Connor Dymond made his first home appearance for Newport County on Monday night but saw his dreams of progressing in the FA Cup dashed at the hands of Championship side Blackburn Rovers.
In an ill-tempered game that saw a man sent off for both sides, the Eagles midfielder belatedly made his Rodney Parade bow after the original tie was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, having made his County debut away to bottom of the table York City just two days earlier in a 1-0 defeat in what was Warren Feeney’s first game as boss of the Welsh club, leaving the Black and Ambers six points ahead of the League Two drop-zone.
Just over 48 hours later Dymond was back in action for his temporary side, and hit the woodwork during a cup tie that saw Rovers advance despite having a man sent off just 10 minutes in. Dymond played all but the last seven minutes however couldn’t prevent his side from exiting the competition.
Slightly higher up in League Two than the Exiles are Hartlepool United who clinched an important 1-0 win at home to promotion-chasing Wycombe Wanderers last Saturday. Jake Gray played 78 minutes of the game at the Victoria Ground, having scored in his previous match that saw the Pools knocked out of the FA Cup by Derby County.
Meanwhile in League One Ryan Inniss is still waiting to make his comeback from a shoulder injury for Port Vale, who lost 3-1 to Millwall last weekend, and Jerome Binnom-Williams has returned early from his loan spell at Burton Albion after making 19 appearances for the Brewers and scoring one goal.
Earlier this month David Gregory signed on loan for Eastbourne Borough but he had a debut to forget as his side surrendered a 1-0 lead after 90 minutes to lose 2-1 to Basingstoke Town in the Conference South, leaving them just two points ahead of the relegation zone.