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Loan watch: Watters and McLean in action this week

15 March 2020

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Steve Terrell/ Maidstone United

Max Watters (Maidstone United) and Rian McLean (Pickering Town) were in action this week while Tadcaster Albion’s match against Workington FC came too soon for Rieves Boocock.

Scunthope United, Chorley and Blyth Spartans all had their matches postponed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, so Ian Lawlor, Alex Kiwomya and Shane Blaney all had a weekend without football.

Watters started his fifth consecutive game for Maidstone United up front against Eastbourne Borough at Priory Lane. Watters was bright in the first half and after some great work down the left-hand-side, his teasing cross wasn’t quite anticipated by his waiting teammate.

Then just two minutes later everyone thought Watters was going to score after some great build up play from The Stones, however a last-ditch tackle from an Eastbourne defender prevented the striker from breaking the deadlock.

Watters was slightly quieter in the second half and Maidstone found themselves 3-0 down before Watters had another sniff at goal. A great cross into the box was met by the striker but the keeper brilliantly denied Watters from close range. The game finished 3-0 to Eastbourne Borough but another 90 minutes under the belt for the young striker is always a positive.

Rovers two latest stars to be loaned out are Boocock and Mclean. Boocock joined Tadcaster Albion on Wednesday, and Mclean joined Pickering Town last Tuesday both on a month loan.

Mclean was straight into the action and made his debut for Pickering the day he signed for them. The 21-year-old started at centre back in The Pikes’ 1-1 draw against Kendall Town. Mclean played 81 minutes before being substituted, and he was awarded man of the match for his solid defensive performance.

There was no fixture for Mclean this weekend as Pickering’s match against City of Liverpool was called off but Tadcaster Albion’s fixture against Workington AFC did go ahead.

It was Albion’s first home fixture in four and a half weeks as severe flooding on their pitch had seen the alteration of their home fixtures. Boocock did not feature in the squad for The Brewers and they lost 4-2 to the league leaders at Ings Lane.

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