How Jack Baldwin started to prove a point with his Sunderland future still uncertain
Jack Baldwin made his first league appearance since September – and found himself on the scoresheet for Salford City.
The defender has endured a torrid time with injuries since his switch to the Ammies, with Phil Parkinson confirming this week that he was unlikely to recall the centre back to the Academy of Light during January.
And with his long-term future on Wearside uncertain, Baldwin set about proving his worth with a standout performance in Salford’s 2-1 defeat to Northampton Town.
While the result went against Graham Alexander’s side, the performance of the Sunderland loanee was a highlight – and he found the net in the first half with a fine header.
Now, Baldwin will be looking to push on and impress both Parkinson and potential suitors, with a big summer ahead.
Meanwhile, it was a weekend to remember for Jack Diamond as he netted his first professional goal in Harrogate’s 2-0 win over Darlington.
After a fine move, the young forward sprung the offside trap before calmly slotting home from inside the area.
Lloyd Kerry made it two late on as Simon Weaver’s side sealed progression to the next round of the FA Trophy.
Jordan Hunter was involved in a seven-goal thriller as South Shields beat Mickleover Sports 5-2.
The full-back played the full ninety minutes as the Mariners kept their promotion dreams alive with a dramatic triumph.
Lee Connelly, meanwhile, will be forced to wait for his Alloa Athletic debut after their Championship game with Arbroath was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.