There were mixed fortunes for the Rovers players out on loan in their respective matches this weekend.
Of the seven players out, just three featured, with only one on the winning side.
Having joined Rochdale on Thursday, John O'Sullivan was handed a first start for Keith Hill's side. But he had to be substituted just 34 minutes into the match to avoid being sent off.
Eager to impress, the Irishman was booked early on at Spotland, and, after treading a fine line, he was eventually replaced.
At that point visitors Port Vale were leading thank's to Chris Burchall's goal, but Dale levelled just before the break when Ian Henderson scored from the penalty spot.
12 minutes from time Rochdale completed the turnaround as a Nathaniel Mendez-Laing goal gave the home side all three points.
Anton Forrester was a second half substitute for Morecambe as they went down 4-3 away at Stevenage.
Dean Wells opened the scoring for the hosts, but Kevin Ellison soon levelled. However, despite Morecambe's Barry Roche saving two penalties, a hat-trick from Chris Whelpdale put Stevenage firmly in control.
Forrester was introduced after 73 minutes before late goals by Paul Mullin and a second for Ellison made it a nervy ending at Broadhall Way.
Jordan Preston's Ayr United were on Scottish Cup duty this weekend with a match against fellow League One high-flyers Dunfermline Athletic.
The on loan striker played just over an hour at Somerset Park as Andy Geggan's strike saw Dunfermline progress through to round four of the competition.
The 3rd qualifying round of the FA Trophy could have seen Dean Rittenberg come up against Luke Wall as Chorley faced Skelmersdale, but neither player featured in a goalless draw at Victory Park. The two sides will meet again in the replay on Tuesday night.
Lewis Hardcastle was an unused substitute for Salford City as they suffered a rare away loss on Saturday. They went down 2-0 at Grantham Town.
Also absent this weekend was Modou Cham. Injury prevented the attacker from featuring for Stockport County as they lost 2-0 at home to Nantwich Town.