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Mixed weekend for lads on loan

28 April 2014

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Rovers' players out on loan experienced the highs and lows of football on a busy weekend of action.

After Alan Judge had clinched promotion with Brentford earlier in the month, it was Jack O'Connell's turn as Rochdale celebrated their ascension to League One after a 2-0 home win over Cheltenham.

O'Connell played the full match at the heart of the defence as early goals from Peter Vincenti and Ian Henderson ensured Keith Hill's side would go up. They could clinch the League Two title next Saturday away at Newport.

At the other end of the table Anthony O'Connor played the full match as Torquay United were relegated to the Conference despite a 3-1 away win at Mansfield Town.

The Gulls form had picked up of late with three wins from their last five games, but it was too late to save them from relegation.

Elsewhere in League Two Fleetwood Town ensured a 4th place finish with a 1-1 draw against Southend United. Josh Morris played the full match for Graham Alexander's, whose chances of an automatic promotion spot ended.

Morecambe confirmed their place in League Two next season with a comprehensive 3-0 away win at AFC Wimbledon.

Ryan Edwards played the full match as goals from Jack Redshaw, Jamie Devitt and Paddy Amond secured the victory.

In League One Brentford ended their away campaign in disappointing fashion with a 4-1 loss at Colchester United.

Alan Judge saw a penalty saved as Colchester all but secured their status in the divison.

On the final weekend in the Football Conference, John O'Sullivan was on the scoresheet for a Southport side who let a two-goal lead slip away at Welling United.

The Sandgrounders lead 3-1 at the break but three second half goals from the home side saw them clinch all three points.

O'Sullivan played the full match whilst Kellen Daly was an unused substitute.

In Scotland, Ross County climbed out of the bottom two places with an important 2-1 home win over Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Jordan Slew and Yann Songo'o both played the full match as the Staggies moved up to ninth in the table.

In the Sky Bet Championship, neither Leon Best nor David Goodwillie featured for their loan clubs, but there was better news for Ruben Rochina who played just over an hour as Rayo Vallecano maintained their excellent recent form with a 3-0 away win at Granada.

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