Chertsey edge Cray Valley in extra time to win FA Vase

FA Vase final

Buildbase FA Vase Final

Chertsey Town 3-1 AET Cray Valley Paper Mills

Flegg 39                   Tomlin 36

Baxter 105+2 pen

Rowe 117

Chertsey Town won the FA Vase with an exciting extra time win over Cray Valley Paper Mills at Wembley.

Gavin Tomlin put Cray Valley in front ten minutes before half time but their lead only lasted three minutes as Sam Flegg equalised moments later.

Chertsey took the lead in extra time when Jake Baxter scored from the spot and then Quincy Rowe got the winner three minutes from time.

It was a first FA Vase final for both sides, with Chertsey beating Northwich Victoria in the previous round and Cray Valley beating Canterbury City.

It was a quiet opening to the game until Chertsey came close in the 19th minute when Baxter’s overhead kick went over the bar.

In the 31st minute, the Curfews had an effort denied when Lubomir Guentchev’s free kick brought a diving save to the right from Andy Walker.

Tomlin opened the scoring for Cray Valley Paper Mills in the 36th minute as he latched onto a good through ball from Danny Smith and buried the ball past the keeper from close range.

Chertsey equalised three minutes later when Flegg headed against the post from a corner before putting away the rebound.

The Surrey side had an early chance four minutes into the second half when Lewis Driver headed over the bar on the end of a corner.

In the 59th minute, Chertsey came close again when Baxter took the ball past the last defender and his effort went just wide.

Chances were few and far between in the following half hour until Cray Valley’s Ashley Sains had a header from a corner just kept out by Nick Jupp.

Cray Valley came very close to winning the game right at the end of normal time when Anthony Edgar struck the crossbar from just inside the box.

Just before half time in extra time, Chertsey were awarded a penalty when Cem Tumkaya brought down Lubomir Guentchev just inside the box, and Baxter stepped up and buried it down the bottom left corner.

The Curfews got their winner in the 117th minute when Rowe linked up well with Guentchev before firing it into the bottom right corner.

Chertsey Town: Jupp, Welch-Turner, MacLaren (Taylor 79), Peacock, Rowe, Guentchev, Baxter (Pomroy 118), Murphy, Binns (Jackson 97), Driver (Crossley 83), Flegg.

Subs not used: Gallifent, Kinsella, Bennell.

Cray Valley Paper Mills: Walker, Smith, Hickey, Sains (Willock 112), Tumkaya (Potter 105), Edgar, Semakula, Tomlin, Lisbie (Babalola 100), Flack (James 73), Gayle.

Booked: Tumkaya, Semakula and Lisbie.

Subs not used: Ibrahim, Myers, Dawson.



10-man Sunderland hold nerve to beat Portsmouth in first leg

Sunderland v Portsmouth

Sky Bet League 1 Play Offs Semi Final (First leg)

Sunderland 1-0 Portsmouth

Maguire 62

10-man Sunderland held their nerve to beat Portsmouth in the first leg of the Sky Bet League 1 Play Offs Semi Final yesterday.

Chris Maguire’s goal separated the two sides on the day.

Sunderland came into the game without a win in their last four games while Portsmouth were without a win in their last three.

It was a quiet opening to the game and the first chance didn’t come until the 24th minute when Portsmouth’s Gareth Evans played through Ronan Curtis on the right and his effort went wide.

Ten minutes later, Sunderland’s first chance of the game came when Charlie Wyke latched onto the end of a great cross but his effort went flying over.

Nine minutes into the second half, the hosts came close when Tom Flanagan had a shot blocked following a corner.

Five minutes later, George Honeyman’s header on the end of a great Lynden Gooch cross was kept out by visiting keeper Craig MacGillivray with an excellent reflex save.

In the 62nd minute, the hosts took the lead through Maguire. Wyke’s header on the end of Bryan Oviedo’s cross was cleared away and the ball fell to Maguire who volleyed past the keeper into the top-left corner.

Five minutes later, Sunderland were reduced to ten men when Alim Ozturk was sent off for a last man challenge. The resultant free kick from Evans hit the post.

In the 79th minute, Maguire’s long range effort went just wide.

The result means Sunderland will go to Portsmouth for the second leg on Thursday with a narrow advantage.

