Barnet beat relegation rivals Morecambe to take the battle to the last day

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Morecambe 0-1 Barnet 

Nicholls 79

Barnet got a 1-0 win to beat Morecambe and take the relegation battle right down to the last day.

Alex Nicholls’ second half strike separated the two sides.

Today’s game was a massive game for both sides with Morecambe sitting 22nd in League 2 and Barnet 23rd. The hosts required just a point to secure their league status for another season and relegate the visitors in the process.

It was a fairly poor start to the game for the Shrimps with Barnet looking more likely to score.

The visitors nearly took the lead ten minutes in when right-back Richard Brindley’s powerful effort went just wide.

While Morecambe’s Adam McGurk made it through on goal shortly after, it came to nothing as he was beaten by the keeper.

Barnet came close once again in the 22nd minute after there was a mix up between Sam Lavelle and keeper Barry Roche, but Roche managed to clear the ball away despite pressure from John Akinde.

Chances were then few and far between, and the next chance for the visitors came six minutes into the second half when Akinde had the ball in the box unmarked but his powerful shot brought a brilliant save from Roche.

At the other end moments later, Morecambe came rather close when Callum Lang was through on goal but his shot was blocked and Adam Campbell failed to put away the rebound.

Substitute Nicholls then came close for Barnet four minutes later but his powerful shot brought a great reflex save from Roche.

In the 79th minute, Nicholls took the lead for the visitors when he found the ball in space and fired it into the bottom left corner to send the away fans wild.

Three minutes later, Akinde found himself through on goal for the visitors but his shot was blocked.

Morecambe threw men forward understandably but failed to get an equaliser.

The result means the Shrimps sit just two points above the drop zone and need a result at play-off chasing Coventry City next week. Barnet will be confident they can stay up though, as they face already relegated Chesterfield at home next week.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Lavelle, Conlan, Rose, Kenyon, Campbell (Wylde 55), Lang, Ellison, McGurk (Oliver 73).

Booked: Oliver

Subs not used: Nizic, Lund, Fleming, Wildig.

Barnet: Ross, Brindley, Almeida-Santos, Nelson (Watson 76), Tutonda, Akpa Akpro, Sweeney, Weston, Akinola (Nicholls 32), Akinde, Coulthirst (Taylor 70).

Booked: Brindley

Subs not used: Clough, Bover, Payne, Legg.

Attendance: 2,073


Ebbsfleet boost play-off hopes with comfortable victory at Gateshead

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Gateshead 2-5 Ebbsfleet United

Johnson 45+1, 66  Kedwell 33 pen, 61,71 Coulson 74 Powell 83

Ebbsfleet United earned an important win with a 5-2 victory over Gateshead at the International Stadium this evening.

Danny Kedwell got a hat-trick for the visitors, and his goals were supplemented by goals from Luke Coulson and Jake Powell.

Gateshead top scorer Danny Johnson scored both goals for the hosts.

Both sides came into the game with completely different mindsets. With two games left, it was a meaningless game for mid-table Gateshead but for Ebbsfleet it really mattered as a win would take them into the play-off spots.

It was a fairly even start to the game, and the best chance of the first half hour came to the hosts when Wes York made a brilliant run on the right hand side and he put a good ball in-towards Patrick McLaughlin but his shot was blocked.

The tide of the game changed dramatically in the 33rd minute however, as Ebbsfleet were awarded a penalty after keeper James Montgomery was alleged to have brought Coulson down in the box.

Former Gillingham striker Kedwell stepped up and his penalty was poor but he still put his side in front as it came off the post and in.

Gateshead got an equaliser at the best possible time however, as Johnson scored a rebound after McLaughlin’s effort was parried in the first minute of added time.

15 minutes into the second half, Ebbsfleet were in front again as Kedwell got the ball in space on the right and fired it into the bottom-left corner.

Gateshead equalised once again however five minutes later, when Johnson scored another rebound following a McLaughlin strike.

Another five minutes later, it was 3-2 to the visitors as Kedwell smashed the ball into the bottom left corner following a great corner along the ground from Powell.

