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A look at how the players we have out on loan got on this weekend

28 January 2019

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Starting in non-league football, Sam Barnes joined Marine last week and made an instant impact on his full professional debut.

The defender, who joined the Merseysiders on a 28-day work experience loan, bagged the winning goal late on in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League encounter at Hyde United.

As well as the goal, Academy graduate Barnes also picked up the Man of the Match award for his fine display.

Into the EFL and it was a mixed weekend for three young Rovers on loan at League Two sides.

Ollie Byrne was an unused substitute as Stevenage suffered a 2-0 home defeat to high flying Forest Green Rovers, whilst Scott Wharton will have to wait for his Bury debut after being left on the bench by the Shakers.

It was an entertaining game at Gigg Lane, with the score finishing 3-3 against Wharton's old club Lincoln City, who he left last week.

But there were happier times on the seaside for Grimsby new boy Joe Grayson, who helped the 10-man Mariners to victory against promotion-chasing MK Dons at Blundell Park.

Grayson appeared for just under an hour on his home debut, with the hosts narrowly beating the Dons 1-0 despite Harry Davis being sent off in the first half.

Moving into League One, and Sam Hart couldn't stop Southend United from suffering a home defeat against Luton Town, who moved to the top of the table. Rovers Academy graduate Matty Pearson scored the only goal of the game for the Hatters.

In the Emirates FA Cup, there was debut delight for Paul Downing, who played the full 90 minutes for Doncaster Rovers in the Yorkshire side's 2-1 win at home to Oldham Athletic, as they confirmed their place in round five of the competition.

North of the border, a goal made in Blackburn saw loan Rover Brad Lyons get an assist for a former Ewood man in Simeon Jackson, but that wasn't enough for St Mirren, who lost 3-1 at home to Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership.

Finally, Lewis Mansell was an unused substitute for Scottish Championship side Partick Thistle, who picked up a valuable victory against Queen of the South, to move off the bottom of the table.

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