Sunderland: McLaughlin, O’Nien, Ozturk, Flanagan, Oviedo, Power, Cattermole, Morgan (Maguire 58), Honeyman, Gooch (Dunne 70), Wyke.

Booked: Honeyman

Sent off: Ozturk

Subs not used: Ruiter, Mathews, Grigg, Leadbitter, Hume

Portsmouth: MacGillivray, Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Walkes, Naylor, Close, Lowe, Evans, Curtis (Bogle 69), Hawkins (Solomon-Otabor 69).

Subs not used: Cannon, Dennis, Morris, May, Bass.

Attendance: 26,610


Morecambe and Newport share points in end of season encounter

Morecambe v Newport

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-1 Newport County

Collins 20           Matt 87

Newport County secured a place in the League 2 play-offs with a late equaliser from Jamille Matt at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Aaron Collins put the Shrimps in front early in the first half before Matt equalised in the dying moments of the game to send the 800-strong away support wild.

Newport came into the game knowing that a draw may not be enough to secure a play-off spot but Exeter City failed to beat Forest Green Rovers meaning Michael Flynn’s side got a spot.

It was a quiet start to the first half until Morecambe took the lead through Collins in the 20th minute. Steven Old played a long ball over the top and the striker cut through on the left and slotted past the keeper in the bottom-left corner.

10 minutes later, the Shrimps came incredibly close to getting a second when Ritchie Sutton’s header from a corner was just kept out by Joe Day before Old’s rebound hit the bar on its way over.

Newport then came close in the 44th minute when Josh Sheehan had a series of efforts blocked by the legs of keeper Mark Halstead.

Three minutes into the second half, the visitors had an effort through Dan Butler whose volley brought a diving save from Halstead to the left.

In the 65th minute, Morecambe’s Jordan Cranston played through Collins whose shot was saved by the legs of Day.

20 minutes later, Liam Mandeville’s shot just inside the box was kept out by Day.

Newport got an equaliser in the 87th minute when Ade Azeez latched onto the end of a good cross from the right, and Matt was there at the far post to put the ball away.

The Shrimps finished their season 18th on 54 points, while Newport, who finished in seventh on 71 points, have at least another two games to play and they will face Mansfield Town in the semi-finals of the play-offs.

Morecambe: Halstead, Sutton, Old, Lavelle, Conlan, Mendes Gomes (Mandeville 45), Fleming, McKay (Mingoia 78), Cranston, Collins, Oliver (Ellison 80).

Booked: Lavelle, Fleming and Oliver.

Subs not used: Roche, Kenyon, Bennett and Hedley.

Newport County: Day, Poole (McKirdy 74), O’Brien, Demetriou, Butler, Wilmott, Dolan (Azeez 58), Sheehan (Marsh-Brown 86), Bennett, Matt, Amond.

Booked: O’Brien.

Subs not used: Pipe, Bakinson, Crofts.

Attendance: 2,776

Morecambe thump Cheltenham in style

Morecambe 4-0 Cheltenham
Sky Bet League 2
Morecambe 4-0 Cheltenham
Oliver 49
Ellison 53
Lavelle 81
Collins 85

Morecambe thumped Cheltenham to get a big win on Easter Monday in League 2 at the Globe Arena.

Goals from Vadaine Oliver, Kevin Ellison, Sam Lavelle and Aaron Collins separated the two sides.

Both sides came into the game having already secured their Football League status for another season.

Morecambe started the game well and their first chance came in the 11th minute when Collins squared the ball to Aaron Wildig who fired over the bar.

Seven minutes later, the Shrimps came close again when Oliver headed wide on the end of Piero Mingoia’s cross.

In the 21st minute, Morecambe got a penalty when Oliver was brought down in the box. Collins stepped up and his penalty was saved by the legs of keeper Scott Flinders to the right.

20 minutes later, Ellison had a header cleared off the line following Collins’ cross.

The hosts were straight out of the blocks in the second half as four minutes in they took the lead when Collins played a good ball through to Oliver who beat the keeper one-on-one to the right.

Four minutes later, Morecambe doubled their lead when Ellison headed home on the end of a corner with a deflection on its way in.

