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Loan stars in action

12 October 2015

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Salford City and Bamber Bridge both earned cup replays, whilst Clitheroe won on their travels, in a successful weekend for the young Rovers out on loan.

Sam Joel played the full match for Bamber Bridge as they deservedly drew 1-1 away at Kettering Town in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Veteran forward Brett Ormerod gave the visitors the lead in the first half, but Kettering drew level early in the second half through Liam Canavan.

Brig had the chance to win the game in the closing stages but Jamie Milligan saw his penalty saved.

The two sides go again this Tuesday night at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

Also earning a cup replay this weekend were Salford City. Midfielder Lewis Hardcastle played the full 90 as the Ammies held Conference North side Bradford Park Avenue to a 1-1 draw.

Richie Allen gave hosts Salford an early lead, but a converted penalty on the hour mark from Richard Marshall saw Avenue ensure a replay date this Wednesday.

Clitheroe moved up to fifth in the Evo-Stik First Division North table after a remarkable 3-2 win over bottom-side New Mills on Saturday.

The Millers are yet to record a point this season from their 11 games played, but roared into a two-goal lead inside the first five minutes at Church Lane thanks to goals from Ben Connelly and Dean McGregor.

Yet amazingly, Clitheroe, who had Rovers youngster Callum Hendry starting once more, turned the match around less than 20 minutes later.

Scott Harries pulled a goal back on 12 before Scott Barker made it 2-2 after just 21 minutes.

Sixty seconds later the Blues completed the turnaround as Louis Mayers put the visitors in front.

After a drama-filled first half, the second saw no further goal action as Clitheroe held on for the win.

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