Hebburn ease to first round of Durham Challenge Cup with Birtley win

Hebburn 2-0 Birtley

Durham Challenge Cup Preliminary Round

Hebburn Town 2-0 Birtley Town

Chow 2

Richardson 66

Hebburn Town eased to the first round proper of the Durham Challenge Cup with a 2-0 victory over Birtley Town yesterday evening.

Veteran striker Paul Chow opened the scoring early on before Michael Richardson sealed the win in the second half.

Hebburn manager Scott Oliver made three changes to the side that beat Billingham Synthonia in the FA Vase on Friday. Luke Gilhespy, Paul Chow and Rob Spence came in for James Fairley, Graeme Armstrong and Andrew Stephenson.

Northern League Division 2 side Birtley came into the game having lost just one from their last five games, and sitting 6th in their division.

The hosts took the lead just two minutes into the game, and it was a sign of things to come for the underdogs. Richardson’s corner was headed across goal by Matty Tumilty and Chow was on hand to score a diving header in off the post.

Chow almost had a second in the 15th minute when he met a great ball from Dan Groves, but his effort went over the bar.

Chances were few and far between after that, and it wasn’t until the second half when either side looked like scoring. Luke Sullivan’s long range effort for the hosts in the 53rd minute went just wide of the mark.

13 minutes later, the Hornets doubled their lead when Chow lobbed the ball through the defence and Richardson fired home in the top-left corner from close range after Sullivan put it on a plate for him.

Substitute Lee Kerr later tried his luck from around 60 yards out, near the halfway line, but his impressive effort went just wide of the goal in the 75th minute.

Birtley’s only real chance came through Joe Badwick in the 82nd minute but his disappointing effort went straight at keeper Steve Hubery.

Hebburn almost had a third in added time when Chow made a good run on the left and his shot was stopped by the legs of visiting keeper Jordan Bolton.

Hebburn Town: Hubery, Groves, Gilhespy, Tumilty (Donaghy 56), Shaw, Richardson, Storey (c), Spence (Kerr 65), Dibb-Fuller (Fairley 69), Sullivan, Chow.

Subs not used: Mallinson and Wallace

Birtley Town: Bolton, Quigley, Hunter, Hood (White 73), Lane, Dodds, McEwen, Salsby, Badwick, T Smith (Fenwick 77), D Smith (Allsopp 73).

Subs not used: Pattison and Tanolt

Attendance: 134

Match highlights are available here.




Braintree pick up first win of the season against poor Gateshead side


Vanarama National League 

Gateshead 0-1 Braintree Town

Ellul 55

Braintree Town picked up their first win of the season beating Gateshead 1-0 at the Gateshead International Stadium on Saturday in the National League.

A second-half goal from Joe Ellul was all that separated the two sides.

It was a slow start to the game, and the first chance didn’t come until the 21st minute when Gateshead’s Steve Rigg beat his man on the left only for his consequential shot to go wide.

Gateshead came close again 12 minutes later when Rigg and Greg Olley linked up well on the right before the latter’s long range shot went wide.

The Heed then had a chance in the 37th minute when Elliott Forbes’ header across goal from a corner was easily saved by the keeper.

Braintree took the lead in the 55th minute when Ellul’s headed home at the far post on the end of Jonathan Muleba’s impressive free kick.

Gateshead later had a chance in the 70th minute when Rigg’s header from a corner was saved by the legs of visiting keeper Ben Killip.

Seven minutes later, Gateshead substitute Scott Barrow tried his luck from long range but his lob went just wide of the mark.

Moments later, JJ O’Donnell arguably had the Heed’s best chance of the game when he headed just over the bar on the end of Tom White’s impressive cross.

Despite chasing the game for much of the second half, Gateshead never really caused Braintree any problems in the final ten minutes meaning the visitors made the long journey home with three points in the bag.

Gateshead: Pears, Tinkler (c), Kerr, Mellish, O’Donnell, Salkeld (Barrow 69), Forbes, Olley, White, Rigg, Boden.

Booked: Forbes

Unused subs: Foden, Hunter, Williamson, Devitt.

Braintree Town: Killip, Muleba, Nieskens, Ellul (Clark 68), Gabriel, Crook, James, Amaluzor (Della Verde 61), Sagaf, Bettamer, Grant (Rowe 80).

Booked: Muleba, Amaluzor, Grant, Della Verde

Subs not used: Allen and Pattison.

