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It’s a tough ask just now keeping track on all the Burnley players who are currently out on loan. It’s not quite Chelsea level, there are only eleven, and they’ve gone to clubs ranging from League One down to the Evo-Stik League.

A Football League debut for Luke Conlan

A Football League debut for Luke Conlan

We’ll start in League Two where two of our young players claimed firsts with Luke Conlan making his league debut, albeit late in the game, and Ntumba Massanka getting a first start.

Conlan was again named as a substitute for Morecambe at Northampton where they lost the game 3-1 against the current league leaders. He got on for the last five minutes plus stoppage time after replacing Shaun Miller giving the Northern Ireland under-21 international full back his first taste of Football League action.

Carlisle returned home today, playing at Brunton Park for the first time since the floods. The opposition were York who included both Luke Hendrie and Massanka in their line up. Hendrie played the full game whilst Massanka played the first 64 minutes before being replaced by Bradley Fewster who is on loan from Middlesbrough.

York remain adrift at the bottom of the league but they did get a point when Luke Summerfield scored a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

Kevin Long extended his Barnsley stay this week for a further ten days and he and the team had a good day against Rochdale and their former manager Keith Hill, winning the game 6-1 at Oakwell. It was Long who scored the last goal with a header in the third minute of stoppage time.

and a first start for Ntumba Massanka

and a first start for Ntumba Massanka

Over at Oldham there was no good fortune for the two loan full backs. Cameron Dummigan missed the game with injury while Danny Lafferty played the whole game as they went down to a 1-0 home defeat against Bury. They are off the bottom of League One now only on goal difference from Crewe who drew at home to Wigan.

In the National League, Jason Gilchrist was surprisingly an unused substitute for Chester given they failed to score in a 0-0 home draw against Southport but Alex Whitmore played the whole game at the back for Gateshead in a 2-0 win at Torquay.

It must have taken Alex Some time to get home – it’s just a mere 390 miles back from the Devon coast to Gateshead. It was  around midnight when he tweeted: “Such a long day”.

Josh Ginnelly was in the Altrincham side against Grimsby but it was a bad day for them and a National League debut to forget for the loanee. Grimsby were easy 5-0 winners.

One league down in National League One, Bradford Park Avenue were beaten 3-1 at AFC Telford in which, despite conceding three goals, Conor Mitchell had an outstanding game in goal. The second Telford goal had a Burnley link too, a 20-yard effort giving John Cofie his first goal for his new club.

Finally, Prescot Cables enjoyed a comprehensive 3-0 away win against Scarborough Athletic in the Evo-Stik League First Division North. Youth team left-back Andy Nugent was in the Cables team during a short work experience loan and the win has lifted them to 16th in the table and well clear of the relegation positions.

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