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Polish stars determined to put on a show Robert Lewandowski has warned that Poland will be no pushovers for England. The Poles were left devastated by a 1-0 defeat away to Ukraine on Friday, ending their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup next summer. But a trip to London holds substantial appeal under any circumstances for the team coached by Waldemar Fornalik – and Lewandowski is determined they do not waste their journey. England need to win to finish top of the group and reach Brazil 2014 automatically, given second-placed Ukraine take on San Marino, and Poland have nothing but pride to play for. That pride could be a factor, though, with thousands of Polish fans expected at Wembley and the visiting team eager to cause an upset. “We go to England now,” said Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund’s Bayern Munichbound striker. “We know we have a lot of fans out there who will come to the game. We don’t stand a chance of going through, but

England wide man Andros Townsend, white kit, fires his side’s third goal of the evening against Montenegro at Wembley on Friday night


England have to finish the job of qualification off now, says Baines BY SIMON STONE Everton left-back 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 runup to the World Cup that he was homesick, although the 28year-old has always maintained he would have been more than happy to represent his country. 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 on Tuesday 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. “Qualifying for a World Cup is as big a carrot as you could probably dangle in front of any player,” he said. “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 night 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 he is certain to start this week. “You enjoy it a lot more when you know you are going to get a game,” said Baines, who despite his talent 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’s 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 encour-

England left-back Leighton Baines, right, moves in to tackle Montenegro's Elsad Zverotic at Wembley on Friday aging performances from Danny Welbeck and, to a lesser extent, Daniel Sturridge. The Liverpool striker rounded-off the victory with a penalty, while a Branko Boskovic own goal gave England a twogoal lead before Dejan Damjanovic replied. Andros Townsend stole the show, however, with the third England 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,” Baines said. “It was a great performance and it was a massive lift for us.” Many were taken aback by Roy Hodgson’s decision to hand Townsend his debut and the England manager’s gen-

eral positivity in the build-up to the game. Ex-professionals came out in force to denounce England after their drab 0-0 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,” Baines said.

Robert Lewandowski could break England hearts tomorrow night we want to go to Wembley and at least allow our supporters a little fun. For sure we won’t be favourites.” Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowski added: “It doesn’t matter that we only have honour to play for. Matches at Wembley are always very important to us. “There are sure to be many Polish fans there and we want to thank them with a good game and the right result.” Lewandowski, one of Europe’s most-feared strikers, has been troubled by Poland’s failings in Group H. “Sometimes I wonder exactly what we are missing,” Lewandowski said. “I am thinking in particular of a few draws in the matches we should be winning. There are moments when it seems that everything is going in the right direction. “I don’t have the right word about what should be changed. Against Ukraine it seemed that we created more chances and we played well, but it is not important. In qualification, victories and points are the most important things, not the style of play.” Fornalik is coming to the end of his contract, with media speculation he could be replaced by Dick Advocaat, the former Holland and Russia boss who retired from club management after spending last season at PSV Eindhoven. Wembley could be Fornalik’s last stand, and he is eyeing a famous result. “This will be our main goal. We would like to cause a surprise,” he said.



Wallace is out of the Scotland squad Lee Wallace has withdrawn as expected from the Scotland squad for the final World Cup qualifier against Croatia at Hampden Park tomorrow. The Rangers left-back has left the Scots’ camp after failing to overcome a knee injury. National manager Gordon Strachan pre-empted Wallace’s departure on Saturday by calling in Stevie Hammell of Motherwell. Meanwhile, Robert Snodgrass, who scored the winner when Scotland beat Croatia in June, has rejoined the squad. He was given leave by Strachan to attend the birth of

his baby daughter, Leonie. His partner, Denise, gave birth late last week and Snodgrass is de-

Robert Snodgrass wants to make this month even better termined to deliver more good news. “I think the adrenaline of fatherhood alone will get me through it,” he said.

