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It was the best moment of my career so far and I just want to keep progressing now – Bristol Rovers’ Alefe Santos after scoring against Mansfield Town Pages 2-3

FA Cup delight for Jeff Meacham’s Brislington side as they deliver a knockout blow to Weston Pages 8-9

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We were exposed in some areas by Leeds and have some work to do this week, but I think we’re all pleased with the fight we showed and also the attitude – Bristol Rugby’s Ben Glynn Pages 6-7


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Fan’s view with Dennis Payter IT can be argued that fielding a young side makes them play more for each other and without any fear. John Ward was left with little choice but to move young Tom Lockyer to centre-back for the visit to high-flying Mansfield and having done that, then made a brave decision to name Ollie Clarke in midfield for his first game of the season. Yet, from the start, a fear that Rovers would have their backs to the wall for most of the game didn’t materialise as they took the game to the hosts. We can presume that Garry Kenneth would have replaced the injured Mark McChrystal if he had been fit. However, I was glad Lockyer filled in after recalling how well he played at the back when replacing the injured Tom Parkes during the Scunthorpe game. I said “filled in” because the talented Lockyer has already played in several positions this season. The worry is he could become a Jack-of-all-trades and master of none. Yet, I remember long ago how a promising youngster called Gary Mabbutt turned out for Rovers at centre-back and centre-forward – and it didn’t do him any harm. Saturday’s team got even younger once Mansfield scored as the injured Lee Brown was replaced by last season’s youth team centre-back Pat Keary. He has been at Rovers since he was eight, so perhaps the FA can cite our club as a good example of giving home-grown talent their chance With Andy Bond’s loan period not being extended, I hope his wages can be used to bring in another forward, even though David Clarkson showed a return to form at Mansfield. It was great to see Alefe Santos score a goal (I don’t care if it took a big deflection) as it will prove a big boost to another talented youngster who Ward is protecting after claiming he only weighs 9st wet through. Ellis Harrison will be back on Saturday and I hope he gets a start if Matt Harrold is not fit and we are unable to secure a loan signing. In recent seasons we have floundered at the bottom of the table without even having any young players to show for it. We still have a long way to go, but at least there is now a lot of promise in the squad which bodes well for the future. Mansfield have made a good start to the season, yet their gate would not have topped 3,000 but for 400 travelling Gasheads. It makes our league position all the more frustrating. The media last Friday described Montenegro as having the same population as Bristol. I bet it has more decent football grounds. Meanwhile, in Bucharest, two years after work started on a new stadium, the mayor of the city decided a retractable roof would be a good idea. It was then paid for by the government and the city council. If only...

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Mansfield Town vs Bristol Rovers | One Call Stadium, Saturday, October 12

Next win is just around the corner on this form THE form table may still have made grim reading if Bristol Rovers manager John Ward chose to take a look at it over the weekend – but that should not detract from the optimism he will be feeling as he arrives for training at Cribbs Causeway this morning. Only bottom-of-the-table Accrington Stanley are enduring a longer wait for a victory than Rovers following this 1-1 draw at the One Call Stadium – yet they produced a performance on Saturday that was far from in keeping with a run that saw their number of league games without a win extended to six. Yes, Rovers left it until six minutes from time to secure a share of the spoils with an Alefe Santos shot finding the corner of the net from a deflection off Mansfield midfielder Keiran Murtagh – but any other result would have been a travesty. Only ten minutes had elapsed before efforts from Lee Brown and Ryan Brunt made it clear that Rovers meant business and even though they suffered early setbacks – a headed

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There was a noticeable change in demeanour of a manager who has appeared to be carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders in recent weeks. goal by Mansfield midfielder Lee Stevenson following a moment of hesitancy by goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall, followed almost immediately by the loss of Brown to injury – they continued to take the game by the scruff off the neck. Had Rovers’ shooting not been, as Ward labelled it, “a little bit straight” or had they not run into an in-form goalkeeper in the shape of Alan Marriott, they might have been victorious for the first time since a Tom Lockyer goal secured a 1-0 success over Northampton Town on August 31. A Mansfield supporter accosted the Rovers boss at the final whistle and

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said, “Wardy, your team deserved to win today.” It was an incident in stark contrast to the last time the Rovers manager was confronted by fans at the end of a game. That was just over a month ago as Ward headed down the tunnel after witnessing a lethargic performance at Dagenham & Redbridge. Colourful language was used by some Gasheads to express their view of the display, which clearly stung Ward. After Saturday’s game, there was a noticeable change in demeanour of a manager who has appeared to be carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders in recent weeks. Ward had watched his side turn in a performance that was a throwback to some of those that lit up the latter part of last season. Those who questioned whether the team spirit that had been crucial in Rovers’ improved form following the departure of Mark McGhee was a thing of the past, were offered emphatic evidence to the contrary by the side’s best display this season. That they achieved it by passing the ball intelligently and purposefully – aided and abetted by a slick playing surface – will no doubt have been a source of further pleasure for the manager. Brunt’s willingness to chase lost causes or offer a willing target for the more direct pass was the starting point from which Rovers were able to get the ball down and play it on the ground higher up the pitch. It was a method of play that suited striker David Clarkson, who returned to the

side after a five-week absence. Many observers have wondered if the former Bristol City striker fits into the style Ward prefers to deploy, but Clarkson’s show suggested he can be a prime asset if the ball is played into his feet more often than not. Supporters showed their appreciation for the efforts of their team with a raucous rendition of Goodnight Irene at the final whistle – no doubt buoyed by the fact that three members of the side that finished the game were raised on streets no more than short car rides away from the Memorial Stadium. Brazilian-born Santos, who spent his formative years in Southmead, provided an instant source of excitement on his introduction from the bench before plundering his first goal for the club, while there was a competent senior debut for Patchway-raised defender Pat Keary after he was called into action as substitute for Brown in the early stages. Portishead-reared midfielder Ollie Clarke completed the trio of local youngsters on his first appearance of the season, adding to the belief that there may be some substance in Ward’s assessment that the club’s future looks bright. Displays such as this suggest that maybe we all just need to believe in him a bit more often. Read James’ stories by following JamesMcNamara at www.thisisbristol.co.uk

● Rovers centre-back Tom Parkes wins a head

Match reaction LOCAL youngster Alefe Santos hopes that his first senior goal will boost his hopes of eventually becoming a more regular fixture in the Bristol Rovers starting line-up. Santos, 18, from Southmead, has mostly made fleeting appearances from the bench since being handed a debut by former manager Mark McGhee last November – but he enjoyed his most significant moment in a Rovers shirt by scoring a late leveller in the 1-1 draw at Mansfield Town on Saturday. “It was the best moment of my career so far and I just want to keep progressing now,” said Brazilian-born Santos, who has nine senior appearances to his name. “The shot took a wicked deflection,

but I’ll be claiming it! It all happened very quickly. I just jinked around the full-back and saw the chance for a shot.

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I have to keep working as hard as I can and one day I might just start in the line-up.

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“I didn’t think it was going in, but it was great to see it hit the net and then I was just jumped on by everyone. “I have to keep working as hard as I can and one day I might just start in

the line-up. I feel like I am progressing quite quickly and the manager has helped me a lot since he has come in. “I’ll just keep working hard to try to score more goals and see what happens from there.” Patchway-raised defender Pat Keary, meanwhile, completed a massive turnaround in his fortunes by making his senior debut for the club, having told he wouldn’t make it at the Memorial Stadium as little as two years ago. “It’s mad, really,” said Keary, who played at the heart of defence for almost 80 minutes after replacing the injured Lee Brown. “I’ve played for Rovers since I was eight years old, but I was released

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Player Rating (out of 10)

● Alefe Santos celebrates his equalising goal for Rovers with a slide

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● Steve Mildenhall : At fault for Mansfield’s first goal, but made a great save in the second half to atone.

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● Michael Smith: Missed a good opportunity to equalise at the end of the first half.

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● Tom Parkes: Won a lot of headers and marshalled an inexperienced back-four with little fuss.

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● Tom Lockyer: Might have done more to stop the cross for the first goal, but filled in well at left-back.

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● Lee Brown: Got forward in the early part of the game before injury forced an early withdrawal.

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● Andy Bond: Can go back to Colchester with his head held high after a good performance.

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● Ollie Clarke Showed he is more than just a defensive midfield player. Got forward and had a few shots on goal and did well in his first game this season.

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● John-Joe O’Toole: Won the ball on countless occasions and distributed it economically; a real all-action display.

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● Oliver Norburn: Showed real discipline in his defensive duties and played a couple of decent passes before being replaced early in the second half.

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● Ryan Brunt A willing target-man and a good foil for Clarkson to work off.

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● David Clarkson: Took his chance to shine following a five-week absence from the team. He can be a really good asset if utilised in the correct manner.

Mansfield Town Alan Marriott – 8 Ritchie Sutton – 7 John Dempster – 7 Martin Riley – 7

Keiran Murtagh – 6 Lee Stevenson – 6 Sam Clucas – 6 Anthony Howell – 6

Lee Beevers – 6 Calvin Andrew – 6 Colin Daniel – 6

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● Ollie Clarke and Michael Smith battle with Colin Daniel

when I was 16. I went to Team Bath and was re-signed a year later. “A couple of years ago I was looking for a job and could never have predicted that I would end up making my debut for Bristol Rovers.” He added: “I didn’t expect to go on even when Lee Brown went down. I ran out to warm up and was very surprised when I heard the gaffer calling me back and telling me to get ready. “I didn’t have any nerves really because I have been training with the first team for a long time and Tom Parkes really helped me out. “We would have obviously preferred to get three points, but on a personal note the day was great for me.”

Mansfield boss Paul Cox admitted that Rovers were worthy of a point following Santos’ 84th-minute strike. “That wasn’t good enough,” he said. “We were off the pace and our mindset was all wrong. The game was too open. Take nothing away from Bristol Rovers, they are not bad, worked extremely hard and came away with a deserved point. “It would probably have been unfair on Rovers if we had gone on and won the game.” Mansfield goalscorer Lee Stevenson said: “Bristol Rovers are a club in a false position; they will climb the table. Our goalkeeper Alan Marriott kept us in the game at times and was the reason we got a point. He’s the best keeper I have worked with.”

Referee Scott Duncan . . . made a few strange decisions.

Match facts Shots on target Shots off target Corners Fouls conceded Offsides Attendance

Home 4 5 3 7 2 3,275

Away 10 4 5 7 0

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● A decision upsets John Ward

Mansfield: Matt Rhead (for Andrew, 60); Lindon Meikle (for Stevenson, 70); Ollie Palmer (for Daniel, 87). Not used: James Jennings, Ben Hutchinson, Godfrey Poku, Liam Mitchell. Rovers: Pat Keary (for Brown, 21); Eliot Richards (for Norburn, 57); Alefe Santos (for Bond, 70). Not used: Conor Gough, Matt Gill, Jordan Goddard, Josh Southway.


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Mansfield Town vs Bristol Rovers | One Call Stadium, Saturday, October 12

● Rovers striker Ryan Brunt shoots at goal past a couple of Mansfield defenders

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● John-Joe O’Toole shoots at the Mansfield goal

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● David Clarkson on the ball

● Pat Keary heads towards the Mansfield goal

● Michael Smith misses a great opportunity for Rovers

● John Ward couldn’t be happier


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Mansfield Town vs Bristol Rovers | One Call Stadium, Saturday, October 12

● Eliot Richards battles with Mansfield’s Martin Riley

● Rovers boss John Ward is livid this time

● Andy Bond jumps with Mansfield’s Keiran Murtagh

● Ollie Clarke lines up an attempt at the home goal

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Minute by minute

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Leeds level when scrum-half Callum Braley slips on his line and the ball goes loose for prop Jake Armstrong to score, Glyn Hughes converting, 7-7.

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Hughes then nails a 22-metre penalty to put Leeds in front for the first time, 7-10.

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No 8 Jarad Williams has the strength to reach for the line and his side’s second try, Hughes again converting to make it 7-17.

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Relentless Bristol pressure is finally rewarded when hooker Rhys Lawrence flops on a loose ball to grab the game’s opening try, Nicky Robinson converting, 7-0.

Adrian Jarvis’ neat grubber produces a try for fellow replacement Andy Short with his first touch, Jarvis converting – 14-17.

Ben Glynn gallops through for a well-taken match-winning try, restoring Bristol’s lead with Jarvis converting – 21-17.

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Bristol v Leeds | Memorial Stadium, Sunday, October 13

Gritty rearguard action seals comeback cup win BEN Glynn’s 72nd-minute try may have proved decisive, nailing down an important win for Bristol in their opening British & Irish Cup game of the season against tough, well-organised opposition. But what followed after that was equally important as Leeds virtually monopolised the ball, retaining and recycling possession but crucially remaining pinned down in their own half, struggling to penetrate the home side’s battling defence. It was stretched pretty thin at times as Leeds tried and tried again to find a way through, but the home side, to a man, rolled up their sleeves and tackled themselves to a standstill. That rousing effort – composed, organised and, importantly, disciplined – was recognised by the crowd at the final whistle, and the on-field scenes of celebration told their own story. And, let’s be honest, it was quite a story because, as the game came to an end, there were four local teenagers on the pitch for Bristol – Nick Carpenter, Auguy Slowik, Steve Uren and Joe Joyce – with a fifth – Callum Braley having started for the home side. The British & Irish Cup may not make many headlines in the wider world of rugby, but this was a win that mattered so much to this group of players that one – we won’t embarrass him any further – was in tears in the celebratory huddle. As for the game itself, the wet and slippery conditions meant this was never going to be a thriller, but it was strangely compelling because it was so tight, so tense and so close for long periods. Bristol dominated the opening exchanges and should have taken the lead in the tenth minute. Slowik had already made one storming break when he burst down the middle and only had to draw the final defender to put Fautua Otto away for a try, but kicked through and the chance was lost. A combination of lenient refereeing at a series of five-metre scrums and Leeds’ determined defence then kept the home side at bay.

