A round-up of some stories related to Barnsley FC this week.
JOEY BARTON’S SPEAKS OUT ON BOBBY THOMAS MOVE
Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton has given his thoughts on Bobby Thomas leaving them for Barnsley last week.
The 21-year-old centre-back joined Bristol Rovers earlier this season on loan from Burnley – playing 26 games and scoring three goals.
He played for the Gas on Tuesday of last week but that loan was then cut short and he trained with the Reds on Friday before being an unused substitute for Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Charlton.
Rovers manager Barton has been quoted in the Bristol Post saying of Thomas: “I’ll level with you, we’ve had enough of him. He is a young player and he came in and did well, but virtually a goal a game and he was causing a lot of issues.
“He was fantastic for us and he gave us everything he’s got. We just feel that in the market there is an opportunity to maybe take a permanent or a loan that can help us.
“Football is a strange-old game and Bobby and his agent will have been aware of us trying to move centre-backs on in the background to replace him. So we can’t sit here and cry that he has done the dirty on us and gone to Barnsley because we were actively looking to recruit and replace him and use a valuable loan spot because we felt we had seen what Bob could do for us and we felt we could find, certainly in the second half of the season, a bit more of a different structure defensively.
“Him and Beefy (James Connolly) wasn’t the partnership we were looking for and outside centre-back where Bobby ended up playing is probably not his best position. He goes with our good wishes and hopefully, he plays as well for Barnsley as he did for us.”
GOALS FOR LOANED-OUT STRIKERS
BARNSLEY strikers Josiah Dyer and Aaron Leya Iseka scored for their loan clubs this week.
Dyer, 18, netted his first senior goal for FC United of Manchester after coming off the bench in their 4-4 draw with Hyde United in the Northern Premier League.
Leya Iseka netted in a 1-0 win for Adanaspor at Tuzla in the Turkish second division, the second goal of his loan.
UNDER 18S SIX POINTS CLEAR AFTER WIN
BARNSLEY under 18s won 4-1 at Crewe Alexandra to stay top of their division.
Theo Chapman scored twice with Fabio Jalo and Charlie Hickingbottom also on target.
That left them six points clear at the top with 25 from 11 games.
They were due to play at Birmingham City on Tuesday but the fixture was called off.
BARNSLEY LADIES BEAT WEDNESDAY 10-1
BARNSLEY Ladies continued their excellent season with a 10-1 win at home to local rivals Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.
Phoebe Lodge scored a fantastic four with Lynn Goodman and Louisa Barraclough bagging braces. The other scorers were Jodie Gregory and Ellie Newsam.
Barnsley are second in the North East Regional League Southern Division, three points behind leaders Handsworth who have played two games more.
The Reds lost their first game of the season but have won eight in a row.
Two of those wins have been against Wednesday, who they also beat 8-1 away earlier in the season.
They are due to visit fourth-placed York Railway Institute on Sunday.