Good start for Butler at Aldershot

Pompey defender Dan Butler is currently on loan at Aldershot
Pompey defender Dan Butler is currently on loan at Aldershot

Dan Butler made an instant impact for Aldershot as his loan spell got under way.

After joining the Skrill Premier side on Thursday, the left-back was named alongside fellow Pompey product Adam Webster for Saturday’s trip to Chester.

And he marked his debut by providing the cross headed home by Jaydon Gibbs which gave the visitors a last-gasp leveller in a 1-1 draw.

For the 19-year-old, it was his first taste of competitive action since featuring for Pompey in the Capital One Cup at Bournemouth in August.

As for Webster, he has been a regular in Andy Scott’s side, making 15 appearances so far.

Recently, he returned from successful England under-19 duty at the European Championships qualifiers.

Elsewhere, there was disappointment for Ashley Harris on an eventful Chelmsford debut.

The Skrill South side slumped to a 6-0 home defeat to struggling Boreham Wood – a result which cost manager Dean Holdsworth his job yesterday morning.

Harris entered the action as a substitute at half-time with the scoreline 2-0, but matters for the hosts only worsened during an awful second period.

The Clarets’ side also included fellow Fratton youngster Josh Warren at right-back, who has now made six appearances, having initially joined on loan in September.

Meanwhile, Nick Awford, who joined Chelmsford on the same day as Harris last Tuesday, was one of two unused substitutes on Saturday.

Incidentally, Boreham Wood contained former Pompey defender Callum Reynolds in their starting line-up.

He had been recruited by Paul Hart from Rushden & Diamonds in a double transfer along with Paris Cowan-Hall in April 2007, but left on a free four years later.

Finally, George Branford and Liam Triggs were left without a game after AFC Totton’s Calor Premier clash at Corby was washed out.

The duo, who have now signed on for a second month on loan, have been regulars for the struggling side.

Last week both featured in a 3-2 defeat at Truro City, although midfielder Branford netted with a blistering shot from 25-yards.