Fry leads loanees

Matt Fry got yet another 90 minutes under his belt with a solid turn in defence as Gillingham won 3-1 at home to Stockport United on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Academy graduate was once again at centre-back, where he has played for the majority of his ten league matches to date. Fry, who earlier this week agreed to stay for another month at the League One outfit, has helped Gillingham to pull clear of the relegation zone and they sit in 16th place in the 24-team table. Having featured in the previous round against Southend United, he could play in the FA Cup third round at Accrington Stanley on 2 January.

Meanwhile, Nigel Quashie was unable to help MK Dons avoid a 1-0 home defeat by Brentford in another League One encounter. Up in the Championship, forward Freddie Sears played 90 minutes as Crystal Palace drew 1-1 at home with Barnsley while Jordan Spence had a free weekend as Scunthorpe United's home match with Ipswich Town was lost to the weather.

Those four are the only Hammers out on loan with Marek Stech back from his emergency loan at Bournemouth after just one game against Morecambe last Saturday. The 19-year-old Stech has been back training at Chadwell Heath.