A week-by-week round-up of how North End’s loan players are doing at their current clubs.
The past few days saw a mixture of FA Cup and league matches involving North End’s loan players with some having the luxury of a rare weekend off.
After coming off the bench for Shrewsbury Town against Oldham Athletic on New Year’s Day, Nicky Wroe started for the Salop against promotion chasing Leyton Orient on Tuesday night.
Wroe was substituted at the break with the hosts 1-0 down, in a match they went on to lose 2-0.
Graham Cummins was a vital cog in the Rochdale machine which knocked Championship side Leeds United out of the FA Cup at Spotland.
The striker came off the bench in the 72nd minute with the Dale one goal to the good and he played an integral part in killing of the Yorkshire side’s FA Cup dream, with the cross in from the right which allowed Ian Henderson to steer the ball home in exquisite fashion to send Spotland into delirium.
Ben Davies is another man who has had a great week, with the news that his loan deal at York City has been extended for the remainder of the 2013/14 season.
To add to Davies’ joy, the Minstermen defeated Dag and Red 3-1 at the weekend with the full back playing 90 minutes once again.
York move up to 17th position in Sky Bet League Two with the three points.
Another to have his current loan deal extended is striker Chris Beardsley.
The Pirates have decided to sign Beardsley up until the end of the current season and the striker made an immediate impact, helping Rovers to pull off a second round FA Cup win away at Crawley Town on Wednesday night.
The striker came off the bench in the 63rd minute and with just seconds remaining, his shot was only parried into the path of John-Joe O’Toole who swooped to set up a third round clash with Birmingham City.
Shane Cansdell-Sherriff has had an operation to repair his broken jaw and will remain on the side-lines for the foreseeable future.
Steven James was unable to prevent Bamber Bridge losing to table topping Curzon Ashton 1-0 on Saturday.
The young goalkeeper is due to be available for Brig’s match on Saturday before his loan spell is over.