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Matt Butcher made his debut as a late substitute in St Johnstone’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Scottish Premiership rivals Hearts at McDiarmid Park.

Butcher, who completed his loan move to the Perth club on transfer deadline day, replaced man of the match Stevie May in the 90th minute.

It was his first taste of competitive first-team action since he came off the bench for Yeovil in a 2-0 defeat at Colchester in May 2017.

The midfielder lined up in the Cherries’ Premier League Cup win at Nottingham Forest last month having recovered from a knee injury which he sustained in pre-season.

Hearts led 2-1 at the interval after goals from Liam Boyce and Steven Naismith had cancelled out May’s 17th-minute opener.

Ali McCann levelled for St Johnstone seven minutes after the restart before May netted from the penalty spot to restore their lead ten minutes later.

But Sean Clare had the final say when he bagged a stunning equaliser in stoppage-time as Hearts climbed off the foot of the table.


Asmir Begovic looked on from the bench as Daniel Maldini, son of AC Milan legend Paolo, made his debut in their 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona.

The 18-year-old midfielder, whose grandfather Cesare Maldini won four Italian titles, replaced Samu Castillejo in injury-time.

Davide Faraoni’s opener for Verona was cancelled out by Hakan Calhanoglu at the San Siro before the visitors had Sofyan Amrabat sent off in the 68th minute.


Harry Arter replaced Kevin McDonald in the 62nd minute of Fulham’s eventful 3-2 victory over Huddersfield Town at Craven Cottage.

Arter looked on from the bench as the Cottagers raced into a 3-0 lead after 31 minutes thanks to goals from Bobby Decordova-Reid, Tom Cairney and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Although Huddersfield replied through Arsenal loanee Emile Smith Rowe and Steve Mounie before the break, they were unable to stop Fulham closing the gap on second-placed Leeds to just three points.


Nnamdi Ofoborh was an unused substitute as Wycombe Wanderers went down 2-0 at MK Dons, their fifth consecutive away league defeat.

Second-half goals from Rhys Healey and Ben Gladwin helped the Dons move eight points clear of the relegation zone.


Jake Scrimshaw was replaced by James Alabi 67 minutes into Eastleigh’s 2-0 win over Woking at the Silverlake Stadium.

Jack Payne opened the scoring for the Spitfires in the 11th minute before setting up Tyrone Barnett for their second eight minutes later.


Calum Ward and Shaun Hobson both featured for Weymouth as they stretched their unbeaten league run to six games with a 1-1 draw at Braintree.

Goalkeeper Ward made a couple of important saves in the early stages, keeping out efforts from Charley O’Keefe and Jacob Gardiner-Smith.

Braintree goalkeeper Billy Johnson saved Josh McQuoid’s penalty before the hosts drew first blood through Liam Smyth’s deflected shot five minutes into the second half.

The Terras, who visit Havant & Waterlooville on Wednesday, earned a share of the spoils thanks to substitute Yemi Odubade’s goal ten minutes from time.


Cameron Plain played a starring role in Wimborne Town’s 2-0 win over nine-man Walton Casuals at Elmbridge Excel Sports Hub.

The teenage goalkeeper made two outstanding first-half saves to help Wimborne reach the break on level terms.

He thwarted both Jeremiah Amoo and Marcel Barrington before second-half goals from Tony Lee and Luke Burbidge won the points for the visitors.

Casuals had Cole Brown and Barrington dismissed for two yellow cards, while a report on the Wimborne Town official website said there were “few better keepers in our league than young Cameron Plain”.

Luke Pardoe played a key role in Poole Town’s opening goal during their 2-0 win over promotion rivals Swindon Supermarine at the Black Gold Stadium.

Pardoe beat his man on the right wing before squaring the ball to the edge of the box where Will Spetch laid it into the path of Marvin Brooks who fired past Martin Horsell.

Spetch added a second to make it 2-0 after 20 minutes before Pardoe was replaced by Adam Grange in the 72nd minute as Poole registered a fourth win in five.

Tyrell Hamilton made his debut from the bench in Gosport Borough’s 2-1 defeat by Hayes & Yeading at the Skyex Community Stadium.

Mat Paterson’s opener for Boro was cancelled out by Jake Sheppard before Hamilton replaced Rudy Plummer in the 61st minute.

A slip in the Gosport defence allowed Keano Robinson to net a dramatic winner deep into stoppage-time.

Jack Torniainen replaced new signing Emile Ngoy 20 minutes from time as Dorchester Town suffered a 2-0 defeat at Hartley Wintney. Tyron Smith and Joe Grant were on target for the hosts.

Tom Hanfrey featured in Blackfield & Langley’s 2-0 defeat by Chesham United at Gang Warily. Karl Oliyide netted both goals for Chesham, his second from the penalty spot.

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