Lancaster City get back to winning ways with 2-1 victory over relegation-threatened Sutton Coldfield

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Lancaster City 2-1 Sutton Coldfield Town

Carney 33              Smith 85

S Bailey 45

Lancaster City picked up their first win in six games today with a 2-1 victory over relegation-threatened Sutton Coldfield Town in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division at Giant Axe.

Captain Craig Carney and winger Sam Bailey netted for the Dolly Blues in the first half before substitute Lee Smith pulled one back for the visitors towards the end of the game.

Preston loanee Connor Simpson, who featured for the Lilywhites at Villa Park just over a month ago, made his home debut for Lancaster while Billy Akrigg and Tom Kilifin received awards for making over 200 appearances for the club.

Sutton Coldfield, who sit at the bottom of the table, were looking for their first win in four games.

It was a fairly even start to the game, but Lancaster had most of the chances in the first half and they soon got on top.

Nine minutes in, Simpson could’ve opened his account for the Dolly Blues but he put the ball wide following Billy Akrigg’s pinpoint cross.

Chances were few and far between for much of the first half until Lancaster took the lead in stunning fashion in the 33rd minute. Carney hit the ball high on the volley and it looped over the keeper and into the top-left corner.

Ten minutes later the hosts came close again after full back Paul Dugdale made a good run on the left and put the ball through to Kilifin whose effort went just wide.

Lancaster doubled their lead on the brink of half time when Akrigg’s impressive ball met the head of Sam Bailey at the far post and beat the keeper.

Sam Bailey linked up with his brother Charlie in the 66th minute with a great ball but the latter could only fire wide of the mark.

Sutton Coldfield substitute Niall Flint had two chances in the 71st and 81st minute respectively – the first going wide and the second saved by keeper Elliot Wynne with ease.

The visitors did put up a bit of a fight in the final ten minutes, and in the 85th minute they got a goal back through Smith.

Veteran forward Justin Richards had a close-range header denied by Wynne and then Smith volleyed home powerfully in the top-corner on the end of the resultant corner.

However the side from the Midlands failed to complete their comeback, meaning Lancaster got the three points.

Lancaster City: Wynne, Anson, Steel, Mercer, Dugdale, S Bailey (Winder 79), Wills, Carney (c), Akrigg, Simpson (Williams 72), Kilifin (C Bailey 63).

Booked: Anson and Winder

Subs not used: Hudson and Jarvis

Sutton Coldfield Town: Coton, Lyttle (Smith 54), Beresford, Probert (Dell 45), McGrory, Murray, O’Callaghan, Green (Flint 63), Hawley, Richards.

Unused sub: Brown

Attendance: 217

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Late Blissett goal sinks Gateshead as Macclesfield take up top spot in National League

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Macclesfield Town 1-0 Gateshead
Blissett 89
A late goal from Nathan Blissett ensured Macclesfield Town got a 1-0 win over Gateshead in the National League this evening.
Promotion-chasing Macclesfield came into today’s game knowing that a win would mean they would overtake Sutton United and go top, while the Heed were searching for a lift after being knocked out of the FA Trophy on Saturday.
The hosts started the game lively and just two minutes in Tyrone Marsh’s volley on the end of Elliott Durrell’s impressive cross was tipped over by James Montgomery.
Marsh came close again three minutes later when he got the ball in space on the right but his effort went just wide.
Macclesfield’s next chance came in the 22nd minute when Blissett’s shot was cleared off the line by Russell Penn.
Gateshead’s first real chance came ten minutes later when Danny Johnson’s close range volley from a corner was saved by Shwan Jalal.
Macclesfield had another chance to score just two minutes from half time when Gateshead’s Richard Peniket gifted the ball to Jared Hodgkiss and the full back fired wide.
The hosts came very close again in the 52nd minute when Marsh’s shot was saved without being held by Montgomery before Danny Whitaker’s effort was cleared off the line and then he fired over.
Mitch Hancox then came very close for the Silkmen in the 78th minute when his long range effort was pushed wide.
Macclesfield got their long-awaited goal in the 89th minute when the ball bounced off Blissett following a good cross to beat Montgomery after a mix up between him and his defence.
The win means Macclesfield are now top of the National League.
Macclesfield: Jalal, Hodgkiss, Pilkington, Lowe, Fitzpatrick, Whitehead, Whitaker, Durrell (Evans 37), Marsh (Wilson 82), Hancox, Blissett.
Booked: Hodgkiss
Subs not used: Ramsbottom, Kennedy and Burgess.
Gateshead: Montgomery, Preston (York 70), Byrne, Fyfield, Kerr, Barrow, McLaughlin, Penn, Johnson (Green 62), Peniket, Burrow.
Subs not used: Vassell, McNall and Hanford (GK).
Attendance: 1,537 (18 away)

