Youngsters get valuable minutes

Academy defender Joe Widdowson has made debut for Rotherham United at the weekend while young striker Jack Jeffery featured in a win for Cambridge United.

The 18-year-old left-back Widdowson was making his first start for the League Two promotion contenders after joining on a month's loan and was singled out by Rotherham manager Mark Robins for his "solid first-half performance" before the team as a whole lost their way in the second half and lost 1-0 to Accrington Stanley.

Meanwhile, Jeffery, also on a month's loan, featured as a late substitute as Conference outfit Cambridge kept their bid for promotion to the Football League alive with a 2-0 win against York City, with both goals scored by former Hammers striker Lee Boylan. Jeffery, 18, said: "I've been impressed by the players here. I'm really looking forward to playing some games and helping Cambridge if I can." Meanwhile, 18-year-old full-back Robbie Blackwell has joined Grays Athletic on work experience after a similar spell at Colchester United.