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Loan Rovers: Weekend wins for Wharton and White

It was a good Saturday for the contracted Rovers playing their football away from Ewood Park

18 November 2019

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There may not have been a game for Rovers on Saturday, but our loanees were in action and it turned out to be a winning weekend.

Saturday was particularly memorable for defender Scott Wharton. The Academy graduate bagged a brace to help League Two side Northampton Town to a big victory over Crewe Alexandra at Sixfields.

The centre back's first goal was scrappy after 10 minutes, but his second of the day, which arrived eight minutes later, was a strike of real quality.

A cheeky free kick routine ended with Wharton sneaking round the back of the Crewe backline before slamming home an excellent volley to put his side 2-0 up.

Further goals from Sam Hoskins and Andy Williams ensured the hosts picked up a 4-1 win, with the Crewe consolation coming via Chris Porter. 

The victory moves Keith Curle's Cobblers into the play-off spots with a fifth win in their last six games, to the delight of two-goal Wharton.

“We know Crewe are good on the ball and we had our own game plan and stuck to it," he told Town's iFollow platform.

“Physically we felt we could get at them and I felt we did that well, particularly in the first half.

“We work on set pieces on Fridays and I think I’ve missed a few good chances this season, so it’s about time I put one in the net.

“We work on them so it’s great to see that come off. It worked a treat.

“I didn’t know whether to head it at first. In the end I opted to volley it. It was one of those moments where you don’t really think, you just get your foot on it."


Elsewhere, Tom White had a winning debut for Barrow at Notts County on Saturday afternoon at Meadow Lane.

The former Gateshead midfielder only joined The Bluebirds on Friday, but was thrown straight into the starting XI against The Magpies.

His new side raced into a two-goal lead after only 13 minutes through goals from Dior Angus and John Rooney.

White was replaced on 72 minutes before Barrow went on to add a third late on through Jack Hindle, with the win pushing them to the top of the National League.

Another Rovers loanee in Matty Platt played the full 90 minutes for Ian Evatt's team, alongside an ex-Rovers Academy graduate in Lewis Hardcastle.

Barrow have won 10 of their last 11 league games, with Barnet next up at Holker Street on Saturday.

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