The goalkeeper was in from the off for the National League North side as they faced League Two outfit Oldham at the Gateshead International Stadium.

And while Darlington earned a cup replay against league opponents Walsall in the absence of recently-recalled Boro man Tyrone O'Neill, Heed couldn't replicate the feat as they were edged out by the Latics. 

Oldham took the lead against the run of play when Filipe Morais nodded in inside half an hour.

The home side dominated possession, enjoying more shots and shots on target, with Liam Agnew firing in a low and deserved leveller early in the second half. 

But the visitors snatched victory on 77 when Jonny Smith curled one past James from just inside the area.

North of the border, Sam Stubbs had an afternoon to forget as Hamilton Academical held on to earn a 2-2 draw against Kilmarnock. 

Accies raced to a two-goal lead at Rugby Park thanks to long-range goals from Mickel Miller and Steve Davies.

But Stubbs was dismissed on the half-hour mark, tripping Killie forward Brophy as the last man 35 yards from goal - Accies' fifth dismissal already this season.

Kilmarnock struck either side of half-time to level the scores, but Hamilton held on in Stubbs' absence for a valuable point in the circumstances.

Elsewhere, Mitch Curry was a second-half substitute for Inverness, unable to turn the tide in a 3-0 defeat away to Arbroath. It's a result that brings the sides level on points in fourth and fifth in the Scottish Championship.

The young striker is enjoying his time in Scotland after returning from injury, and recently told the Press and Journal: “I still have plenty of time to get more goals and appearances.

“I’ve had so many injuries over the years – elbow, shoulder, ankles twice – I’ve become resilient and used to that side of it.

“Mentally, more than physically, it can be hard. My thoughts were about this club and I wanted to keep myself in the picture because it can be a case of out of sight, out of mind.

“The decision will fall to Boro, but I’m loving my time here. If it is the right move at the right time, I’d be happy to stay."

Enes Mahmutovic was an unused sub for MVV Maastricht, who were beaten 3-2 by Jong AZ on Friday.