It was a mixed weekend for a number of our contracted players who are plying their trade away from East Lancashire...
A number of Rovers players are currently representing clubs away from Ewood Park, representing teams at a variety of levels in England and Scotland:
- Paul Downing
- Sam Barnes
- Joe Grayson
- Matty Platt
- Scott Wharton
- Sam Hart
- Lewis Hardcastle
- Lewis Mansell
- Andy Fisher
- Brad Lyons
We will begin in League One, and it was a weekend to remember for defender Paul Downing, who earned a first win for new club Doncaster Rovers, as the Yorkshire side picked up a valuable 3-1 victory against Peterborough United.
Downing appeared for the full 90 minutes at the Keepmoat Stadium, with the win for Grant McCann's side against his former club to leapfrog Posh and move into the play-off positions.
Staying in League One, and in the capital Sam Hart appeared for 70 minutes for Southend United in the Essex side's 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic.
In League Two, Scott Wharton started and appeared for the whole game as Bury earned a narrow 3-2 win at Morecambe, to continue their assault on the automatic promotion places in the fourth tier.
Elsewhere in the bottom tier, Joe Grayson wasn't in the squad as Grimsby Town picked up a victory on the road at Yeovil Town.
In Scotland, there was disappointment for Northern Irish midfielder Brad Lyons, who played the full game, but couldn't prevent St Mirren from bowing out of the Scottish Cup. The Buddies suffered a 2-1 defeat on home turf.
Continuing in the Scottish Cup, Lewis Mansell came off the bench to help Partick Thistle progress into the quarter-finals of the competition, beating East Fife away from home.
There were three debuts for a trio of other loan Rovers at the weekend, with Andy Fisher, Matty Platt and Lewis Hardcastle all gaining valuable game time
Fisher started for FC United of Manchester in their defeat to Altrincham, whilst Hardcastle appeared for the final six minutes of Barrow'd home draw with Bromley in the National League.
Southport new boy Platt played the full 90 minutes in the entertaining 5-3 win against Chorley.
Not too far away, Sam Barnes was continuing his fine form for Marine, playing his part in a convincing 3-0 win against Mickleover Sports.