■ Northern Ireland coach Maik Taylor has called for the Irish Football Association to hand Michael O’Neill a new contract despite the side’s troubling run of results. Taylor believes O’Neill needs to stay on when his deal expires at the end of the year. His record – played 13, won only one – does the former Shamrock Rovers boss few favours, with defeats in Luxembourg and Azerbaijan in the last two World Cup qualifiers particularly disappointing. But Taylor said: “I strongly believe the way forward is with Michael at the helm.”






140 SIZES 3 TYPES Simon Church celebrates scoring for Wales against Macedonia on Friday night


Coleman is looking for a performance 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. Wales head to the King Baudouin Stadium for what could be Coleman’s last competitive fixture in charge of the Dragons, as talks over a contract extension have stalled, with hopes of their own collective progression as a squad dented 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 see hope for a brighter future on the back of another promising display against an impressive Belgian squad which includes 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 16year-old Harry Wilson into the squad for their first taste of senior international football, a move which the former Fulham boss thinks points to an increasingly bright future for Wales. “When you see that display (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 been completed. 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 in the 1-0 triumph against Macedonia and hopes he can profit again tomorrow, when veteran Craig Bellamy will play his last Wales international before retirement. “It was nice to play up front, that is my position. I am a centre-forward, not a winger. Obviously I have been picked to do a job for the team in the past, but I don’t think I play my best there, so I was glad to get my chance as a striker,” Church said.

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Fitchett fires Salisbury into fourth place SALISBURY CITY 1 GRIMSBY TOWN 0 Dan Fitchett continued his rich vein of form as he netted two minutes after the restart to move Salisbury back into the Skrill Premier play-off zone. The striker, who scored against the Mariners in the Whites’ famous FA Cup win almost two years ago, sealed his fifth goal of the season after connecting with Elliott Frear’s cross, dummying his man and unleashing a left-footed strike into the roof of the net. The goal brought the affair to life after a dismal first half and the tempo increased. It could have been two in quick succession for the hosts had Miles Storey not lifted his header over the bar from Ben Wright’s cross. However, the final half-hour was dominated by the visitors, who stifled the hosts in the

Alex Pritchard’s tremendous free-kick flies beyond Rotherham United goalkeeper Scott Shearer to give Swindon Town the lead at the New York Stadium


Cooper hails ‘fantastic’ Pritchard as Swindon outplay miserable Millers ROTHERHAM 0 SWINDON TN 4 BY NEIL GOULDING Ecstatic Swindon boss Mark Cooper singled out Alex Pritchard after they thrashed Rotherham to seal their first away win of the season. The attacking midfielder, on loan from Tottenham, starred throughout as the Robins recorded their ninth victory in the last 11 meetings between the two sides. Pritchard began the rout by curling in a 25-yard free kick just after the half-hour mark. Cooper, who recalled Wes Foderingham, Nathan Thompson, Jay McEveley, Yaser Kasim and Nile Ranger, said: “We know Alex has got that in his locker

and he should do it more, but he was back to something like we expect. “He’s got fantastic ability and he showed what he’s about. He played with a smile on his face and I thought he was really good today – as were the rest of the team.” Goals either side of half-time from Pritchard, Massimo Luongo, Nicky Ajose and Dany N‘Guessan ensured Swindon claimed their third successive win in all competitions. “I thought we were very, very good,” Cooper added. “I think it has been coming. We put something in place a couple of weeks ago with this game in mind and the players have carried it out fantastically. They were outstanding. “We put another defender on and we asked one of our full-

backs to stay at home rather than both going forward at the same time, we did it and still created numerous chances. “Rotherham put us under some pressure early on, but we withstood that. Some of our football was outstanding. “We questioned them (the players) after the Preston game and they have bounced back and gone on another little run. There will be plenty of pats on the back and they will get a little bit of time to themselves now before we play again on Friday.” Rotherham controlled the opening 20 minutes and the final outcome could have been so different if they had converted one of the multiple chances they created. Alex Revell volleyed over from close range after a lovely