Attendance: 578 (24 away)

Hebburn progress in the FA Vase with narrow win over Billingham Synthonia


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Hebburn Town 3-1 Billingham Synthonia

Sullivan 33              Pollock 43

Armstrong pen 69

Dibb-Fuller 90+1

Hebburn Town progressed to the first round proper of the FA Vase with a 3-1 win over Billingham Synthonia on Friday night.

The Hornets took the lead in the first half through Luke Sullivan before Ben Pollock equalised for the visitors.

The hosts then sealed the win in the second half with goals from Graeme Armstrong and Ben Dibb-Fuller.

Hebburn manager Scott Oliver nearly had a fully fit squad to choose from going into the game as his side looked to continue their good run, while Northern League Division 2 opponents Billingham Synthonia came into the game on a run of their own having been unbeaten in their last five games.

Billingham made a great start to the game, and nearly had the lead just three minutes in when Clark Reader found an opening on the right only for his effort to go sailing over the cross bar.

Chances were few and far between after that, and it wasn’t until the 33rd minute when Hebburn took the lead through Luke Sullivan.

Dan Groves put in a great ball from the right and Armstrong’s header was saved before Sullivan headed home the rebound.

Just ten minutes later, Billingham were back in the game when poor defending meant the ball fell to Pollock who smashed the ball in the bottom-left corner to ensure it was honours even at half time.

Eight minutes into the second half, Hebburn came incredibly close when Armstrong’s close-range effort went just wide after the ball was nodded to him by Andrew Stephenson following a great ball in by Michael Richardson.

The Hornets got a penalty in the 69th minute after Richardson was brought down by James Fraser in the box, and it was converted by Armstrong who coolly buried the ball in the bottom-left corner.

Hebburn came close again 10 minutes later when the ball bounced off Richardson and Armstrong was one-on-one with the keeper only for his shot to be parried.

The hosts put the game to bed in the first minute of added time after James Fairley’s shot was blocked, and Dibb-Fuller was on hand to put away the rebound.

The Hornets will find out their next opponents in the FA Vase draw on Monday before they face Birtley Town at home in the Durham Challenge Cup on Tuesday.

Hebburn Town: Hubery, Groves, Storey (c), Tumilty, Shaw (Wallace 74), Fairley, Stephenson, Richardson, Dibb-Fuller, Armstrong, Sullivan (Spence 63)

Booked: Groves, Fairley, Sullivan.

Subs not used: Kanda, Chow, Gilhespy.

Billingham Synthonia: Roberts, Tiffany (Wilson 70), Minter, Frazer, Grier, O’Connor (Raby 70), Reader, Pollock, Weatherald (Gnaglo 85), Hannah, Barron.

Booked: Roberts, Grier, Hannah, Barron.

Subs not used: Heslin and Wilson.

Attendance: 310

Two late penalty rebounds secure point for Bamber Bridge against Buxton


Evo Stik Northern Premier League

Bamber Bridge 2-2 Buxton

White 83                 Roscoe 6

Marlow 90+6         Chippendale 20

Late goals from Ryan White and Chris Marlow, which happened to both be rebounds from penalties, snatched Bamber Bridge a point against a good Buxton side at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium last night.

The visitors were two goals to the good early in the first half thanks to Brad Roscoe and Callum Chippendale.

Both sides came into the game in good form with the hosts unbeaten all season in all competitions, while Buxton had lost just one league game.

Bamber Bridge and Buxton both looked quick on the ball early on, but it was the Yorkshire side who took the lead as poor defending from the hosts following a throw-in enabled Roscoe to put his side in front with a cheeky back heel in off the post.

Brig almost got back into the game ten minutes later when Brad Carsley’s header from a corner was cleared off the line by Alex Brown.

Buxton then came incredibly close in the 19th minute when Chippendale’s powerful effort brought a great block from Paul Dawson.

The visitors scored their second of the night just moments later when Liam Hardy’s shot was deflected off a defender allowing Chippendale to round the keeper and bury the ball in the bottom-right corner.

Chances were few and far between after that, and it wasn’t till the 56th minute when there was really any action. Danny Forbes’ shot from around 40 yards out was well saved to the left by visiting keeper Theo Roberts.

Bamber Bridge piled on the pressure for the majority of the second half after Buxton dominated the first.

Brig were awarded a penalty in the 83rd minute when Alistair Waddecar was brought down in the box by substitute Greg Young.

White missed the resultant penalty, but he scored the rebound in the bottom-right to make for a tense finish.

After the referee awarded the hosts a controversial free kick, they then got a penalty after Waddecar was brought down again.

