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Akinfenwa scores in Gills debut tie

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A debut goal for Gillingham's Adebayo Akinfenwa rescued a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Cheltenham in npower League Two.

Debutant Wesley Thomas had put the visitors ahead when he took Keith Lowe`s pass on and scored but Akinfenwa came off the bench to latch on to a Jack Payne throw before watching his header tipped into the net by Scott Brown.

Last season`s beaten play-off finalists Rotherham left it late to snatch a 2-1 victory over Lincoln. Rotherham went ahead when Adam Le Fondre pounced as Kevin Ellison's volley was cleared off the line.

Lincoln equalised when Mustapha Carayol cut in from the left and shot in but Ryan Cresswell headed home to mark his debut with a late goal.

Hereford captain Janos Kovacs scored on his debut as a new-look side sank Crewe 1-0.

Graham Turner's second spell as Shrewsbury boss got off to a dream start as a Jake Robinson hat-trick saw them come from behind to sink Bradford 3-1.

Bradford took the lead when Tom Adeyami converted a flick-on by James Hanson but Robinson levelled after Ian Sharps' shot was blocked on the line.

Robinson then headed in Lionel Ainsworth's inch-perfect cross and completed his hat-trick five minutes later after latching onto Matt Harrold's flick-on. Shrewsbury midfielder Kevin McIntyre was shown a straight red card late on.

Charlie Griffin was the hero as Stevenage ended their first ever Football League game with a point following a 2-2 draw with Macclesfield.

Peter Vincenti gave the hosts an early lead when he headed in Griffin`s cross but Nat Brown soon headed in an equaliser. Emile Sinclair then found Tyrone Bennett to put Macclesfield ahead from close range but Griffin pounced with a minute remaining.

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