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Josh Clarke makes full debut in dramatic Burton draw

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21 January 2019

Josh Clarke made his full debut for Burton Albion on Saturday as John Brayford’s 90th minute-goal rescued a point for The Brewers away at Doncaster Rovers in Sky Bet League One.

The defender's early acrobatic effort had given Nigel Clough’s side an eighth-minute lead only for Sheffield United loanee Tyler Smith to score an EFL debut double to put the hosts in control after the break. Josh was replaced in the 89th minute by Will Miller who won the corner which saw Brayford head home the most dramatic of levellers. The point leaves Burton 13th, 11 points off the top six, with Manchester City heading to The Pirelli Stadium on Wednesday for the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final. 

Also in the third tier, a single Sido Jombati goal pushed Jack Bonham’s Bristol Rovers back into the relegation zone as Wycombe Wanderers picked up all three points at the Memorial Stadium. The away side had the better of the game but took until the hour to make that pressure count, Jombati rising highest at the far post to power home from a corner. Defeat sees The Gas drop to 22nd, two points from safety, with Peterborough United next up in eight days’ time.

In Sky Bet League Two, Reece Cole came off the bench 20 minutes from time to help Macclesfield Town to another three points under new boss Sol Campbell, this time against Oldham Athletic. The Silkmen got off to the worst possible start, conceding inside a minute, but responded through Harry Smith to go in level at the break. Scott Wilson completed the turnaround nine minutes after the restart as Town reduced the gap on those above them to just a point. Next Saturday sees a key clash at the bottom as Macclesfield head to 21st-placed Cheltenham Town.

At the other end of the table, Canice Carroll played the full 90 minutes as Swindon Town moved to within four points of the Play-Offs following a 2-1 win at Tranmere Rovers. Both the Robins’ goals came in the first half as Marc Richards, and then Michael Doughty, found the net. League Two’s top scorer James Norwood pulled one seven minutes into the second half, but Rovers couldn’t find a second to complete the comeback. Town will look to close that gap even further next Saturday as mid-table Crawley Town head to The County Ground.

In the National League, both Jarvis Edobor and Justin Shaibu suffered home defeats on Saturday. Jarvis played the full 90 minutes for Maidstone United as they were beaten 3-0 by Dagenham and Redbridge to slip six points from safety, while a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Havant and Waterlooville dropped out-of-sorts Boreham Wood, for whom Justin played an hour, to 14th. Life doesn’t look like getting much easier for the pair next weekend with The Wood making the long-trip to Play-Off chasing Gateshead while Maidstone visit top-of-the-table Leyton Orient.  

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