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● James Grindal seek support But with prop Rob Martey in the sin-bin, Bristol eventually took the lead with a slightly fortuitous try, the ball squirting out of a ruck on the line and Rhys Lawrence pouncing, Nicky Robinson converting. This should have been the signal for Bristol to kick on, but the visitors weathered the storm and gradually found a way into the game. There was an element of luck to their first try, Braley completely los-

ing his footing as he attempted a clearance kick and the ball going loose for prop Jake Armstrong to score, Glyn Hughes converting. The fly-half then nudged his side ahead with a 22-metre penalty in first-half injury-time. Leeds maintained that momentum with a strong start to the second period, powerful No 8 Jarad Williams having the strength to power over from close range, Hughes again converting. The visitors clearly held the upper hand at this stage but Bristol made three significant changes in the 52nd minute, sending on James Grindal, Adrian Jarvis and Andy Short. Jarvis made an instant impact with a neat grubber through for Short to touch down with virtually his first touch, Jarvis adding an excellent conversion from wide out to close the gap to three points. With both sides making further changes, the game finally began to open up with Bristol, thanks to some intelligent kicking from Jarvis, keeping the pressure on. This period of control produced what proved to be the match-winning try. Jarvis found Glynn in space and the second row needed no second invitation to do the rest, getting his head down and picking a nice line to slice through and slide in for only his second score for the club. The job was not yet complete as the physical visitors tried to batter their way out of their own half, but Bristol held firm to kick off their cup campaign with a hard-fought win.

● Full-back Auguy Slowik bursts out

Key incidents BRISTOL rested many of their first-choice players for this British & Irish Cup clash, but it provided an important chance for a handful of men to catch the eye and put themselves in the shop window before the Championship campaign resumes on October 27 against Nottingham. Mitch Eadie did himself no harm at all with a series of eye-catching breaks, the No 8 taking every opportunity he had to charge through gaps in the Leeds defence and keep Bristol surging forward. Iain Grieve also got through plenty of work, but most of it was unglamorous with the former skipper being kept busy at the breakdown, harrying his opposite numbers and also making plenty of tackles.

Bristol will be wondering how early pressure did not provide more points. The home side had the edge at four five-metre scrums in quick succession, squeezing Leeds who, on another day, might well have conceded a penalty try. But although the referee’s patience finally snapped with the sin-binning of prop Rob Martey, Bristol still could not find a way over the line, although their first try was not long in coming. The scrums were a mixed bag all afternoon, while Bristol’s early line-out was hesitant, but significantly improved in the second period. Arguably the turning point of the match was the arrival of half-backs

James Grindal and Adrian Jarvis in the 52nd minute. The experienced pair instantly made an impact, Jarvis mixing up his game nicely to keep the Leeds back row guessing, while Grindal also injected an urgency and directness that the visitors battled to counter. Jarvis’ kicking game – including a couple of neat dinks behind the defence – kept his side going forward, while he showed a masterful touch to put fellow replacement Andy Short in for a try. The playmaker also made his presence felt with several important tackles in the frantic final moments, typifying a determined Bristol effort.

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Player Rating (out of 10)

● Bristol hooker Rhys Lawrence reaches out to score the opening try

● Lock Ben Glynn looks to pass

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● Auguy Slowik: Dangerous broken field runner who is full of promise, but first-half break should have produced a try for Fautua Otto.

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● Sammy Speight: So close to a first-half score on his Bristol debut only to be squeezed out in the corner.

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● Fautua Otto: Solid afternoon’s work by the powerful Samoan on his long-awaited return from injury.

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● Charlie Amesbury: The ball rarely seemed to come the winger’s way in the first half, but he was busier after the break.

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● Nicky Robinson: Some nice touches from the experienced campaigner before being replaced in the second period.

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● Callum Braley: Difficult afternoon in testing slippery conditions for the young scrum-half.

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● Mark Lilley: Got through plenty of work before being forced off with a hamstring problem.

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● Rhys Lawrence: The hooker was in the right place at the right time for Bristol’s opening try.

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● Gaston Cortes: Replaced in the first half, but made a stronger impression after the break when Lilley was forced off.

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● Mariano Sambucetti: Typically big-hearted effort from the popular Argentinian making his first appearance of the campaign.

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● Ben Glynn: Timed his run for the match-winning try to perfection, picking a nice line in the process.

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● Iain Grieve: Led from the front and never far, as always, from the heart of the action.

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● Redford Pennycook: High tackle count from the flanker and supported well in attack.

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● Mitch Eadie: Storming break led to Bristol’s second try and made several other telling breaks.

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● Redford Pennycook on the charge

Star man ● Nick Carpenter: Eighteen-year-old from Clevedon made an assured debut at centre, impressing in defence and attack.

Referee Matteo Liperini (Italy)

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Match facts Home Pens conceded 9 Handling errors 9 Line-outs won 12/17 Successful kicks at goal 3 Missed kicks at goal 0 2,648

Away 11 6 8/9 3 1

Christian Georgiou – 6 Rob Martey – 6 Pete Lucock – 6 Joe Barker – 6 Oli Goss – 6

Glyn Hughes – 6 James Doherty – 6 Sam Lockwood – 6 Joe Graham – 6 Jake Armstrong – 6

Matt Smith – 6 Nathan Hannay – 6 Jack Ramshaw – 7 Chris Walker – 6 Jarad Williams – 7

Replacements Bristol: Rupert Freestone, Bruce Douglas (for Cortes, 33) 6, Joe Joyce (for Sambucetti, 58) 6, Steve Uren (for Pennycook, 58) 6, James Grindal (for Braley 52) 7, Adrian Jarvis (for Robinson, 52) 7, Andy Short (for Otto, 52) 6. Leeds: Jack Walker (for Graham, 65); Charlie Beech (for Lockwood, 40) 6; Lee Imiolek (for Armstrong, 40) 6; Sam Brady (for Ramshaw, 67); James Doyle (for Walker, 54) 6; Josh Griffin (for Georgiou, 65).

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FA Cup

Edwards keeps his cool to deny Yate victory Yate Town

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FORMER Yate frontman Darren Edwards put away an injury-time penalty at Lodge Road to earn Gloucester an FA Cup third qualifying round replay. Trailing 2-1 with time running out, Edwards converted from 12 yards after fellow ex-Bluebell Matt Groves was brought down in the box by Mike Bryant. Until then, Jake Cox’s long-range blast had looked like giving Town another famous victory, after Darren Mullings had equalised Bryant’s deflected opener. Gloucester striker Will Morford was denied by Yate goalkeeper Martin Horsell early on, before Lewis Haldane shot across the face of goal at the other end. Bryant broke the deadlock two minutes before half-time when Gloucester failed to clear a free-kick and the midfielder’s shot beat Mike Green via a deflection. The visitors levelled just short of the hour-mark when Tyler Weir centred and Mullings arrived just in time to beat Horsell with a deft glancing head-

● Gloucester’s Darren Edwards er. Yate went back in front 12 minutes from time when City again failed to adequately clear from a set-piece and Cox rifled a tremendous shot into the top corner of the net. Horsell frustrated Mullings with a fine save soon afterwards, but he could do nothing about Edwards’ spot-kick after Groves went down under Bryant’s challenge. Gloucester may even have snatched a winner right at the death, but Joe Parker headed wide of the target with only Horsell to beat. The replay takes place at Whaddon Road on Wednesday (7.45pm).

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CLEVEDON needed a late equaliser from Joe Flurry to take their FA Cup third qualifying round tie against ten-man Hartley Wintney to a replay. Town goalkeeper Danny Greaves had to look sharp to deny Sammy Saunders on two occasions, but the game took a crucial twist on the half-hour. After Hartley goalkeeper Craig Atkinson turned a Flurry effort wide, the hosts’ Tom Walsh handled on the line from the resulting corner and was given a red card. Scott Murray was given the responsibility from 12 yards, but the former Bristol City man saw his spot-kick saved by Atkinson. Ten minutes into the second half, Hartley forced a corner and the res-

FA Cup | Third qualifying round

Rimmer wins it as Brislington spring cup shock Weston-super-Mare

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BRISLINGTON’S great FA Cup run continued as they dumped Weston out of this season’s competition in a game dominated by penalties. There were also six cautions, a sending off and several contentious refereeing decisions. From the start, Weston controlled the midfield play, but the visitors packed their defence, making life difficult for the home attack. Tristan Plummer had a low cross cut out well by keeper Chris Humphries, who also blocked Ashley Kington’s effort with his legs and pulled off an acrobatic save to turn another Plummer effort over his crossbar. Weston had penalty claims for handball rejected by Christchurch referee Adrian Quelch. In a Brislington attack on 24 minutes, striker Neikell Plummer, brother of Weston’s Tristan, was brought down and Mike Rimmer opened the scoring from the penalty spot.

Two minutes before the break, Brislington’s Alex Lambert finished a speedy run down the right by firing across Weston goalkeeper Luke Purnell for the second goal. Four minutes into the second half, Weston were back in the game when skipper Ben Kirk headed in Kington’s cor ner. There was a mass brawl near the visitors’ dugout, which saw Weston’s Jamie Laird get his marching orders and yellow cards were shown to Purnell and substitute Jake Harris. A yellow card was also shown to Brislington’s Plummer. Kane Ingram had the ball in the Brislington net on 75 minutes, but it was ruled out, despite strong protests by the home players. However, Ingram did better on 86 minutes when he was brought down and equalised from the penalty spot. The game looked to be heading for a replay when, deep into injury time, Brislington were awarded another penalty when Kirk handled while lying on the ground. Again, Rimmer obliged from the spot to sent the jubilant visitors home in triumph and into the fourth qualifying round for the first time..

● Joe Flurry scored for Clevedon ultant kick went into the net via Greaves, with the visitors appealing for a foul on the goalkeeper. Clevedon responded, with Ross McCormack striking the woodwork and Lewis Seeley failing to test Atkinson after being set up by Reeko Best. Eight minutes from time, though, Flurry finally found a way past Atkinson to take the Combined Counties League side to a replay. The sides meet again at the Hand Stadium tonight (7.30pm).

● Alex Lambert scored Brislington’s second goal in the win at Weston

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Gloucestershire County

Lee strikes twice for Nailsea

Sodbury hit six to pile the misery on Berkeley

TABLE-TOPPING Nailsea United had to work hard for a 4-3 Premier Division victory at Yatton Athletic. Nailsea scored through James Lee (2), Matt Long and an own-goal, while Yatton, who were two goals up inside half-an-hour, had goals from James Bird, Sam Morris and Alex Bird. Weston St Johns had an outstanding 3-2 win against previously unbeaten Minehead, thanks to goals from Sam King, Leigh White and Michael Hudson. Third-placed Clutton won 4-1 at

CHIPPING Sodbury earned a morale-boosting three points with a 6-2 victory at David Wilson Homes Gloucestershire County League strugglers Berkeley. Having shipped nine goals against Longlevens last week, the Hunters conceded four goals in the first half of this game against a side only four places above them. Frank Gillison’s fifth-minute own-goal gave Sodbury a flying start, and former Berkeley man James Mackie doubled the advantage midway through the first half.

home to fourth-placed Stockwood Green, Fry Club had a 5-1 home win against Watchet Town, Cutters Friday were 2-1 winners at home to Langford Rovers, while Nailsea Town had a 1-0 home success against Ilminster Town. In Division One, Broad Plain House kept up the pressure on leaders Frome Collegians with a 2-0 home victory against Brislington Reserves. Wrington/Redhill remain unbeaten following a 6-0 home win against Saltford.

Danny Coombes scored the third, and an Alex Fox penalty made it four, although Tom Palmer replied with a spot-kick for the hosts early in the second half. An Ollie Clarke free-kick and a Sam Jenkins strike got Sodbury to six by the midway of the half, making Sam Strickland’s late goal the merest of consolations. Longlevens moved three points clear at the top with a 2-1 home win over bottom-of-the-table Thornbury, Ed Smyllie glancing in a 20th-minute opener for the hosts. Brad Martin net-

ted the crucial second goal just prior to half-time, so Toby Bennett’s late penalty was not enough for the visitors. Kingswood came from behind to beat Southmead 3-2, Jaz Bright giving the Bristol side the lead before team-mate Rob Sivers missed a penalty. Paul Bleaken and Gary Simmons turned things around after the break before Bright made it two-all, but Lee Williams popped up with an injury-time winner. The only other league game of the day saw Rockleaze and Frampton draw 0-0.