Goalless draw at Globe Arena as Shrimps and Imps endure tough physical battle

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Morecambe 0-0 Lincoln City

Morecambe got a step closer to safety today with a goalless draw against in-form Lincoln City at the Globe Arena.

Manager Jim Bentley made four changes to his side with Steve Old, Patrick Brough, Vadaine Oliver and Kevin Ellison all coming into the starting XI.

Lincoln manager Danny Cowley on the other hand named an unchanged side following last week’s 3-1 win against rivals Grimsby Town.

In what was a stop-start first half, Lincoln came close nine minutes in when they shocked the Shrimps from a free kick.

With the free kick on the edge of the box, Sam Habergham made a good run on the left and they gave the ball to him and he put in a good ball to Scott Wharton but his effort was cleared off the line by Dean Winnard.

While the Imps dominated much of the first half, chances were few and far between and the only other real chance came on the brink of half time when Elliott Whitehouse’s shot was poorly handled by Morecambe keeper Barry Roche, but he managed to keep it out.

There were chances at both ends in the second half, and either side could’ve won the game. Ten minutes into the second half, Oliver headed just wide on the end of Michael Rose’s impressive cross.

Moments later, Lincoln came close up the other end when Whitehouse headed wide from a corner despite being unchallenged.

The midfielder then came close again in the 75th minute when his shot went just wide from close range.

Morecambe’s best chance of the game arguably came in the 77th minute when Alex Kenyon’s shot took a deflection off Ellison and hit the crossbar.

The Shrimps managed to hit the crossbar again just three minutes later when Adam McGurk’s free kick curled over the wall and hit the woodwork.

The visitors had the last chance of the game in added time when the ball fell to Lee Frecklington in the box and his shot went wide.

The result means Morecambe drop to 19th while Lincoln now sit in 8th.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Winnard, Lavelle, Brough, Rose (c), Kenyon, Lang (Wylde 67), Ellison (Thompson 85), Oliver (McGurk 67).

Subs not used: Nizic, Lund, Campbell and Fleming.

Lincoln City: Allsop, Eardley, Bostwick, Wharton, Habergham, Woodyard, Frecklington, Whitehouse, Williams (Anderson 59), Green (Rowe 79), Rhead (Palmer 59).

Subs not used: Farman, Long, Pett and Wilson.

Attendance: 1,883

Seaham Red Star crash out of League Cup with Dunston defeat

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Brooks Mileson Northern League Cup Quarter-Final

Seaham Red Star 0-3 Dunston UTS

Fitzpatrick 10 pen Thear 14 Pearson 41

Seaham Red Star crashed out of the Northern League Cup last night with a 3-0 defeat at home to Dunston UTS at the Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium.

First half goals from Mark Fitzpatrick, Liam Thear and Michael Pearson sunk the Star on a very disappointing evening for Craig Lynch’s side.

Lynch made four changes to his side with Lee Chapman, Codie Howe, Thomas Scott and Thomas Price coming in for David Scorer, Kieran Galbraith, Liam McBryde and Robbie Bird.

