We catch up with what’s been happening for Boro’s young loanees over Christmas and New Year…
Brad James enjoyed a satisfying trio of results to make up for defeat to Blyth Spartans on Boxing Day. The goalkeeper and Gateshead beat Spennymoor 3-1 at the Brewery Field before another match against Spartans and Boro opposite number Zach Hemming, this one ending in a 3-3 draw. Into the new year, and Heed beat Hereford 2-0 on the road to move up to 11th in the National League North table.
Zach Hemming was in action twice either side of the aforementioned tussle with local rivals Gateshead. After losing 2-0 to Darlington, relegation-battling Spartans earned a creditable score draw in the reverse fixture with Heed.
That was followed by an impressive 1-0 win away to Kidderminster Harriers, courtesy of an Ashley Fletcher-esque cracker of a volley from Lewis Hawkins. Hemming making a crucial late save in a fine individual performance that earned him a place in the Non League Paper’s Team of the Day. Lee Clark’s side play again tonight, away to Altrincham.
Sam Stubbs featured in defence for Hamilton Academical, who came from behind to beat Motherwell 2-1 in the Lanarkshire derby - a huge result against the side sitting third in the Scottish Premiership.
Elsewhere north of the border, Mitchell Curry was a 64th-minute sub in Inverness’ 1-0 home defeat to Arbroath, then remained on the bench as Callie beat Dundee 2-0 a few days later. Curry has since been recalled from his loan spell and will report back to Rockliffe Park.
Enes Mahmutovic and MVV Maastricht are on their winter break over in the Netherlands, but do have a friendly fixture against Lierse Kempenzonen tomorrow.