In the 71st minute, Cheltenham had a rare chance when Luke Varney headed just wide from a corner.

Two minutes later, the Shrimps nearly made it three when Andy Fleming played a fantastic long ball towards Collins who attempted to lob the keeper but Flinders got his hand to it and it went just wide.

Morecambe got a third in the 81st minute when Lavelle headed home from a corner at the far post.

Three minutes later, Cheltenham’s Varney headed wide on the end of a good cross from Ryan Broom.

Morecambe put the game to bed moments later when Collins latched onto a good ball through to him and curled it round the keeper.

The result sees the Shrimps move up to 18th on 50 points.

Morecambe: Roche, Mills, Old, Lavelle, Conlan, Mingoia (Mendes Gomes 72), Fleming, Wildig, Ellison (Cranston 86), Oliver (Mandeville 67), Collins.

Subs not used: Halstead, Kenyon, Sutton, Hedley.

Cheltenham Town: Flinders, Raglan, Tozer, Bower (Boyle 61), Broom, Thomas, Tillson, Pring, Lloyd (Clements 61), Waters (Bingham 61), Varney.

Booked: Thomas and Bingham

Subs not used: Addai, Lovett, Forster

Attendance: 3,066

Morecambe and Grimsby share points in dull encounter

Morecambe v Grimsby

Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-1 Grimsby Town

Collins 80 pen  Vernam 88

Morecambe and Grimsby Town shared the points in a dull encounter in League 2 at the Globe Arena this afternoon.

Aaron Collins took the lead from the spot ten minutes from time before Charles Vernam equalised for Grimsby eight minutes later.

Morecambe came into the game knowing a win could see them overtake Grimsby in the League 2 table on goal difference and further cement their place in League 2 for next season.

It was a quiet start to the game, and it wasn’t until the 15th minute when either side came close. The Shrimps had the first chance when Kevin Ellison fired over on the end of Piero Mingoia’s cross on the right.

Four minutes later, Grimsby came close when Vernam’s header on the end of a great cross was pushed wide by keeper Barry Roche.

In the 21st minute, Harry Cardwell headed just wide on the end of Joe Grayson’s initial shot for the visitors.

Two minutes later, Grimsby came close again when Grayson’s long range effort was saved by the legs of Roche.

In the 32nd minute, Vernam’s shot on the edge of the box was parried wide by Roche.

Chances were few and far between for much of the rest of the game, and it wasn’t until the 80th minute when any action occurred.

Morecambe were awarded a penalty when Collins was brought down in the box by keeper James McKeown. Collins made no mistake and buried the ball down the bottom left to put the Shrimps in front.

Eight minutes later, Grimsby equalised when Vernam slotted home on the end of a good ball in from the right.

The result means Morecambe sit in 19th while Grimsby are in 17th.

Morecambe: Roche, Mills, Lavelle, Old, Conlan, Mingoia (Cranston 79), Wildig, Fleming, Ellison (Collins 67), Mandeville, Bennett (Oliver 63).

Subs not used: Kenyon, Sutton, Halstead (GK) and Brownsword.

Grimsby Town: McKeown, Hendrie, Davis, Collins, Ring (Whitmore 83), Vernam, Hessenthaler, Woolford (Hall-Johnson 83), Grayson, Dennis, Cardwell (Clifton 76).

Subs not used: Russell, Buckley, Burrell, Pollock.

Attendance: 1,897

Hebburn up to second with emphatic Whickham win

Ebac Northern League Division 1

Hebburn Town 5-1 Whickham

Sullivan 20               Cowburn 33

Robson 58,65

Spence 88

Suddick 89

Hebburn Town moved up to second place with an emphatic victory over Whickham at the Energy Check Sports Ground today.

Luke Sullivan put the hosts in front early in the first half, before Max Cowburn equalised just over ten minutes later.

Goals from Jack Robson (2), Robbie Spence and Lewis Suddick in the second half separated the two sides and gave the Hornets a big win.

Top scorer Michael Richardson missed the game through injury but his absence didn’t appear to affect the performance.

Hebburn were in front within 20 minutes when Graeme Armstrong squared the ball to Sullivan who back-heeled it past the keeper from close range.

The Hornets nearly doubled their lead ten minutes later when Andrew Stephenson had a close range effort saved by John Mordey.

