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Legg returns to Reading as Drenthe plays City

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In this week's loan report; George Legg returned to Reading as he sat on the bench for our U21s on Monday night. Meanwhile, Jon Henly and Stuart Moore continued in goal for Welling and Basingstoke respectively as our loanee winger Royston Drenthe travelled to Premier League champions Manchester City.

Drenthe sits out against his parent club, Reading
Drenthe sits out against his parent club, Reading
Charlie Crowhurst

Stuart Moore - Basingstoke Town (Vanarama Conference South) Appearances: 6

Fresh from the back of the previous week's cup defeat to local rivals Tadley, Moore's Basingstoke hosted league leaders Boreham Wood. Stuart was quoted as making some excellent saves, including an 'athletic tip over from Graeme Montgomery's shot'. However, Wood went ahead from the resulting corner. An unmarked man on the back post headed back across to Ricky Shakes, who flicked the ball over a stranded Stuart Moore in the 'Stoke goal. Only a 'superb reaction save' from our young keeper denied them a second goal, before a Chris Flood brace on 58 and 87 minutes secured Basingstoke a huge win. The scoreline could have been a lot different though, Moore made three huge saves with eight minutes to go with the score evenly poised at 1-1, before Flood went on to score the winner three minutes from time. The game ended 2-1 to Town, and few fans would have argued had Moore won the MOTM award.

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George Legg - Hendon/Reading (Isthmian League/SkyBet Championship) Appearances: 10

Legg was absent again from Hendon's match day squad as they drew an entertaining game with Tonbridge Angels 3-3 (cue the "George would have saved that" comments). McCann confirmed before the match that Legg had been suffering from a niggling foot injury and that his replacement over the past few games had played well, so kept his place in the side. Unfortunately, Legg's omission from the Hendon side coincided with Adam Federici's knock for Reading, meaning that George was recalled to Reading and sat on the bench for the U21s as they went down 3-1 to Bolton Wanderers. I asked both clubs for confirmation that George had indeed returned to the Berkshire outfit:

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Jon Henly - Welling United (Vanarama Conference Prem) Appearances: 3

Jon Henly started for Welling as they earned a creditable 1-1 draw with Gateshead. They dominated the first half and went ahead after just five minutes through Harry Beautyman, but if the first half belonged to the Wings, then the second certainly belonged to Gateshead. They levelled less than ten minutes into the second half, as Finnigan headed past Henly in the Welling goal. Gateshead piled on the pressure after that, but Welling held on for a valuable point.

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Royston Drenthe - Sheffield Wednesday (SkyBet Championship) Appearances: 2

The Sheffield Wednesday manager, Stuart Gray, confirmed that Royston was ineligible for their match with us on Saturday:

The report from that match is for another thread, but we'll leave it at the fact that Drenthe's new team mates put one over on his parent club, as they won the game 1-0. Drenthe did return for Wednesday's Capital One Cup against Mancheater City, but remained on the bench as they conceded 7 second half goals to go down 7-0.