Jason McCarthy was on the scoresheet for loan club Walsall at the weekend, but the goal couldn’t help prevent a 2-1 defeat to Gillingham at the Banks’s Stadium.
The Saddlers had trailed to Cody McDonald’s header after just two minutes, but McCarthy struck when he charged down Baily Cargill’s clearance before showing composure to slot the ball beyond Stuart Nelson.
Jon Whitney’s men were condemned to their first defeat in seven games when Jay Emmanuel-Thomas fired home a free-kick on 86 minutes.
Sam Gallagher helped Blackburn Rovers to a 3-2 victory over Brentford at Ewood Park.
Owen Coyle’s men fell behind after 33 seconds when Scott Hogan latched on to Lasse Vibe’s through ball before placing the ball past Jason Steele with a shot that hit the post.
Rovers rallied though and Danny Graham struck twice to put the home side in the lead, before Hogan got his second.
The hosts weren’t to be denied and Gallagher’s bursting run from half way ended up in his low centre being turned in by Brentford captain Harlee Dean for victory.
In League Two, there was success for Dom Gape as Wycombe Wanderers registered their first away victory since February with a 2-1 success over Cambridge United.
The young midfielder played the full 90 minutes as Aaron Pierre scored with virtually the last kick in a dramatic finish.
Forward Paul Hayes opened the scoring from the spot for the Chairboys after Mark Roberts had fouled Pierre in the box.
It looked like the hosts had rescued a point on 87 minutes, when George Maris was alive to Uche Ikpeazu’s strike hitting the post.
But with the U’s failing to clear a late corner, Pierre controlled before firing an unstoppable drive beyond Will Norris.
Paulo Gazzaniga was also in action for loan club Rayo Vallecano as they drew 2-2 at home with Huesca.
German midfielder Patrick Ebert netted a brace for the hosts in response to Borja Lázaro’s strike on 28 minutes, before Lázaro doubled his personal tally to level things.