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FA Cup

Early goal blitz puts Bath into the next round

● Brislington players celebrate after Mike Rimmer scored the match-winning penalty

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BATH reached the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup with an impressive victory at Fairfax Park. Bath knew they had to buck up their ideas after three successive defeats – and they had this tie virtually wrapped up in just over half-an-hour. Bridgwater, who staged a four-goal fightback in the previous round against Bristol Manor Farm, never seriously looked capable of a repeat performance, although it might have been a different story if Wallingford referee John Busby had awarded a spot-kick to the home side when they were 2-0 down. Kristian Miller appeared to be brought down in the penalty box, but Busby decided he went down too easily and booked him. Bath got off to a flying start by taking the lead in the ninth minute when David Pratt scored with a header following a corner by Chris Allen. The Skrill South side snapped up a second from a penalty in the 29th minute. Miller was adjudged to have brought down Adam Connolly and Allen stepped up to make it 2-0. Bath made it 3-0 after 32 minutes when Allen netted with a sweet volley after Pratt pulled the ball back from the goal-line on the right. Bridgwater, unbeaten in 15 matches prior to this game, played better in the second half and top scorer Joe Bushin missed a chance to reduce the arrears from close range. But towards the end Bridgwater keeper Chris Wright came to his side’s rescue by making two smart saves from the lively Ross Stearn, as Bath completed a job well-done and pocketed £7,500 in prize money. Bath head coach Lee Howells admitted the FA Cup win at Bridgwater had eased some of the financial pressure on the club. “The FA Cup ranks really highly for us because it’s money,” said Howells . “A couple of years ago we won a few games and got £100,000-plus. That helps the club and the board of directors, helps me get better players and better players bring better results. It’s very important to us.”

Toolstation League and Hellenic League

Huxley at the double as Heath move up to fifth with victory against Sherborne Keith Watson epsport@b-nm.co.uk

Buckland, Andy Cook heading an own-goal winner after Asa Corrick had equalised the Devon side’s opener. Bishop Sutton climbed further away from the foot of the table with a 4-2 victory at fellow strugglers Slimbridge, who took the lead through Adam Mace. Joe Bishop equalised and Lance Gingell put Sutton in front, before Lloyd Mills added a third goal after the break. Mace pulled the Swans back to within one, but Joe Dakwa secured the points for the visitors with a fourth goal.

In the First Division, struggling Portishead surprised high-flying Barnstaple with a 2-1 home victory, as goalkeeper-manager Lee Ballard led by example. Kieran Marsden and Nick Steadman scored second-half goals for the hosts, and Ballard was only beaten by Jed Harper-Penman’s late spot-kick. Ashton & Backwell also collected a much-needed win, beating visiting Corsham 2-0 with strikes from Ricky Briggs and Conor Biggins. The basement battle between Oldland and Keynsham ended 1-1, Ben

Harris putting the hosts ahead on 66 minutes and Pat Davison levelling nine minutes later. Roman Glass St George came from behind to beat Almondsbury UWE 4-2. Cribbs went down 3-1 at Wincanton. ● Tytherington Rocks went to the top of Hellenic League Division One West with a 1-0 home win against Old Woodstock Town. Justin Bishop finished off a through-ball from Joe White to score in the 36th minute.

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CADBURY Heath moved up two places to fifth in the Premier Division with a well-deserved 3-0 home victory over Sherborne. Matt Huxley gave the hosts an early lead, but they did not make the game safe until the final 20 minutes when Ivan Salas and Huxley again were on the mark. Bristol Manor Farm are one place behind Heath following a 3-2 win at home to Bridport.

Jordan Metters gave the home side a 12th-minute lead. Ryan Dovell soon equalised, but George Brimson and Aron Robbins gave Manor Farm a two-goal lead at the break. Darren Watts scored Bridport’s second. Dan Hunt fired a hat-trick as Longwell Green beat Heng rove 3-1, his first-half opener coming after 30 minutes. Jenson Manning levelled on the hour, but Hunt restored the lead ten minutes later and then completed his treble from the penalty spot. Hallen went down 2-1 at home to


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Calor Southern League

Mixed day for Ryan as United lose to leaders Mangotsfield United

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North Leigh

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RYAN Bennett proved to be both hero and villain as Mangotsfield were edged out by the Division One South & West leaders at Cossham Street. North Leigh applied early pressure and Andy Caton headed wide following a corner. Bennett was booked for a foul on 16 minutes, but he gave Mangotsfield the lead seven minutes later. North Leigh goalkeeper Paul White dropped the ball from a corner and Bennett hooked home from close range. However, North Leigh equalised on 33 minutes when Mangotsfield's Tom

Parrinello turned a cross into his own net. A minute later, Conor McDonagh should have given the visitors the lead, but he fired high and wide of the goal. There was little between the sides in the second half, with Mangotsfield battling well and matching the leaders in all areas. But with a draw looking likely, the game turned on 79 minutes when Bennett brought down McDonagh in the penalty area and Stuart Hole slotted home the spot-kick. Mangotsfield boss Richard Thompson brought on three substitutes to try to rescue a point, but their misery was compounded when Bennett was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Paulton have to settle for a point Fleet Town

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Paulton Rovers

2

PAULTON’S progress in the Calor Southern League Division One South & West promotion race took a knock as they were held to a draw at lowly Fleet. The visitors found Town goalkeeper Ryan Pryce in fine form, with efforts from Mike Perrott and Nick McCootie repelled early on. Instead, it was the home side that took the lead on the half-hour when Rob Carr crossed for Danilo Cadete to turn the ball home. McCootie fired wide in response and Ben Lacey was denied by Pryce,

who also kept out efforts from Dean Evans and Brandon Barnes after the break. However, ten minutes into the second half, Dan Cleverley fired Paulton level, and a Josh Klein-Davies header put the visitors in front on the hour mark. Just eight minutes later, though, Fleet dragged themselves level as Cadete returned the earlier favour to Carr, who made no mistake. There were no more goals, but the game ended with ten men each as Rovers’ Evans and Town’s Ben White were sent off. Paulton’s Red Insure Cup tie at home to Yate tomorrow has been postponed owing to the Bluebells’ FA Cup replay away to Gloucester City.

● Ryan Bennett, right, scored for Mangotsfield against North Leigh, but also conceded a penalty and was sent off

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Results South West Under-18: Plymouth 2 Newport County 0. South West Counties Youth: Andover 5 New College Acad 0, Bath City 2 Forest Green Rovers 0, Bristol Academy 10 Dorchester 0, Cirencester Acad 0 Salisbury 1. FA County Youth Cup, rd I: Cornwall 4 Guernsey 2 (aet), Derbyshire 1 Lincolnshire 2, Devon 2 Dorset 1 (aet), Isle of Man 1 Cumberland 6, Leicester 0 Birmingham 2. Rd II: Liverpool 0 Manchester 2. FA Cup, third rd qualifying: Bridgwater Tn 0 Bath City 3, Cirencester Tn 1 Weymouth 2, Didcot Tn 0 Shortwood Utd 1, Hartley Wintney 1 Clevedon Tn 1 (replay tonight), Poole Tn 2 Hungerford Tn 0, Yate Tn 2 Gloucester City 2 (replay Wed), Weston-s-Mare 2 Brislington 3. Evo-Stik Southern League, Premier Div: Banbury Utd 1 Truro City 2, Chippenham Tn 0 Chesham Utd 3, Frome Tn 4 Bedford Tn 4, Redditch Utd 1 Hitchin Tn 0. Div I South & West: Cinderford Tn 1 Godalming Tn 0, Evesham Utd 2 Swindon Supermarine 2, Fleet Tn 2 Paulton Rov 2, Guildford City 2 Merthyr Tn 3, Mangotsfield Utd 1 North Leigh 2, Taunton Tn 3 Bishop’s Cleeve 1, Tiverton Tn 4 Stratford Tn 3. Toolstation Western League, Premier Div: Bristol Manor Farm 3 Bridport 2, Cadbury Heath 3 Sherborne Tn 0, Gillingham Tn 6 Ilfracombe Tn 0, Hallen 1 Buckland Ath 2, Longwell Green Spts 3 Hengrove Ath 1, Odd Down 1 Street 0, Radstock Tn 3 Willand Rov 1, Slimbridge 2 Bishop Sutton 4. First Div: Ashton & Backwell Utd 2 Corsham Tn 0, Chard Tn 1 Cheddar 2, Oldland Abbots 1 Keynsham Tn 1, Portishead Tn 2 Barnstaple Tn 1, Roman Glass St George 4 Almondsbury UWE 2, Wellington 3 Welton Rov 1, Wincanton Tn 3 Cribbs 1. Gloucestershire FA Challenge Trophy, rd II: Shirehampton 2 Bitton 3. Uhlsport Hellenic, Div I West: Clanfield 2

Carterton 0, Fairford Tn 4 Easington Spts 1, Lydney Tn 1 Shortwood Utd 1, North Leigh Utd 3 Hook Norton 0, Tytherington Rocks 1 Old Woodstock Tn 0. David Wilson Homes Gloucestershire County: Berkeley Tn 2 Chipping Sodbury 6, Longlevens 2 Thornbury Tn 1, Rockleaze Rgrs 0 Frampton Utd 0, Southmead CS Ath 2 Kingswood 3. Somerset FA Junior Cup, rd II: Alcombe Rov 2 W&M Chinnock 3, Belrose 1 Shept Beauchamp 3, Brhoden 6 Meadow Rgrs 2, Churchill Club 1 Welton Arsenal 3, Cleeve West Tn 4 Wells City 1, Combe St Nich 2 Wincanton Tn 0, Hutton 3 Temple Cloud 2, Ilminster Tn 1 AFC Whitchurch 0, Mells & Vob 3 Stockwood 2, Middlezoy 0 Frome Tn Spts 1, Pensford 5 AFC Drbin 3, Sampford Blues 2 Westfield 1. Somerset County, Premier Div: Bishops Lydeard 1 Odd Down Res 0, Clutton 4 Stockwood Green 1, Cutters Friday 2 Langford Rov 1, Fry Club 5 Watchet Tn 1, Minehead 2 Weston St Johns 3, Nailsea Tn 1 Ilminster Tn 0, Yatton Ath 3 Nailsea Utd 4. Div I: Banwell 1 Keynsham Tn Res 2, Broad Plain House 2 Brislington Res 0, Castle Cary 0 Frome Coll 3, Dundry Ath 4 Clevedon Utd 2, Purnell Spts 0 Congresbury 2, St George(EIG) 1 Larkhall Ath Res 2, Westfield 4 Shepton Mallet Res 1, Wrington Redhill 6 Saltford 0. Div II East: Chilcompton Sports 2 Chew Magna 0, Farrington Gurney 2 Ashton & Backwell Utd Res 3, Hengrove Ath Res 1 Welton Rov Res 3, Imperial 2 Radstock Tn Res 3, Long Ashton 4 Cutters Friday 2, Peasedown Ath 0 Bishop Sutton Res 2, Stockwood Green Res 0 Fry Club Res 2. Div II West: Burnham Utd Res 4 Kewstoke Lions 2, Nailsea Utd Res 3 Cheddar Res 1, North Curry 1 Portishead Tn Res 1, Wells City Res 1 Winscombe 0, Weston St Johns Res 1 Glastonbury 2, Worle 2 Uphill Castle 1. Bristol Premier, Premier Div: Bitton Res 1 Nicholas Wdrs 2, Cribbs Life Res 1 Highridge Utd

2, Hallen Res 3 Winterbourne Utd Res 3, Lebeq 4 Longwell Green Res 5, Shaftesbury Crusade 2 Old Sodbury 1, Totterdown Utd 1 AEK Boco 2, Wick 4 DRG Frenchay 2. Div I: Brimsham Green 1 Oldland Abbots Res 4, Frampton Ath 3 Greyfriars Ath 1, Lawrence Rov 0 Roman Glass St George Res 2, Made For Ever 2 Patchway Tn 4, Olveston Utd 0 Eden Grove 2, Sea Mills 0 Brislington Cktrs 0. District, Senior Div: AEK Boco Res 3 De Veys 0, Hallen A 0 Bristol Barcelona 4, Nicholas Wdrs Res 2 Crosscourt Utd 3, Portville Warriors 3 Longwell Green Spts A 2, Pucklechurch Spts 4 Henbury Res 0, Warmley Saints 2 Iron Acton 1. Div I: Bradley Stoke Tn 3 Totterdown Utd Res 1, Chipping Sodbury Tn Res 3 Seymour Utd Res 0, Hambrook 10 St Pancras 1, Mendip Utd Res 1 Soundwell Vic 0, Miners v Lebeq Res pp, Rangeworthy v Stanton Drew pp, Winterbourne Utd A 2 Talbot Knowle Utd 0. Div II: AEK Boco A 6 Chipping Sodbury Tn A 0, Cribbs A 2 Iron Acton Res 4, DRG Frenchay Res 0 Bendix 3, Frys Club A 0 Frampton Ath Res 8, Nicholas Wdrs 1 Hanham Ath Res 3, Real Thornbury 14 Lloydy Coalpit Heath 0. Div III: Bsl Barcelona Res 4 Horfield Utd 1,Hillfields OB 2 Henbury A 1, Patchway NE 5 South Bristol Central 0, Roman Glass St George A 2 Hallen B 2, Stapleton 12 Hambrook Res 0, Yate Ath 4 Pucklechurch Spts Res 1. Div IV: Bendix Res 1 Talbot Knowle Utd Res 5, Highridge Utd Res 1 Bradley Stoke Tn Res 0, Old Sodbury Res 4 Greyfriars Ath A 2, Sea Mills Park Res 3 Frys Club B 4, Soundwell Victoria Res 4 Fishponds Ath 2, Westerleigh Spts 3 Wick A 0. Div V: Iron Acton A 4 Patchway NE Res 2, Oldland Abbots A 4 Shireway Spts 3, Staple Hill Orient 7 Highridge Utd A 1. Div VI: Seymour Utd A 2 Cribbs B 2, Greyfriars Ath B 4 Bristol Deaf 2, Hanham Ath Colts 1 Stapleton Res 2, Stoke Lane 7 Bradley Stoke Tn A 2, Yate Ath Res 1 Brimsham Green Res 2.