cross from Daniel Nardiello, Ben Pringle clipped a shot inches wide, while Pablo Mills’ powerful header struck the crossbar. As the half wore on, however, Swindon grew into the contest and although Shearer got a hand to Pritchard’s fine set piece in the 33rd minute, he could not keep it out. The visitors doubled their advantage when Luongo’s right foot strike deflected off Lee Frecklington and looped over Scott Shearer. After the break, Pritchard capped off a fine display by crossing for Ajose to tap in the third after 65 minutes. Pritchard then flashed a shot inches wide after a clever back heel from Nile Ranger. But the Robins, who will face Wycombe at home in the next

round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, deservedly bagged a fourth in added-time when substitute Louis Thompson fed N’Guessan. Cooper said: “Dany has come from the Championship and his attitude has been good. He has obviously not played a lot, so I think there will be more to come from him.” Rotherham: Shearer, Bradley, Morgan, Mills, Skarz, Agard, Frecklington, Milsom (Tidser 62), Pringle, Revell, Nardiello (Tubbs 56). Not Used: Brindley, O’Connor, Hylton, Collin, Rowe. Booked: Frecklington, Milsom, Bradley, Pringle. Swindon: Foderingham, N Thompson, Hall, Ward, McEveley, Luongo, Pritchard, Kasim, Ajose (N’Guessan 75), Ranger (L Thompson 87), Byrne. Not Used: Barthram, Cox, Belford, Branco, El-Gabbas. Booked: Kasim, Luongo, McEveley. Goals: Pritchard 33, Luongo 45, Ajose 65, N’Guessan 90. Attendance: 8,103. Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear).

Dan Fitchett grabbed the winning goal against Grimsby final third, but lacked composure in front of goal. Theo Lewis made two vital interceptions – firstly making a goalline clearance and then lunging to block Andy Cook’s ferocious drive. Cook went close again from a looping header, but a cracking save from Will Puddy kept the score at 1-0. Chris Doig smashed an effort off the crossbar and Fitchett went solo for Salisbury, but was foiled by the long right-arm of Grimsby goalkeeper James McKeown. Four minutes of stoppagetime were played and McKeown went up front and had a couple of touches, but they were not enough to earn the visitors a point as they suffered back-to-back defeats. Salisbury manager Mikey Harris, leading his side into fourth position, said: “I think the way we have responded from the defeat at Barnet is fantastic.” “That’s seven points from nine now and, on another day, we would have got three points at Dartford. “We managed to stay resolute and hold on.”

Debut goals for Krans and Dyer are not enough to earn Hereford their win HEREFORD UNITED 2 DARTFORD 2 Bristol City striker Kevin Krans and Mansfield’s Ross Dyer both scored on their debuts for Hereford – but it was not enough to get the Bulls back on the winning track. Krans and Dyer, who both joined Hereford on month’s loan late on Friday, snapped up their goals in an 11-minute spell in the second half after Lee Noble had put the visitors

in front in the Skrill Premier at Edgar Street. However, the Darts fought back to level with five minutes remaining when substitute Uche Ibemere forced home the equaliser. Martin Foyle’s men have now gone four games without a win and remain anchored in 16th place in the table, just three points clear of the relegation places. “We got a point, but we deserved all three,” claimed

Foyle after his side missed a chance to wrap up the game after Krans and Dyer had put the Bulls in front. “Like the last few games, I don’t think we have played badly, but today I am disappointed because we should have scored four.” Foyle, however, was pleased with Krans’ contribution on his Skrill Premier debut at Edgar Street. “Kevin hadn’t played a lot of football, but he showed a bit of

quality at times, which was pleasing.” Krans was quickly in the action, sweeping a cross past the Dartford goalmouth in the second minute. The visitors took the lead in the 11th minute when Noble beat goalkeeper Rhys Evans with a low shot following a cross by Matt Godden. Hereford levelled after the break when Krans lashed his 25-yard drive past goalkeeper Alan Julian into the roof of the

net after latching on to a ball from Rob Purdie. Following Krans’ strike, Dyer released the ball to Chris Sharp, but the striker failed to find the target before Dyer put Hereford in front on the hour. He received a pass from Dan Walker before beating Julian for his first goal in United’s colours. With 17 minutes remaining, Foyle made his second substitution of the game when he replaced Krans with Jonathan