Opponents Dunston were looking to continue one of a few good cup runs they’ve had this season, having already made the Durham Challenge Cup final.

It was a less than lively start to the game but just ten minutes in, Dunston were awarded a penalty after Luke Gilhespy needlessly tripped Thear in the box. Fitzpatrick stepped up and buried the spot kick in the bottom-left corner despite Jordan Harkess diving the right way.

Gilhespy almost redeemed himself three minutes later but he headed wide on the end of the corner.

Dunston doubled their lead in the 14th minute through Thear. The winger beat Callum Munro on the left before lobbing Harkess one-on-one.

Thear nearly got his second of the night six minutes later when his header from a corner was just saved by Harkess and cleared away.

Seaham’s only real chance between then and half time came when Lee Hetherington fired over on the edge of the box in the 25th minute.

The visitors got their third of the night in the 41st minute when Pearson made a great run on the right to fire home unmarked from close range on the end of a good ball from the left.

Four minutes into the second half, Dunston nearly got a fourth when Thear’s powerful effort took a deflection off substitute Bradley Staunch before a brilliant save by Harkess to the right.

Seaham came close in the 52nd minute when Munro played a good ball through to Carl Lawson and his shot was pushed over by keeper Niall Harrison.

Substitute Alex Ramshaw then came close for the hosts 17 minutes later, but his effort was cleared off the line.

The last chance of the game came in the 85th minute when Dunston substitute Matteo Faiola’s free kick brought about a brilliant save from Harkess to the left.

After the match manager Craig Lynch said: “It was like we came here for a testimonial match not the quarter-final of the cup, which is very hard to take.

“We gave away three goals. How do you deal with that? How can you get back in it?”

The full interview with Lynch can be found here.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Howe, Gilhespy (Staunch 45), Chapman (c), Croft, Johnston (Bailey 59), Lawson, Hetherington, Price, Scott (Ramshaw 45).

Booked: Munro

Subs not used: Hodgson and Galbraith.

Dunston UTS: Harrison, Marrs, Pollock, Hall, Halliday, Stafford, Pearson, Burrell (c), Heslop (Faiola 81), Thear, Fitzpatrick (Martin 67).

Booked: Thear

Subs not used: Elliott, Grant and Lowther.

Attendance: 103

Preston get back to winning ways with 2-0 win over Championship strugglers Sunderland

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Sunderland 0-2 Preston North End

Maguire 50 Robinson 63

Play-off hopefuls Preston North End got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over strugglers Sunderland in the Championship, who are now nine games without a win.

In-form Sean Maguire scored his fifth goal in five games early in the first half, and Callum Robinson got the winner thirteen minutes later.

Sunderland made three changes to their side with Lee Camp coming in for suspended keeper Jason Steele, and Jake Clarke-Salter and Josh Maja came in for Jonny Williams and Ashley Fletcher.

Preston also made three changes with keeper Chris Maxwell, Josh Earl and Paul Gallagher coming in for Declan Rudd, Greg Cunningham and Daniel Johnson.

It was an uneventful start to the game, and the first real chance came 16 minutes in when Joel Asoro was one-on-one but his weak effort was saved by Maxwell.

Up the other end just moments later, Tom Barkhuizen found himself one-on-one with Camp but the keeper just beat him to it and cleared away.

North End came close just four minutes from half time when Paul Huntington headed just over on the end of Gallagher’s corner.

The visitors made a great start to the second half and came very close three minutes in when Earl put in a good ball to Robinson but the winger’s effort went just wide.

Two minutes later, Preston took the lead when Maguire met a brilliant free kick into the box with a diving header that beat Camp in the Sunderland goal.

Maguire almost had a second moments later when he rounded keeper Camp but his effort was cleared off the line by Bryan Oviedo.