Suburban, Alf Bosley Cup, rd I: AFC Mangotsfield 3 Almondsbury UWE Res 0, Brislington A 2 Filton Ath 3, Bristol Ath 0 Severn Beach 5, Cleeve Colts 2 Ashton Utd 3, Glenside 5 OB 0 Lawrence Weston 3, Kellaway Rgrs 1 Fishponds OB 6, Little Stoke 5 Rockleaze Rgrs Res 3, Totterdown POB 2 Mangotsfield Spts 5, Tyndalls Park Rgrs 0 Easton Cowboys Sub 6, Wessex Wdrs 1 CAB Olympic SC 5. Norman Goulding Cup, rd I: Ashton Utd 4 Stoke Rgrs 5, Downend Foresters Res 5 Glenside 5 OB Res 4, Filton Ath 2 St Annes Tn 5, Hanham Ath Sub 4 Long Ashton Res 4 (aet, Hanham won 4-3 on pens), Hydez 1 St Aldhelms Res 1 (aet, Hydez won 4-2 on pens), Oldbury 3 Fishponds OB Res 1, Wanderers 3 Old Cothamians 6, Winford PH 2 Lawrence Weston Res 3. Len Bartlett Cup, rd I: AFC Mangotsfield A 1 Old Georgians Res 4, Avonmouth A 3 Severn Beach Res 2, Brandon Sports 2 Lockleaze Comm 8, Cosmos 6 Frys OB Res 2, Fishponds OB A 1 Severnside 8, Imperial Res 7 Wanderers Res 1, Lawrence Weston A 3 Bristol Bilbao 6, North Bristol Catalans 5 Kellaway Rgrs Res 2, Old Cothamians Res 4 Long Ashton A 2, Wessex Wdrs Res 1 Winford PH Res 4. Premier Div I: Ridings High 3 St Aldhelms 0. Premier Div II: Southmead CS Utd 1 Downend Foresters 3. Div II: Almondsbury 4 Ridings High 4. Div VI: Sartan Utd Res 3 Park Knowle Res 0. Bristol & Avon, Temple Colston Cup, rd I: Bristol Revolution 0 Dodington 3, Broad Plain A 5 AFC Hartcliffe Res 0, De Veys Res 2 Broad Walk Community Res 3, Iron Acton B 4 Westerleigh Spts Res 2, LS Utd 5 Sea Mills Park A 1, Whitchurch Phoenix 8 Bradley Stoke Tn B 2. Downs, Norman Hardy Cup, rd I: Easton Cowboys 6 Saints OB Res 5, AFC Bohemia 0 Sneyd Park 2, Old Cliftonians 5 Cotswool 1, Clifton St Vinc 4 Torpedo 5, Portland OB 4 Ashley 3, Sneyd Park Res 3 DAC Beachcroft 2, Jersey

Rgrs 4 Sporting Greyhound Res 1, Torpedo Res 5 Lawes Jrs 6, Clifton Rockets 1 Clifton St Vinc 2, Tebby 1 Ashley Res 2, Sporting Greyhound 3 Saints OB 4, Retainers 4 Corinthians 5. All Saints Cup, rd I: Bengal Tigers 4 Warmley Utd 2, Wellington Wdrs 3 Torpedo A 2, Cotham OB 4 Cosmos UK 1, Clifton St Vinc A 5 Retainers Res 1, West Town Utd 0 DDAS 1, Luccombe Garage 3 Tebby AFC Res 2, Sneyd Park A 9 Jersey Rgrs Res 0, Greens Park Rgrs 2 Conham Rgrs 3, Clifton Rockets Res 2 Torpedo B 2, Sneyd Park B 2 Portland OB Res 1, Old Elizabethans 9 NCSF Utd 0, Evergreen 3 Lion FC Res 1. Div II: Hare On The Hill 2 St Andrews 1. Div III: Helios 2 Easton Cowboys Res 9. Div IV: Retainers A 0 Clifton St Vinc B 5. Weston-s-Mare & District, Atwell Shield: Dolphin Ath 3 Nailsea Utd A 1. KO Cup: Portishead Tn A 2 Wrington Redhill Res 0. Davis Memorial Shield: Axbridge Tn Res 1 St George A 2. Div I: Tickenham Utd 3 Yatton Ath Res 1. Div II: Clevedon Utd A 0 Clevedon Dons 2, Congresbury Res 3 Weston Super Seagulls 2, Langford Rov 2 St George(EIG) Res 4, Locking Park 1 Burnham Utd A 7, Nailsea Utd B 3 Draycott 4. Div III: AFC Nailsea 2 Banwell Res 0, Shipham 1 Westend 1, Uphill Castle 1 Worle Rgrs 3, Wedmore 0 Axbridge Tn 2, Winscombe A 3 Portishead Tn B 1. Div IV: Cheddar A 1 Nailsea Utd Colts 2, King Alfred SC 3 Cleeve West Tn 2, , KVFC 5 Hutton Res 0. Div V: Clapton-in-Gordano 2 South Park Rgrs 0, Portishead Tn Colts 2 Worle Res 3, Priory Rgrs 5 Congresbury A 0, Selkirk Utd 1 Portishead CT 7. Div VI: Berrow A 4 Wedmore Res 2, Clevedon Utd B 2 AFC Nailsea Res 2, Worle Rgrs Res 3 Westend Res 0.


GrOUP A

FiFA World cup european Qualifying GrOUP e

Friday croatia .....................(0) 1 belgium ...................(2) 2 Wales .......................(0) 1 FYr Macedonia ......(0) 0

Church 67 Att 5,000

P W Belgium..............9 3 Croatia ...............9 3 Serbia ................9 2 Wales .................9 2 Scotland.............9 0 FYR Macedonia.9 2

GrOUP b

hOMe D L F 1 0 6 0 2 6 1 1 9 0 3 4 2 2 2 0 3 5

A 2 3 5 8 5 7

W 5 2 1 1 2 0

AWAY D L F 0 0 11 2 0 6 1 3 4 0 3 4 0 3 4 1 3 1

A Pts 1 25 4 17 5 11 11 9 7 8 4 7

Friday Armenia ...................(1) 2 bulgaria ...................(0) 1 Denmark ..................(1) 2 italy ..........................(1) 2 Malta ........................(0) 1 czech republic ......(2) 4

hOMe AWAY P W D L F A W D L F Italy ....................9 4 0 0 8 2 2 3 0 9 Bulgaria .............9 2 2 0 10 3 1 2 2 4 Denmark ............9 0 3 1 3 7 3 1 1 8 Czech Republic .9 1 2 2 4 6 2 1 1 8 Armenia .............9 1 0 4 3 9 3 0 1 7 Malta ..................9 0 0 5 3 11 1 0 3 2 GrOUP c

A 5 5 5 3 2 11

Pts 21 13 13 12 12 3

Friday Faroe islands ..........(1) 1 kazakhstan .............(0) 1 Germany ..................(1) 3 rep of ireland .........(0) 0

Khedira 12 Schurrle 58 Ozil 90

Sweden ....................(0) 2

P W Germany ............9 4 Sweden..............9 3 Austria ...............9 4 Rep of Ireland ....9 1 Kazakhstan ........9 1 Faroe Islands.....9 0 GrOUP D

Att 46,237

Austria .....................(1) 1

hOMe D L F 1 0 17 1 0 6 0 1 14 1 2 7 1 3 3 1 3 3

A 5 1 3 10 7 10

W 4 3 0 2 0 0

AWAY D L F 0 0 14 1 1 10 2 2 3 1 2 6 1 3 2 0 5 1

A 2 8 7 6 11 16

Pts 25 20 14 11 5 1

Friday Andorra....................(0) 0 romania ..................(1) 4 estonia.....................(0) 0 turkey ......................(1) 2 holland ....................(4) 8 hungary ...................(0) 1

hOMe AWAY P W D L F A W D L F Holland ..............9 5 0 0 20 1 3 1 0 12 Turkey ................9 2 1 1 9 2 3 0 2 7 Romania ............9 2 0 2 8 6 3 1 1 9 Hungary .............9 2 1 1 11 8 2 1 2 8 Estonia...............9 1 1 3 4 7 1 0 3 2 Andorra ..............9 0 0 5 0 14 0 0 4 0 GrOUP e

A 4 5 6 12 11 14

Pts 25 16 16 14 7 0

Friday Albania.....................(0) 1 Switzerland .............(0) 2 iceland .....................(0) 2 cyprus .....................(0) 0 Slovenia ...................(2) 3 Norway ....................(0) 0

chester Fc ..........................0 Forest Green .......................2 Gateshead ...........................3 hereford...............................2 lincoln city .........................0 luton....................................4 Nuneaton .............................1 Salisbury .............................1 Southport ............................1 Welling .................................2

cambridge Utd ................. 0 Macclesfield ...................... 3 Alfreton town ................... 0 Dartford ............................. 2 Aldershot .......................... 1 hyde .................................. 1 braintree town ................. 1 Grimsby............................. 0 kidderminster ................... 2 tamworth .......................... 0

Yesterday

barnet ..................................1 Wrexham ........................... 1 hOMe AWAY A 4 10 6 10 10 12 6 7 10 9 8 18 15 19 11 11 13 14 12 17 11 14 4 24

Pt 35 29 27 27 26 25 25 24 22 22 22 22 22 18 18 17 17 16 16 15 14 13 12 2

hOMe AWAY P W D L F A W D L F Switzerland ........9 2 2 0 8 5 4 1 0 8 Iceland ...............9 3 0 2 8 7 2 1 1 8 Slovenia .............9 3 0 2 7 5 2 0 2 7 Norway ..............9 2 0 2 4 4 1 2 2 5 Albania...............9 2 1 2 7 6 1 0 3 2 Cyprus ...............9 1 1 2 2 5 0 0 5 2

GrOUP F

A 1 7 5 8 5 10

Pts 21 16 15 11 10 4

Friday Azerbaijan ...............(0) 2 Northern ireland .....(0) 0

Dadasov 58, Shukurov 90

Att 7,000

luxembourg ............(0) 0 Portugal ...................(1) 1

russia .....................(3) 4 israel ........................(0) 1

hOMe AWAY P W D L F A W D L F Russia................9 5 0 0 11 2 2 0 2 8 Portugal .............9 2 2 0 6 2 3 1 1 11 Israel ..................9 1 2 1 7 8 2 2 1 11 Azerbaijan..........9 1 2 1 4 4 0 3 2 2 Northern Ireland 9 1 2 2 5 8 0 1 3 3 Luxembourg.......9 1 1 3 4 14 0 2 2 3 GrOUP G

A 2 7 5 6 8 9

Pts 21 18 13 8 6 6

Friday bosnia-herz.............(4) 4 liechtenstein ..........(0) 1 Greece .....................(1) 1 Slovakia ...................(0) 0 lithuania..................(1) 2 latvia .......................(0) 0

hOMe AWAY P W D L F A W D L F Bosnia-Herz .......9 4 0 1 14 4 3 1 0 15 Greece ...............9 3 1 0 4 0 4 0 1 6 Slovakia .............9 2 1 2 6 5 1 2 1 3 Lithuania ............9 2 1 1 5 2 1 1 3 4 Latvia .................9 2 0 2 5 8 0 1 4 3 Liechtenstein .....9 0 2 3 3 13 0 0 4 1 GrOUP h

A 2 4 3 8 10 10

Pts 22 22 12 11 7 2

Friday england ...................(0) 4 Montenegro .............(0) 1

Rooney 49, Boskovic 62 (og) Townsend 78, Sturridge 90 (pen)

Moldova ...................(0) 3 Ukraine ....................(0) 1

Damjanovic 72 Att 83,807

San Marino ..............(0) 0 Poland .....................(0) 0

hOMe AWAY P W D L F A W D L F England .............9 3 1 0 14 2 2 3 0 15 Ukraine ..............9 3 1 1 12 2 2 2 0 8 Montenegro .......9 1 2 1 6 7 3 1 1 10 Poland ...............9 2 2 1 10 5 1 2 1 8 Moldova .............9 1 2 2 4 7 1 0 3 3 San Marino ........9 0 0 4 1 21 0 0 5 0

GrOUP i

A 2 2 5 5 8 25

Pts 19 18 15 13 8 0

Friday Spain ........................(0) 2 belarus ....................(0) 1

hOMe P W D L F A W Spain .................7 1 2 0 4 3 4 France ...............7 2 0 1 6 3 2 Finland ...............7 1 1 2 2 4 1 Georgia ..............7 1 1 2 1 2 0 Belarus ..............8 1 1 2 5 9 0