Ebbsfleet added a fourth with ease in the 74th minute when Coulson got the ball in plenty of space and he was able to curl the ball excellently into the top-right corner.

The impressive Powell put the icing on the cake in the 83rd minute when his powerful effort was tipped onto the crossbar by Montgomery but he was there to head home the rebound.

The result means Ebbsfleet move up to 5th in the National League table.

Gateshead: Montgomery, Vassell, Kerr, Mellish, Barrow, McLaughlin, Penn, Preston, York (Burrow 75), Peniket (Langstaff 81), Johnson.

Booked: Montgomery and Mellish.

Subs not used: Hanford, Byrne and Greenwood.

Ebbsfleet Town: Ashmore, Bush, Winfield, Clark, Wilson, Rance, Drury, Whitely (Weston 63), Coulson, Powell (Wabo 87), Kedwell.

Subs not used: McCoy, Connors and Miles.

Attendance: 411 (44 away)


Seaham Red Star pick up valuable point at Newton Aycliffe

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Ebac Northern League Division 1

Newton Aycliffe 1-1 Seaham Red Star

Charmey 63               McBryde 29

Seaham Red Star ended a run of four straight losses with a point away at Newton Aycliffe last night in the Northern League Division 1.

Liam McBryde took the lead for the Star midway through the first half but Thiabault Charmey equalised in the second half with a stunning strike.

Lynch made two changes to his side with Jordan Lavender making his debut in place of David Scorer and Liam McBryde coming in for the injured Thomas Scott.

Newton Aycliffe were looking to get back to winning ways following two disappointing results against relegation-threatened Jarrow Roofing last week.

The game was very end-to-end to start with. Aycliffe had the first chance of the game in the eight minute when Charmey’s effort was blocked well by Codie Howe.

The Star came very close seven minutes later as Thomas Price made an excellent run on the left but his close-range effort was blocked by a defender.

In the 29th minute, the Star took the lead in what was a great team goal. Aaron Croft started the move with a brilliant lofted through ball to Robbie Bird who then found McBryde and the striker lobbed the keeper from close range.

Chances were few and far between for the rest of the first half however, and Aycliffe came out of the blocks fighting after the break.

Ten minutes into the half, Kurt Matthews’ shot across goal brought a sublime goal-line clearance by Howe.

In the 63rd minute, Aycliffe equalised as Charmey was in so much space that he was able to hit the ball from a sideways angle on the volley and there was no way keeper Jordan Harkess could’ve got to it.

Eight minutes later, debutant Lavender provided a crucial block to deny Aycliffe’s Craig Hutchinson.

The game could’ve gone either way in the final moments, but the hosts had the only real chance when Hutchinson’s close-range header was well caught by Harkess.

The result means the Star move two places up to 17th in the table but remain in a relegation battle as they’re level on points with Penrith and Bishop Auckland, who all sit below them.

Speaking after the game, manager Craig Lynch said:  “It’s a bit hard to take. I thought we played really well in the first half but for some reason at the minute we’re coming out (after the break) and we’re changing the game plan a bit. I don’t know why.

“We’ve steadied the ship a bit following four straight losses. We didn’t deserve to lose against West Auckland twice, should’ve got a point maybe but then tonight we’ve been done by an individual piece of brilliance.

“It’s a point nearer to where we want to be at the end of the season, we’ve just got to go to Marske and dig deep again, maybe nick a win or a point.”

The full interview can be found here.

Newton Aycliffe: Winter (McLaren 88), Brown, Mitton (Banks 62), Grant-Soulsby, Weldon, Jewson, Trotter, Costello, Matthews, Charmey, Hutchinson.

Booked: Trotter

Subs not used: Browne, Brassell and Stephenson.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Lavender, Howe, Price, Ramshaw, Hodgson, Croft (Bailey 65) (Johnston 74), Bird (c), Hetherington, McBryde.

Subs not used: Greenwood, Crosby and Johnson.

