In what might be the final full Loan Watch round up of the season, there was play off heartbreak, a trophy and a couple goals for good measure.

Firstly, Jordan Maguire-Drew didn’t feature for Barnet as they were humbled in the National League Play Offs.

Bees’ manager said he was expecting a large overhaul of his squad for next season, at the time of writing it’s not known if they intend to take up their option on JMD.

Will Buse has been thanked for his time at Bath City after they conceded an incredibly late goal in their play off quarter final to Braintee.

Buse actually came close to scoring a late winner in the game from his own penalty area! 

The former Bristol City man returns to Huish Park where he remains under contract for the 2024/25 season.


Onto Dorchester where Ollie Haste played an hour in their final game of the season, but post match was rewarded with the Supporters’ Player of the Season award.


Haste leaves the Glovers at the end of his contract with two National League appearances to his name and is – to the best of our knowledge – the youngest person to Captain the Men’s team in a first team fixture after skippering the side in the Somerset Men’s Premier Cup last season.

Ollie Haste celebrates putting Dorchester Town 2-0 up in their 4-1 home win over Basingstoke Town.
Picture courtesy of Phillip Standfield.

Benjani’s time at Yeovil also draws to a close, he’s been at Melksham for most of this season and spent the final day of their season on the bench. Benjani played in the final day game of thr 22/23 season away at Boreham Wood as well making plenty of friendly and SMPC appearances.

Benjani at Melksham
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Shepton Mallet didn’t have a game this past weekend, but Charlie Bateson has one more engagement with them, the Les Phillips Cup final later in May.

Bateson Celebrates
📷 Dean Haliwell

Down at Gillingham, they’ve been going at three games a week for a while now and ad such there’s been plenty of game time for some of our Under 18s.

On Thursday just gone, Josh Haskett, Harry Lock and Harrison Foster started with Jack Bareham coming on from the bench. A good first half with Harry Lock assisting a Josh Haskett goal to make it 1-1 at half time. Bitton had the run of the second half to win 4-1.

Whilst on Saturday, Josh Haskett, Harry Lock, Harrison Foster and Jack Bareham all starting. It was a tough fixture for the end of the season and with injuries mounting for the Gills they went out 6-0 down. 

hosh Haskett ended the season as joint top scorer for the Gills. All the Yeovil lads worked really hard for the team and are grateful to Gillingham for having them 👍

(Huge thanks to Ian Haskett for helping with Loan Watch throughout the season)

Jack Bareham (9) scores for Gillingham

Finally at Welton Rovers, it’s been a tough campaign, but it ended on a real high with Jacob Shore scoring a last minute equaliser in a 4-4 draw, a game which saw Max Dyer given Rovers Man of the Match after a goal and assist of his own.


Mason Alden was also involved and like the other lads have really appreciated Welton’s hospitality this season.

On the final day they lost to Saltash, but again plenty more game time for the young Glovers, and after the drama of a 4-4 draw with two YTFC-related scorers… we won’t worry too much about that one.

(Another huge Thank You to Daniel Shore for his help and information this season)

Charlie Bateson shoots at goal, blocked by Jacob Shore
Pic: Dean Halliwell

Finally, from Gloverscast Ben a huge Thank You to those who have read Loan Watch this season, I hope it’s been interesting to see how the first team lads – and maybe more so, the youngsters in the Under 18s – are getting on.




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