Academy Loan Watch

Nelson Khumbeni Morecambe

Young players from Wanderers’ B Team and Academy set-up continue to rack up valuable game time out on loan.

Academy reporter Ben Livingstone catches up with their latest action from the Easter weekend.

Nelson Khumbeni - Morecambe FC

Khumbeni (pictured) has enjoyed a great start to life in League Two, starting in every Morecambe match since his arrival at the end of January. 

The midfielder, who scored in Wanderers’ 8-1 victory against Manchester United U21’s in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy last September, scored his first Morecambe goal in their 2-1 Good Friday derby day win against Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium.

The 21-year-old also played a vital role and saw another full 90 minutes as Morecambe defeated Barrow in a 2-1 win at the Mazumu Stadium on Easter Monday to sustain their play-off challenge.

Max Conway - AFC Fylde

Conway made his 23rd National League appearance of the season for The Coasters as they picked up a huge three points on Good Friday against Oldham Athletic.

The left-back or wing-back, 20, featured for 85 minutes against the former Premier League outfit and has played a key role in Fylde’s remarkable recovery from the relegation places to virtual safety.

Ben Andreucci - Buxton Town

Andreucci featured twice for National League North Side Buxton FC over the Easter weekend as the Bucks went head-to-head with former EFL clubs Chester and Hereford. 

Coming off the back of a brace the weekend before, Andreucci again found the back of the net only two minutes into the Bucks’ Good Friday defeat against Chester.

The teenage striker now has four goals and three assists in six appearances since his switch to Buxton in the Scottish Youth International’s first spell in senior football.

Luke Matheson - Bohemian FC

Matheson is on loan with the League Of Ireland side until the summer and made his first start at right-back against Galway United on Monday to help the Bohs to a 2-0 win which lifted them to sixth place in the table.

Gerald Sithole - Chorley FC

Sithole was one of three B Team players who sealed a loan move on the non-league deadline day at the end of last week.

The striker was on the bench as Chorley beat Blyth Spartans 2-0 on Easter Monday to stay third in National League North and en route to the play-offs.

Finlay Lockett - Southport FC

Lockett also moved into the National League North with Southport.

The attacking midfielder enjoyed a 20-minute cameo off the bench in a debut against Scunthorpe United on Easter Monday as the Iron won 1-0 to stay second in the table.

Gio Loureiro - Nantwich Town

Loureiro was the final Wanderers’ academy product to make a move on deadline day as he joined Northern Premier League Division One West side Nantwich Town for the remainder of the season. 

The 18-year-old was an unused substitute in the Dabbers’ 0-0 away draw at high-flying Runcorn Linnets on Friday but came off the bench to score on his debut on Monday as Nantwich beat Hednesford Town 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller to stay in touch with the play-off places.

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