Jake Scrimshaw went close to marking his full Football League debut with a goal in Walsall’s 3-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.
Scrimshaw was handed his first league start by Saddlers boss Darrell Clarke and was unfortunate not to break the deadlock towards the end of the first half.
The 20-year-old striker got on the end of Liam Kinsella’s headed pass, only to see his excellent half-volley come crashing back off the underside of the crossbar.
Earlier, Scrimshaw had gone close to forcing an own goal when he flicked on Cameron Norman’s cross which Robins defender Charlie Raglan headed narrowly over the crossbar.
Dan Scarr’s unfortunate own goal handed Cheltenham a 50th-minute lead, the defender diverting Ben Tozer’s huge throw past Saddlers goalkeeper Liam Roberts.
Matty Blair’s ferocious drive doubled their lead in the 58th minute before Scrimshaw was replaced by Jack Nolan three minutes from time.
Ben Tozer completed the scoring for high-flying Cheltenham in the 89th minute, condemning Walsall to their first away league defeat of the season.
Zeno Ibsen Rossi played his part as ten-man Kilmarnock climbed to sixth place in the table following a 3-1 win over Ross County at Rugby Park.
Defender Stuart Findlay saw red for bringing down Ross Stewart after just eight minutes, a decision Killie boss Alex Dyer said the club would be appealing.
The hosts shook off the numerical disadvantage to take the lead through Eamonn Brophy’s header six minutes after Findlay had departed.
Tom Grivosti levelled for County in the 42nd minute before a tactical switch at the interval saw Ibsen Rossi replace goalscorer Brophy.
The 20-year-old slotted in at centre-back, his introduction allowing skipper Gary Dicker to return to his regular central midfield position.
And the change certainly paid dividends as Nicke Kabamba’s 68th-minute penalty and Chris Burke’s stoppage-time goal saw Killie end a run of three successive Premiership defeats.
Ibsen Rossi has now featured in four wins in six league appearances for the East Ayrshire club.
Sam Sherring turned in another accomplished display as Torquay United forged five points clear at the top thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win against FC Halifax Town at the Shay.
The Gulls opened the scoring when Asa Hall converted a pass from former Cherries midfielder Ben Whitfield to register his third goal in as many games in the 17th minute.
Sherring and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans both had further opportunities for the visitors but Halifax levelled eight minutes into the second half through Jamie Allen.
Danny Wright blazed a penalty over the crossbar for Torquay before Sherring went close to giving them the lead with a 75th-minute header.
Lemonheigh-Evans bagged the winner seven minutes from time before Sherring and his fellow defenders dug deep in the closing stages as Halifax pressed hard for an equaliser.
Victory extended Torquay’s unbeaten league run to seven games with Sherring having played every minute of those seven matches.
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