In the 33rd minute, Whickham equalised when Matty Pattison played a good ball forward to Cowburn who smashed the ball into the top-left corner on the edge of the box.

The hosts had two chances to regain their lead shortly before the break. Armstrong headed just over from a corner in the 41st minute and then Dan Groves’ close range effort was saved by the legs of Mordey two minutes later.

Hebburn regained the lead in the 58th minute when Louis Storey played through Robson whose shot on the edge of the box was dead and buried into the bottom-right corner.

Five minutes later, Stephenson had a long range effort just kept out by Mordey and then in the 65th minute Scott Oliver’s side doubled their lead through Robson. Storey made a great run down the right and played it to the winger who slid the ball past the keeper in the bottom-right corner.

In the 87th minute, Whickham had their only chance of the half when Dale Burrell’s long range effort was pushed onto the post by Andrew Jennison.

Hebburn grabbed a fourth moments later when Spence headed home from the six yard box on the end of a great cross by Stephenson.

The winner came one minute later when substitute Jason Blackburn spotted the run of Suddick and the winger beat the keeper with one touch one-on-one.

Up next for the Hornets is Consett at home next Saturday.

Hebburn Town: Jennison, Groves, Gilhespy, Donaghy, Shaw, Robson (Suddick 78), Storey, Spence, Stephenson, Sullivan (Dibb-Fuller 67), Armstrong (Blackburn 81).

Booked: Sullivan

Subs not used: Read and Chow

Whickham: Mordey, Callaghan, Grieve, Little (Hedley 73), Kay, Orrell, Burrell, Scroggins, Cowburn, Pattison, Stevens.

Booked: Little and Stevens

Subs not used: Doninger and Lowther

Attendance: 160


Late Blackburn winner ensures Hebburn get all three points against Shildon

Ebac Northern League Division 1

Hebburn Town 2-1 Shildon

Storey 77                 Steel 64

Blackburn 90+1

A late goal from substitute Jason Blackburn ensured Hebburn Town picked up all three points with victory over Shildon on Tuesday evening.

Nathan Steel put the visitors in front in the 64th minute before Louis Storey equalised in the 77th minute and Blackburn scored in added time.

It was a quiet start to proceedings until the 20th minute when Hebburn’s Gary Shaw squared it to Robbie Spence, whose effort sailed over the bar.

Three minutes later, Spence came close again when he headed just over from Michael Richardson’s free kick on the right.

In the 31st minute, Shildon came incredibly close when player-manager Daniel Moore’s header from a corner was cleared off the line by Shaw.

Eight minutes later, the visitors thought they had the lead when Billy Greulich-Smith put the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside.

Two minutes into the second half Jack Robson headed just wide on the end of Richardson’s impressive cross.

In the 51st minute, Hebburn captain Storey lost the ball cheaply and Steel linked up with Matthew Robson whose close range shot was saved by the legs of Andrew Jennison.

Shildon took the lead in the 64th minute when David Palmer played an impressive through ball to Steel who beat Jennison one-on-one slotting the ball into the bottom-left corner.

Four minutes later, the visitors nearly doubled their lead when Aidan Heywood headed against the post from a corner before Jack Vaulks’ effort went over the bar.

Hebburn equalised in the 77th minute when Spence whipped the ball over to Storey in space who buried the ball into the bottom-left corner.

Shortly after the goal, player-manager Moore was sent off for his protests at the goal which he believed to be offside.

In the first minute of added time, the Hornets snatched a winner when Richardson’s cross was poorly defended and the ball fell to Blackburn who smashed the ball home from close range.

The result means Hebburn are now within a point of second placed Consett with a game in hand.

Hebburn Town: Jennison; Suddick, Gilhespy, Donaghy, Shaw; Storey, Richardson; Robson, Spence (Stephenson, 78), Dibb-Fuller (Blackburn, 71); Sullivan
Subs (not used): Chow, Tumilty, Furniss
Shildon: Newbrook; Curl, Moore, Vaulks; Heywood, Duell, Ellison, Palmer, Robson; Greulich-Smith, Steel (Hird, 88)
Subs (not used): Eltringham, Reay, Johnson, Horworth

Attendance: 190