenson and Rhys Brown.

Rasulo started the clash and was on the field when Aldershot scored their first goal. He was replaced after 52 minutes by Nathan Ralph.

Next up for the Hampshire outfit is a trip to Boreham Wood this weekend, where they will secure their status in the National League by bettering Altrincham’s result at Eastleigh should the Robins win their game in hand on Tuesday night.

Harry Hickford also enjoyed success on Saturday as Hemel Hempstead Town moved into the National League South play-off places with a 3-2 win at Eastbourne Borough.

Hemel trailed by a goal at half-time but scored twice early in the second half through Morgan Ferrier and former Dons loanee Ibra Sekajja. Eastbourne equalised with six minutes left but the Tudors snatched a huge three points late on – Ben Herd with the decisive finish.

Saturday’s result saw Hickford and Co move above Maidenhead United and Dartford on goal difference. Hemel have the chance to extend their gap to when they play their game in hand against St Albans City on Tuesday evening.

Like Hickford and Hemel, Ben Tilney’s Brackley Town earned an important result on Saturday in their bid to avoid relegation from the National League North.

The Saints drew 0-0 with Gloucester City to remain above Lowestoft Town, who occupy the final place in the drop zone, on goal difference.

Tilney, playing in midfield, started the contest and almost found the net in the first half with an effort from distance which went behind for a corner. He came off for Tom Winters just after the hour mark.

Brackley host play-off hopefuls Chorley at St. James’s Park this coming Saturday.

Elsewhere, Tom Hitchcock was an unused substitute in Crewe Alexandra’s 3-0 defeat to Port Vale.

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