Josh Clarke’s Burton Albion debut ended in a gut-wrenching defeat to Gillingham at The Pirelli Stadium.
Josh started life for The Brewers, who came into the game off the back of their 9-0 defeat to Manchester City in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, on the bench and saw his new side go in two-down at half-time, Elliott List and Callum Reilly with the goals. However, Nigel Clough’s side were level by the hour thanks to a Scott Fraser brace.
Burton had 31 shots during the 90 minutes as it looked certain their pressure would eventually pay off. It wasn’t to be the case, however, as former Brentford youngster Josh Rees netted a 91st minute winner for the Kent club. Josh played the final 20 minutes at right-back for The Brewers who travel to Doncaster Rovers in Sky Bet League One next Saturday.
Also in the third tier, Jack Bonham kept his third consecutive clean sheet as Bristol Rovers made it five unbeaten under Graham Coughlan with a goalless draw away at Accrington Stanley. The home side had the better of the game but, once again, Jack was in fine form to preserve a precious point for his side. The result keeps Rovers just the right side of the dotted line in League One, a point clear of 21st-placed Oxford United. Despite being involved in a relegation battle, Jack has now kept 11 clean sheets for The Gas this term, nine of those in the league, as Rovers have the sixth best defensive record in the division.
Canice Carroll played the full 90 minutes for Swindon Town on Saturday as they drew a feisty affair against top of the table Lincoln City. The Imps found themselves 2-0 up at half-time, but also a man light, as Jason Shackell and Shay McCartan netted following Bruno Andrade’s early red card. Shackell then went from hero to villain as he was sent off in the incident which led to Michael Doughty pulling one back for Swindon from the penalty spot. The nine-men looked like they were going to hang on until Doughty netted again, this time from long-range, with two minutes to play. The point does little for The Robins play-off ambitions as they remain seven points off the pace with a visit to Tranmere Rovers up next.
There were contrasting fortunes for two of our youngsters in the FA Trophy. Jarvis Edobor played the full 90 for Maidstone United as they avoided an upset against National League South Oxford City thanks to a single Jack Richards goal, while Boreham Wood and Justin Shaibu were beaten on the road at National League North Blyth Spartans, again one goal was enough, Dan Maguire getting it in the first-half for the hosts.
Tomorrow night sees The Stones host Maidenhead United in a huge relegation clash in the National League while The Wood have to wait until Saturday to get back to action as they host Havant and Waterlooville.