AWAY D L F 0 0 8 2 0 6 2 0 3 1 2 2 0 4 2

A Pts 0 17 3 14 2 9 6 5 7 4

Farnboro ..............................1 hayes & Yeading .............. 2 havant and W......................4 basingstoke ...................... 1 hOMe AWAY

P Eastleigh .............. 11 Bromley ............... 10 Sutton Utd ........... 10 Hayes & Yeading . 10 Bishop’s Stortford .. 9 Eastbourne Boro . 10 Weston-S-Mare ... 10 Staines Town ....... 10 Ebbsfleet United .. 11 Dover ................... 10 Havant and W...... 11 Concord Rangers 10 Basingstoke ......... 10 Maidenhead Utd .... 9 Whitehawk ........... 10 Farnboro ................ 8 Chelmsford ............ 9 Bath City ................ 9 Tonbridge Angels ... 9 Boreham Wood.... 10 Gosport Borough ... 9 Dorchester ............. 9

W 4 5 4 1 3 3 2 5 1 2 3 2 3 1 1 3 2 1 1 1 1 1

D 2 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 4 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 2 2 2 1 0

l 0 0 1 2 1 0 2 0 1 3 3 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 4

F A W 7 2 3 17 4 2 15 6 1 4 3 5 8 3 2 12 5 2 4 7 3 10 4 0 5 5 2 4 5 3 10 11 1 8 6 1 8 5 1 6 9 2 3 6 2 6 2 0 7 8 1 6 7 1 4 5 1 6 9 1 3 4 0 6 15 0

D 0 1 2 0 2 0 1 1 2 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1

l F A 2 8 6 2 7 6 1 6 2 2 10 6 1 10 10 3 3 8 1 7 4 4 5 13 1 13 6 2 4 2 1 6 5 1 5 6 4 5 10 1 7 5 3 8 10 3 8 13 3 3 8 2 3 4 3 6 12 3 3 8 4 3 11 3 1 4

Pt 23 22 18 18 17 17 17 16 15 15 15 13 13 12 11 10 10 9 9 9 5 4

bristol city .................. P carlisle......................... P colchester ...............(1) 1

crawley town ............. P Wolves ......................... P Walsall .....................(0) 1

leyton Orient ..........(1) 2

Mk Dons..................(1) 1

Sears 7 Att 2,945

Taylor 90

Odubajo 42 Lisbie 67 Att 6,359

Bamford 30

Notts county ............... P Port Vale ..................(0) 0

Oldham ........................ P Peterboro ................(0) 1

Preston ....................(0) 0

crewe ......................(1) 2

rotherham...............(0) 0

Swindon ..................(2) 4

Att 6,311

Att 9,268 Att 8,103

33 45 65 90

Donaldson 13

Yesterday bradford ..................(0) 0 tranmere .................(0) 1 Lowe 69

Att 14,674

coventry ..................(2) 3

Sheff Utd .................(0) 2

L Clarke 6, 49 Wilson 32 Att 2,078

Taylor 62, 80

hOMe AWAY P W D L F A W D L F A Pts L Orient ............ 11 5 1 0 16 5 4 1 0 11 3 29 Peterboro ........ 11 4 0 1 7 4 5 1 0 16 4 28 Wolves .............10 4 0 1 11 4 4 1 0 9 2 25 Bradford ........... 11 4 1 1 14 4 2 2 1 7 5 21 Preston ............ 11 3 2 1 9 6 2 2 1 8 6 19 Rotherham ....... 11 2 2 2 8 10 3 2 0 8 5 19 Swindon ........... 11 4 1 0 12 4 1 1 4 8 9 17 MK Dons.......... 11 3 2 0 11 5 1 2 3 7 9 16 Crawley Town ..10 3 1 1 9 7 1 3 1 8 7 16 Walsall ............. 11 1 2 2 5 8 3 2 1 7 3 16 Brentford .......... 11 2 1 2 4 4 2 2 2 9 11 15 Port Vale .......... 11 2 2 2 8 9 2 0 3 5 7 14 Shrewsbury...... 11 2 3 1 7 4 0 3 2 5 9 12 Colchester ....... 11 1 3 2 5 8 1 3 1 5 6 12 Carlisle.............10 2 0 3 4 11 1 3 1 6 8 12 Coventry .......... 11 4 1 1 16 13 2 1 2 10 7 10 Gillingham........ 11 1 2 2 5 6 1 1 4 8 13 9 Crewe .............. 11 1 2 2 7 12 1 1 4 3 13 9 Oldham ............10 1 2 2 5 5 1 0 4 8 11 8 Stevenage ....... 11 1 1 4 7 11 1 1 3 2 8 8 Tranmere ......... 11 0 2 3 6 13 2 0 4 4 8 8 Notts Co ..........10 2 0 3 8 6 0 1 4 5 13 7 Bristol City .......10 0 3 2 5 9 0 3 2 10 12 6 Sheff Utd.......... 11 1 2 2 4 5 0 0 6 4 14 5 *Coventry deducted 10 points for entering administration

calor lge Premier

banbury ...............................1 chippenham ........................0 Frome town ........................4 redditch ..............................1 hOMe

P Hemel Hempst..... 11 Chesham ............. 11 Bideford ............... 11 Poole Town .......... 11 Stourbridge .......... 11 Cambridge City.... 11 Hungerford Town . 10 Banbury ............... 11 St Albans ............. 11 Biggleswade Tn ... 10 Weymouth ............. 9 Arlesey................. 10 Redditch .............. 12 Hitchin.................. 10 Burnham .............. 10 Chippenham ........ 12 Frome Town ......... 11 Bedford Town....... 12 Corby ................... 10 Truro City ............. 11 St Neots Town ..... 10 AFC Totton........... 10 Bashley .................. 9

W 6 4 4 2 4 3 3 3 3 2 3 1 1 3 1 2 0 2 3 0 1 1 0

D 0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 2 1 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 1

l 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 3 2 1 1 1 4 1 3 4 4 3 1 4 3 4 4

truro city .......................... 2 chesham ........................... 3 bedford town ................... 4 hitchin ............................... 0 AWAY

F 24 14 16 9 13 9 7 9 7 7 8 7 7 11 8 8 5 8 6 6 5 9 5

A W 2 4 5 4 4 2 7 4 8 3 5 3 5 3 9 3 5 2 4 1 5 1 7 3 19 3 5 0 12 2 11 2 15 3 13 1 5 0 16 2 7 1 16 1 14 0

D 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 2 2 1 0 0 1

l 1 2 0 1 2 1 2 2 2 1 2 3 3 3 1 4 1 3 4 2 5 4 3

bury .........................(0) 0

Morecambe .............(0) 2

F 13 13 9 13 12 8 9 11 16 8 6 9 9 2 7 9 7 12 4 9 4 5 3

A 3 7 6 10 6 5 4 10 11 8 6 8 21 6 4 12 5 21 15 11 11 13 10

Pt 30 25 23 22 21 21 18 18 17 14 14 14 13 12 12 12 12 12 11 9 6 6 2

Town 0, Shortwood Utd 1 — Dover 3, AFC Rushden & Diamonds 1 — Eastleigh 2, Oxford City 3 — Ebbsfleet United 2, Eastbourne Borough 0 — Guisborough Town 1, Workington 4 — Hampton & Rich’d 5, Arlesey 1 — Hartley Wintney 1, Clevedon Town 1 — Hednesford 2, West Auckland 2 — Hemel Hempstead 3, Dulwich 1 — Horsham 0, Chatham Town 1 — Lewes 0, Sutton Utd 1 — Maidstone Utd 0, Boreham Wood 2 — Marske Utd 3, Halesowen 2 — Needham Market

Williams 62 Diagne 90

Dag & red ...............(1) 1

cheltenham .............(1) 2

exeter.......................(0) 0

hartlepool ...............(1) 3

Fleetwood town......(0) 1

chesterfield ............(0) 1

Mansfield .................(1) 1

bristol rovers.........(0) 1

Oxford Utd...............(2) 2

Northampton ...........(0) 0

Plymouth .................(1) 1

Portsmouth .............(1) 1

rochdale .................(2) 3

Newport county .....(0) 0

Wycombe.................(1) 3

torquay ...................(2) 2

Cureton 31 Lowe 59

Baldwin 21 James 50 Compton 62

Parkin 89 Att 4,521

Cooper 55

Stevenson 22 Att 3,275

Santos 84

Constable 44 Rose 45 (pen)

Att 6,177

Hourihane 21 Att 8,742

Wallace 39

Vincenti 5 Cummins 38 Hery 72

Att 2,530

Kuffour 28 Cowan-Hall 53, 77 Att 3,466

Azeez 27 Pearce 37

hOMe AWAY P W D L F A W D L F A Pts Chesterfield ..... 11 4 0 1 7 2 3 2 1 11 7 23 Fleetwood T ..... 11 3 1 2 13 9 4 0 1 7 3 22 Oxford Utd ....... 11 2 2 2 7 7 4 1 0 14 5 21 Morecambe...... 11 3 2 0 11 7 3 1 2 8 7 21 Rochdale ......... 11 5 1 0 13 4 1 1 3 3 7 20 Exeter .............. 11 4 0 2 9 8 2 2 1 5 5 20 Mansfield ......... 11 2 3 1 10 7 3 1 1 5 4 19 Scunthorpe ......10 3 2 0 7 2 1 3 1 6 6 17 Wycombe......... 11 3 1 2 8 7 2 1 2 9 7 17 Southend ......... 11 2 1 2 5 5 3 1 2 7 5 17 AFC Wimble .... 11 4 1 1 10 6 1 1 3 3 6 17 Newport C ....... 11 3 1 1 10 6 1 3 2 5 8 16 Dag & Red ....... 11 3 2 1 9 5 1 2 2 6 10 16 Burton Albion ... 11 1 2 3 6 9 3 1 1 9 8 15 Portsmouth ...... 11 2 0 3 7 7 1 4 1 11 12 13 Hartlepool ........ 11 1 0 4 4 8 2 3 1 9 6 12 Cheltenham ..... 11 1 3 1 8 9 2 0 4 6 13 12 York .................10 2 1 2 6 6 1 1 3 7 8 11 Plymouth.......... 11 2 2 2 3 6 1 0 4 5 8 11 Bristol Rvrs ...... 11 2 2 1 7 7 0 2 4 3 8 10 Bury .................11 2 2 2 8 6 0 1 4 5 9 9 Torquay ............ 11 1 2 2 6 9 1 1 4 7 12 9 Northamptn ...... 11 1 2 2 6 6 1 0 5 2 9 8 Accrington S .... 11 0 1 4 4 8 0 2 4 3 11 3

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cinderford ...........................1 Godalming town .............. 0 evesham ..............................2 Swindon Supermarine ..... 2 Fleet town ...........................2 Paulton .............................. 2 Guildford city .....................2 Merthyr town .................... 3 Mangotsfield .......................1 North leigh ....................... 2 taunton................................3 bishops cleeve ................ 1 tiverton ...............................4 Stratford town .................. 3 hOMe AWAY

P North Leigh .......... 11 Swindon Super .... 12 Paulton ................ 11 Merthyr Town ....... 10 Bridgwater Town .... 8 Tiverton ................ 11 Cirencester ............ 8 Wimborne Town ... 11 Taunton ................ 12 Cinderford ............ 11 Stratford Town ..... 10 Thatcham Town ... 10 Bishops Cleeve ... 11 Yate ....................... 8 Mangotsfield .......... 9 Godalming Town .. 10 Shortwood Utd....... 8 Evesham................ 9 Fleet Town ........... 11 Guildford City....... 11 Clevedon Town ...... 8 Didcot Town ........... 8

W 5 5 4 4 2 4 3 3 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 1

D 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 3 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 2 3 2 1 1 1

l 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 2 4 2 2 3 2 2 2 1 1 2 3 2 2

F 21 14 20 14 9 12 8 21 11 8 4 3 11 8 9 6 11 12 5 11 4 5

A W 3 4 4 2 9 3 6 3 3 4 9 2 7 3 7 1 10 1 10 1 9 2 7 2 11 2 8 1 8 1 9 1 11 1 11 0 7 0 16 0 6 0 8 0

D 0 3 1 0 0 2 0 2 1 3 2 1 0 2 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 1

l 2 2 1 2 0 1 1 3 3 1 2 2 4 1 2 4 2 3 4 5 3 3

F 10 11 16 12 11 12 8 5 9 8 17 8 11 7 5 4 7 3 5 5 2 3

A 6 11 9 11 3 11 5 7 12 8 15 8 16 8 8 14 5 12 16 24 8 10

Pt 27 24 23 22 20 20 18 16 13 12 12 12 12 11 11 10 9 7 7 7 5 5

2, AFC Sudbury 1 — North Ferriby Utd 2, Runcorn Linnets 0 — Poole Town 2, Hungerford Town 0 — Solihull Moors 4, Worksop 0 — St Albans 2, Tonbridge Angels 1 — Staines Town 4, Sittingbourne 1 — Stamford 4, Ashton Utd 2 — Stourbridge 3, Curzon Ashton 0 Weston-S-Mare 2, Brislington 3 — Worcester 0, Rugby Town 0 — Yate 2, Gloucester 2 — Stockport County 0, Rushall Olympic 1

