Loan quintet in action

West Ham United's quintet of young loanees were all in action on a busy Saturday afternoon in the Coca-Cola Football League.

Midfielder Josh Payne made a match-winning debut for League One high-fliers Colchester United in the Essex outfit's 2-1 victory over Walsall.

Payne played for 70 minutes at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, winning the U's decisive 61st-minute penalty, which was converted by Kevin Lisbie after the 18-year-old had been fouled by Mark Hughes.

In the same division, defender Matt Fry enjoyed a fruitful afternoon on his second appearance for Gillingham.

The 19-year-old played the full 90 minutes as the Gills secured a fine 1-1 draw with second-placed Charlton Athletic at the Priestfield Stadium.

Colchester are third in the standings, while Gillingham are in 16th place.

In the Championship, Freddie Sears played the opening 34 minutes of Crystal Palace's 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest at Selhurst Park before being replaced by substitute Victor Moses. Early reports suggest the striker may have suffered a groin injury.

Palace's point left them 14th in the table ahead of the early-evening kick-off between Derby County and QPR.

Iceland Under-21 defender Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson completed a full 90 minutes for the first time since joining League Two side Cheltenham Town.

The 19-year-old helped the Robins to a respectable 1-1 draw at Port Vale, although Eyjolfsson was booked for a 79th-minute foul on Robert Taylor.

Finally, forward Anthony Edgar was introduced as a 70th-minute substitute for AFC Bournemouth in their 3-1 home victory over Grimsby Town at Dean Court. Edgar had scored for Bournemouth's reserves in midweek.

Bournemouth remain top of the table, while Cheltenham sit 20th.