Boro's season is on pause for the international window, but the campaign continued for a number of our loanees in the EFL...
Connor Ripley has set his sights on a ‘dream’ promotion with Accrington Stanley.
The on-loan goalkeeper featured in Stanley’s draw against former club Burton Albion on Saturday, a third successive 1-1 result for John Coleman’s side.
And Ripley hopes the newly-promoted club can build a bid for back-to-back promotions.
“It’s one of those things where if you can get a run of results you can really do something,” he told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“I really do believe this club can do special things this season and get in the play-offs and hopefully get promoted.
“It would be amazing if a little team like Accrington could get into the Championship, one league below the Premier League. That’s what dreams are made of.
“I do have my head in the clouds sometimes but I don’t see why it can’t happen with the players we’ve got. I see them in trainingevery day and I really do believe we’ve got the potential to do something.”
The Carlisle United dressing room are leading the well-wishes for another Boro loan goalkeeper, Joe Fryer.
The youngster is set for a lengthy lay-off after breaking both the tibia and fibula in his left leg while in action for The Cumbrians.
And teammate Jerry Yates says any Carlisle success this season will be dedicated to Fryer.
"After his injury he was still texting everyone in our group chat to congratulate us on the win [against Crewe] - he was just as buzzing as us,” Yates told the News & Star.
"Obviously he's going to be downhearted about his injury, and we were gutted to see him going off the pitch after it happened, but we've got to move on and try and win some more games.
"We'll all stay in touch with him and hopefully he makes a swift recovery."
Boro’s third goalkeeping loanee was between the sticks for Gateshead at the weekend.
Aynsley Pears played as Steve Watson’s team beat Ebbsfleet by a single goal to move up to eight place in the National League.
Luke Armstrong, also on loan at Heed from Boro, missed the game with a hamstring injury.
Nathan McGinley started as ten-man Forest Green Rovers drew with Port Vale.
Carl Winchester’s early goal was cancelled out by a second-hald penalty from Tom Pope.
George Miller was in the starting line-up as Bradford slipped to defeat at Blackpool.
The Bantams were 1-0 ahead when striker Miller – still hunting his first Bradford goal – was withdrawn.
The points looked to be sewn up when Jck Payne doubled the lead on 64 minutes, but a flurry of late goals in the last six minutes swung it in The Tangerines’ favour.
There was no league action for Yeovil this weekend, their game at MK Dons postponed due to international call-ups including Enes Mahmutovic.
Alex Pattison did play in midweek for The Glovers as they drew 0-0 with Exeter City in the Checkatrade Trophy. Pattison missed a penalty in the resultant shootout as City claimed the extra point.