Young West Ham United forwards Elliot Lee and Paul McCallum made debuts for their respective loan clubs on Tuesday evening.

Lee, 18, played for 73 minutes for Colchester United in their 1-1 Sky Bet League One draw at Shrewsbury Town, having joined the Essex club on a month's loan earlier in the day.

It took just eight minutes for Lee to show his threat in front of goal, but his first effort in Colchester colours flew wide of the post. Former West Ham team-mate Freddie Sears also went close for the U's before being forced off with a hamstring injury.

After half-time, Lee continued to show his promise by seeing one shot flash wide, another deflected for a corner and a third blocked. The teenager was replaced with 17 minutes to go by Jeffrey Monakana.

Colchester fell behind to a Cristian Lopez header on four minutes but secured a draw through Marcus Bean's low shot just before half-time.

Lee is hoping to have another chance to impress when Colchester welcome second-place Peterborough United to the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Saturday.

"I'm really looking forward to the challenges ahead and I hope I can help Colchester with a few goals," said Lee. "It's really good and I'm really excited about this loan spell.

"The Barclays U21 Premier League is a great league, but you're not getting challenged at your physical peak [because you are playing against a majority of younger players], so I hope I can really challenge myself and score some goals like I have done for the Under-21s.

"Playing in the U21s is like playing with my mates, but this means I've got to meet some new people now, get on and play well with them and hopefully get some points on the board. I was buzzing to see Searsy again because he is friends with both myself and my brother [Olly], so hopefully we can play well together."

Elsewhere, McCallum pulled on a Torquay United shirt for the first time in their 2-0 Sky Bet League Two defeat at Burton Albion, having signed for the Gulls on a month's loan earlier in the day.

The 20-year-old started the game on the bench, but was called upon five minutes before half-time when Billy Bodin was forced off with an injury.

The Hammers loanee came close to marking his debut with the game's opening goal, only to be denied by an outstanding save by Brewers goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Burton took advantage and won the game through goals from Jimmy Phillips and Adam McGurk in the final 20 minutes. Defeat left Torquay 22nd in the table ahead of Saturday's home game with Portsmouth, where McCallum could come up against former Hammers centre-back Bondz N'Gala.

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