None of the four Bees in action on Saturday in the EFL and National League tasted victory this weekend.
Theo Archibald retained his place in the Forest Green Rovers starting XI for the visit of Morecambe to The New Lawn. The winger almost laid the opening goal of the game on a plate for George Williams but Mark Halstead got just enough on it to prevent the ball crossing the line. The home side had the better of the chances all afternoon but were hit by an Arron Wildig sucker-punch four minutes from time as Morecambe took the points. Defeat sees Rovers drop to tenth ahead of tomorrow night’s Emirates FA Cup First Round replay at home to Oxford United.
Also in Sky Bet League Two, Chiedozie Ogbene came off the bench as, like Forest Green, Exeter City also conceded late to drop points at home. Jake Taylor and Jayden Stockley had struck either side of a Billy Waters goal as The Grecians led 2-1 against Northampton Town going into added time. However, Andy Williams denied the home side all three points with a goal in injury time. Chiedozie played the final 13 minutes as he continued his comeback from injury and will hope for more minutes on Saturday when Exeter head to fourth-placed Colchester United.
A division higher, Jack Bonham and Bristol Rovers were beaten 2-1 at home by Scunthorpe United on Saturday. Lee Novak opened the scoring for the visitors after 15 minutes but the home side went in level thanks to Liam Sercombe’s stoppage-time goal. However, Matty Lund struck the decisive blow with 12 minutes to play as Jack conceded more than once for the first time since joining The Gas. Having not received permission to play in the FA Cup, Jack won’t be involved tomorrow night as Rovers host Barnet in a First Round Replay.
Tom Field remained an unused substitute on Saturday for Cheltenham Town’s 3-0 win away at Notts County. The three points saw The Robins leapfrog their opponents and out of the League Two relegation zone. Michael Duff’s side will look to make FA Cup progress tomorrow night when they host Ebbsfleet United in a First-Round replay.
Ebbsfleet warmed up for that cup replay with a 0-0 draw against Justin Shaibu and Boreham Wood on Saturday. The Bees striker looked lively all afternoon but, like his teammates, couldn’t find a way past Nathan Ashmore in the visiting goal. The point leaves The Wood in tenth, six points off the Play-Offs, ahead of their long-trip to AFC Fylde next weekend.