Tranmere have snatched up Liverpool youngster Godwin Antwi on loan move until January 2009.Antwi
joined the Reds in 2006 from Real Zaragoza and made an immediate impact helping The Reds to FA
Youth Cup success in his debut season on Merseyside.
After loan spells at Accrington and Hartlepool over the past few seasons, Antwi joins local side
Tranmere where he is the sixth signing for the club this Summer.
The U18s began their double defence of the FA Youth Cup with a resounding 5-0 shellacking of
Wycombe. The Wanderers were undefeated in thirteen contests coming in while racking up a ridiculous
+27 goal difference. Though they managed to hold our boys for the first half, an explosion of goals
in the second, led by a brace from Nathan Eccleston, crushed the young Chairboys' hopes and dreams
of the upset.
Krisztián Németh netted a pair for the second straight contest as the Reserves took the
mini-derby, three to nil, at Halliwell Jones. It also saw the return of 19-year-old Spanish
midfielder Francisco Durán, who came on in the 76th minute after being out for nine months with a
knee injury. Leto was apparently quiet throughout, but Nabil El Zhar garnered Man of the Match
honors from the official site.
Paul Anderson is expected to be back on the pitch for Swansea today when the Swans take on
Northampton in a League One fixture. The 19-year-old winger suffered a slight knock on the knee
against Hartlepool last Tuesday and missed his club's FA Cup draw at Horsham last Friday. The Swans
still sit atop the League One table though by game-in-hand, Nottingham Forest could overtake them
with just a draw and Carlisle United both could surpass them with a win.
Robbie Threlfall got injured, Ryan Flynn absent, Godwin Antwi played, but his side lost, Craig
Lindfield forgotten as Notts County suffered an FA Cup embarassment, and Adam Hammill barely got on
the pitch as his side won.
In a face-off of two clubs with Liverpool kids on-loan, Hereford United beat Hartlepool United,
2-0, in second round FA Cup proper.
Paul Anderson didn't travel with the Swans this evening as the club headed to Atspeed Stadium to
take on Horsham in second round FA Cup action. His injury is now being described as 'dead leg',
which for some reason conjures images of Peter Jackson's Braindead. I'll let you work that one out.
Anyhow, Swansea's next match is a League One tie Tuesday at home against Northampton, hopefully
Anderson will make his return then and there'll be no zombie babies in the crowd.
The news out of Swansea is that Paul Anderson had to leave the match with Hartlepool United today
in the 53rd minute due to a knee injury. No word on the extent of the knock as of yet, but he was
able to 'limp off' the pitch. Despite losing the speedy, young winger, the Swans were able to win
1-0 on an 82nd minute strike from Spanish defender Angel Rangel.
In League One action today, Hartlepool travel to the Liberty to take on Paul Anderson and the
Swans. Godwin Antwi is on-loan to the Monkey Hangers and though he played the full ninety on
Saturday, his inclusion in the starting XI is nothing definite. The 2-1 loss at Gillingham was the
first time in over a month that the Ghanaian-Spanish centre back/defensive midfielder has played in
a League One match for Hartlepool in over a month.
The only kid that could have saw action today was Miki Roque for Xerez CD. The Segunda División
side faced former LFC player Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Recreativo de Huelva in the first leg of
the 5th round of the Copa Del Rey. Don't expect the 19-year-old to have seen any action though, for
according to the official Xerez site, he's yet to play a single minute for his temporary side,
which currently sit third from bottom on the división table, a point from relegation safety.
Three of our on-loan kids have a good chance of seeing action today as their respective clubs are
in action for the Johnstone Paint Trophy. Two of them might even square off against one
Godwin Antwi and Hartlepool United will host Morecambe at Victoria Park this evening. The
19-year-old Ghanaian-Spanish centre-back/defensive midfielder saw action for the first time in a
month two days ago.
Nathan Eccleston is looking more and more the business. The 16-year-old Manchester product netted
three more goals today in the U18s 5-0 annihilation of West Brom. The same West Brom that held them
scoreless just a month-and-half ago. That brings the young striker's tally to 15 in 16 matches. Did
I mention that in three of those matches he played less than a total of 120 minutes?
* In what was looking like a great season to come for on-loan Godwin Antwi, a hamstring injury
has forced the 19-year-old to sit out for up to four weeks. The defender apparently was hurt while
in the midst of scoring his first goal for Hartlepool United on Saturday against Doncaster. As they
say, it could have been worse.
* In literally breaking news, I can breathe a sigh of relief as a Premier League Board appointed
panel voted against allowing Heinze to join our squad for Man U.