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'll begin in League One, where it was an afternoon to forget for defender Paul Downing and play-off chasing Doncaster Rovers.
Away at table-topping Luton Town, Donny went down 4-0 at Kenilworth Road. After Pelly Ruddock put the hosts ahead before the break, second half strikes from Danny Hylton, Kazenga LuaLua and Luke Berry sealed an emphatic victory for the league leaders.
Elsewhere in the division, it was a disappointing day for Sam Hart and Southend United, who now sit on the cusp of the relegation zone following defeat at Peterborough United.
A Marcus Maddison thunderbolt was added to by Ben White to seal a comfortable win for the hosts, who moved into the play-off places thanks to the win.
League Two saw Grimsby Town take on Bury with a loan Rover in either squad. Whilst Joe Grayson was an unused substitute for Town, another Academy graduate in Scott Wharton started for the visitors, picking up a booking in the 0-0 stalemate at Blundell Park.
Up in Scotland, Brad Lyons wasn't involved for St Mirren, but Lewis Mansell played for 55 minutes in Partick Thistle's defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Incidentally, it was former Rovers midfielder Aaron Doran who grabbed the winner for Inverness, finding the net with nine minutes left of play.
In non-league football, there was action for Lewis Hardcastle, Matty Platt, Andy Fisher and Sam Barnes.
Hardcastle finished off a flowing move to get his name on the scoresheet for Barrow in their entertaining home draw against Harrogate Town at Holker Street. The goal can be seen below:
Barrow > Barcelona 👀— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 24, 2019
What a move, what a finish! pic.twitter.com/ve8NPyKk7h
Platt played his part in the same scoreline for Southport in their clash against Bradford Park Avenue in National League North, recovering after he netted an early own goal.
Elsewhere, Fisher was in goal for FC United of Manchester, who suffered defeat at Curzon Ashton, but there was better news for Barnes, who helped Marine to a narrow 1-0 victory at Gainsborough Trinity.