Brown and, shortly afterwards, United skipper Luke Graham made a timely clearance from a cross by Ryan Hayes before man of the match Sam Gwynne hit the foot of the Dartford post. The ball rebounded to Walker, who missed the chance to put Hereford further in front, before Dartford snatched their equaliser. Substitute Ibemere forced the ball home following a freekick



Display gives Ward cause for optimism MANSFIELD TN 1 BRISTOL ROVERS 1 BY JAMES MCNAMARA The form table may have made for grim reading if Bristol Rovers manager John Ward took a look at it – but that should not detract from the optimism he will be feeling as he arrives for training today. Only bottom-of-the-league Accrington Stanley have been waiting longer for a victory than Rovers following this draw at the One Call Stadium – yet Ward’s side produced a performance that was far from in keeping with a run that saw the number of league games without a win extended to six. Rovers left it late to secure a share of the spoils after an Alefe Santos shot nestled in the corner of the net following a helpful deflection off the leg of Mansfield midfielder Keiran Murtagh – but had that effort failed to puncture a stubborn rear-guard action the 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 goal off the head of Mansfield’s Lee Stevenson after a moment of hesitancy by goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall, immediately followed by the withdrawal of Brown because of injury – they continued to take the game by the scruff off the neck in search of an equaliser. Had Rovers’ shooting not been, as Ward described it, ‘a little bit straight’ or had they not run into an in-form goalkeeper in the shape of Alan Marriott, they would, quite easily, have been celebrating a victory for the first time since a Tom Lockyer goal secured a 1-0 success over Northampton on August 31. Few would have had cause to complain had Rovers ended the game celebrating a victory – even a Mansfield supporter

who accosted Ward at the final whistle sympathised with the injustice of the outcome. “Wardy,” he said. “Your team deserved to win today.” It was in stark contrast to the last time ‘Wardy’ was confronted by fans at the end of the game. That came just over a month ago as Ward headed down the tunnel after witnessing a largely lethargic performance at Dagenham & Redbridge. Colourful expletives were used to express exactly what some supporters felt that day. On Saturday, however, there was a noticeable change in the demeanour of a manager who has appeared to be carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders recently. It was little surprise after Ward watched his side turn out a performance that was a throwback to some of those that lit up the latter part of last season. It was Rovers’ best display of the season so far. That a team accused over the opening weeks of a season as being one dimensional achieved it by passing and moving the ball – aided and abetted by a slick playing surface – will no doubt have been a source of further pleasure for the manager to take home with him on Saturday night. While the performance of others may have caught the eye of supporters, meanwhile, Brunt’s willingness to chase lost causes or offer a willing target for the more direct pass was the starting point by which Rovers were able to get the ball down and play it on the ground higher up the pitch. It was a tactic that suited out-of-favour striker David Clarkson after a combination of injuries and international call-ups served to facilitate his return to the side after a fiveweek absence. Many have questioned where or if the former Bristol City striker fits into the style of play Ward prefers to deploy, but, in response, Clarkson, a graceful footballer, produced a display that suggested he can