Sunderland were reduced to ten men in the 60th minute when Clarke-Salter was sent off for his second bookable defence just weeks after being sent off against Middlesbrough.

Preston doubled their lead three minutes later when Robinson headed home from close range on the end of Barkhuizen’s excellent cross.

Alex Neil’s side made it look easy after that, after many Sunderland fans left the ground in disgust, and the game almost looked like a pre-season friendly.

Sunderland did come close in the 76th minute when substitute Kazenga LuaLua’s free kick was tipped over by Maxwell.

North End almost got a third in the 89th minute when substitute Daniel Johnson rounded Camp but his effort was cleared off the line by Oviedo.

The result means Sunderland remain bottom of the Championship five points below the drop zone while Preston move up to 8th just two points off the play-offs.

Sunderland: Camp, Matthews, Clarke-Salter, O’Shea (c), Kone, Oviedo, Cattermole, Ejaria (McNair 76), Honeyman (LuaLua 69), Asoro, Maja (Fletcher 64).

Booked and sent off: Clarke-Salter

Subs not used: Stryjek, McManaman, McGeady, Robson.

Preston North End: Maxwell, Fisher, Huntington, Davies, Earl, Gallagher (Johnson 72), Pearson, Barkhuizen (Bodin 86), Browne, Robinson (Harrop 86), Maguire.

Booked: Earl

Subs not used: Hudson, Clarke, Woods, Moult.

Attendance: 28,543

Seaham Red Star fall to 4-0 defeat against Newcastle Benfield

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Seaham Red Star 0-4 Newcastle Benfield

                                    J Scott 21

                                   Scorgie 49

                                   Devlin 72

                                   Brayson 86

Seaham Red Star suffered a 4-0 defeat last night at home to Newcastle Benfield in the Northern League Division 1, in what was a flattering scoreline to the visitors.

Goals from Joshua Scott, Lewis Scorgie, Jack Devlin and Paul Brayson secured the win for Mark Convery’s side to extend their unbeaten run to nine games.

It was the first time both teams had been in action in 17 days, thanks to postponements. Seaham manager Craig Lynch was looking for his second win as manager following a 2-0 win at Whitley Bay while the visitors were looking to continue their unbeaten start to 2018.

Benfield came out the blocks quite well and came close early on when Jordan Harkess’ attempted clearance bounced off Brayson and went just wide eight minutes in.

Moments later, the visitors had a proper chance when Jake Orrell’s effort was well blocked by Luke Gilhespy.

Convery’s side unsurprisingly took the lead in the 21st minute when J Scott was on the receiving end of a good ball on the left and he buried it in the bottom corner after being in plenty of space.

Seaham’s best chances of the half came just before the interval when Carl Lawson forced a good save to the right from Andrew Grainger and Callum Munro headed just over from close range shortly after.

However, Benfield started the second half well too and doubled their lead four minutes in when Scorgie scored a rebound from close range following an excellent save from Harkess to deny Eliott Forbes.

Thomas Scott came on as a sub for the Star and looked lively when he came on – his 69th minute lob over the keeper from long range went just wide.

Benfield scored their third of the evening when Joe Hailes made a good run on the left and his shot hit Devlin on the way in to beat Harkess to his bottom right.

The winning goal came 13 minutes later when substitutes Devlin and Scott McCarthy linked up well together before veteran forward Brayson but the ball in the back of the net from close range after a pinpoint cross from the left.

T Scott came close again in the 90th minute when Liam McBryde laid the ball off to him and he fired just wide from close range.

The result means Benfield move up to 11th in the Northern League Division 1 table while the Star remain in 14th place.

Following the match, Seaham manager Craig Lynch said: “People will look at that result and think Seaham have just been battered at home but if you were with the game you’ll see that was a different story to be honest.

“They’ve had five shots, one of them was a rebound and they scored four shots while we’ve created 20 good chances.

“We made it easy for them to score four goals and get a four-nil win but I cannot fault us, I thought our team shape was really good, we made it hard for them when we got the ball.

