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01/03/2014 17:51, Report by Adam Bostock
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Loans: Bebe, Barmby score

Manchester United striker Jack Barmby marked the extension of his loan deal in style on Saturday, scoring his second goal for Hartlepool United as they beat Torquay United 3-0 at home.

Bebe also found the net for Pacos de Ferreira on Sunday, scoring in the 85th minute to help his side to a 3-1 win over Maritimi in the Portuguese Superliga.

Nineteen-year-old Barmby, who also scored on his Hartlepool debut in January, gave Pools a first-half lead in their latest League Two victory. And although he was substituted 10 minutes from time, it was still a great afternoon for the youngster, who's been asked to stay at Hartlepool until 25 March.

Saturday was successful for Jesse Lingard as well, as he earned the match-winning penalty on his debut for new loan club Brighton & Hove Albion. The winger, who scored for United's Under-21s six days ago, was fouled in the area by Millwall defender Danny Shittu and Diego Lopez converted the resulting spot-kick. Lingard was reunited with his former Reds team-mate Tomasz Kuszczak, who kept a clean sheet as Brighton held on for a hard-fought 1-0 away win.

On Dutch shores, Marnick Vermijl continues to prosper at NEC Nijmegen. The right-back has featured regularly this season for the Eredivisie side and provided an assist in Saturday's 3-3 draw with PEC Zwolle. Despite the point, however, NEC still lie second from bottom on the table, with a hugely important trip to bottom-of-the-league Roda JC looming next weekend.

Meanwhile, United's young Welsh striker Tom Lawrence will hope for a better St David's Day next year after BBC and Sky, among other media, credited him with a costly own goal as struggling Yeovil had three men sent off and were pegged back 1-1 at Reading. But Lawrence cast doubt over this account when he tweeted after the match: "Just to clear this up I didn't score the own [goal]. I wasn't near it." A Yeovil fanzine site said the own goal scorer was actually substitute John Lundstram, a midfielder on loan from Everton.

Elsewhere in the Championship, United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone played well for Doncaster Rovers despite conceding five goals against Bournemouth. Reports suggest the scoreline could have been much worse had Johnstone not been in goal. Kiko Macheda was another United loanee on the losing

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