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A mixed weekend for the Rovers playing their football away from Ewood Park

9 September 2018

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It was a mixed weekend for our Rovers loanees, with a number of our young starlets involved for their respective clubs.

In League One, Sam Hart played the full 90 minutes as Rochdale came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 at Scunthorpe United.

In that game, Ollie Rathbone, son of ex-Rover Mick, scored a brace before Matty Gillam bagged seven minutes before full time to earn a point apiece.

Staying in the division, Matty Platt wasn't involved in the Accrington Stanley squad as our near neighbours drew 1-1 at home to Burton Albion to drop to 10th in the third tier.

In League Two, Scott Wharton was an unused substitute as table-topping Lincoln City suffered a narrow defeat to Crawley Town.

Michael Bostwick's own goal sealed a 1-0 win for the visitors, whilst Danny Cowley's Imps also saw captain Lee Frecklington sent off for a wild lunge in the second half.

Staying in the division, Lewis Hardcastle appeared for the final three minutes as Port Vale drew 1-1 away at 10-man Forest Green Rovers.

The youngster replaced Tom Conlon late on, against a Forest Green side who included former Rover Gavin Gunning in their side.

In the National League North, two Rovers in the form of Lewis Thompson and Lewis Mansell made their debuts for FC United of Manchester.

The pair, who signed on a month-long loan with the club just a day earlier, were thrown in from the start, with Thompson getting the assist for Kurt Willoughby's opener just after the half hour mark against Southport.

But the visitors hit back and scored late on through ex-Rover Devarn Green to earn a share of the spoils.

Mansell appeared for 84 minutes, whilst Thompson played the full 90.

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