Attendance: 75

Seaham Red Star fall into relegation battle after West Auckland defeat

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Ebac Northern League Division 1

Seaham Red Star 1-2 West Auckland Town

Scott 88                       Doninger 43 Parker 51

It was deja vu for Seaham Red Star today as they lost 2-1 to West Auckland Town for the second time this week, and will once again feel hard done by.

The result moves the Star down to 19th just three points above the drop zone but with a game in hand on Jarrow Roofing.

Mark Doninger put the visitors in front just before half time, before Daniel Parker added a second early in the second half.

Thomas Scott brought the Star some hope with a goal two minutes from time but it was too little too late.

Craig Lynch made three changes to his side with Aaron Croft, Liam Hodgson and Carl Lawson coming in while West Auckland brought in Amar Purewal for Lewis Dodds.

West Auckland started the brighter side with Arran Wearmouth having a shot go just wide two minutes in.

Chances were few and far between however until Seaham nearly scored a goal in remarkable fashion in the 19th minute when right-back Callum Munro fired at goal from long range but the keeper managed to tip it over.

Alex Ramshaw later had a powerless long-range effort saved by the keeper in the 37th minute, and then three minutes later at the other end Nathan Fisher had a similar effort saved to the left.

West Auckland took the lead in the 43rd minute when Wearmouth’s powerful strike took a deflection off Doninger and beat Jordan Harkess in the Seaham goal.

Early in the second half, Purewal had a powerful effort saved by Harkess but just four minutes later the visitors added another when Parker headed home through Harkess’ legs on the end of a great free kick.

They came close again in the 67th minute when Fisher was through on goal but he had two shots blocked by Harkess.

Seaham had their best chance yet five minutes later when Scott played an excellent ball towards substitute Liam McBryde who was one-on-one with the keeper but his effort was blocked.

West Auckland goalscorer Doninger almost got a second in the 76th minute when his powerful strike hit the crossbar.

The Star got a goal back in the 88th minute when McBryde played a brilliant lofted through ball to Scott and he buried the ball in the bottom-left corner to beat Shane Bland.

Seaham threw men forward in the last five minutes of the game, and keeper Harkess even came up for a free kick. He attempted a volley from the set piece but didn’t connect with it, and unfortunately the Star were unable to get an equaliser.

Speaking after the game, manager Craig Lynch said: “It was near enough the same as Tuesday, I thought we were outstanding again. It’s hard to take.

“But then the commitment, if we didn’t get our heads down it could’ve been three, four, five nil that but we kept going, we nicked one, we had chances, the lads were outstanding again.

“There’s probably been four out of nine games we’ve played like that – the two games we won [Whitley Bay(A) and Jarrow Roofing(H)] and then West Auckland twice. If we’d played like that in the other five, I don’t think we’d be in the position we’re in now. ”

You can find the full interview with Lynch here.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Price, Scorer, Chapman, Croft, Hodgson (Bailey 63), Ramshaw (McBryde 60), Lawson (Bonner 81), Bird (c), Scott.

Booked: Croft

Subs not used: Johnson and Crosby

West Auckland Town: Bland, Morris, Bell, Parker, Colquhoun, Mitchell, Doninger, McKeown, Wearmouth (Dodds 58), Purewal (Wade 77), Fisher.

Booked: Wearmouth

Subs not used: Connor, Fortune and Coulson.

Attendance: 89

Seaham Red Star slip to third consecutive defeat despite much improved performance at West Auckland Town

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West Auckland Town 2-1 Seaham Red Star

Mitchell 52                         Ramshaw 59

Parker 65

Seaham Red Star got their third straight defeat when they lost 2-1 to West Auckland Town last night, but they will feel hard done by.

Adam Mitchell put the hosts in front seven minutes into the second half, but youngster Alex Ramshaw equalised for the Star shortly afterwards.

However, centre-half Dan Parker got the winner for the hosts in the 65th minute.

Seaham Red Star manager Craig Lynch named a young side with just three on the bench, and he was looking to get back to winning ways following a poor 3-1 defeat at home to Guisborough Town at the weekend.

