IT WAS the battle of the Burnley loanees on Saturday when Grimsby Town took on Morecambe.

And it was Josh Benson and Anthony Glennon who got one over fellow young Clarets Adam Phillips and Ryan Cooney - with Benson netting the winner for Grimsby.

All four started and played the full 90 minutes of the League Two clash where James Hanson gave Grimsby the lead before Benson netted four minutes from time with a deflected free kick for his first professional goal.

Phillips grabbed an injury time consolation goal for the Shrimps - his fourth goal for Morecambe since joining on loan.

Ian Holloway has revived the fortunes of Grimsby Town who have now won five of their 10 League Two outings since the turn of the year.

And Glennon and Benson have played a key role in the upturn in fortunes.

Defender Glennon has started all eight games since arriving at Blundell Park - scoring in the 2-2 draw with Forest Green earlier this month - while midfielder Benson has been named in the last four Grimsby Town starting line-ups having made his first three appearances from the bench.

“I was delighted at the end. Obviously I want us to play and pass, we gave a goal away at the end, but on the performance I thought we deserved to win,” Holloway told the club website.

“Well done to the lads who have come in and well done to the lads I’ve inherited and hopefully their confidence will be growing.

“The test this division gives you week in week out is phenomenal, and I think we passed today’s test so I’m pleased. We almost mucked it up at the end but I’m still looking at the positives. We made a mistake and cost ourselves a silly goal, but luckily we had enough skill at the other end to finish with one goal more than them.

“I’m very pleased with the way our fans are helping us enjoy trying to perform.”

Elsewhere, Christian N’Guessan spent the afternoon on the bench in Oldham Athletic’s 1-1 draw with Forest Green.

And Clarets youngsters on loan at National League clubs were left kicking their heels as Rob Harker, Hartlepool, and Jordan Cropper, Chesterfield, after their matches against Solihull Motors and Yeovil Town respectively were postponed.