Took Butterfree and Psyduck out of the team and replaced them with Voltorb & Dratini and headed out north to fight some of the trainer battles.
These didn't prove too hard and I even let Dratini take the lead at the end and got it from Lvl 10 to lvl 13 learning Twister on the way.
Also found and started using the GTS in these past 2 sessions - nothing much I could grab that I don't have on Platinum, still mostly unrealistic offers too... I have a Pikachu up there for any Clefairy. Will see what happens.