Story by Robin Popley One week in to Brazil 2014 and it has already proven to be as good as the hype that preceded it. By my mathematics, there is an average of 3 goals per game which means we are well on track for almost 200 goals by the end of the tournament and by the way some teams are attacking, that prediction may well be met. Holland have been scoring as freely as Niagara Falls flows and Spain’s defence has been as absent as a Dingle’s school attendance: which is probably why they have been eliminated after only one week of their title defence. Continue reading EDITOR’S INSIGHT – 19th June 2014.
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Carlisle 2-4 Bournemouth
The Eddie Howe revolution marched on at Brunton Par as a brace from Marc Pugh helped them to victory over Carlisle. Pugh opened the scoring for Bournemouth after pouncing on some poor defending, but the hosts were soon level through Liam Noble.
Pugh scored his second from a tight angle to put the visitors in front before Lewis Grabban added a third. A fourth was scored by Lee Barnard before David Symington scored a late consolation for the hosts
Stevenage 0-4 Swindon
Swindon were on lethal form as they defeated fellow promotion rivals Stevenage. Raffaele De Lita opened the scoring for the Robins before Matt Ritchie added another. Stevenage keeper Arnold was able to spare more embarrassment, saving Tommy Millers penalty, but moments later Mile Storey headed in to make it 3-0 and Adam Rooney nodded in a fourth to finish the game.
This ranked as Stevenage’s largest league defeat and their first loss at home since January.
Notts County 0-2 Doncaster
Doncaster came away with a good victory against Notts County to put them within four points of league leaders Tranmere.
The game was quiet until the Rovers scored two goals in two minutes, the first from Paul Keegan’s header and the second via a shot in the box from Chris Brown.
County were forced to play the end of the game with 10-men after Jordan Stewart limped off and all substitutes had been used.
Scunthorpe 0-3 MK Dons
MK Dons cruised to victory to secure their first win in six games as they visited struggling Scunthorpe. The first-half goals from Luke Chadwick put the Dons in a strong position before Alan Smith headed in to make it 3-0.
Chadwick was unable to complete his hat-trick when he had his penalty saved by Slocombe.
Tranmere 1-1 Preston
A late goal from Jake Cassidy saw Tranmere earn a point as they hosted Preston. Paul Huntington opened the scoring with a header from Jeffrey Monakana’s deflected cross. The point sees Tranmere still two-points clear at the top of the table but without a win in three games.
The Rest of the Weekends Action
Brentford striker Paul Hayes scored a brace, but two own goals from Dean and Craig gave Hartlepool a share of the points. Will Grigg opened the scoring for Walsall as they visited Bury, but an instant reply from Dominic Poleon meant they shared the points. A tough game between Crawley and Oldham saw both sides finish the game with ten men , with Jean Yves M’Voto and Hope Akpan both sent for an early bath. Oldham opened the scoring midway through the second-half through Jose Baxter before Kyle McFadzean levelled 11-minutes from time with a 25-yard shot.
A first-half goal from Byron Webster gave Yeovil their third win in a row as they defeated Crewe. David McGoldrick scored the only goal of the game as Coventry defeated Leyton Orient. A brace off the bench for Asa Hall saw Shrewsbury fight back to earn a point against Colchester who had led via goals from Craig Eastmond and Sanchez Watt.
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Apologies for the late post I haven’t been 100% recently but what a bunch of mid-week games that was! Lets go!
Notts County 3-3 Bournemouth
A late goal from Matt Tubb’s earned Bournemouth a point in this exciting encounter. Notts County opened the scoring through Jeff Hughes before Yoann Arquin doubled the lead after a defensive error.
Bournemouth though fought back when Josh McQuoid latched onto Donal McDermott’s fine cross and Neal Bishop scored from the spot. The Magpies went ahead again when Jamal Campbell-Ryce scored from the spot before Tubb’s 85th minute goal made it 3-3.
Tranmere 1-2 Doncaster
An injury time winner from Ian Hume saw Doncaster inflict a second straight defeat on league leaders Tranmere. Billy Paynter opened the scoring for Doncaster just after the break but Jake Cassidy’s 87th minute goal looked to have secured the point for Tranmere.
Sheffield United 1-0 Walsall
Sheffield United continued their unbeaten start to the season and moved within two points of the league leaders. Nick Blackman scored the only goal of the game from the spot after Dave Kitson was fouled by Dean Holden , who was sent off.
Despite dominating the Blades could not find a second goal.
Shrewsbury 1-3 Yeovil
A brace from the in-form Paddy Madden gave Yeovil an easy victory at Shrewsbury. Madden opened the scoring with a far-post header before James Hayter doubled the lead.
Madden netted another header to make it 3-0 before Matt Richards scored from the spot for Shrewsbury.
