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Tough weekend for loan quintet

25 April 2016

Five Dons were involved in loan action this past weekend but there was little joy for any of the quintet.

Simon Church and Lee Hodson both returned to action on Saturday for the Scottish Premiership post-split fixtures.

Church and Aberdeen faced St. Johnstone at MacDiarmid Park on Friday evening but were beaten 3-0 by the hosts – a defeat which rules out any chance of finish first and lifting the title.

David Wotherspoon, Steven MacLean and Liam Craig scored the goals to deny the Dons, who host Motherwell this weekend.

Meanwhile, Hodson’s Kilmarnock travelled to Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Sunday where, despite taking the lead, they fell to a 3-1 defeat.

Killie opened the scoring through Kallum Higginbotham but strikes after half-time from Greg Tansey, Ross Draper and Danny Williams won the game for Caley, who played against 10 men for the majority of the second period.

Hodson and Co remain in the relegation play-off zone, seven points adrift of 10th-placed Hamilton Academical, who they face this Saturday in a crucial clash.

Also in action on the weekend was Giorgio Rasulo, who made his 10th straight start for Aldershot Town in their National League fixture with Southport.

Rasulo, operating in a more familiar central midfield position, helped the Shots take an early lead through Dan Walker but the Hampshire club weren’t able to hold onto the advantage as two goals before the break from the visitors stole away all three points.

Aldershot were leapfrogged by Southport as a result of the loss and, with one game remaining, the best they can hope for is a 15th-placed finish. They close the campaign away to Bromley this Saturday evening.

Harry Hickford’s Hemel Hempstead Town were also beaten by the odd goal on the weekend, losing 4-3 to Margate in a hugely-important National League South match.

Hemel went into game knowing a win and results in their favour elsewhere would see them secure a play-off place but they were made to pay for a poor start, which saw them 2-0 down after 25 minutes.

Hickford provided the assist for Graeme Montgomery to make it 2-1 just past the half-hour mark but Margate struck back with two further goals, to create a margin which could only be partially reduced.

The Hertfordshire club remain a point clear in the play-off places despite the loss, but Whitehawk’s 1-0 victory on the weekend means they are now only one point behind with a game in hand, which they play on Tuesday.

Hemel’s final game? At home to Whitehawk on Saturday!

Ben Tilney and Brackley Town may also have a lot to play for next weekend, if they get a favourable result in midweek.

The Saints are two points adrift of safety in the National League South with one game remaining after they were held to a 1-1 draw by mid-table Curzton Ashton last Saturday.

Tilney came off the bench in the clash at Tameside Stadium with the scores tied at one-a-piece and almost provided a crucial assist for the winner but David Moyo failed to hit the target from the Dons loanee’s pass.

Brackley face Tamworth in their final match of the campaign this Saturday but will only have something to play for if Lowestoft Town fail to win their game in hand in midweek.

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