Sunderland sack Grayson after thrilling 3-3 draw

Sunderland v Bolton

Sky Bet Championship 

Sunderland 3-3 Bolton Wanderers

Grabban 45, 57 McNair 79  Ameobi 32  Madine 60 Henry 67

Sunderland have this evening sacked manager Simon Grayson just 20 minutes after the conclusion of an entertaining six-goal thriller against fellow-strugglers Bolton Wanderers.

Sammy Ameobi took the lead for Bolton initially, but Sunderland fought back with two goals from Lewis Grabban either side of half-time.

The hosts’ lead didn’t last long though as Gary Madine and Karl Henry found the net to regain the lead for the visitors.

Paddy McNair rescued an equaliser for the Mackems but they couldn’t go on to get a winner, and as a result Grayson has been dismissed following a poor start to the season.

Sunderland controlled the game for much of the first half, but Bolton were first to take the lead.

Sammy Ameobi was given acres of space by the Sunderland midfield and he finished coolly with a well-driven shot around 25 yards out to reach the bottom-left corner in the 32nd minute.

Home fans began to sing chants such as “Grayson out” and “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” but the hosts gave themselves a lifeline when Lewis Grabban equalised on the brink of half-time.

The experienced forward beat full-back Mark Little and put the ball past keeper Ben Alnwick one-on-one in the 45th minute.

Grabban scored again just 12 minutes into the second half.

Aidan McGeady worked well on the left and gave the ball to Bryan Oviedo on the overlap, and the full-back gifted the ball to Grabban who netted coolly from close range.

Sunderland’s lead only lasted three minutes as awful defending meant that Gary Madine was able to put the ball away from close range with ease for the visitors.

Seven minutes later, Sunderland were back to square one as Karl Henry put Bolton back in front.

Didier N’Dong made a poor back pass to the keeper, and Adam Armstrong picked up on the loose ball and crossed it in-towards the former Wolves man who smashed it into the bottom-left corner.

Midfielder Paddy McNair came off the bench and rescued a point for Sunderland in the 80th minute.

The former Manchester United man fired the ball into the bottom-corner on the edge of the box as the ball fell to him – scoring his first professional league goal.

The result means Sunderland move up to 22nd in the Championship table, whilst Bolton Wanderers remain bottom.

Sunderland: Ruiter, Matthews, O’Shea (c), Wilson, Oviedo, Gibson (McNair 75), N’Dong, McManaman (Watmore 61), Williams (Vaughan 45), McGeady, Grabban.

Booked: Grabban

Subs not used: Steele, Cattermole, Kone, Honeyman.

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Little, Wheater, Beevers, Robinson, Pratley, Henry, Ameobi, Vela, Armstrong (Noone 84), Madine.

Subs not used: Howard, Le Fondre, Buckley, Noone, Cullen, Derik, Darby.

Attendance: 26,395


Billingham Synthonia and Seaham share points in windy goalless draw

Billingham away

Ebac Northern League Division 1

Billingham Synthonia 0-0 Seaham Red Star

Billingham Synthonia and Seaham Red Star shared the points in what was a goalless draw today at Norton Sports Ground, just a week after the two sides were involved in a ten-goal thriller.

Speaking after the game Paul Johnston said: “I can’t really ask much more of the lads other than it going in the net, but we did have a lot of chances and their keeper has made a lot of saves.

“It just hasn’t gone in.”

Thomas Scott came closest when he missed a penalty in the 69th minute for the visitors – one of many good saves by the impressive James Dawson.

Seaham came into this game with a depleted squad, missing key strikers Ash Davis and Liam McBryde along with wingers Lee Hetherington and Nicholas Kane. Right-back Callum Munro therefore played up-front and youth-team winger Alex Ramshaw stepped up to the starting 11.

Thomas Scott came close for Seaham early on with a powerful shot forcing James Dawson into a great safe to his right six minutes in.

Ten minutes later, Billingham got a free kick in a very threatening position and Jordan Jewson’s free kick came incredibly close – bouncing off the crossbar before its clearance.

Chances were few and far between for much of the first half, but the hosts almost took the lead on the brink of half time when David Hillerby’s promising effort went just over the bar.

Ten minutes into the second half, Robbie Bird had a massive chance for Seaham.

The winger cut through from the left and his lob over the keeper was cleared off the line by Jamie Tunstall.

The visitors continued to threaten, and Callum Munro’s strike in the 67th minute was kept out as it went over following a defensive deflection.

Two minutes later, the visitors were awarded a penalty as Munro was brought down by Tunstall in the box but Thomas Scott’s poor strike didn’t trouble James Dawson – who saved to his right.

Both sides looked to push for a winner in the closing moments of the game but neither side ever broke the deadlock.