“We’ve maybe been a bit slow first 30 minutes but after that we’ve created numerous chances so it’s a bit of a funny one getting beat four nil, I’ve got mixed feelings.”

The full interview can be found here.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Gilhespy, Scorer, Galbraith (T Scott 64), Croft, Johnston, Hetherington, Bird (c) (Hodgson 40), Lawson, McBryde.

Subs not used: Wilkinson and Ramshaw

Newcastle Benfield: Grainger, Evans, Scorgie (Pollock 79), Turnbull (c), Hailes, Slaughter, Forbes, Orrell, McEvoy (Devlin 57), J Scott (McCarthy 57), Brayson.

Subs not used: Convery and Nimmins

Attendance: 79

Johnson scores 20 minute hat-trick as Gateshead put seven past Maidenhead

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Gateshead 7-1 Maidenhead United

Peniket 22       Hyde 25

Fyfield 27

Johnson 59,76,79

McLaughlin 81

Burrow 90

Gateshead thrashed Maidenhead United 7-1 in a dominant performance at the Gateshead International Stadium in the National League today.

Richard Peniket took the lead early in the first half before Jake Hyde equalised but Jamal Fyfield regained the lead moments later.

The Heed scored five goals in the second half, coming from Danny Johnson (3), Patrick McLaughlin and Jordan Burrow.

Gateshead made two changes from the side that beat Leyton Orient 3-2 to reach the FA Trophy semi-finals on Tuesday, with Ben Fox and Rees Greenwood coming in for Jordan Preston and Russell Penn.

Maidenhead on the other hand were playing their first game in two weeks, but were in fairly good form having won two of their last three games.

It was a fairly quiet start to the game, with the only real chance coming in the 16th minute when Scott Barrow put a good ball through to Johnson for the hosts and he fired wide.

The game livened up however six minutes later when Gateshead took the lead through Peniket. McLaughlin put a good ball through to the striker who fired home at the far post.

Maidenhead equalised moments later however when Hyde’s one-on-one effort was saved by James Montgomery, but the Gateshead defence failed to clear their lines and Hyde headed home on the end of Harry Pritchard’s impressive cross from the right.

The hosts regained the lead just two minutes later from an unlikely source. Peniket’s header on the end of McLaughlin’s corner was well saved before Fyfield scored the rebound at the far post.

The visitors came close three minutes into the second half when Sam Barratt got away from his man and his long-range effort was saved by Montgomery.

It was all Gateshead after this however. They got a third in the 59th minute when Barrow made a good run on the left before Greenwood turned and gave the ball to Johnson who fired home from close range.

Johnson had his second goal roughly fifteen minutes later when McLaughlin’s cracking corner bounced off Peniket and then the former Cardiff man to make it 4-1.

Johnson then got his hat-trick in the 79th minute when substitute Burrow played a great ball through to him and he put the ball through the keeper’s legs one-on-one.

Gateshead had a sixth goal when Johnson teed up McLaughlin who buried the ball past keeper Carl Pentney in the bottom-left corner.

Burrow capped off a remarkable afternoon for Steve Watson’s side in the 90th minute, latching onto a good ball from Peniket and firing home at the far post.

The result means Gateshead move up to 12th in the National League table ahead of their next game at home to Solihull Moors on Tuesday.

Gateshead: Montgomery, York (Preston 68), Kerr, Byrne (c) (Vassell 77), Fyfield, Barrow, Fox, McLaughlin, Greenwood (Burrow 73), Peniket, Johnson.

Subs not used: McNall and Hanford (GK).

Maidenhead United: Pentney, Clerima, Goodman (Osho 61), Massey, Kilman, Pritchard, Odametey, Upward (Smith 80), Barratt (Owsu 65), Hyde, Clifton.

Booked: Odametey

Subs not used: Emmanuel and Marks.

Attendance: 581 (70 away)