Frank the main man

Frank Nouble's fine form for Gillingham continued with the fifth league goal of his loan spell helping them to a 2-1 win at home to Aldershot Town.

Still only 20, the on-loan Hammer is averaging a goal every two games in League Two and not surprisingly the Kent club have agreed a deal to keep him for another month. The loan window shuts this week and Sam Allardyce is committed to sending out his young forwards in the hope of getting them regular action.

Cristian Montano has just joined his third loan club of the season in Dagenham & Redbridge, scoring on his debut but unable to stop them losing 3-2 at home to Southend United on Saturday. Kane Ferdinand was the Southend hero with a double.

Robert Hall has gone back to Oxford United after six goals in ten matches during his initial stay but drew a blank in their 4-1 reverse away to high-fliers Crawley Town. The other Hammer on loan in League Two is defender Callum McNaughton and he got another 90 minutes in the 1-1 home draw with Paolo Di Canio's Swindon Town.

It was Nouble who was the main man this weekend for the Hammers loanees. As well as getting first-team experience, he is also adapting to a new position. Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler is playing him in an advanced position on the right wing and it is allowing the imposing front-man to create havoc on defences.

Speaking to Gillingham's website, Nouble said: "I have been here two months and the manager has given me a lot of confidence and I am playing well. I am happy that [the manager] wants me to stay. We will hopefully get that sorted, we have a few days to sort it out.

"I want to sign and hopefully it will be sorted. I want to carry on doing what I am now."

Despite his short-term goal of getting goals for the Gills, the long-term ambition is to return to the Boleyn Ground and make an impact.

"I always want to go back to West Ham. I want to do well for them but at the same time I need to realise what the realities are there. There are a lot of players there and the manager just asked me to go out on loan, do well, and see what happens.

"I am enjoying it and I am waking up in the morning and going into training and enjoying it. My main focus would be getting into the West Ham team but you can only do well for where you are at the present time and I want to do well for Gillingham."

His manager Hessenthaler is certainly happy. "We are absolutely delighted with him," he said. "When it goes up to him something happens. Is he a centre-forward? He will tell you he is, but I quite like him out on the right-hand side because he makes things happen. I am delighted with his performance."