Jake Scrimshaw’s lively cameo played a part as Newport County came from behind to force a 1-1 draw with nine-man fellow League Two high-fliers Exeter City.
Scrimshaw replaced Priestley Farquharson eight minutes from time at Rodney Parade and with the Exiles trailing to Ryan Bowman’s first-half goal for the visitors.
The 20-year-old striker went close to marking his seventh appearance for the club with his second goal as the hosts piled on the pressure in the closing stages.
Firstly, Scrimshaw’s right-foot shot from the edge of the box flashed past the post before another effort was well saved by Grecians goalkeeper Jokull Andresson.
Just seconds after Andresson had denied Scrimshaw, he was finally beaten by Dom Telford’s header as Newport levelled two minutes from time.
Exeter had Alex Hartridge sent off for bringing down Nicky Maynard in the eighth minute before goalscorer Bowman also saw red following a clash with Mickey Demetriou on the stroke of half-time.
A share of the spoils saw Newport climb into fifth place, three points off the automatic promotion places, while Exeter moved into the final play-off berth.
Frank Vincent was handed his full Walsall debut by new manager Brian Dutton in their 2-1 defeat by promotion-chasing Cheltenham Town at the Banks’s Stadium.
Vincent had made two substitute appearances under former Saddlers boss Darrell Clarke who left to join Port Vale on Monday.
Caolan Lavery gave Dutton the perfect start when he opened the scoring with an exquisite lob from 25 yards after just three minutes.
But the Robins turn the game on its head thanks to goals from debutants Sam Smith and Callum Wright in the space of eight minutes before half-time.
As the Saddlers looked for a response in the second half, Josh Gordon headed narrowly wide from Vincent’s corner before the Cherries midfielder was replaced by Alfie Bates after 74 minutes.
Dinesh Gillela (pictured above) made his third appearance for Aldershot as they suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of National League rivals Solihull Moors at the EBB Stadium.
Defender Gillela, who also started their 2-1 win over Barnet and the 0-0 draw at Stockport, got another 90 minutes under his belt for the Hampshire club.
Gillela created an opening after linking well with Ricky Miller in the early stages, only for his team-mate’s resultant shot to fly over the crossbar.
Despite having an effort ruled out for handball, Moors drew first blood when Jamie Ward curled home an 18th-minute opener.
Gillela was again in the thick of the action as the Shots went close to levelling, his ball to Toby Edser eventually finding its way to Joel Nouble who drew a fine save from Moors goalkeeper Ryan Boot.
Solihull doubled their lead through Alex Grudger in first-half stoppage time before Adam Rooney added a third midway through the second half.
Josh Rees headed home a late consolation for Aldershot as victory saw Solihull leapfrog them into 12th place in the table.
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