1 2 1 3 l 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 3 3 1 1 1 1 3 2 1 1 3 1 1 3 1 1 1 2 2 1 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 2 2 1 1 1 3 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 3 2 1 2 3 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 3

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AFC Hornchurch 6, Wealdstone 1 — Atherstone Town 0, Barrow 4 — Biggleswade Town 5, Leatherhead 1 — Brackley 2, Boston Utd 0 — Bradford P A 2, Penrith 1 — Bridgwater Town 0, Bath City 3 — Bromley 1, Heybridge 2 — Canvey Island 2, North Greenford Utd 1 — Carlton Town 1, Vauxhall Motors 3 — Chipstead 1, Bishop’s Stortford 6 — Cirencester 1, Weymouth 2 — Colwyn Bay 2, Ossett Town 1 — Concord Rangers 2, Histon 1 — Corby 4, Trafford 2 — Didcot

Odejayi 17

Att 2,555

Att 3,615

brentford .................(1) 1

Zoko 15, 26 Att 3,225

Southend .................(0) 1

Moore 27 Inman 64

Att 5,129

Stevenage................(2) 2

burton Albion..........(0) 0

Ogogo 40 Att 1,727

Gillingham ...............(0) 0

Jacobson 17 McAlinden 81

Accrington Stanley (1) 1

Bennett 86 Att 4,585

Barnett 86

Pritchard Luongo Ajose N’Guessan

Shrewsbury .............(1) 2

AFc Wimbledon ......(0) 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49

P W D l F A W D l F Cambridge ........... 15 7 0 0 16 2 3 5 0 7 Kiddermnstr ......... 15 5 1 1 14 6 4 1 3 10 Luton.................... 15 5 3 0 17 7 2 3 2 9 Salisbury .............. 15 6 1 1 13 5 2 2 3 7 Nuneaton ............. 15 4 3 1 14 9 3 2 2 8 Welling ................. 15 4 3 1 13 7 3 1 3 13 Braintree Town..... 15 3 1 3 9 9 4 3 1 12 Grimsby ............... 15 4 1 2 14 8 3 2 3 6 Barnet .................. 15 3 3 1 13 8 2 4 2 11 Lincoln City .......... 15 5 1 2 9 3 1 3 3 7 Gateshead ........... 15 4 1 3 14 12 3 0 4 7 FC Halifax............ 15 6 2 0 17 7 0 2 5 8 Alfreton Town ....... 15 6 1 1 18 10 1 0 6 5 Forest Green ....... 15 4 1 2 17 7 1 2 5 11 Macclesfld............ 15 3 1 3 8 8 2 2 4 9 Hereford............... 15 3 3 1 7 6 1 2 5 8 Southport ............. 15 4 2 1 10 7 1 0 7 4 Wrexham ............. 15 3 2 2 10 9 1 2 5 9 Tamworth ............. 15 2 2 3 7 9 2 2 4 6 Dartford................ 15 3 1 3 8 7 1 2 5 6 Woking................. 15 1 4 3 7 12 2 1 4 9 Chester FC .......... 15 1 4 3 3 7 2 0 5 8 Aldershot ............. 15 4 2 2 14 11 2 2 3 4 Hyde .................... 15 0 1 7 3 14 0 1 6 6 *Aldershot deducted 10 points for entering administration

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World Cup European Qualifying Group H | England

Owen advises Townsend to stay grounded MICHAEL Owen believes Andros Townsend will be an automatic selection for England’s decisive World Cup qualifier against Poland tomorrow night – but cautioned against the 22-year-old looking too far ahead. Townsend enjoyed an outstanding debut, picking up man-of-the-match honours and also scoring a memorable goal in the 4-1 win against Montenegro at Wembley on Friday. That result leaves England knowing that victory tomorrow will book a place at next summer’s World Cup without the need for a hazardous play-off, with Townsend now tipped to make Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man squad. However, Owen feels it is unwise to look too far beyond tomorrow, when he is sure the Tottenham man will play. “Certainly he is an automatic selection for the next match,” said Owen. “Andros has been playing particularly well for Tottenham and there had been a couple of injuries to Theo Walcott and the like so the place was up for grabs. “It was no surprise to me that he played. We needed to score goals and we needed to win the game. “He is quick, exciting and direct and he can beat a man. It was a very good move from Roy Hodgson to play him. “But there are so many big gaps between games. You might play fantastically well one day, then be poor in the next, and your place is under scrutiny. “Yes, a good game normally gets you a place in the next team, but that is as far as it goes.” With Danny Welbeck on the left and Wayne Rooney supporting Daniel Sturridge through the middle, Owen was more enthused by England’s attacking options than he has been for some considerable time. And the eventual manner of victory

● Andros Townsend celebrates his superb goal against Montenegro at Wembley on Friday night confirmed Owen’s belief that, inside the dressing room at least, England will harbour genuine hopes of making a positive impact in Brazil should they confirm their passage. “One game doesn’t mean we will have a shot at winning it, but it was a positive result and a positive perfor mance,” said the 33-year-old former England striker. “There is a lot to be taken from that. There is a lot of excitement around.

At international level you need pace and someone who is going to unlock a defence in tight games. We have got that now. “It doesn’t make us World Cup contenders, but it does gives us belief we can hurt a few teams now.” With Ukraine finishing their Group H programme against San Marino, victory is essential against a Poland side who have been eliminated from the competition.

Some feel that will make them even more dangerous opponents, with Robert Lewandowski and company able to play with an increased freedom to excite what is set to be a massive away support at Wembley. Owen can see that argument – but he also feels it will take away the additional hunger than ensures England will complete their quest successfully. “It is an awkward one,” he said. “I

would say it will help us. When you are in the trenches, when you still need to qualify, you might go one step further for the cause. “Poland will enjoy the occasion. Not every player gets to play at Wembley. But they will meet a hungry team, on a real high after the performance the other night. “England expect to reach the World Cup and I expect us to win pretty comfortably.”

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Baines ‘desperate’ not to miss out on his second chance to play in World Cup finals LEIGHTON Baines is desperate to avoid missing out on another World Cup with England. Baines made a late surge into the England squad prior to the 2010 World Cup but despite starting the warm-up games against Egypt and Mexico, Fabio Capello cut the defender loose, omitting him from his 23-man party for South Africa. Baines had said in the run-up to the World Cup that he was homesick, although the 28-year-old has always maintained he would have been more than happy to represent his country at the tournament. He will have a second chance to play for England at a World Cup next summer providing that Roy Hodgson’s men finish the job tomorrow night by beating Poland at Wembley. If England fail to win they will be condemned to a tricky play-off – and Baines feels there is no bigger motivation for the team to get the victory they need.

● Brazil spot is Leighton Baines’ aim “Qualifying for a World Cup is as big a carrot as you could probably dangle in front of any player,” said the Everton left-back.

“World Cups don’t come around too often in a player’s career. Everyone is hungry for that opportunity to get there and we are one game away from there. We know what job needs to be done and, hopefully, we will do it. “The magnitude of the game is something we are all aware of. On Friday, we had to make sure it was in our own hands and we have to go and finish the job now.” Baines was one of the star performers on Friday as England demolished Montenegro 4-1 to remain top of Group H. The 28-year-old is enjoying the best form of his life at Everton, but he is still by no means guaranteed a starting spot for his country because of Ashley Cole’s recent displays. Baines admits he is playing with more freedom because of the knowledge that he is certain to start. “You enjoy it a lot more when you know you are going to get a game,” said Baines, who has just 20 caps to

his name. “It was good to be able to prepare for the game in that frame of mind, really, rather than just waiting in the wings. “It is great to be in and playing. There is a significance with every cap you get and you grow into it more and more. It has been good to be involved in more qualifiers in this campaign. “I’m pleased with how things are going at the moment and it was great to play on Friday and get the win.” Baines was by no means the only decent performer against the Montenegrins. Wayne Rooney became the highest competitive goal scorer in England’s history when he opened the scoring and there were also encouraging performances from Danny Welbeck and, to a lesser extent, Daniel Sturridge. Andros Townsend stole the show, however, with a goal and an assist on debut. Baines has been given a torrid time in training by the Tottenham winger

and has backed the 22-year-old to put on a repeat performance against Poland. “It was great for him to score that goal and he is now an important part of the squad who can produce match-winning performances,” said Baines. “It was a great performance and it was a massive lift for us.” Many were taken back by Roy Hodgson’s decision to hand Townsend his debut and the England manager’s general positivity in the build-up to the game. Ex-professionals came out in force to denounce England after their drab goalless draw in Kiev, but Baines sees plenty of reason for optimism should the team get to Brazil. “We have fresh blood and excitement – combined with the experience of other players – and that mix puts us in a great position to go there and try and do something there,” said Baines.


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World Cup European Qualifying Group A | Wales

Coleman: Surprising Belgium can show Wales have bright future

● Craig Bellamy jumps over the tackles of Macedonia’s Vance Sikov and Stefan Ristovski during last week’s match at the Cardiff City Stadium MANAGER Chris Coleman feels Wales can strike a blow for their future international aspirations by bringing World Cup-bound Belgium down to earth with a positive result in Brussels tomorrow night. Wales head to the King Baudouin Stadium for what could be Coleman’s last competitive fixture in charge of the Dragons. Talks over a contract extension have stalled, following another frustrating qualifying campaign. Victory over Macedonia in Cardiff on Friday at least moved Wales off the bottom of Group A, a point above Scotland, and Coleman would love to

oversee another promising display against an impressive Belgian squad which includes Barclays Premier League talents such as Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin De Bruyne and Kevin Mirallas. “Alright, there is nothing on it for them as it (World Cup qualifying) is done, but we still have a point to prove,” said Coleman. “We can’t go there thinking, ‘nobody expects anything from us’ – we have to expect something from ourselves.” Coleman has looked to integrate the likes of Lloyd Isgrove, Declan

John and 16-year-old Harry Wilson into the squad for their first taste of senior international football, a move which the former Fulham boss feels points to an increasingly bright future for Wales. “When you see that performance (against Macedonia) from an inexperienced squad, then it is really pleasing,” Coleman said, “but we will need that and more in Belgium if we are to do anything.” It was not that long ago Coleman seemed to have all but secured a new two-year deal with the Football Association of Wales, but September defeats to Macedonia and Serbia saw

the contract put on hold until after the Group A campaign has ended. Coleman, who took over from the late Gary Speed in January 2012, accepts it was always going to be a big ask to make an impact among sides with so much more depth. “There was a time where I thought we could have nicked third spot, but Belgium, Croatia and Serbia have been too strong for us,” he said. Charlton forward Simon Church scored the winner against Macedonia and hopes he can profit again tomorrow, when veteran Craig Bellamy will play his last Wales international before retirement.

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Croatia won’t be easy even without some star names, says McCall Modric, Mario Mandzukic, Niko Kranjcar, Nikica Jelavic, Gordon Schildenfeld, Ivan Strinic, Eduardo and Ognjen Vukojevic are all on yellow cards and will miss the first game of the play-off if they are cautioned against Scotland. Josip Simunic is suspended and Sime Vrsaljko and Mateo Kovacic, both on yellow cards, have dropped to the Under-21s, while Ivan Rakitic, also cautioned earlier in the tournament, is out injured. McCall believes Stimac has been

left with a dilemma, but does not feel Croatia will inevitably be weakened if they utilise their squad fully with the play-offs in mind. “As a manager you want to go into the play-offs on the back of a good result,” said McCall. “I am not so sure that making three or four changes will weaken them that much, with the strength and depth that they have.” There is optimism around the Scotland camp following the 2-1 win over Macedonia in Skopje in their last game and the 1-0 victory over Croatia

in June, in addition to decent performances in defeats to Belgium and England in between. However, McCall urged caution, saying: “You don’t want to get carried away because sometimes one bad result can take the wheels off again. “Without getting carried away, the training sessions have been good and everyone wants to be here, which they should do. “To get Scott Brown back in the middle of the park has been key and James Morrison has come back in.”

City fan’s view by Matthew Withers DEFEAT away to Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy was a new low point in an already disappointing season for Bristol City. After a very good performance against Port Vale in the previous game, which ended on a sour note after Aiden Flint’s poor back-pass had allowed Vale the equaliser, I expected City to bounce back and really go for it. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I expected Sean O’Driscoll to stick with the same line-up and allow them to take their frustrations out on lower-league opposition. We have not won in 19 league games and any win, albeit in a cup, would have helped raise confidence. The fact that we were also without a game this weekend owing to international fixtures was even more reason to give the same players a run-out. The head coach saw things differently and instead gave an opportunity to players from the bench and the fringes of the starting 11. He also handed a debut to 16-year-old academy player Joe Morrell, but unfortunately for the youngster, the experienced players around him did not perform and as a result he struggled to make an impact. Without being disrespectful to Wycombe, we should have gone there and won irrespective of the side that we fielded. O’Driscoll, who is normally supportive of his players, pulled no punches, describing the performance as disgraceful and pathetic. I read with interest an article in the Bristol Post about how things have changed at the club in terms of finances, and it really opened my eyes. There is no doubt that the job O’Driscoll has to do is a difficult one, but that doesn’t change my view that we should be seeing more from the squad at his disposal. O’Driscoll attended the Fans Parliament this week, along with Jon Lansdown and Amy Kingston. I was interested to read some of the output from that meeting. By all accounts O’Driscoll was happy to answer questions, wanting supporters to gain a better understanding of some of the challenges and frustrations he has. He said that he understands the disappointments and anger that the fans have experienced over the last few years and knows that not winning a league game this season is unacceptable. Results on the pitch shape fans’ feelings and getting the first win and then moving up the table will help, but we have to realise how far the club have fallen. I’m disappointed by the lack of leadership at boardroom level. We need chairman Keith Dawe to come out and explain their plans and what they have asked O’Driscoll to do. The silence is deafening from the board and this is adding to the disconnect with the fans.

