We’re back with our ‘Loan Watch’ series, which runs every week to cover how Rovers’ out-on-loan contingent are performing.
After missing last week’s instalment, it will be a bumper edition as we catch up on the last fortnight of action.
As has become the norm with the EFL this season, sides are playing twice a week, and that is no exception for Harry Chapman’s Shrewsbury side.
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Beginning the match on the bench, Chapman came on after 32 minutes and took just three minutes to score in the Shrews’ 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon in their midweek fixture (2 March).
The Shrews then fell to a 2-0 home defeat against Fleetwood on the following Saturday (6 March), with Chapman playing 76 minutes before being withdrawn.
Tuesday night saw Chapman as an unused substitute in Shrewsbury’s 2-0 victory away at Rochdale (9 March), before the winger returned to the side for their 1-1 draw at Charlton on Saturday (13 March), playing seventy minutes.
Chapman has now scored five goals since moving to Shrewsbury on loan, helping ease their relegation worries.
It has been an incredible turn of form for Burton Albion since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was brought into the club, and part of that is down to the signing of Hayden Carter.
He played the full ninety minutes in their 1-0 home victory in midweek over Bristol Rovers (2 March), helping them record their third consecutive victory.
That run was extended to four wins last Saturday (6 March) with the Brewers beating Peterborough United 2-1, and Hayden Carter scored his second senior goal – which turned out to be the winner.
Burton then recorded their fifth and sixth consecutive victories in the week just gone, with Hayden Carter playing the full ninety minutes in both. The Brewers beat AFC Wimbledon 1-0 away from home on Tuesday (9 March), and followed that up with a 3-0 win away to Harry Pickering’s Crewe Alexandra on Saturday (13 March).
The results have lifted Burton up to 18th, seven clear of the drop with a match in hand.
There has only been one senior fixture for Motherwell since we last caught up, with the Scottish Premiership nearing the end.
The Well ran out as 3-1 victors in that fixture last Saturday (6 March), which saw Tyler Magloire play the full ninety minutes to continue their run of form with the defender now becoming a regular starter.
The results leave Motherwell sat ninth in the Scottish Premiership before the league is divided into two “mini-leagues” next weekend.
Following recent impressive performances off the bench, Brad Lyons was handed his first start for Morecambe last Tuesday (2 March) in their home match with Crawley Town. The Shrimps ran out as 3-1 victors, but it was a disappointing night for Lyons, as he was withdrawn due to injury after just 33 minutes.
The injury meant Lyons missed all three of Morecambe’s following games, sitting out their 3-1 win over Carlisle last Saturday (6 March), their 2-2 draw with Forest Green on Tuesday (9 March) and their 3-1 loss at home to Newport at the weekend (13 March).
Luckily, Lyons’ injury is not as bad as first feared and he is expected to miss two or three weeks before returning to action. The Northern Irish midfielder will be hoping to help Morecambe to play-off success, with Derek Adams’ side currently occupying the final position, sitting seventh in League Two.
It has been a busy couple of weeks for Tom White in his Hartlepool United career.
He was an unused substitute in their 1-1 draw with FC Halifax last Tuesday (2 March), and then his loan deal with the Pools ran out on Friday evening.
This made him ineligible for their 1-0 victory away at Torquay United last Saturday (6 March) and their 1-1 draw with Altrincham the following Tuesday (9 March) – although he still trained with the club whilst a new deal was agreed.
An agreement was reached between Hartlepool United and Rovers on Saturday morning, which made White available to play the full ninety minutes in their goalless draw with Eastleigh (12 March).
The results leave Hartlepool second in the National League, and with White remaining with the Pools for the rest of the season, he will be hoping to play his part in their potential return to the Football League.
Since returning to Crewe Alexandra, Harry Pickering has played every minute of their League One fixtures, which has continued over the last fortnight – captaining the side as well.
He featured in their 1-1 draw away to Blackpool last Tuesday (2 March), and did the same for their disappointing 3-0 loss to Lincoln City on the following Saturday (6 March).
Pickering started at left-back again on Tuesday (9 March) as they defeated Doncaster Rovers at home, before facing up against Hayden Carter as the Alex were defeated 3-0 by Burton Albion on Saturday (12 March).
The results see Crewe Alexandra 13th in League One, leaving them to play in the same division next season.
Since being withdrawn after 52 minutes in Fleetwood’s match with Accrington Stanley in late February, Charlie Mulgrew is without an appearance for the Cod Army.
The Scot missed their 2-1 win away to Lincoln City (2 March), 2-0 win away to Harry Chapman’s Shrewsbury Town (6 March), 1-0 home win over Gillingham (9 March) and their 0-0 draw with Blackpool on Saturday (13 March).
The results leave Fleetwood sat 14th in League One.
Joe Hilton is still waiting to make his debut for Ross County, with the Rovers ‘keeper playing as back-up to Ross Laidlaw.
He was an unused substitute in the Staggies’ 3-2 win over Kilmarnock last Saturday (6 March), and was in the same role for Ross County in their 2-1 loss to Hibernian at the weekend (13 March).
The results leave Hilton’s side third from bottom in the Scottish Premiership, leaving a couple of nervy weeks in the battle to avoid relegation.
Jack Vale tweaked his hamstring in a practice match for Rochdale in mid-February, leaving him on the sidelines for the last couple of weeks.
The Welsh forward missed the Dale’s 2-0 losses to Hull (2 March), Sunderland (6 March) and Harry Chapman’s Shrewsbury (9 March), as well as their 2-1 win over Lincoln City (13 March).
The results leave Rochdale two points from safety in League One.
Chances have been limited at Oxford United for Joe Grayson, with the defender featuring just once in the league for the League One outfit.
He was an unused substitute in Oxford’s 0-0 draws with Peterborough United (2 March) and Charlton Athletic (6 March), their 2-1 win over Swindon Town (9 March) and 2-0 loss to Hull City (13 March).
The results leave the U’s sat ninth in League One, four points in the play-offs.
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