Loan Watch: Vilca on target in Donny win
Rodrigo Vilca netted what turned out to be the winner as Doncaster Rovers held on to claim a crucial 3-2 win over Cheltenham Town on Saturday.
Newcastle United midfielder Vilca, who is on loan at the Keepmoat Stadium until the end of the campaign, started for League One's bottom club against the Robins.
And the afternoon started brilliantly for Donny as goals from Joe Dodoo and Tom Anderson gave them a 2-0 half time lead.
Nine minutes after the restart it was the turn of Vilca to take centre stage, as he picked up Ben Close's pass before cutting inside and firing into the corner, registering his first goal in English football and making it 3-0 in the process.
And despite consolation efforts from Cheltenham's Alfie May and Andy Williams, Rovers held on to claim the points, with that 3-2 victory lifting them off the foot of the table.
Vilca was replaced by Tiago Cukur ten minutes from time, but the 22-year-old's contribution had already proved decisive for Richie Wellens' men.
Elsewhere in League One, Kell Watts helped Wigan Athletic return to winning ways with a 2-0 win at AFC Wimbledon.
And own goal from Paul Kalambayi and a strike from James McClean sealed it for the Latics, with Watts playing the full 90 minutes and helping his team keep a clean sheet – while picking up a yellow card too.
In League Two, Lewis Cass was restored to the Port Vale side as they earned a 3-0 win at home to Colchester United.
Full back Cass played the full game at Vale Park, but fellow Magpies Jake Turner was again an unused substitute for the U's as they were comfortably beaten.
In the Scottish Premiership, Matty Longstaff was in action for Aberdeen, entering the fray as a 43rd-minute substitute in their 1-0 win over Hibernian on Saturday.
Christian Ramirez's winner ended their ten-game winless run at Pittodrie, with Longstaff picking up a yellow card for ex-United man Stephen Glass' side.
And in the Scottish Championship, both Tom Allan and Oisin McEntee started for Greenock Morton as they drew 0-0 at Queen of the South.
Allan was withdrawn quarter of an hour from time while McEntee played the full 90, with the result leaving Morton second from bottom in the second tier.
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