Three MK Dons players were in action for their loan clubs on Saturday including Harry Hickford, who made his senior debut for Chelmsford City.
The 17-year-old looked strong, quick and calm on the ball and picked up the man of the match award for his performance in the heart of the Chelmsford defence.
After the game, Hickford told the Chelmsford City website
: “It was nice to get the clean-sheet and obviously three points would have been perfect but I couldn’t ask for any more than a clean sheet on my debut.
“I’m here to help consolidate the defence and I want to do the best for the team, get more clean-sheets, win more games and we’ll stay up.”
Luke Chadwick, meanwhile, played 90 minutes for Cambridge United in their 1-1 entertaining 1-1 draw with Barnet.
The U’s fan saw two one-on-one efforts blocked by a stubborn Bees ‘keeper as the Cambridgeshire outfit were frustrated at R Costings Abbey Stadium. The result leaves the United 13 points adrift of Skrill Premier leaders Luton Town with just six games remaining.
Elsewhere, Ian McLoughlin couldn’t prevent nine-man Newport County from avoiding a 2-1 defeat at home to Portsmouth.
The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international was in search of his third successive clean-sheet but faced an uphill task in doing so after the Rodney Parade outfit had two men sent off either side of half-time.
And finally, defender Tom Flanagan was an unused substitute for Stevenage in their 1-1 draw at home to Port Vale.