The international break may have hampered with our usual weekend plans, but the show must go on for those further down the English football ladder.
That meant no action for Marvin Johnson as well as Enes Mahmutovic, who is currently on international duty with Luxembourg, and Alex Pattison, whose Yeovil games were postponed this week.
Here’s the latest round up from up and down the leagues…
Pears and Armstrong start once more…
Aynsley Pears and Luke Armstrong both started for Gateshead, who faced a stern test against fellow promotion hopeful’s Sutton United on Saturday.
The Heed have lost their way somewhat in recent weeks after suffering three consecutive defeats (two in the league, one in the cup), so were eager to put an end to that winless run.
It was a typically scrappy game, with chances few and far between.
Armstrong, starting his fifth game since returning from a hamstring injury, had one notable chance, cutting in from the left hand side before blazing over the bar.
It was Pears who was the busier of the two however. One of the game’s better chances fell to Sutton defender Charlie Cough, who met a set piece only to be thwarted by the on-loan Boro keeper.
There was a coming together in stoppage time between Pears and Clough, with the latter picking up a booking.
But in the end, Gateshead couldn’t find a way past Sutton’s stubborn defence and had to settle for a point.
— Martin Swinney (@MartinSwinney73) November 17, 2018
Shock defeat for McGinley…
In League Two, Nathan McGinley started for Forest Green in their 1-0 defeat to lowly Morecambe this weekend.
Rovers had chances, and should have led within the first minute but for some poor finishing from Carl Winchester, who blazed a shot over the bar.
Former Boro academy keeper James Montgomery then produced a fine save from Zak Mills before Rovers had a shot cleared off the line.
Montgomery was again on hand to deny Morecambe, this time keeping out a shot from striker Liam Mandeville from point-blank range.
Rovers dominated the second half but against the run of play, Shimps skipper Aaron Wildig fired home a winner with four minutes left to play.
Elsewhere around the grounds…
Cup action meant Connor Ripley was again rotated for Accrington Stanley. He watched on from the bench on Tuesday night as Blackpool put three past replacement keeper Jonathan Maxted to win 3-2.
He was brought back into the starting line-up on Saturday as third placed Barnsley maintained their unbeaten run with a 2-0 win.
Barnsley’s first goal was a well worked move; Kieffer Moore backheeled the ball into the path of Fulham loanee Cauley Woodrow, who slotted coolly past Connor Ripley.
The on-loan Boro shot stopper will be no doubt disappointed with the way the second goal went in.
He pushed a ferocious shot from Brad Potts into the air and the ball looped over and into the reach of Moore, who tapped home before it crossed the line.
Staying in League One, George Miller was an unused substitute against Barnsley on Tuesday night – a game Bradford lost 2-1. He would be included from the bench in the following game, coming on as a 71st minute sub in the 1-1 draw against a high-flying Peterborough side.
Zach Hemming played his third game for Darlington as he looks to establish himself as their new no.1. There was to be no clean sheet this week though as they drew 2-2 with Hereford.
Also in Teesside, Tyrone O’Neill could feature for Hartlepool, who face Barnet today at 4.30pm.
• Luke Armstrong – 90 mins vs. Sutton Utd
• Aynsley Pears – 90 mins vs. Sutton Utd
• George Miller – 19 mins vs. Peterborough
• Connor Ripley – 90 mins vs. Barnsley
• Nathan McGinley – 90 mins vs. Morecambe
• Zach Hemming – 90 mins vs. Hereford
• Tyrone O’Neill – Plays at 4.30pm
Injured: Joe Fryer
Not in action: Alex Pattison, Enes Mahmutovic, Marvin Johnson