Loan Watch – Armstrong off the mark, Miller turns supplier

Happy Heed

Luke Armstrong, son of former Boro midfielder Alun, got his campaign with National League side Gateshead off to a positive start on Saturday.

The 22-year-old bagged a goal in the 53rd minute in the 3-1 win over Maidenhead United, pouncing on a defensive error from centre back Ayo Obileye before running in 20 yards to slot the ball through the legs of the onrushing keeper.

Armstrong’s energetic opening day performance brought about some well deserved praise, and even landed him a spot in The Non-League Paper’s National Team of the Day.

At the other end of the pitch, Aynsley Pears was poised for his first clean sheet for the Heed but for an unfortunate late own goal.

The promising young keeper was in amongst it between the sticks and pulled off a particularly noteworthy close-range save from Maindenhead striker Josh Kelly at 3-0 up.


Hayden’s Holy Grail

In Scotland, defender Hayden Coulson started for St Mirren against Dundee, playing the full match as the Scottish side clinched a 2-1 home victory.

It was a promising debut in a first loan spell for the 20-year-old, who signed for the Scottish Championship side for the season.

Coulson is highly regarded at Boro having represented England at every youth level so far, and St Mirren boss Alan Stubbs admitted Coulson has the potential to go far – on one condition.

“He needs to make better decisions but in terms of potential he’s got a lot,” Stubbs told The Gazette.

“If we want him to go to where we think he can, there’s certainly aspects of his game he needs to tidy up.”

City Conquer Carlisle

Joe Fryer started in goal for Carlisle, but their campaign got off on the wrong foot in their League Two opener against Exeter City.

Just the 9,385 miles separates the two clubs and it was a journey back home that none of the Carlisle contingent wouldn’t have wanted to endure off the back of a performance that manager John Sheridan dubbed ‘flat’.

Fryer was one of five new signings handed their debuts for the Cumbrians and he was called upon to deal with a couple of test, which he did.

But the 22-year-old wasn’t given the best of protection from his backline, on what was a day to forget for Carlisle’s dodgy defence.

“The goals were poor,” Sheridan said. “Any goals you concede are poor but we need to defend a lot better and get closer to people.”

Miller Made

George Miller started for Bradford, who defeated Shrewsbury Town in a tight affair at Meadow Lane.

Goal getter Miller turned supplier for the game’s only goal. The striker proved too much to handle for Shrews defender James Bolton crossed the ball for Huddersfield loanee Jack Payne to ram home.

The 19-year-old played the rest of the match as Bradford held out for a solid three points to start the season.

Middlesbrough minutes:

• Armstrong – Played 90 minutes and scored vs Maidenhead
• Pears – Played 90 minutes vs Maidenhead
• Coulson – Played 90 minutes vs. Dundee
• Fryer – Played 90 minutes vs. Exeter
• Miller – Played 90 minutes and assisted vs Shrewsbury
• Pattison – N/A

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