Ben Jackson had a spectacular effort for the hosts pushed just wide by Jordan Harkess in the 86th minute.

At the other end, Thomas Scott had a shot directly at Dawson and substitute Alex Parkshaw almost put away a rebound just moments from time but the ball was retrieved by the keeper just in time.

The result sees winless Billingham remaining bottom of the Northern League table whilst Seaham remain ninth.

Billingham face West Auckland Town away from home next Saturday whilst Seaham host Sunderland RCA.

Billingham Synthonia: Dawson, Nelson, Coston, Rowe, Tunstall, Jackson, Seaton(c), Hillerby, Kelly, Jewson, Woodier.

Booked: Seaton

Subs not used: Ramage, Beblowski (GK), Garton and Popple.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Bramley, Staunch, Scorer, Price, Ramshaw, Hodgson, Croft (Chapman 75), Bird, Scott, Munro.

Booked: Scorer and Ramshaw

Subs not used: Bailey, Wilkinson, Galbraith

Attendance: 79

The full interview with Paul Johnston can be found here.

Seaham knocked out of Durham Challenge Cup at hands of Sunderland RCA

Sunderland RCA

Sunderland RCA 3-2 Seaham Red Star

O’Neill 45,50 Charlton 66  Scott 60 Davis 86 pen

Seaham Red Star joint-manager Chris McCabe praised his side following a 3-2 defeat to Sunderland RCA in the Durham Challenge Cup 1st Round at Meadow Park last night.

Nathan O’Neill scored a brace for the hosts whilst Michael Charlton was the other man to score.

Seaham forwards Thomas Scott and Ash Davis were both on the score-sheet but they ended up on the wrong side of an entertaining game.

“It was a proper cup match, with two good sides going at it,” McCabe told SportsByte.

“I’m just a bit disappointed that we couldn’t nick one at the end and take it to penalties.”

The game in the first-half was very end to end.

Stephen Callen had the first chance of the game for the hosts four minutes in.

Seaham defended poorly in this instance, and Callen’s free shot went just wide of the mark.

Chris McCabe’s side came close in the 12th minute following a well-worked corner.

Lee Hetherington put in a good ball that was nodded on by Robbie Bird but it was headed away by a Sunderland RCA defender.

RCA came very close four minutes from half-time when Adam McGuinness’ excellent free kick forced an impressive save from Harkess and then O’Neill’s rebound was cleared off the line.

The hosts took the lead on the brink of half-time when Nathan O’Neill headed home on the end of a brilliant corner from Jonathan Davis.

It only took O’Neill five minutes after the restart to add a second goal.

Colin Larking did excellently on the right to get past Staunch, and he put the ball in-towards O’Neill who finished coolly at the far post.

Adam McGuinness almost scored in the 54th minute when he produced a powerful strike, only for it to hit the crossbar.

Seaham were back in the game when Thomas Scott headed home on the end of a brilliant long-ball from Bramley.

RCA then extended their lead again seven minutes later when Michael Charlton scored the rebound after Harkess could only parry Luke Page’s effort.

The visitors then had a penalty four minutes from time when Robbie Bird was brought down in the box.

Ash Davis stepped up and placed the ball in the bottom-left corner to beat the keeper – this was too little too late for Seaham.

Sunderland RCA therefore progress to the next round of the Challenge Cup, and the two sides face each other again on Saturday 4 November at the Ferguson Motors Repair Stadium.

Sunderland RCA: Finch, Noble, McGuinness, Hodgson, McNab (Ashton 81), Charlton, Davis, Page (Elliott 67), Callen, Larkin, O’Neill (Richardson 78).

Booked: Page

Subs not used: Patton and Cassidy.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Scorer (Galbraith 84), Staunch, Price, Hetherington (Bailey 42), Bramley, Hodgson, Bird(c), Davis, Scott.

Booked: Scott

Subs not used: McBryde, Wilkinson and Parkshaw.

The full interview with Chris McCabe can be found here 

Shrimps and Mariners share points in entertaining goalless draw


Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 0-0 Grimsby Town

Morecambe have dropped to 22nd in League 2 following today’s goalless draw against Grimsby Town.

The Shrimps dominated the game mostly, with Alex Kenyon and Adam McGurk coming closest in the first half.

Jim Bentley’s side had a great start to the game, and had one of 12 corners from the game in the second minute.

This came to nothing however, as Michael Rose’s short-corner was intercepted and Grimsby hit Morecambe on the break.

In the 23rd minute Aaron Wildig and Vadaine Oliver linked up really well before giving it to McGurk, whose strike was pushed wide by McKeown.

Four minutes later, Luke Conlan and Michael Rose then linked up well before passing to Oliver – whose final effort went just wide of the goal.