Boss O’Driscoll admits he may be vulnerable

David Clarkson is first to congratulate Bristol Rovers goalscorer Alefe Santos be an asset if the ball is played into his feet. Supporters, meanwhile, 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 over a quarter of the side that finished the game were raised in and around Bristol. Brazilian-born Santos, who spent his formative years growing up in Southmead,

provided an instant source of excitement on his introduction from the bench before plundering his first goal for the Rovers, while there was a competent senior debut for Patchway-raised defender Pat Keary after he was called in to replace Brown. Portisheadraised Ollie Clarke completed the trio of local talents when playing his first game of the season to suggest that there may actually be some sub-


stance in Ward’s musings that the future looks bright. Mansfield: Marriott, Sutton, Dempster, Riley, Beevers, Murtagh, Stevenson (Meikle 72), Howell, Daniel (Palmer 87), Clucas, Andrew (Rhead 59). Not Used: Jennings, Hutchinson, Mitchell, Poku. Goals: Stevenson 22. Rovers: Mildenhall, Brown (Keary 23), Lockyer, Parkes, Smith, Norburn (Richards 56), Clarke, O’Toole, Bond (Santos 72), Clarkson, Brunt. Not Used: Gill, Gough, Goddard, Southway. Goals: Santos 84. Attendance: 3,275. Referee: Scott Duncan (Tyne & Wear).

Santos itching to force his way into the Rovers starting line-up Youngster Alefe Santos hopes his first senior goal will boost his hopes of becoming a more regular fixture in the Bristol Rovers starting line-up. Santos, 18, from Southmead in Bristol, has mostly made fleeting appearances from the bench since being handed a debut by former manager Mark McGhee last November – but enjoyed his most significant moment in a Bristol Rovers shirt by scoring a late leveller in a 1-1 draw at Mansfield on Saturday. “It was the best moment of my career so far and I just want to keep progressing now,” said

Santos, who has nine 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 fullback and saw the chance for a shot. 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

Rovers’ Pat Keary heads for goal

more goals and see what happens from there.” Patchway-raised defender Pat Keary, meanwhile, completed a massive turnaround by making his senior debut for the club after initially being told he would not 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 early in the first-half. “I’ve played for Rovers since I was eight years old, but I was released 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 I would end up making my debut for Rovers.” He added: “I didn’t expect to go on even when Lee Brown went down. I ran out to warmup and was very surprised when I heard the gaffer calling me back and telling me to get ready. I didn’t have any nerves because I have been training with the first-team for a long time and Tom Parkes really helped me out. We would have preferred to get three points, but on a personal note the day was great for me.”

Head coach Sean O’Driscoll accepts that he could become a casualty of Bristol City’s transition process. While a majority of City fans are prepared to be patient and give O’Driscoll the time he needs to rebuild at Ashton Gate, a vociferous minority are already calling for change. City have failed to win any of their ten games in League One so far and now find themselves lodged in the relegation zone after results elsewhere went against them at the weekend. That is too much for some fans, who believe O’Driscoll is living on borrowed time. Even the Midlander himself acknowledges the possibility of losing his job if City’s disappointing start to the campaign is not arrested soon. “This isn’t about me, it’s about Bristol City Football Club,” said O’Driscoll, who took over as head coach in January and was unable to stave off relegation from the Championship. In a brutally honest assessment he added: “I’ve said all along that, football being football, I could end up being a victim of this transition process. The wholesale culture change at the club was never going to be easy, and not winning a game in the League so far has understandably only served to heighten nervousness and cynicism among some sections of the fan base. “I can’t bury my head in the sand as to the disappointments and anger that the fans of this football club have experienced over the past few years, just as I can’t be arrogant enough to think that not winning a league game so far this season is acceptable to anyone. “It’s not acceptable to the coaching staff and the players so there’s no way it’s going to be acceptable to fans who haven’t had much to cheer about for three years. “Managing a football club isn’t a popularity contest and you accept there will always be people who cannot see past the final score. Last week’s performance at Port Vale was a perfect case in point, but positive things that have occurred since the start of the season.”