Once again, White missed the penalty but substitute Marlow converted the rebound from the left-hand side, much to the disgust of the Buxton faithful, so the points were shared.

Bamber Bridge: Rigby, Dawson, Charnock, Lawlor(c), Dodd (Marlow 45), Forbes, Potts (Boyd 70), Waddecar, White, Dudley (Darr 45), Carsley.

Booked: Charnock

Subs not used: Milligan and Churchman

Buxton: Roberts, Roscoe, Dean, Taylor (G Young 26), N De Girolamo, Oyibo, A Young (Ravenhill 79), Grayson (Gee 65), Chippendale, Brown, Hardy (c).

Booked: Hardy, Roscoe, G Young, Oyibo, Chippendale.

Subs not used:  D De Girolamo, Budtz.

Attendance: 330



Shrimps slip to sixth league defeat of season with narrow loss to ten-man Swindon


Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 0-1 Swindon Town

Adebayo 26

Pressure is mounting on Morecambe manager Jim Bentley after his side picked up their sixth defeat from seven league games today with a 1-0 loss at home to ten-man Swindon Townin League 2.

The Shrimps made two changes from the side that lost to Bury last week, with Vadaine Oliver and A-Jay Leitch-Smith coming in for Jason Oswell and Carlos Mendes Gomes.

The hosts started the game well and came close 14 minutes in when Oliver headed just over following Aaron Wildig’s cross.

However just eight minutes later, Swindon came incredibly close when Marc Richards suddenly had the ball six-yards out only for him to put the ball wide.

Phil Brown’s side then took the lead in the 26th minute when Adebayo had the ball in space on the right and beat Barry Roche to his left when one-on-one.

Just ten minutes later, the visitors were down to ten men as right-back Kyle Knoyle was sent off for a horrific challenge on Wildig.

It was all Morecambe for the rest of the half, and they came incredibly close in injury time when Liam Mandeville’s powerful effort following Luke Conlan’s cross brought about a great save to the right from Luke McCormick.

The hosts were straight out of the blocks in the second half, and came close in the 56th minute when Leitch-Smith fired into the side-netting after a great run.

However, the game died down and Swindon almost got another in the 72nd minute when Adebayo’s shot was saved by the legs of Roche.

Roche saved the Shrimps again just moments later when Steve Old gave the ball to substitute Jermaine McGlashan, but the keeper beat him to it before he could make a shot.

Morecambe played four up top for much of the final 15 minutes, and came close in the 82nd minute when Wildig could only only hit it straight at the keeper following Oliver’s header to him.

Wildig came close again four minutes later but his shot on the edge of the box was straight at McCormick.

The Shrimps’ biggest chance of the second half came when substitute Joe Piggott’s diving header was saved by the keeper before Jason Oswell was just beaten to the rebound.

Substitute Ellis Iandolo was twice denied by Roche right at the very end, but it didn’t matter as Swindon still came away with their first away win of the season.

Morecambe: Roche(c), Mills, Old, Yarney, Conlan, Mandeville, Fleming (Oswell 84), Wildig, Oates (Piggott 69), Leitch-Smith (Ellison 76).

Booked: Old

Subs not used: Szczepaniak, Lavelle, Hedley, Cranston.

Swindon Town: McCormick, Knoyle, Nelson, Woolfenden, Taylor, Doughty, McCourt, Alzate (Iandolo 79), Anderson (Lancashire 37), Richards (c) (McGlashan 71), Adebayo.

Booked: McCourt

Sent off: Knoyle

Subs not used: Smith, Twine, Romanski, Henry.

Attendance: 1,559

Shrimps suffer narrow Carlisle loss in five-goal thriller


Checkatrade Trophy Northern Group A

Carlisle United 3-2 Morecambe

Glendon 13             Oliver 6

Gillesphey 38          Piggott 24

Yates 76

Carlisle United edged a five-goal thriller with a 3-2 win over Morecambe last night in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Vadaine Oliver and Joe Piggott put the visitors in front in the first half, but their goals were cancelled out by equalisers from George Glendon and Macaulay Gillesphey.

Jerry Yates got the winner for the hosts midway through the second half.

Morecambe made eight changes to the side that lost 3-2 at Bury while the Cumbrians only made three changes.

Both sides made a good start to the game. Carlisle had the first chance four minutes in, when Richie Bennett’s effort on the end of an impressive cross on the left went just over.

Morecambe took the lead however just two minutes later through Oliver. After Piggott and Kevin Ellison had shots blocked, Oliver beat keeper Adam Collin to the ball and headed over him to take the lead.