In the 32nd minute, Alex Kenyon then came very close to taking the lead for the Shrimps.

Michael Rose put the ball into the box, and the defender got his foot on it but this took the ball over the bar.

Grimsby only really threatened on occasions in the second half, and former York City midfielder Luke Summerfield had a powerful long-range effort blocked by Rose and out for a corner in the 66nd minute.

Morecambe captain Rose then tried his own luck from long range two minutes later, with his strike being pushed wide by McKeown.

Summerfield then threatened again in the 74th minute but his effort, that would’ve normally have been classed as ‘over-hit’, went just over thanks to the wind blowing in his direction.

The Shrimps came closest to taking the lead in the 77th minute when Steve Old’s header on the end of Rose’s corner was cleared off the line.

The game therefore ended in stalemate, meaning that Grimsby extend their unbeaten run in the league to six games ahead of their next game at home to Cambridge United whilst the Shrimps will drop to the relegation zone if they lose at Forest Green Rovers next week.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Kenyon, Winnard, Conlan, Rose(c), Fleming, Wildig (E Osborne 75), McGurk (Thompson 69), Oliver.

Booked: Wildig

Subs not used: Nizic, Brough, Campbell, Lavelle, Lang.

Grimsby Town: McKeown, Davies, Clarke, Collins, Dixon, Dembele (Jaiyesimi 69), Berrett, Summerfield, Woolford, Jones (Hooper 79), Vernon.

Booked: Jones

Subs not used: Mills, K Osborne, Bolarinwa, Matt, Killip.

Attendance: 1,525


Seaham suffer third consecutive home defeat


EBAC Northern League Division 1

Seaham Red Star 1-2 Consett

McBryde 13                   Elliott 44  Sweet 64

Seaham Red Star joint-manager Chris McCabe expressed his frustration following his side’s 2-1 defeat to Consett yesterday evening.

Liam McBryde took an early lead for the hosts, but Jack Elliott equalised on the brink of half time and Michael Sweet went on to win the game for the visitors in the second half.

McCabe told SportsByte after the game: “I’m very frustrated.

“We had enough chances to win the game.

“I’m really disappointed with the two goals we conceded, but I feel like I’m saying that after every game now.”

The two sides were fairly evenly matched in the opening 10 minutes, but it wasn’t long until Seaham found an opening.

Aaron Croft played a cracking long ball to Lee Hetherington on the right-hand side, and the winger put in a great ball through to Liam McBryde who tapped home from close range in the 13th minute to score his third goal in as many games.

Seaham’s goal appeared to be a wake-up call for Consett as they began to look lively.

They came close to getting an equaliser in the 27th minute when Daniel Hawkins’ free kick around 25-yards out went just wide of the mark.

Nicholas Kane, later tried his luck from long-range in the 36th minute for the hosts but his effort went well over the bar.

Kane came off injured shortly before half-time, and then four minutes into the second half Consett came very close to taking the lead.

David Dowson was on the receiving end of a brilliant cross, but his powerless effort two-yards away was kept out by Harkess with ease.

Seaham had a rare opportunity in the 58th minute as Robbie Bird made a great run on the left-hand side only for his shot to be parried away by Ross Coombe and McBryde’s rebound went well wide of the goal.

Consett then took the lead six minutes later through Michael Sweet.

The former Billingham player was on the receiving end of a brilliant ball from Dowson on the right and he headed home with ease from close-range.

Seaham only really threatened four minutes from time, when Thomas Price made a promising run on the left only for his effort to go just wide of the goal.

The result means Seaham drop to ninth position ahead of their clash with bottom side Billingham Synthonia on Saturday whilst Consett move up to sixth.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Hodgson (Chapman 80), Scorer, Staunch, Price, Kane (Bramley 45), Croft, Hetherington, Bird, Davis (T Scott 76), McBryde.

Booked: Harkess

Subs not used: Galbraith and Wilkinson.

Consett: Coombe, Lawrence (Rogan 65), McKinnon, Purewal, Slocombe, Kay, Hawkins, Lavery, Elliott (Smith 80), Sweet (Mackay 70) , Dowson.

Booked: Slocombe and Lavery

Subs not used: Cassidy and J Scott.

Attendance: 112

The full interview with Chris McCabe is available here.

Seaham secure first win in five at Dunston UTS

Dunston away

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Dunston UTS 0-2 Seaham Red Star

McBryde 13 Croft 52

Seaham Red Star joint-manager Paul Johnston said he was ‘over the moon’ as his side secured their first win in five away to Dunston UTS this afternoon.

“I’m over the moon with the effort we put in today,” he told SportsByte

“We took a tough defeat against North Shields in midweek, and we didn’t perform against them.

“The reaction today was spot on.”

