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Loan round-up: The final stretch

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25 April 2023

A handful of the Stadium MK loanees turn their attention to the final few fixtures of the 2022/2023 season whilst others see a conclusion to the current campaign.

Hartlepool United suffered a triplet of 2-0 defeats consecutively, which has placed the Sky Bet League Two side back into the drop zone. Dan Kemp started in all three fixtures, but the Pools hopes of remaining within the English Football League rely on their final two matches.

Whilst the Pool are six points adrift with six less goal difference than Crawley Town above them, it’s still mathematically possible for United to stay up. Although, it would take two victories, as well as overturning the goal difference for that outcome. Kemp, alongside Hartlepool will prepare to face Barrow on Saturday, before facing Stockport in their final game.

Matt Dennis was an unused substitute in Sutton United’s back-to-back losses against Northampton Town and Colchester United. These past results have seen the U’s winless in their past nine matches, however, they will look to abolish that record as they travel to face Rochdale in their penultimate clash.

Jack Davies had featured for Oxford City four times since his goal against Tonbridge United, made up from two starts and two appearances off the bench. City prepare for their league finale away to Bath City and whilst second place is out of reach, they will need to match or better Chelmsford City’s result to finish the season within the top three of the National League South table.

Davies has supported the Hoops through a great campaign, which has seen them secure a place within the play-off competition. The young Defender will embark in one final stretch with his loan club before returning to Stadium MK.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds had completed their 2022/23 season after a win, a draw and a loss within their final three fixtures. Following their back-to-back success over the Easter period, Joel Anker and Charlie Waller looked to help their loan club end the season strongly, which saw the Diamonds climb above the bottom position of the league at the conclusion of the campaign.

Although Rushden & Diamonds saw a strong end to a difficult season, Anker and Waller wasn’t involved in the triplet of matches due to their commitments to the MK Dons Under-18s squad. This has seen a loan at Hayden Road come to an end for both players.

Bedford Town also finished their season as they placed bottom of the Southern Central Premier division. Much like AFC Rushden & Diamonds, who compete within the same division, the Eagles had three fixtures to play. All of which ended in defeats.

Junior Gyamfi featured in two out of the three games within the final stretch of the current campaign, due to a red card received against St Ives Town, which meant the young loanee served his suspension within the Eagle’s season finale against Mickleover Sports. Gyamfi will now return to Stadium MK following the end of his Bedford Town loan spell.

Tommy Blennerhassett started back-to-back games for Lancing as they underwent their final two games of the season. Their first fixture ended in a 2-0 defeat. However, the Lancers bounced back with Blennerhassett to a 3-0 victory in the last game against Three Bridges. This result placed Lancing 13 at the conclusion of the Isthmian Southeast Division 2022/23 season.

Tring Athletic saw the end of their league competition with 3-2 victory over Harpenden Town. Liam Mann wasn’t available for that fixture, but he may yet have a chance to feature for Tring once again within the St Mary’s Cup Semi-Final before his return to Stadium MK.

Other MK Dons loanees such as Brooklyn Ilunga and Ronnie Sandford had their loan spells cut short, due to injuries which had forced the players to come back earlier than they desired.

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