Charlie Seaman played his part as National League Eastleigh battled back to claim a 1-1 draw with League Two high-fliers Crewe Alexandra in the second round of the FA Cup.
Seaman, who had featured in wins against Welling and Stourbridge in previous rounds, made his 18th appearance in all competitions for the Spitfires at the Silverlake Stadium.
The Railwaymen drew first blood through Owen Dale in the 32nd minute, the winger beating Eastleigh goalkeeper Max Stryjek to a cross before heading home.
Substitute Marcus Barnes levelled just three minutes after coming off the bench when he tapped the ball into an empty net following an assist by Scott Rendell.
Seaman went close to grabbing a dramatic winner when his free-kick from 20 yards in stoppage time narrowly cleared the crossbar – one of 22 shots Eastleigh had during an absorbing tie.
Mikael Ndjoli came off the bench in added time as Gillingham booked a place in the third round with a convincing 3-0 win over League One rivals Doncaster Rovers.
Ndjoli, who made a substitute appearance in Gills’ first-round reply win over Sunderland last month, replaced Mikael Mandron in the third minute of stoppage time.
Goals from Mark Byrne and Olly Lee inside the opening 15 minutes put the Gills in the driving seat at Priestfield before Brandon Hanlan completed the scoring with a superb solo effort.
Kyle Taylor was an unused substitute as League Two rivals Forest Green Rovers and Carlisle United battled out a 2-2 draw at the New Lawn.
Taylor, who had come off the bench in Rovers’s first-round win over Billericay, saw Aaron Collins open the scoring for the hosts with an 11th-minute header.
But the pendulum swung in favour of the Cumbrians when Nathan Thomas scored five minutes before the break and again 14 minutes from time.
However, just two minutes later, Mathew Stevens was credited with the equaliser to set up a replay at Brunton Park.
Sam Surridge (pictured above) went close to opening the scoring for Swansea City during their 2-1 defeat by Fulham at the Liberty Stadium on Friday.
Surridge, making only his second start in the Championship, was denied by a fine save from Marek Rodak after he had met Andre Ayew’s cross.
Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic, the Championship’s leading goalscorer, took his club tally for the season to 15 thanks to two first-half strikes.
Swansea, the better team for long periods, halved the arrears through George Byers’s 65th-minute header before Surridge was replaced by Borja six minutes from time.
Jermain Defoe went close to adding to his goal tally after coming off the bench in Rangers’s 5-0 victory over managerless Hearts at Ibrox.
Defoe, on as a 67th-minute replacement for Alfredo Morelos, saw his fiercely-struck right-foot effort just clear the crossbar seven minutes from time.
Morelos’s eighth goal in seven games and Ryan Kent’s third in three put Rangers 2-0 in front at the break.
An own goal from Christophe Berra and a late double from Greg Stewart saw the hosts register a seventh win in succession at Ibrox and extend their unbeaten run to 11 games.
AZERBAIJAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Asmir Begovic will today be hoping to help leaders Qarabag get back on track when they visit sixth-placed Sabah (4pm).
Begovic started as Qarabag suffered a 2-0 defeat against Sevilla in their penultimate Europa League group match on Thursday.
The reverse at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Seville effectively ended Qarabag’s chances of reaching the next stage and came on the back of their first league defeat at the hands of Sumqayit six days previously.
Tyler Cordner (pictured above) received an early birthday present as he played his part in helping Ebbsfleet United climb off the foot of the table thanks to a 2-1 win over Wrexham at Stonebridge Road.
Cordner, who celebrates his 21st on Wednesday, kept his place having been restored to the starting line-up for the 5-2 defeat at Barnet last Tuesday.
He made his 18th appearance for Fleet who took the lead in the tenth minute when Tomi Adeloye’s shot deflected in off Wrexham’s James Jennings.
Although Kieran Kennedy levelled for the visitors, Myles Weston hammered home the winner 16 minutes from time as Fleet leapfrogged the Welsh outfit and moved three points from safety.
Calum Ward, Brennan Camp and Shaun Hobson all started as Weymouth grabbed a dramatic last-gasp 2-1 win over struggling Hungerford Town at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
Camp went close to opening the scoring for the hosts when he headed a corner narrowly over the crossbar before the visitors drew first blood through Jose Maturino Da Silva.
Abdulai Baggie netted his third goal in as many games to restore parity in the 30th minute and ex-Cherries striker Josh McQuoid sealed victory three minutes from time.
Goalkeeper Ward made a crucial save at the death as Weymouth extended to 11 games their unbeaten run.
Victory lifted them to second place and, following the match, the club revealed manager and Cherries under-21s’ assistant coach Mark Molesley had signed a contract extension.
SOUTHERN LEAGUE SOUTH
Cameron Plain was powerless to prevent Wimborne Town going down 3-1 against Hayes & Yeading United at the Skyex Community Stadium.
The young goalkeeper was beaten by efforts from Elliott Buchanan, Aaron McCreadie and Scott Donnelly before Tony Lee replied late for the visitors.
Jack Torniainen was an unused substitute as Dorchester Town suffered a 3-1 defeat against Farnborough Town at Cherrywood Road.
Tom Bath netted a late consolation for struggling Dorchester who have picked up just one win in their past 12 league games.