It only took the hosts seven minutes to equalise as Glendon’s powerful strike reached the top-right corner and beat Mark Halstead.

The Shrimps regained the lead in the 24th minute when Oliver put in a pinpoint ball towards Piggott and he tapped in from close range to beat the keeper.

Carlisle shortly equalised through Gillesphey in the 36th minute. Morecambe failed to get stuck in and this allowed the left-back to come forward and strike a powerful effort into the bottom-right corner.

The Cumbrians almost took the lead just before half time when Jamie Devitt’s effort was saved by the legs of Barry Roche before he was forced to make another block just moments later.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, Roche had to be on hand again following poor defending. Sam Lavelle had the ball in dodgy territory in the box, and he gifted it to Ashley Nadessan but the keeper tackled him before he could even take a shot.

One of Morecambe’s only second half chances came when Carlos Mendes Gomes made a cracking run on the right but his shot from long distance went just wide of the mark.

Carlisle got the lead in the 76th minute when Jerry Yates ran with the ball on the left flank unchallenged and fired the ball past Roche from long range.

Morecambe substitute Jason Oswell came close on two occasions with his 87th minute shot being parried wide and then three minutes later he had a close range header tipped over by the keeper.

Keeper Roche came up for a corner in the last minute but unfortunately for him his efforts went to no avail so the Shrimps now sit bottom of Group A.

Carlisle United: Collin, Miller, Liddle (c), Parkes, Gillesphey, Yates, Devitt, Glendon, Slater, Nadessan (McCarron 83), Bennett.

Subs not used: Gerrard, O’Reilly, Etuhu, Adewusi, Egan.

Morecambe: Halstead (Roche 19), Sinclair, Yarney, Lavelle, Cranston, Gomes, Jagne (Wildig 62), Fleming, Ellison (c), Oliver (Oswell 69), Piggott.

Booked: Jagne

Subs not used: Mills, Old, Oates, Hedley.

Attendance: 1,213 (117 away)

New York Red Bulls continue push for top spot with DC United victory

Major League Soccer

New York Red Bulls 1-0 DC United

Gamarra 56

New York Red Bulls moved within two points of Eastern Conference leaders Atlanta United with a narrow 1-0 victory over DC United in the MLS on Sunday night.

Alejandro Gamarra scored the only goal of the night in the second half.

It was DC United who started the better side however and they came incredibly close just nine minutes in when Wayne Rooney’s free kick was just kept out by Luis Robles to his left.

The Red Bulls hit back just two minutes later when Michael Murillo started a great run along the right before giving the ball to Daniel Royer in acres of space who smashed it over the crossbar.

DC came close once again in the 25th minute when Júnior Moreno’s effort was well saved by Robles before Oniel Fisher headed over from Yamil Asad’s cross in the follow up.

The game continued to be end to end, and in the 38th minute Derrick Etienne made a run which eventually brought about a brilliant save to the right from DC’s Bill Hamid following a great pass by Bradley Wright-Phillips to start the move.

The Red Bulls nearly took the lead on the brink of half time when Aaron Long headed just over on the end of Marc Rzatkowski’s free kick.

The hosts started the second half stronger and came very close in the 52nd minute when Gamarra’s close range effort was parried to the left by Hamid.

Gamarra then took the lead just four minutes later with a left-footed strike on the edge of the box reaching the bottom right corner.

DC came close to an equaliser in the 66th minute after Luciano Acosta and Rooney linked up well but Fisher’s shot was blocked and Rooney hit the ball over the bar.

Few chances followed but after the visitors made changes, substitute Ulises Segora put in a good ball towards fellow sub Darren Mattocks in the 81st minute but he could only put the ball wide.

The Red Bulls could’ve and should’ve put the game to bed in added time when Andreas Ivan made a great run and put in a great ball towards Bradley Wright-Phillips who slipped.

New York Red Bulls: Robles, Murillo, Parker, Long, Lawrence, Rzatkowski, Adams, Etienne (Muyl 71), Gamarra (Davis 85), Royer (Ivan 71), Wright-Phillips.

Booked: Gamarra and Wright-Phillips

Subs not used: Lade, Meara, Escobar, White

DC United: Hamid, Fisher, Opare, Birnbaum, Mora, Canouse, Moreno, Asad (Stieber 49), Acosta (Segora 80), Arriola, Rooney (Mattocks 80).

Booked: Stieber, Arriola, Segora

Subs not used: Brillant, Durkin, Andriuskevicius, Worra

Attendance: 22,324