Loan Round-Up - 29 December

by Daniel Alston

Everton's on-loan youngsters endured a difficult festive period away from Finch Farm on the whole.

Hallam Hope arguably had the better of the hectic schedule at loan club Bury, who picked up seven points from nine in their three Christmas fixtures.

The striker came off the bench for the final 18 minutes of the Shakers' 2-2 draw at home to York on 20 December, before playing the first 66 minutes against former loan side Northampton Town.

Bury defeated the Cobblers 3-2 on Boxing Day, despite both teams being reduced to 10 men.

Two days later, Hope grabbed an assist during his hour-long run-out in the 2-0 home win against Mansfield.

The Shakers now lie eighth in League Two, outside the play-off places only on goal difference.

Matthew Pennington also featured in all of Coventry City's festive fixtures, but the results were less positive for the troubled club.

Two draws and a defeat helped nudge the Sky Blues up to 17th in League One, with defender Pennington playing the full 90 minutes in the 1-1 at home to Fleetwood Town, the 2-0 loss at Doncaster and the 0-0 draw at Chesterfield.

North of the border, Matthew Kennedy was an unused substitute in the Hibernian's 3-1 win at Raith Rovers on 20 December, but the winger did earn a three-minute cameo in their 4-0 home drubbing of Rangers a week later.

Alan Stubbs' Hibs now sit third in the Scottish Championship, four points off their most recent opponents.

Another Everton loanee short of playing time at present is John Lundstram, with the midfielder being no more than an unused substitute for Blackpool since 8 November.

The Seasiders remain rooted to the foot of the Championship with 14 points from 24 games.

In contrast, goalkeeper Connor Hunt was called upon regularly for Hyde FC, playing in all three of their Christmas games.

The Vanorama Conference North side are rock bottom of the table after a 2-0 defeat to Oxford City, a 4-2 reverse at home to Stalybridge Celtic, although a point was gained in Sunday's 3-3 draw at Colwyn Bay.

Keep an eye on for updates on Everton's loaned-out youngsters.


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