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Loan Round-Up: 28 April
Daniel Alston, 28th April 2014 - 16:40
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Everton's loaned-out contingent were among the goals over the weekend.
And none more so than Hallam Hope.
The 20-year-old scored Bury's first league hat-trick since 1999, taking his tally to five goals in seven games for the League Two club.
But the forward's treble surprisingly wasn't enough to secure three points for the Shakers.
Opponents Portsmouth scored three of their own inside the final 11 minutes to cap an enthralling 4-4 draw at Gigg Lane.
Bury close the season on Saturday at Morecambe having lifted themselves away from the dropzone and up to 10th.
It was also a scoring weekend for Matthew Kennedy as he netted his maiden senior strike.
The 19-year-old winger joined MK Dons in March and has made six starts for the League One side.
And nine minutes into Saturday's game at Rotherham, the Scot had found the net with a low strike.
Karl Robinson's side went 2-0 up but surrendered their lead to an injury-time leveller from Alex Revell.
Sitting ninth in the table, the Dons can't make the play-offs but will finish their campaign at home to Leyton Orient - and John Lundstram.
The Everton midfielder, who had spent much of the season on loan at Yeovil Town, has extended his spell Brisbane Road until the end of the campaign.
That will include the play-offs after the O's ensured they would be in the mix for a place in the Championship next term.
It's a promotion Lundstram already has experience of after last year's dramatic finale with Doncaster Rovers.
And the England Under-20 international is in contention for a place in their semi-final after starting Orient's two games last week.
Picking up 70 minutes in Monday's 3-1 defeat to champions Wolves came before playing the full 90 in Saturday's 2-0 win at home to Tranmere Rovers.
The Merseysiders named Matthew Pennington in their side as the young defender continues to impress at Prenton Park.
Having rejoined Rovers in March, the 19-year-old has now made 16 appearances in the division, notching once.
Pennington has played a vital role in Tranmere's fight against the drop and they head into the final game of the season needing at least a point to survive.
They currently lie 21st in the table, just inside the relegation places and face Bradford City at home on Saturday.
The fate of Yeovil Town has already been sealed, however.
Despite the best efforts of centre-back Shane Duffy, the Glovers have been condemned to their first ever Football League relegation.
Gary Johnson's men are rooted to the bottom of the Championship with just 37 points from 45 games.
Making 38 appearances for the Huish Park outfit, Duffy has often been a standout performer for a side who have struggled all season.
Friday's 2-0 loss at Brighton sealed their destiny, meaning the curtain-closer at home to Middlesbrough is now meaningless.
Meanwhile, Everton's remaining youngsters out on loan did not see action.
Francisco Junior was not selected by Stromsgodet for their 2-1 win against Odd Grenland on Sunday.
The Norweigan side, with whom the midfielder will be with until 15 July, are currently top of the table after five games.
And Apostolos Vellios was again unused by Blackpool as they picked up a precious 2-0 win at Wigan.
The Greek striker has today been recalled from Bloomfield Road.
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