Carlisle 3-1 Oldham
Carlisle ended Oldhams four-match unbeaten run to claim only their second home win of the season. The home side took the lead when Joe Garner headed home from Liam Nobles cross, and the striker then struck again to make it 2-0 before Robson pounced on a loose ball to finish the game.
Jose Baxter scored late for the spot to pull a goal back for the visitors.
The Rest of Tuesdays Action
A late penalty from Harry Forrester earned Brentford all three points as they faced Coventry. The Sky Blue’s had taken an early lead through David McGoldrick before Forrester scored his first just before half-time. Bury got their first win of the season against Hartlepool, who replaced them at the bottom of the table. Tom Hopper opened the scoring for Bury before David Worral doubled the lead, Ryan Noble immediately pulled one back for Hartlepool but the hosts hung on for the win. A brace from Billy Clarke gave Crawley their fifth win in six games as they beat MK Dons.
Byron Moore opened his account for the season as his Crewe beat Swindon 2-1. Anthony Wordsworth and Ian Henderson netted as Colchester won at Leyton Orient to secure their third consecutive win in the league. A first-half hat-trick from Nicky Wroe saw Preston defeat a resurgent Scunthorpe who had pulled back to 3-2 via goals from Leon Clark and Karl Hawley. Filipe Morais scored twice as Stevenage defeated Portsmouth 2-1.
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Bournemouth 3-1 Tranmere
Eddie Howe got off to the perfect return to Bournemouth as they gave Tranmere their first league defeat of the season. Jake Jervis put Tranmere ahead just before the break with an effort from 8-yards, but after the restart Ben Gibson’s own-goal and an 18-yard beauty from Harry Arter saw Bournemouth take the lead.
The game was decided when Simon Francis scored on 72 minutes to give the Cherries a comfortable lead and move them out of the bottom four.
Portsmouth 3-1 Shrewsbury
Portsmouth’s unbeaten run was extended to five games as they recorded a good win at Shrewsbury. Wes Thomas opened the scoring early in the second half after converting a pass from Izale McLeod.
McLeod the scored himself before Marvin Morgan pulled one back fro the visitors but was then sent off moments later for dissent. McLeod scored again late in the game to seal the win.
Walsall 2-2 Crewe
Crewe came from 2-0 down to claim as point as they visited Walsall. The hosts took the lead through Jamie Paterson and Florent Cuvelier doubled the lead with a close range effort. Mark Ellis pulled one back just before the break and Chuks Aneke scored in the dying seconds to claim the point.
Doncaster 2-1 Brentford
Doncaster managed to claim all three points despite a poor performance as Brentford visited the Keepmoat Stadium.
Brentford dominated the first half and deservedly took the lead when Jonathan Douglas chipped Rovers keeper Gary Woods. Doncaster pulled one back when David Cotterill fired in a stunning 25-yard effort, the win was sealed when Billy Paynter headed in Martin Woods’ cross late on.
Coventry 1-2 Notts County
Notts County recorded yet another away win to keep themselves firmly in the promotion race. Andre Boucaud opened the scoring for the visitors with a 30-yard effort. Yoann Arquin doubled the lead late in the game before Richard Wood pulled one back for the hosts.
The Rest of the Weekends Action
Two first half goals from Craig Eastmond and Jabo Ibhre gave Colchester a comfortable win over Carlisle. An early goal from Hope Akpan saw Crawley consign Hartlepool to their eleventh game without a win. A 25-yard effort from Lucas Akins saw Stevenage to victory over rivals MK Dons.
Oldham took their third win in four games as second half goals from in-form Matt Derbyshire and Jose Baxter gave them an easy win over Leyton Orient. Dave Kitson scored the only goal of the game as Sheffield United faced Preston, continuing their unbeaten start to the season. Scunthorpe came from behind to earn a valuable point at Swindon, the Robins took the lead when James Collins netted from short range but midway through the second-half Karl Hawley equalised for the visitors. Bury sunk to another defeat as they travelled to Yeovil, Bryon Webster opened the scoring for the hosts before Dominic Poleon levelled but Sam Foley scored the winner two minutes later.
Story by Ryan Howden
You would be forgiven for forgetting about League One in the midst of last nights international action but two important games took place.
Bury 1-1 Carlisle
A late goal from Joe Garner denied Bury their first league win of the season in an exciting game. Bury had earlier opened the scoring when new loan-signing Zac Thompson had put the ball in the back of the net from 20-yards out.
Dominic Poleon, also on loan at Bury from Leeds, hit the outside of the post as Bury looked to turn around their season and move from the bottom of the table. But Garners last-minute shot denied the Shaker’s a much needed win.
Leyton Orient 1-0 Hartlepool
Ryan Brunt headed in for Leyton Orient just after the break to leave Hartlepool without a victory in their last 10 games. Pools goalkeeper Scott Flinders put in a good performance to twice deny Moses Odubajo, Dean Cox and Jimmy Smith.