A man-of-the-match display, a big win and a return from injury for Boro’s loanees this weekend. Here’s how they fared for their clubs…
Stopper Aynsley Pears came to Gateshead’s rescue on a number of occasions with a man-of-the-match display earning them a point at home to Havant & Waterlooville.
Pears nullified the away side’s attack with two fine one-on-one saves, with the point keeping the Heed just one place outside the National League’s Play-Off spots.
There was media recognition for Pears’ performance between the posts for Gateshead.
Sam Stubbs helped Notts County aid the Magpies’ survival hopes with a morale-boosting win away to promotion-chasing Forest Green Rovers.
Fellow Boro loanee of Rovers Ben Liddle and former Boro youngster Nathan McGinley were left on the bench, and County were ahead through Jim O’Brien only for Joseph Mills to pull one back for the hosts.
However Enzio Boldewijn netted the winner 13 minutes from full-time, with the victory leaving County just four points off safety at the bottom of League Two.
Alex Pattison made his long return from injury for Yeovil Town when he stepped off the bench six minutes before half-time, but the Glovers were defeated 3-1 against Grimsby Town.
Pattison, who’s been sidelined for a couple of months, replaced Matt Worthington in the closing minutes of the first half.
However Yeovil were beaten, with Alex Fisher scoring a consolation goal in the dying embers for the hosts.
Elsewhere, Hayden Coulson was left on the bench for Cambridge United, who defeated Port Vale 1-0.
Luke Armstrong was a second-half change for Accrington, but he couldn’t inspire Stanley to three points as they lost 2-0 at Scunthorpe United.
Young striker Stephen Walker was introduced with just over ten minutes remaining for MK Dons, who slipped to a 3-2 defeat at home to Swindon Town.
Michael Doughty scored the first of his brace just after the half hour for Swindon, with Jake Hesketh’s equaliser quickly cancelled out by Keshi Anderson.
Doughty dispatched a penalty for a two-goal cushion, with Kieran Agard pulling one back as the Dons rallied but were unable to find another before the full-time whistle.
Andy Lonergan was straight in for his Rochdale debut after joining on an emergency loan deal, but they were edged out at home to Coventry City.
Jordy Hiwula grabbed the only goal of the game on 68 minutes for the visitors, earning Coventry their first three points since New Year’s Day.
Marvin Johnson was an unused substitute for Sheffield United, who drew away to Aston Villa 3-3 after being three goals to the good.
Martin Braithwaite was on the scoresheet last Monday in Leganes’ 2-1 win away to Rayo Vallecano, and they followed it up with another three points against Real Betis at the weekend.