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LOAN WATCH | More debuts and a Man of the Match performance

6 February 2024


LOAN WATCH | More debuts and a Man of the Match performance

6 February 2024

It has been another week of debuts for our loan players as Jake Bickerstaff and Scott Butler made their first appearances since departing the STōK Cae Ras.

On Deadline Day, Bickerstaff joined Accrington Stanley on loan until the end of the season with the aim of him securing more first team minutes.

He impressed earlier in the season for Phil Parkinson’s side, scoring his first EFL goals for the Club before making the move to the Wham Stadium.

The young striker made his debut on Saturday in Sky Bet League Two for the 'Owd Reds, in a 0-0 draw against Grimsby Town.

He featured for 58 minutes in the contest, before being substituted by John Coleman and he expressed his belief that he will only get better.

In his post-match press conference, Coleman highlighted that he had only trained with the squad for one day and will improve more once he has got to know them further.

Elsewhere, Butler has made two appearances for Marine in the past week, with victory on debut and a Man of the Match performance against Ilkeston.

His first appearance against FC United of Manchester saw the Lilywhites dominate at Broadhurst Park, picking up a 3-0 victory.

A clean sheet on debut created the perfect stepping stone, and he continued that form in his second start at the weekend.

After his first performance, Marine boss Neil Young heaped praise on the young defender.

He said: “I’d like to give a special shoutout to Scott Butler. As a young player making his debut, I thought he was outstanding.”

Billy Waters continued to build his minutes for Doncaster Rovers, as he played for 74 minutes in a game which concluded with late drama.

Struggling Rovers travelled to Sutton United hoping to maintain the seven-point gap between the two clubs, and they did just that.

Despite leaving it late, Joe Ironside’s 96th minute penalty managed to earn a point for the visitors, cancelling out Craig Eastmond’s opening goal.

In the JD Cymru Premier, both Dan Davies and Owen Cushion started for Colwyn Bay as they fell to another narrow defeat.

In what was the first game of Phase Two, Penybont sit in the highest position available and posed another tough test for the bay.

In a 2-1 defeat, it leaves the Seagulls on 14 points and trailing Pontypridd United by two points.

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