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SCOTLAND coach Stuart McCall has warned that Croatia still have plenty of quality to call upon for tomorrow’s final World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park, even if they decide to rest some players who are walking a disciplinary tightrope. Croatia’s 2-1 home defeat to Belgium on Friday night meant the visitors qualified for the Brazil finals next summer as winners of Group A with Igor Stimac’s men consigned to a play-off place as runners-up. However, Vedran Corluka, Luka

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Local rugby

We just couldn’t get our game firing, admits Dings coach Alex

● Dings Crusaders’ Sheldon Stevens looks for a way through the London Irish Wild Geese defence

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John White epsport@b-nm.co.uk DINGS Crusaders dropped into the relegation zone in SSE National League Two South, following a disappointing performance against newly-promoted London Irish Wild Geese at Landseer Avenue. The visitors were good value for their win, and showed greater desire and energy, in what was a largely forgettable match. The home side, at times, appeared to be going through the motions, and looked short of ideas and self-belief.

Head coach Alex Guest admitted to being disappointed by his side’s below-par performance, but believes Dings can turn things around. He said: “We spoke during the week about the need to come out firing in the first quarter to lay down a marker. “Our intensity was good first up, but as soon as they scored, we seemed to drop off. We just couldn’t get our game firing, and their aggressive defence made life tough for our ball-runners. “We’re trying to make slight adjustments to the way we attack. Dings have traditionally had a big set of forwards, who can dominate other packs, but that’s no longer the case. We need to add variety to our attacks, but our new approach is taking time to bed in.”

Dings, who can usually be relied on to produce passion, enthusiasm, and a dogged determination to prevail at Landseer Avenue, were lacking in their trademark values. Flanker Stean Williams did his best to disrupt the visitors’ ball, while hooker Dave Wheeler and No 8 Mike Uren continually offered themselves as willing ball-carriers. Replacement scrum-half Steve Plummer injected some life into the Dings attack, but other than a few second-half scrums and a flash of magic from wing James Oakley, the Dings faithful had little to cheer about. The visitors’ suffocating defence proved to be their trump card, with the home side sent reeling by some heavy tackles. Irish led 8-0 at the break, thanks to a Scott Tolmie try and an Ian Cross penalty.

Picture: johnwhitemedia.co.uk Dings responded two minutes into the second half with a stunning try from Oakley, converted by Mark Woodrow, to get back in the hunt. Darren Livett extended the visitors’ lead, before centre Sheldon Stevens dived in under the posts for a converted try, which edged Crusaders into a 14-13 lead. Tolmie latched on to an interception to race in from 60 metres for his second try, converted by Cross, before Woodrow nudged over a penalty to bring Dings into losing bonus-point range. But Dings, now pushing for the win, were undone when they were penalised for not releasing in front of their own posts. Cross slotted the penalty to ensure his side scooped all four points, leaving the Lockleaze lads nothing to show for their efforts.

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CLIFTON dropped from top spot down to fifth in SSE National League Two South, following this reverse against Cambridge at Volac Park. Darren Lloyd’s took an early ten-point lead, thanks to a sixth-minute try from wing Sam Smith, plus a conversion and penalty from stand-off Charlie Foley. But the home side began to come into contention as the game wore on, with their forwards taking control of the tight exchanges. Cambridge ran in two tries in quick succession – first Jim Wigglesworth, then Mike Gillick cantered under the posts. Wigglesworth added both conversions. The visitors continued to battle, though, with flanker James Stephenson, lock Ben Purcell and hooker Paul Fincken in the thick of the action. Bradley Barnes, on as a blood replacement for Foley, narrowly missed a penalty, which would have narrowed the deficit to one point, before Cambridge struck again. Centre Ted Tapley danced his way to the try-line for an unconverted try, before Wigglesworth landed a long-range penalty. Barnes recouped three points with a well-struck penalty, in what was Clifton’s best spell of the second-half, to make it 22-13. But the home side had a bit more muscle up front than their Bristol counterparts, and finished in the ascendancy. First, Rob Conquest powered his way over, then Steve Hipwell added a fifth try, to seal the bonus-point victory. Both tries went unconverted.

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Weekend rugby results SATURDAY Heineken Cup, Pool One: Castres 19 Northampton 13, Ospreys 9 Leinster 19. Pool Three: Connacht 17 Saracens 23 (played Fri), Toulouse 38 Zebre 5 (played Fri). Pool Four: Harlequins 26 Scarlets 33. Pool Five: Treviso 10 Montpelier 27, Ulster 22 Leicester 16 (played Fri). Pool Six: Edinburgh 29 Munster 23, Gloucester 27 Perpignan 22. Amlin Challenge Cup, Pool One: Oyonnax 9 Worcester 9. Pool Two: Bordeaux-Begles 6 Bath 15, Newport G-Dragons 50 Mogliano 8 (played Fri). Pool Three: Bucuresti 12 Newcastle 13, Calvisano 20 Brive 20. Pool Four: Aironi 17 Wasps 90. Pool Five: London Irish 60 Cavalieri Prato 11 (played Fri). British & Irish Cup, Pool One: Leinster 49 Ealing Trailfinders 8, Cross Keys 20 Moseley 16. Pool Two: Edinburgh Acad 13 Pontypridd 53, London Welsh 26 London Scottish 32. Pool Three: Llanelli 76 Connacht 14, Rotherham Titans 12 Bedford 11. Pool Four: Munster 39 Stirling County 8, Plymouth

Alb 28 Nottingham 9 (played Fri). Pool Five: Gala 17 Aberavon 31. Pool Six: Cornish Pirates 34 Ulster 17 (played Fri), Jersey 28 Ayr 16. SSE National One: Cinderford 34 Henley 34, Coventry 24 Old Albanians 10, Esher 28, Blackheath 20, Hull Ionians 5 Blaydon 30, Loughborough Stud 23 Fylde 7, Richmond 19 Doncaster 36, Rosslyn Park 51 Wharfedale 20, Tynedale 37 Worthing 31. National Two South: Bournemouth 39 Redruth 32, Cambridge 32 Clifton 13, Chinnor 37 Hartpury Coll 47, Cornish AB 34 Bishops Stortford 33, Dings Crus 17 London Irish WG 26, Exmouth 20 Shelford 42, Southend 20 Ampthill 21, Taunton 36 Canterbury 34. National Three South West: Amersham & C 36 Chippenham 11, Avonmouth OB 14 Brixham 16, Barnstaple 8 Bracknell 8, Old Reds 34 O Centralians 18, Redingensians 29 O Patesians 0, Weston-s-Mare 33 Lydney 35, Worcester Wdrs 25 N Abbot 17. South West One West: Bideford 35 Sidmouth 15, Bridgwater & Alb 41 Coney Hill 0, Camborne 33 Clevedon 20, Cullompton 19 Cleve 27, Hornets 36 Chard 7, Thornbury 22 St Austell 22, Wadebridge C 19 N Petherton 27. Western Counties North: Barton Hill 36 Oldfield

OB 26, Berry Hill 11 Avon 21, Bsl Harlequins 23 Chew Valley 33, Chosen Hill FP 39 Cirencester 35, Matson 27 Drybrook 15, North Bristol 34 Midsomer Norton 10, Old Bristolians 30 Keynsham 33. Gloucester Premier: Dursley 0 Newent 56, Frampton Cott 14 Hucclecote 21, Gordon League 10 Bsl Sara 24, Painswick 26 Whitehall 24, Southmead 19 Tewkesbury 36, St Mary’s OB 22 Stroud 22. Gloucester One: Ashley Down OB 19 Widden OB 29, Brockworth 20 Old Richians 13, Cheltenham Sarac 36 Bream 31, Chipping Sodbury 18 Bishopston 7, Gloucester OB 22 Old Colstonians 13, Kingswood 29 Longlevens 23. Gloucester Two: Bristol AC 60 Westbury-on=Severn 0, Broad Plain 22 Bredon Star 45, Cheltenham CS 12 Aretians 43, Gloucester AB 0 Spartans 24, Old Cryptians 20 Ross-on-Wye 11, St Brendan’s OB 34 Cotham Park 33. Gloucester Three: Norton 35 Hardwicke & Q 10, Old Elizabethans 57 Cainscross 5, Smiths 21 Tredworth 13. Somerset Premier: Bsl Barb 15 Weston-s-Mare 61, Gordano 19 Nailsea & Backwell 3, Keynsham 13 Old Reds 35, Minehead Barb 19 Taunton 43, Wiveliscombe 43 St Bernadettes 21, Yatton 28 Tor 7.

Somerset One: Castle Cary 23 Hornets 19, Chard 43 Old Reds 3, Clevedon 32 Yatton 30, Crewkerne 13 Bridgwater & Alb 13, Midsomer Norton 10 Old Sulians 48, North Petherton 26 Imperial 20, Wellington v Wells (home w/o). Somerset Two North: Clevedon 30 Winscombe 27, Gordano 10 Chew Valley 14, Keynsham 22 Bsl Harlequins 27, Midsomer Norton 10 Weston-s-Mare 48, Nailsea & Backwell 17 Walcot 17, Old Culverhaysians 0 Oldfield OB 29. Somerset Two South: Cheddar Valley 48 Wyvern 19, Hornets 32 Burnham-on-Sea 24, Ivel Barb 33 Bridgwater & Alb 5, Minehead Barb 10 Wiveliscombe 15, Morganians 16 Tor 19, Somerton v Taunton (home w/o). Somerset Three North: Bsl Barb 17 Midsomer N 5, Old Sulians 5 Imperial 45, Oldfield OB 0 Stothert & Pitt 62, Walcot 38 Bath Old Eds 31, Yatton 13 Avon 42. Somerset Three South: Burnham-on-Sea v Tor (home w/o), Castle Cary 7 Martock 36, Chard 53 Crewkerne 5, Wellington 17 North Petherton 12, Wells 36 Minehead Barb 0. YESTERDAY Heineken Cup, Pool Two: Exeter 44 Cardiff Blues 29, Toulon 51 Glasgow 28. B&I Cup: Bristol 21 Leeds 17.

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Formula One | Japanese Grand Prix

It’s the victories that drive me on, says Vettel SEBASTIAN Vettel has revealed that victories rather than a place in Formula One’s history books are his motivating force. Vettel is now on the cusp of becoming only the third driver in F1 to win a fourth consecutive world title, standing alongside two of the greats in Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio. Setting a personal best record of five successive wins, and a fourth in the last five years in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, Vettel is now 90 points clear of the only man mathematically capable of catching him. With Fernando Alonso finishing fourth, it means the champagne is on ice for another fortnight until the Indian Grand Prix where Red Bull should also celebrate their fourth straight constructors’ crown. For Vettel, standing on top of the podium at Suzuka summed up why he is in F1 because after the boos at Monza and in Singapore, there were nothing but cheers and adoration from the knowledgeable Japanese fans Offered a choice between going down in history with Schumacher and Fangio, or standing on top of every podium on the calendar, Vettel replied: “I prefer the second thing.” The 26-year-old German added: “When I was small I dreamed about F1, and honestly never thought one day I would be able to test one of these cars. “The first time I did I was worried for the first couple of laps and I thought ‘All right, that’s for real men, not for me’, but then I got used to it and obviously wanted to do more. “A couple of years later, Red Bull gave me the chance at Toro Rosso to get some races, and it’s incredible what’s happened over the last couple

of years. But nothing has changed in the way I still love racing, I love the challenge, I’m still nervous when I wake up on Sunday, still excited when I walk on the grid and tense, looking forward to the race. “I enjoy – not the numbers – but the fact I’m racing, and a great crowd today, a fantastic day. “It would be a shame if you were too tense and if you tried to force things too much, so you have to allow yourself to enjoy it because this (the job) is

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not normal. It doesn’t happen to everyone. “I’m very fortunate I’m one of 22 guys in Formula One, that when we leave our hotels we get great respect from the fans who are cheering, shouting our names, and it’s just great. “That’s what I look forward to most, and obviously trying to do it again – and I love trophies, so I don’t mind collecting a few either.” On a circuit Vettel has made his own over the years, he suffered a rare poor start behind polesitter and team-mate Mark Webber. That allowed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton a chance to squeeze between them, only to sustain a right-rear puncture after the merest of touches with the left end of Vettel’s front wing. Hamilton was eventually

● Champion-elect Sebastian Vettel celebrates after winning the Japanese Grand Prix yesterday forced into retirement with severe damage to the floor of his car after he had limped back to the pits. Instead, from fourth on the grid, Lotus’ Romain Grosjean grabbed the early lead, and from that moment it became a battle of strategies. On a two-stop, and exercising patience over the opening laps, Vettel made his work to perfection to finish seven seconds ahead of Webber, who stopped three times, and Grosjean who changed tyres twice.

