Jonny Williams tasted defeat on his MK Dons debut as they were beaten 3-1 at the Macron Stadium by Bolton Wanderers in a Championship basement battle on Saturday.
Having only been signed by the Dons 24 hours earlier, the Welsh international was thrown straight into the action and played 62 minutes but departed with his side two goals down thanks to efforts from Stuart Holden and Darren Pratley.
Josh Murphy pulled a goal back for the visitors with a minute to go, but a late strike from former Eagles striker Shola Ameobi handed cash-strapped Bolton only their third league win of the campaign, and drag Karl Robinson’s side to within two points of the bottom three.
In League Two there was better news for Jake Gray who netted his fourth goal during his time at Hartlepool United, however they were denied a valuable away win at Cambridge United thanks to an injury-time goal and were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw.
That leaves the Pools four points ahead of the relegation zone in 21st place, one behind Connor Dymond’s Newport County who also gained a point but in much happier circumstances when they came from two goals down to grab a 2-2 draw at home to Dagenham and Redbridge, however the Eagles midfielder wasn’t selected for the game at Rodney Parade.
Meanwhile Ryan Inniss continued his recovery from a shoulder injury and took a step nearer to his comeback by being named on the bench for Port Vale’s 1-1 draw against Bradford City, a result that leaves the Valiants six points outside the play-off places.
Dropping into non-league, David Gregory was forced to watch from the bench as Eastbourne Borough returned to winning ways with a 3-0 win against Wealdstone, and Oliver Pain made his debut for the Metropolitan Police as they lost 4-2 to Grays Athletic in the Ryman League.