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Loan Report: Southwood Takes On Rangers, Barrow Gets Key Assist

Our weekly roundup of Reading’s loan army, with Royals in action across Europe.

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After months of waiting, Luke Southwood finally made his first league start of the season for Hamilton last weekend. Unfortunately for the youngster, this coincided with Rangers coming to town. Rangers dominated the game from start to finish, and Southwood was busy in the Hamilton goal, making a number of saves.

Rangers took the lead inside the first ten minutes, but Hamilton responded soon after to make the score 1-1. Rangers re-took the lead just before half time and sealed the win in injury time in the second half. Despite being on the losing side, will Southwood have impressed enough to keep his place?

Form can change so quickly in football. Atletico Baleares had a fantastic start to the season and that continued to the start of November. However, the Segunda Division B Group 1 leaders have not won in their last three games and were defeated for only the second time this season last weekend. The islanders travelled to Getafe B looking to get back to winning ways, but a goal in the 89th minute consigned them to their first defeat since early September. Jordan Holsgrove played the full 90 but could not help his side avoid defeat.

It was the battle of the bottom two in the Belgian second tier as KSV Roeselare travelled to Virton. The hosts took the lead five minutes into the second half, but Roeselare pegged them back six minutes later, and the game finished 1-1. Tom Holmes played the full 90 at the back for Roeselare.

Cambridge United went to lowly Carlisle in League Two at the weekend and were looking to pick up their first win in five games in all competitions. This game lacked real quality, with only one shot on target the entire game. Sam Smith led the line for Cambridge and played the full 90, but it was Cambridge who couldn’t muster a shot on target, meaning Smith had little effect in this game.

Torquay United find themselves sliding down the Vanarama National league table after losing three games on the bounce, and two in the last week. Last Saturday, the Gulls made the long trip up to bottom side Chorley and were looking to avenge a defeat to struggling Sutton last time out. Marcus Carver scored the only goal of the game as it was the team at the foot of the table that picked up the 1-0 win.

Ramarni Medford-Smith played the full 90 but struggled in this game. Torquay made the shorter trip to Eastleigh on Tuesday and were beaten once again after a game of two halves. Eastleigh scored three goals in ten first half minutes to lead 3-0 at half time. Gary Johnson’s half-time team talk for the visitors must have been truly inspirational as his side scored two goals in the first five minutes, but could not grab an equaliser in the remaining forty minutes of the half. Medford-Smith started the game but was substituted with just over ten minutes as the manager made attacking changes to try and get get that elusive third goal.

Denizlispor picked up their first Super Lig victory in three games, thanks to a 2-0 win over Rizespor. The Roosters dominated the game but left it until the 86th minute to break the deadlock. Mo Barrow started the game on the bench, but was brought on with just over twenty minutes to go to make an impact. The Gambian did exactly that, providing the assist for the opening goal.

The win was confirmed in injury time from the penalty spot as Denizlispor climbed up the table away from the relegation zone. Despite only playing a quarter of the game, Barrow put in one of the best performances for his team, and will certainly be pushing for a start next time out.

Two Reading loanees sides went head to head in League One last Saturday, as Sunderland hosted Coventry City in a game that ended 1-1. Former Reading man Dominic Hyam opened the scoring for the visitors in the first half and looked set to take home all three points, but a 90th-minute equaliser from Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka ensured Phil Parkinson’s side would take a point from the game. Tennai Watson was an unused sub for Coventry, while Marc McNulty missed out through injury.