In last week’s loan report, I stated that the Cambridge United fans will feel that Sam Smith needs to do more in the gold and black shirt. Well, in their match last Saturday away at Stevenage, the striker did exactly that, grabbing the equalising goal in a 1-1 draw. The home side took the lead after just nine minutes, and in a game that Cambridge got stronger and stronger in as time went on, they restored parity with seven minutes to go thanks to the Reading loanee. Smith was a danger throughout the game, putting in one of the best performances on the pitch and having efforts at goal on a number of occasions.
In a battle of the top two in the Western Conference of the MLS, Minnesota hosted LAFC, in a game that ended in a 1-1 draw. LAFC had the better of the game and took the lead with twenty minutes to go, but the Loons equalised five minutes later with neither team able to go on and find a winner. Minnesota wrap up the regular season on Sunday with a trip to Seattle Sounders, before taking part in the MLS play-offs.
Jordan Holsgrove will be feeling like he’s on the best holiday of his life after his Atletico Baleares side won 2-0 over Coruxo last Sunday to go top of Group 1 of Segunda Division B. Two goals in ten first half minutes was enough for the home side to pick up the win, as the young Scottish loanee played the full ninety minutes for Baleares.
In a very even game that could have gone either way, it was Kasimpasa that picked up a win to inflict another defeat on Denizlispor, who have now not won in four Super Lig games. Mo Barrow again started for the home side, but was brought off with a quarter of an hour left, with his side already 1-0 down. Barrow was more involved in the game this week after a sub par performance in his last appearance but could not help his side avoid defeat.
Finally, Hamilton managed to pick up their first win in six games last weekend as they saw off Livingston 2-1 at home. The hosts came back from a goal down, with the winner coming from the penalty spot with five minutes to go. Luke Southwood was once again an unused sub in this game.