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Quartet involved in loan action

2 March 2016

Four Dons were in loan action on Tuesday evening, including Tom Hitchcock whose Crewe Alexandra side came agonisingly close to an important Sky Bet League 1 victory.

Hitchcock played 74 minutes for Railwaymen in their clash with Southend United and he almost opened the scoring midway through the first half with a glanced header which skimmed the crossbar. Soon after, he shot wide after controlling a long ball on his chest.

Crewe, whose keeper Ben Garratt saved a first half penalty, took the lead with four minutes left in regulation time courtesy of a 25-yard free-kick from George Cooper. However, Jack Payne scored an injury-time penalty to deny the Alex a vital three points.

Hitchcock and co host league leaders Burton Albion this weekend at the Alexandra Stadium.

There was also disappointment for Lee Hodson and Kilmarnock on Tuesday as they lost 2-0 to Ross County at Rugby Park.

Hodson continued at right-back for Killie and came close to setting up an early goal with a great cross which striker Josh Magennis couldn’t latch on to.

The Ayrshire club then fell behind to an Alex Schalk header inside 10 minutes, before the visitors doubled their lead and secured victory with a Brian Graham goal in injury time.

The result leaves Kilmarnock two points adrift of safety in the Scottish Premiership. They visit Simon Church’s Aberdeen next weekend.

Elsewhere, Harry Hickford returned to Hemel Hempstead Town’s starting XI for their Hertfordshire Charity Cup semi-final with St. Albans City.

The defender looped a header onto the roof of the net with the game’s first real chance, as he went in search of his first goal for the Tudors.

He then came up with a vital block to deny St. Albans midfielder Barry Gibson, but the hosts took the lead just a few minutes later through Harry Anderson – a goal which proved decisive in the tie.

Attention for Hickford and Hemel Hempstead now turns to Saturday’s trip to Havant & Waterlooville.

Kabongo Tshimanga was the only Don involved on Tuesday to come out on the winning side as he and Chesham United beat Histon 2-0 at The Meadow.

Tshimanga came off the bench late on to help the Generals see out the victory, which was earned thanks to Sam Young’s brace.

Tuesday’s win lifts Chesham 12 points clear of the bottom four in the Southern League Premier Division ahead of their important clash with relegation rivals Bedworth on Saturday.

In action tonight is Simon Church, who will be hoping to continue his good form for Aberdeen when they take on Dundee United at Pittodrie Stadium.

Church has scored two in four appearances for the Dons and helped them maintain the pressure on leaders Celtic.

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