It may have been a disappointing weekend for Southampton’s first team, but it was a good weekend for some of the Saints players on loan.
Southampton lost 4-0 at Villa Park on Saturday in the Premier League as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men had an afternoon to forget in the Midlands, with a below-average performance contributing to a heavy defeat.
But elsewhere there were plenty of bright spots for some of Southampton’s young players on loan, with back-to-back wins for Kayne Ramsay and Dynel Simeu at Ross County and Carlisle United respectively.
The first was a particularly pleasing victory for Ramsay and Ross County, with the Saints loanee playing a key role in a 1-0 victory over Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday night, earning a penalty scored by Joseph Hungbo in the 16th minute. Game.
Ramsay also played 90 minutes on Saturday as he made his eighth loan appearance for Ross County, who again won 1-0 against St Mirren, with Hungbo scoring again from the penalty spot for Malky Mackay’s side .
Fellow Southampton defender Jake Vokins, who is also on loan at Ross County and has made 16 appearances this season, was an unused substitute in both games.
Meanwhile, Simeu enjoyed another good week at Carlisle, helping Paul Simpson’s men to two wins to move further away from the League Two relegation zone.
Simeu played the full 90 minutes of both games as Carlisle beat Rochdale on Tuesday night, before starting and replaying the full game as the Cumbrians came from behind to beat Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park on Saturday.
Simeu, who was booked in the win at Oldham, has now helped Carlisle win three games in a row under new boss Simpson, having failed in the Southampton loanee’s first five games under former boss Keith Millen.
The 19-year-old, who joined Saints from Chelsea last summer, has now made eight appearances for Carlisle, who sit 18th in English football’s fourth tier, six points above opponents Oldham, who are second from bottom.
Elsewhere, Saints midfielder Will Ferry made two more appearances for loan club Crawley Town this week, helping the Reds to two draws against Oldham and Scunthorpe United.
Ferry has now played 25 times for John Yems’ side, who also have Caleb Watts on loan from Southampton, although the Australian is currently ruled out through injury.
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Another Saints loanee who is currently injured is striker Dan N’Lundulu, who suffered a hamstring injury in late January after scoring one goal in five games for Cheltenham Town in League One after being loaned out.
Southampton had another loan spell in action at the weekend, with goalkeeper Jack Bycroft again for Dorchester Town in the Southern League Premier Division South.
However, he couldn’t prevent his side losing 3-1 to Merthyr Town.
Meanwhile, it was a good weekend for Southampton FC Women who beat Crawley Wasps 2-0 to progress to the National League Cup final, with goals from Katie Rood and Alisha Ware helping the Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s team to succeed.