Motherwell rubbish talks of move for Smith

  • Close control: Justin Donawa draws the attention of two markers during Darlington’s 2-1 victory over Gloucester City in the Vanarama National League North on Saturday. Below, Jonté Smith was not named in Cheltenham’s squad for their 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic in League Two

(Photograph courtesy of Andy Futers)

    Close control: Justin Donawa draws the attention of two markers during Darlington’s 2-1 victory over Gloucester City in the Vanarama National League North on Saturday. Below, Jonté Smith was not named in Cheltenham’s squad for their 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic in League Two (Photograph courtesy of Andy Futers)


Scottish Premiership side Motherwell have ruled out a transfer window move for Bermuda forward Jonté Smith.

Smith is believed to be a free agent after his short-term contract at Sky Bet League Two side Cheltenham Town expired on New Year’s Day. It is understood Cheltenham are keen to extend Smith’s stay at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Stephen Robinson, the Motherwell manager, is seeking a new forward to replace the departing Devante Cole, the son of former Manchester United forward Andrew Cole, whose six-month loan deal from Championship side Wigan Athletic expired on Thursday.

However, Robinson rubbished talks of him making a move Smith.

“I don’t know who ‘Smith from Cheltenham’ is if I’m being totally honest with you,” Robinson told the Scottish Daily Record.

“I’m not any closer to getting anybody in. It is a loss for us [losing Devante Cole].

“We don’t have massive amounts of money to play with so the list that we’re looking at is very small, so it’s proving difficult to get somebody in at the moment.”

Smith has scored four goals for Cheltenham, including a hat-trick against West Ham United Under-21 in the Leasing.com trophy in October.

He was not named in Cheltenham 3-0 victory at home to Oldham Athletic in League Two yesterday. Goals from Max Sheaf, debutant Alfie May and Ryan Broom secured a comfortable win for the home side.

Nahki Wells was an unused substitute in Queens Park Rangers’ 5-1 win at home to Swansea City in the third round of the FA Cup today.

Jordan Hugill, on loan from Premier League side West Ham United, scored a first-half double either side of Bright Osayi-Samuel’s strike.

QPR, who put six past Cardiff City on New Year’s Day, with Wells scoring a hat-trick, conceded on the hour mark when Swansea substitute George Byers found the net.

The home side sealed the win courtesy of Lee Wallace’s volley in the 76th minute and Josh Scowen’s impressive finish in added time.

Reggie Lambe missed Cambridge United’s 1-0 defeat away to Macclesfield Town in League Two yesterday.

Arthur Gnahoua scored the winner for Macclesfield in the fifth minute.

Lambe was dismissed for the second time in his last two starts in Cambridge’s 3-2 defeat at home against his former club Mansfield Town in the league on Thursday.

In non-League action, Justin Donawa played the full match in Darlington’s 2-1 win at home to Gloucester City in the Vanarama National League North yesterday. The Bermuda forward went close to scoring his eighth goal of the season when he headed against the crossbar early on.

Sean Reid gave Darlington the lead in the fourth minute before Adam Campbell converted a penalty in the 25th minute after Reid was fouled in the box.

Zac Kotwica reduced the deficit for Gloucester in the 62nd minute.

Osagi Bascome, the Bermuda midfielder, was an unused substitute for Darlington, who climbed to ninth in the table.

“It was a good win for the lads,” Reid told the Darlington website “It was a top-class performance in the first half and it could have been three or four [goals] if we had took our chances.

“The game got a bit scrappy in the second half and we’re just thankful for the three points.”

Also in the National League North, Bermuda midfielder Milan Butterfield played the full match in Kidderminster Harriers’ 1-0 defeat at home to Blythe Spartans. Harry Higginson scored the winner for Spartans in the 58th minute.

Knory Scott, the Bermuda Under-20 forward, was not included in the match day squad for Kidderminster, who are seventeenth in the table.

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Published Jan 5, 2020 at 4:29 pm (Updated Jan 5, 2020 at 4:50 pm)

Motherwell rubbish talks of move for Smith

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