Liam McBryde took an early lead for the visitors, before Aaron Croft secured the win in the 52nd minute in what was a dominant Seaham performance.

It was a very open game to start off with, but it only took Seaham 13 minutes to break the deadlock.

Liam McBryde found an opening on the right-hand side and lobbed the ball over the keeper’s head to take the lead for the visitors.

Robbie Bird looked lively on the left-flank for Seaham, and he cut through on the left only for his shot to be pushed away by keeper Niall Harrison one-on-one seven minutes later.

Lee Hetherington came close in the 26th minute, but his effort on the end of Davis’ ball went over the bar.

The only time Dunston really threatened in the first half was when Liam Thear’s brilliant strike hit the post, five minutes from half time.

Seaham continued t0 be on top in the second half, and it only took them seven minutes to double their lead after the break.

Robbie Bird’s strike was saved by Harrison before Aaron Croft fired the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Liam McBryde almost added to his goal tally in the 65th minute but his effort hit the post and then Ash Davis’ rebound was offside.

Ash Davis looked lively towards the end of the game, testing the Dunston keeper on three occasions in the last five minutes.

In the 85th minute, the striker’s shot was blocked one-on-one by Harrison before he hit the ball into the side-netting four minutes later.

In the 90th minute, substitute Thomas Scott worked well on the left-hand side and put the ball into Davis but his effort was blocked by the defender – this summed up Davis’ luck.

Seaham won 2-0, in a game that they should’ve won by 3 or 4.

The win means Seaham move up a place to ninth ahead of their next game against Consett at home on Tuesday.

Dunston UTS: Harrison, Hiftle, Hall, Pollock, Halliday(c) (Thear 48), Allan, Stafford (Dixon 64), Elliott, Rundle, Thear, Anderson.

Booked: Thear

Subs not used: Jones, Clark, Swailes.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Staunch, Scorer, Price, Hetherington (Bailey 81), Hodgson, Croft (Bramley 86), Bird(c), McBryde (Scott 83), Davis.

Booked: Hetherington and Bird.

Subs not used: Chapman and Galbraith.

The full interview with Paul Johnston is available here.

Braces from Bainbridge and Carr grab bragging-rights as North Shields destroy Seaham

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Seaham Red Star 1-5 North Shields

McBryde 6                   Bainbridge 14,64 Carr 8,73 Luccock 89

Braces from Gareth Bainbridge and Ryan Carr grabbed them the bragging-rights at the Fergus Motors Stadium last night as Seaham Red Star sunk to a heavy defeat to in-form North Shields.

Seaham did take the lead through Liam McBryde six minutes in, but North Shields were undoubtedly better in every department as they responded with five goals during the course the game, with the fifth coming from substitute James Luccock on the brink of full time.

The game got off to an eventful start with underdogs Seaham taking the lead six minutes in through Liam McBryde, who latched onto a great ball from the left – netting from close range.

Their lead only lasted two minutes though thanks to some poor Seaham defending -handing Ryan Carr the ball on a plate to equalise from close range.

North Shields looked a very confident side, and in the 14th minute they hit the hosts on the break and Gareth Bainbridge soon had his first of the night heading home from close -range to take the lead.

Seaham were still in the game at this point though, and Liam McBryde almost got the hosts back on level terms six minutes later but his one-on-one effort was pushed wide by keeper Kyle Hayes.

Chris McCabe’s side were still in with a chance at the half-way stage, but this chance was completely taken away from them in the second half.

Gareth Bainbridge had his second of the night in the 64th minute, hijacking Bradley Staunch’s poor pass-back, and beating Harkess one-on-one to extend his side’s lead.

Nine minutes later, North Shields’ lead was extended even further when right-back Ryan Carr had his second of the night for the visitors.

Carr’s powerful effort from long-range beat keeper Harkess and this meant two players were on a hat-trick for North Shields.

Substitute James Luccock stole the glory at the end however, as he added a fifth in the 89th minute.

Lee Mason made a good run through the defence, and Bainbridge was free at the far post but he gifted the ball to Luccock and putting the ball away wasn’t a problem for him on what was a depressing night for Seaham Red Star fans.

Last night’s result means North Shields move to top of the Division 1 table, as Seaham drop to 10th ahead of their next fixture away to Dunston UTS.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Staunch, Scorer, Chapman, Johnston (Bailey 32), Hodgson (Bramley 68), Kane (Hetherington 49), Bird, McBryde, Davis.

Subs not used: Galbraith and Scott.

North Shields: Hayes, Carr, Summerley, Ormston, Robson, Hughes, Robinson, Forster, Bainbridge, Mason, Holmes (Luccock 74).

Subs not used: Wilson, McCafferty, McFarlane, Donnison.

Attendance: 162