West Auckland in contrast had a full bench and were looking to continue their good run of form having won four out of their last five games.

The hosts came close 11 minutes in when Lewis Dodds tried his luck on the edge of the box but his effort bounced off Nathan Fisher and went wide.

Chances were few and far between after that however and it wasn’t until the 38th minute when Mitchell’s low-hit free kick went just wide.

Seaham had a penalty shout in the 40th minute when Denver Morris appeared to handle the ball in the box but nothing was given.

The game soon heated up, and Thomas Scott nearly got an equaliser for the Star two minutes into added time with a stunning strike from long range that looped over the keeper and went wide.

West Auckland looked the better team early in the second half, and came close five minutes in when Fisher’s effort from close range hit the side-netting.

They took the lead in the 52nd minute when Anthony Bell’s cross was met at the far post by Mitchell and buried home.

Their lead only lasted seven minutes however as Thomas Price made a great run into the box and his ball bounced off a defender and fell to Ramshaw who fired home at the far post.

The hosts regained their lead just six minutes later when Seaham keeper Jordan Harkess came out to punch the ball away from a corner but Parker got to the ball first and headed home from close range.

Seaham had another penalty shout in the 77th minute when Ramshaw appeared to be brought down, but again referee Sam Ross didn’t give anything.

West Auckland could’ve put the game beyond doubt in the 82nd minute when Morris put the ball on a plate for substitute Amar Purewell but he hit it over the bar.

The Star remain in 17th position following the result, eight points above the drop zone.

Following the game, manager Craig Lynch said: “I thought the lads were absolutely outstanding, every single one of them. We had four lads in the squad that were 17-years-old, I thought every one of them worked hard but we didn’t just work hard we created loads of chances.

“We gave a top side in the league a really good game. If we’d played anyone else tonight, we could’ve got our confidence up by winning by three or four but what we need is points and unfortunately there’s another loss and it doesn’t look great.

“I couldn’t have asked for any more of the lads, I couldn’t fault them tonight.”

The full interview with Lynch can be found here.

West Auckland Town: Bland, Morris, Parker, Colquhoun, Cobain, Wearmouth (Francis 45), Dodds, McKeown, Mitchell, Bell (Purewal 63), Fisher (c) (Doninger 87).

Subs not used: Fortune and Connor.

Seaham Red Star: Harkess, Munro, Scorer, Howe (Crosby 88), Price, Ramshaw (Johnson 82), Chapman, Staunch, Bird (c), Scott, Hetherington.

Booked: Munro, Hetherington and Bird.

Unused sub: Greenwood (GK)

Attendance: 151

Shrimps and Cumbrians share points again in exciting encounter

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Morecambe 1-1 Carlisle United

Lang 29              Devitt 14

Morecambe and Carlisle shared the points in an exciting game at the Globe Arena this afternoon.

Former Shrimps’ player Jamie Devitt took the lead from an impressive free kick before Callum Lang put the hosts back on level terms early in the first half.

Jim Bentley made three changes to his side with keeper Barry Roche, Sam Lavelle and Andy Fleming all coming into the starting eleven.

Carlisle, who brought nearly 2,000 fans with them, were looking to continue their play-off push in a big game for them.

The visitors started brightly and came reasonably close six minutes in when James Brown’s long range strike went over the bar.

Just eight minutes later, the Cumbrians had the lead when Devitt’s free kick from the right hit the crossbar on its way in.

Devitt almost had his second from a free kick in the 20th minute but his effort brought a great save to the left from Roche.

Up the other end just seconds later, Morecambe came close when Adam McGurk’s long range effort was saved before Garry Thompson failed to net the rebound.

Roche made another great save in the 23rd minute from Richie Bennett’s close range header on the end of Devitt’s cross.

Morecambe got back into the game six minutes later when Lang headed home on the end of McGurk’s excellent cross from close range.

The hosts started the second half well, and McGurk made a brilliant run beating numerous players in the 54th minute but he couldn’t quite finish in the end – his effort blocked with ease.