“I’ve now won four times here at Suzuka, which is incredible,” added Vettel. “Regarding the championship we have a very, very good gap. It looks very good at this stage, but we will still keep pushing. It’s not over until it’s over.” Alonso, who finished 45 seconds down, added: “We have different goals now. We will continue to try to do our best on Sundays, and when it is mathematically settled we will congratulate him.”

Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen was fifth, followed by the Saubers of Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez, the latter in the points for the first time in his rookie year. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, given a drive-through penalty for an unsafe release after almost colliding with McLaren’s Sergio Perez, finished eighth. McLaren’s Jenson Button and Felipe Massa, in his Ferrari, completed the top ten.

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Lynn surges to the title with a 63

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youngster Will Spencer and flanker Matt Garvey had to do battle. And Bath coped well, protecting 100 per cent of their own line-out ball in the opening half and using the catch-and-drive to potent effect. Francois Louw was plunged straight back into action by Bath following his part in last weekend’s rousing finale to The Rugby Championship – plunged being the operative word, with the pitch sodden following a day of persistent rain. And the Springbok was a pivotal factor, winning turnovers and frustrating the opposition to the extent they began to swing punches in his direction as the game wore on.

ENGLAND’S David Lynn surged through the field to claim his second European Tour title and climb back into the world’s top 50 in the Portugal Masters yesterday. Lynn, whose only previous win in almost 400 events came in the KLM Open in 2004, carded a superb closing 63 to finish 18-under-par at Oceanico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura. The 39-year-old, who turns 40 next Sunday, started the day six shots off the lead, but charged into contention with five birdies in a front nine of 30. After a bogey at the 10th, he picked up further shots at the 11th, 14th, 15th and 17th to set a clubhouse target that was never matched. An emotional Justin Walters, who began the week 126th in the Race to Dubai, holed a 40ft par putt on the 18th to claim outright second on 17 under and secure his card for next

season, the South African breaking down in tears following the death of his mother two weeks ago. Lynn, who struggled to a 73 on Saturday, said: “I was really disappointed when I walked off the course on Saturday, I just didn’t hole any putts and made seven at 17 and thought maybe I had played myself out of it. “Today was just a case of I’ve got to go out there and make as many birdies as I can. I must admit I was thinking of Scott Jamieson’s 60 (in the third round). If I could do something like that, who knows? The wind was up quite a bit today, so eight under is a really good score. “I really caught fire on the front nine, I was making everything I looked at, although I hit it to one foot at the first which got me off to a really good start.”

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THE Stade Chaban Delmas proved a happy hunting ground for Bath 15 years ago when they lifted the Heineken Cup there – and so it proved again on Saturday night. Bath missed a clutch of first-half chances to score tries, but five penalties from George Ford, pictured, ultimately proved enough to see them home and deny Amlin Challenge Cup Pool Two rivals Bordeaux a losing bonus point. Head coach Mike Ford said: “For 80 minutes I thought the team was outstanding. “We had to take the sting out of the game with a passionate crowd, and I

thought we did that. To win anywhere away from home is pleasing, but in Europe it is doubly pleasing. “We’ve had no injuries at all, so to come through unscathed is good. “We gave Bordeaux nothing and that just showed our mentality. In that second half, they never looked like scoring against us.” Playing on a greasy surface, Bath could have done with a full complement of second-row forwards against a Top 14 pack not known for taking prisoners. But injuries to Dave Attwood, Stuart Hooper and Dominic Day meant that the untested partnership of


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Bristol Rovers 2013-14 The season so far . . .

Bristol City 2013-14 The season so far . . .

Bristol Rugby 2013-14 The season so far . . .

LEAGUE ONE AUGUST

3 Bradford (H)................................................................................................................ 2-2 6 Gillingham (Capital One, First Round) (A) ................................................................. 2-0 11 Coventry (A) ............................................................................................................ 4-5 17 Wolverhampton (H) ................................................................................................. 1-2 24 MK Dons (A) ............................................................................................................ 2-2 27 Crystal Palace (Capital One, Second Round) (H)................................................... 2-1 31 Gillingham (A) .......................................................................................................... 1-1

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER

15 Cornish Pirates (Sandy Park)................................................................... 21-23 22 London Scottish (H) .................................................................................. 31-18 28 Jersey (A) ................................................................................................. 26-17

4 Bristol Rovers (JPT, First Round) (H) ........................................................................ 2-1 14 Peterborough (H) ..................................................................................................... 0-3 17 Shrewsbury (H) ....................................................................................................... 1-1 21 Swindon (A) ............................................................................................................. 2-3 24 Southampton (Capital One) (A)............................................................................... 0-2 28 Colchester (H) ......................................................................................................... 1-1

4 Bristol City (JPT, First Round) (A) .............................................................. 1-2 7 Plymouth (A) .............................................................................................. 0-1 14 Dag & Red (A) ......................................................................................... 0-2 21 Hartlepool (H) .......................................................................................... 2-2 28 Southend (A) ........................................................................................... 1-1

OCTOBER

5 Fleetwood (H) ............................................................................................ 1-3 12 Mansfield (A) ........................................................................................... 1-1 19 Wycombe ................................................................................................ (H) 22 Accrington Stanley ...................................................................................(A) 26 Chesterfield ............................................................................................. (H)

NOVEMBER

2 Oxford Utd ..................................................................................................(A) 16 Bury ......................................................................................................... (H) 23 Burton Albion ............................................................................................(A) 26 Cheltenham ..............................................................................................(A) 30 AFC Wimbledon ...................................................................................... (H)

DECEMBER

14 Morecambe ..............................................................................................(A) 21 Portsmouth .............................................................................................. (H) 26 Torquay ....................................................................................................(A) 29 Rochdale ..................................................................................................(A)

JANUARY

1 Cheltenham ............................................................................................... (H) 4 Scunthorpe .................................................................................................(A) 11 Exeter ....................................................................................................... (H) 18 York .......................................................................................................... (A) 25 Newport County ....................................................................................... (H) 28 Accrington Stanley .................................................................................. (H)

FEBRUARY

1 Chesterfield ................................................................................................(A) 8 Oxford Utd ................................................................................................. (H) 15 Bury ..........................................................................................................(A) 22 Burton Albion........................................................................................... (H)

MARCH

1 Northampton............................................................................................... (A) 8 Plymouth ................................................................................................... (H) 11 Dag & Red............................................................................................... (H) 15 Hartlepool ................................................................................................. (A) 22 Southend ................................................................................................. (H) 25 Fleetwood .................................................................................................(A) 29 Morecambe ............................................................................................. (H)

APRIL

5 AFC Wimbledon ......................................................................................... (A) 12 Torquay ................................................................................................... (H) 19 Portsmouth ............................................................................................... (A) 21 Rochdale ................................................................................................. (H) 26 Wycombe .................................................................................................(A)

MAY

3 Mansfield ................................................................................................... (H)

OCTOBER

6 Bedford (H) ................................................................................................. 45-27 13 Leeds (H) (B&I Cup)................................................................................. 21-17 19 B&I Cup ....................................................................................................Rnd 2 27 Nottingham ................................................................................................... (H)

LEAGUE TWO AUGUST

3 Exeter (A) .................................................................................................. 1-2 6 Watford (Capital One Cup, First Round) (H) ............................................. 1-3 10 Scunthorpe (H) ........................................................................................ 0-0 17 Newport County(A) .................................................................................. 0-1 24 York (H) ................................................................................................... 3-2 31 Northampton (H) ...................................................................................... 1-0

OCTOBER

5 Port Vale (A) .............................................................................................................. 1-1 8 Wycombe (JPT Second Round) (A) .......................................................................... 1-2 19 Crewe ....................................................................................................................... (A) 22 Brentford................................................................................................................... (H) 26 Carlisle ..................................................................................................................... (A)

NOVEMBER

2 Plymouth ........................................................................................................ (A) 9 London Welsh ................................................................................................ (A) 17 Rotherhamv (H) 23 Cornish Pirates ............................................................................................. (A)

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

2 Oldham .......................................................................................................................(H) 16 Tranmere .................................................................................................................. (A) 23 Sheffield United ........................................................................................................(H) 26 Leyton Orient ............................................................................................................(H) 30 Preston ..................................................................................................................... (A)

JANUARY 2014

14 Rotherham ................................................................................................................(H) 21 Notts County ............................................................................................................. (A) 26 Walsall ......................................................................................................................(H) 29 Stevenage ................................................................................................................(H)

1 Leeds.............................................................................................................. (H) 8 B&I Cup ......................................................................................................Rnd 3 15 B&I Cup .....................................................................................................Rnd 4 21 Ealing (A)

5 Moseley .......................................................................................................... (H) 12 B&I Cup ....................................................................................................Rnd 5 19 B&I Cup ....................................................................................................Rnd 6 26 Plymouth ...................................................................................................... (H)

FEBRUARY

2 Jersey ............................................................................................................. (H) 8 Bedford ........................................................................................................... (A) 15 Nottingham ................................................................................................... (A)

DECEMBER

JANUARY

1 Leyton Orient .............................................................................................................. (A) 4 Coventry .....................................................................................................................(H) 11 Bradford .................................................................................................................... (A) 18 MK Dons................................................................................................................... (H) 25 Wolverhampton ........................................................................................................ (A) 28 Brentford ................................................................................................................... (A)

FEBRUARY

MARCH

1 Carlisle .......................................................................................................................(H) 8 Oldham ....................................................................................................................... (A) 15 Tranmere.................................................................................................................. (H) 22 Sheffield United ........................................................................................................ (A)

APRIL

1 Gillingham .................................................................................................................. (H) 8 Shrewsbury ................................................................................................................ (A) 11 Peterborough............................................................................................................ (A) 15 Swindon.................................................................................................................... (H) 22 Colchester ................................................................................................................ (A) 25 Port Vale................................................................................................................... (H) 29 Rotherham ................................................................................................................ (A)

1 Rotherham...................................................................................................... (A) 9 Cornish Pirates ............................................................................................... (H) 22 Leeds ............................................................................................................ (A) 30 Ealing ........................................................................................................... (H)

5 Moseley .......................................................................................................... (A) 12 B&I Cup .......................................................................................... quarter-final 18 London Welsh .............................................................................................. (H) 26 London Scottish............................................................................................ (A)

MARCH

MAY

3 B&I Cup ................................................................................................ semi-final 10 Championship semi-final ......................................................................... 1st leg 17 Championship semi-final ....................................................................... 2nd leg 23 B&I Cup ....................................................................................................... final 29 Championship final.................................................................................. 1st leg

APRIL

5 Preston .......................................................................................................................(H) 12 Walsall ...................................................................................................................... (A) 19 Notts County............................................................................................................. (H) 21 Stevenage ................................................................................................................ (A) 26 Crewe .......................................................................................................................(H)

JUNE

4 Championship final.................................................................................. 2nd leg

MAY

3 Crawley Town............................................................................................................. (A)

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Arsenal manager Wenger was right to be fuming about Wilshere’s smoking habit

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RSENE Wenger, the Arsenal manager, was fuming recently over photographs that appeared in the newspapers showing one of his star players, Jack Wiltshire, smoking a cigarette. I know Wenger is often seen moaning about one thing or another, but I do believe he has a point on this issue. Wiltshire, who by his own admission says he needs to get fitter, really should take a long hard look at himself. He is arguably the brightest young footballer we have available to play for our national team, but he is often absent from games for one reason or another. Smoking is something that we are

Dave Payne Writes for the Green ’Un all warned about as being bad for your health, so why a top professional sportsman feels the need to light up is beyond me. We need Jack fit and healthy for England, so let’s hope he wises up and quits the cigarettes. I have several smokers playing for my team Bishop Sutton. Honestly, most of them come straight off the pitch after playing,

and within seconds are puffing away on a ciggie. This, to me, explains why most of them run out of steam with 20 minutes or so of games remaining. One of my players admitted to me he has tried everything to quit his craving for tobacco. I asked him if he had tried the nicotine patches that I often see advertised on television. He replied that he had, and actually had one stuck to his arm as we spoke. I responded by saying: “That’s where you are going wrong, you should put the patches over your eyes.” Puzzled, he asked: “How would that work?” Laughing, I replied, “Easy. That way, you can never find your cigarettes!” While on the subject of smoking, I can remember being told a funny

story a few years back about a local footballer. This particular player was a smoker and was reluctant to leave his cigarettes in the changing rooms as he feared they may get stolen. So, he decided to tuck his ciggies and lighter into his sock when playing. Minutes into this particular game, his team-mates and opponents, along with everyone else watching were left dumbstruck, when after sliding into a tackle his socks caught on fire! That just goes to prove smoking is bad for your health. Changing the subject slightly, I played in a charity football match recently that was held at the home of Hallen Football Club. Our team, which was lead by former Bristol City favourite Scott

Murray, included a smattering of ex City and Rovers players, as well as some local well-known celebrities. These included weatherman Alex Beresford and the chef Dean Edwards. who appears regularly on breakfast television. It was quite a competitive game until Hallen decided to bring on a number of first-team players, which meant they then ran out easy victors. A decent sum of money was raised though for the charity, named Boobs and Balls. I was informed that each Hallen player had to raise a certain amount of cash before the match, this then entitled them to partake in the game. I know organiser Mark Jakeways was very grateful for their efforts.


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