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LOAN REPORT: DEBUTS FOR O'BRIEN AND COSGROVE

30 November 2015

Six in action as O'Brien and Cosgrove make debuts for Wrexham and Chorley.

  • Six loan players feature in Saturday's fixtures.
  • O'Brien and Cosgrove make debuts at Wrexham and Chorley.
  • Jennings, Nicholls, Taylor and Huws all play 90 minutes.

We take a quick look over the action from Saturday's fixtures involving Wigan Athletic players out on loan across the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League Two, the Vanarama National League and the FA Trophy, starting with two players making their debuts for their respective clubs.

CHORLEY 0 SKELMERSDALE UNITED 0 - SAM COSGROVE

After joining the Magpies on Thursday evening, Development Squad forward Sam Cosgrove made his debut for the club on Saturday, appearing as a 53rd minute substitute in Chorley's 0-0 draw with Skelmersdale United in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.

53: ON Cosgrove (making his debut), OFF Guy.

— ChorleyFC (@chorleyfc) November 28, 2015

Cosgrove looked lively during his appearance, coming close to the crucial goal shortly after coming on when Jake Cottrell played the 18-year-old through on goal, only for him to narrowly miss the right hand post with a poked effort.

The draw at Victory Park has set up a replay at Skelmersdale this Tuesday, kick off 7.45pm at the Messenger Express Stadium, 'Stormy Corner'.

WREXHAM 2 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 3 - DANNY O'BRIEN

Signing for the Dragons earlier last week, Danny O'Brien went straight into the match day squad on the substitute's bench on Saturday, before being introduced for his debut on the hour mark.

The winger's appearance came with Wrexham 2-1 down after a Kristian Dennis double for Macclesfield, either side of Connor Jennings' goal for the hosts.

Danny Whitaker furthered the visitors' lead, before James Gray pulled a goal back from Dominic Vose' corner to make it 2-3.

Defeat for Wrexham leaves them eighth in the National League, just three points from the play-offs.

EXETER CITY 1 BRISTOL ROVERS 1 - LEE NICHOLLS

Bristol Rovers were moments from victory on Saturday afternoon, leading 1-0 at Exeter City following a 83rd minute goal from Stuart Sinclair, only for Jamie Reid to equalise for the Grecians in the fourth minute of stoppage time denying all three points.

Lee Nicholls featured for the full 90 minutes, but was rarely troubled throughout, other than a confident save from an Alex Nicholls free kick in the first half.

Saturday was Nicholls' 16th appearance for the Gas since joining on loan in September, with his side now in 12th place in Sky Bet League Two, just six points from a play-off position.

ALDERSHOT TOWN 0 CHELTENHAM TOWN 2 - RYAN JENNINGS

Ryan Jennings was awarded his first start for Cheltenham Town on the weekend, and was involved in the game's opening goal after being fouled for Harry Pell's free kick inside the seventh minute.  The Robins doubled their lead in the 28th minute through Jack Munns, seeing out the victory to remain as leaders of the Vanarama National League on 47 points.

6: Jennings wins the ball back with a big tackle! Then fouled on the edge of the box- up steps Harry Pell..GOAL!!! #ctfclive

— Cheltenham Town FC (@CTFCofficial) November 28, 2015

It was Jennings' third appearance for the Gloucestershire club, having made his debut as a substitute against Southport a fortnight ago, before another substitute appearance in Cheltenham's top of the table clash with Forest Green a week ago.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 0 MIDDLESBROUGH 2 - EMYR HUWS



Emyr Huws in action v Middlesbrough (Credit: Ed Sykes/Action Images)

Emyr Huws featured for the full 90 minutes in Huddersfield Town's 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough on Saturday, with the Terriers slipping to 22nd in the Sky Bet Championship after goal from Adam Clayton and Emilio Nsue.

The midfielder was making his 13th appearance for the Yorkshire outfit.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 3 READING 1 - ANDREW TAYLOR

Andrew Taylor also featured for the full 90 minutes in the Championship on Saturday, with his Reading side beaten 3-1 away at Nottingham Forest, despite taking an early lead through Matej Vydra.  Chris O'Grady levelled for Forest, before Nelson Oliveira grabbed a brace to seal victory.

Defeat for Reading saw them slip to ninth in the table, in what was Taylor's eighth appearance of his loan spell.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0 MK DONS 0 - GRANT HOLT

Grant Holt was an unused substitute in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 0-0 draw with MK Dons. The stalemate at Molineux saw Wolves slip to 15th.

UPCOMING FIXTURES

Tuesday 1 December - Bristol Rovers v Wycombe Wanderers / Skelmersdale United v Chorley
Thursday 3 December - Reading v Queens Park Rangers

Saturday 5 December - Birmingham City v Huddersfield Town / Rotherham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers / Cheltenham Town v Chester / Torquay United v Wrexham / Chorley v North Ferriby



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