Carlisle piled on the pressure in the last ten minutes looking for a winner. Substitute Ashley Nedesan got his foot on the end of Mike Jones’ shot in the 85th minute and it went just wide.

Jones then had another effort moments later but it went wide.

Morecambe came incredibly close in the 89th minute when Lang got through on goal before his shot was blocked by the keeper. Aaron Wildig then followed this up with a header that went over the bar.

The last chance came in the third minute of added time when Carlisle’s Danny Grainger’s shot from the left was parried by Roche.

The result means the Shrimps have now drawn 17 times this season.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Lavelle, Old, Winnard, Conlan, Rose (c), Fleming, Lang (Ellison 90+1), McGurk (Wildig 62), Thompson (Oliver 76).

Booked: Conlan

Subs not used: Nizic, Kenyon, Campbell, Wylde.

Carlisle United: Bonham, Brown (Campbell-Ryce 70), Liddle, Hill, Ellis, Grainger (c), Parkes (Joyce 45), Jones, Devitt, Stockton (Nadesan 59), Bennett.

Booked: Devitt

Subs not used: Gray, O’Sullivan, Lambe, Twardek.

Attendance: 3,319



QPR do Ray Wilkins proud with 4-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday

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Queens Park Rangers 4-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Smyth 8                               Forestieri 61

Bidwell 10                          Nuhiu 69

Sylla 15, 53 pen

Queens Park Rangers beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 to get back to winning ways in the Championship last night at Loftus Road.

Goals from Paul Smyth, Jake Bidwell and Idrissa Sylla put Ian Holloway’s men 3-0 up within just 15 minutes, before Sylla added another from the spot early in the second half.

Fernando Forestieri and Atdhe Nuhiu got two back for the visitors midway through the second half, but it wasn’t enough to complete a comeback despite a spirited effort.

Both sides were looking to get back to winning ways after 4-0 and 1-0 defeats to Hull City and Fulham on Saturday.

QPR came flying out the blocks and took the lead in the eighth minute when Smyth got the ball in space and fired the ball into the bottom-left corner.

Holloway’s side doubled their lead two minutes later when a shot was parried by Wednesday keeper Joe Wildsmith and full-back Bidwell buried the rebound.

The hosts got their third of the night in the 15th minute when Sylla headed home at the far post on the end of Smyth’s impressive cross on the right.

Sheffield Wednesday began to come into the game and in the 21st minute Adam Reach’s effort on the edge of the box was tipped over by Alex Smithies.

Ten minutes later they came close again through Nuhiu, who was one-on-one with the keeper, but Smithies pulled off a brilliant save to deny the Kosovo international.

The forward then came close again on the brink of half time, but his header on the end of Reach’s cross went wide.

Just eight minutes into the second half, QPR had a penalty after visiting captain Tom Lees brought down Sylla in the box.

The Guinean international then stepped up and buried the ball in the bottom-left corner to put the hosts four goals to the good.

Wednesday got a goal back in the 61st minute when Forestieri got the ball in space on the left and fired the ball in the bottom-right corner.

They then reduced the deficit further eight minutes later when Nuhiu headed home on the end of a good ball from the right.

The visitors continued to put up a fight, but it came to nothing. Their last chance came in the fourth minute of added time when Joey Pelupessy’s powerful effort was saved by the legs of Smithies.

The result means that QPR remain in 15th while Wednesday drop to 17th.

Queens Park Rangers: Smithies, Furlong, Baptiste, Robinson (c), Bidwell, Cousins, Scowen (Manning 67), Smyth, Freeman, Osayi-Samuel (Wszolek 77), Sylla (Smith 68)

Booked: Scowen

Subs not used: Washington, Ingram (GK), Kakay, Eze.

Sheffield Wednesday: Wildsmith, Palmer, Lees (c), Pudil, Thorniley, Pelupessy, Jones, Forestieri (Boyd 80), Reach, Nuhiu (Rhodes 83), Joao (Matias 64)

Booked: Pudil

Subs not used: Butterfield, Baker, Dawson, Nielsen.

Attendance: 12,521