Allen is sacked by Gillingham Gillingham have sacked boss Martin Allen after just 11 games of the season. Allen guided the club to the League Two title last term and Saturday’s defeat at Shrewsbury, which followed back-toback wins, left them 17th with nine points. However, it was not good enough for Gills chairman Paul Scally, who has axed the 48-year-old former Brentford and Notts County chief after 16 months in charge. Scally said: “It is always a hugely-difficult time when a managerial change occurs and this moment is no exception. “The decision was an exceptionally difficult one, but one which after long deliberation was felt absolutely necessary.”



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Cheltenham Town striker Jamie Cureton fires his 250th career goal against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday


Cureton reaches a milestone with one of his best in Robins triumph DAG/RED 1 CHELTENHAM 2 BY JON PALMER A special Jamie Cureton goal helped earn Cheltenham their third victory of the season and eased the strain on Mark Yates. Dagenham & Redbridge’s Victoria Road ground was the scene of Yates’ first victory as Robins boss in December 2009 and on Saturday it witnessed one of his most important. With the help of a scouting report from first-team coach Dave Kevan, Yates set up his team to stifle the threat of Dagenham’s play-maker Billy Bingham and it worked well. Bingham was taken off just after the hour and by that time Cheltenham were in control. Dagenham mounted a late push, but a much-improved defensive display ensured the Daggers’ unbeaten home record this season was ended. Yates made three changes to the team beaten 2-0 at Scun-

thorpe a week earlier, with Cureton picked ahead of Terry Gornell up front. There was no recall for Steve Elliott at the back in the absence of James Wilson, who was on international duty with Wales. Instead, Keith Lowe moved to centre-half and Sido Jombati came in at right-back. The other change saw fitagain Craig Braham-Barrett return at left-back, with Matt Richards pushed into midfield and David Noble dropped to the bench. Jermaine McGlashan played at the top of a midfield diamond, occupying Bingham, while Richards shone in his deep-lying role, pulling many of the strings in the centre of the pitch for Cheltenham. Richards forced Jordan Seabright into a diving save with a free-kick inside the first minute after Brian Saah fouled Byron Harrison, who caused problems throughout. Harrison smashed one over on the turn in the 15th minute

and Cheltenham’s shape was effective, with Russ Penn and Jason Taylor doing the donkey work, allowing Richards to dictate play with his quality and composure on the ball. The breakthrough came in the 31st minute when a throwin was touched on by Harrison and McGlashan nodded it into the path of Cureton. Without a moment’s thought, he clipped an effortless volley over Seabright and into the net from 30 yards. It was a fitting way to reach 250 goals and he revealed a tshirt emblazoned with ‘250 baby!’ earning a yellow card for his celebration. It was his third goal of the season from two starts and three substitute appearances, an impressive strike rate even by Cureton’s own standards. Cheltenham looked to be in total control, but Dagenham levelled five minutes before the break with the sort of untidy goal that has been their undoing so many times this

season. Lowe’s attempted clearance hit McGlashan and Dagenham had players anxious to capitalise. Rhys Murphy’s header was well saved by Scott Brown, but Abu Ogogo followed up from close range to give Cheltenham that sinking feeling again. Their response was admirable on this occasion however and they started the second half as strongly as the first. Harrison went close with a header from Richards’ freekick before Cheltenham regained the lead in the 59th minute. Another Richards’ free-kick was met by Cureton, but Seabright beat it away as far as Troy Brown, who did well to direct back towards goal from a tight angle and it looked on its way in before Lowe made sure, heading in from almost on the goalline. Dagenham changed their shape and Cheltenham were forced to withstand sustained pressure for the first time, with Brown saving well from

Murphy and making a fine double stop from Ogogo and Murphy in the 68th minute. But the goalkeeper was fortunate not to be penalised for handball outside his box in the 72nd minute. He raced out to meet Zavon Hines and the ball did appear to strike his arm, but play was allowed to continue and Cheltenham scrambled clear. However, this show will stand Cheltenham in good stead as they bid to mount a charge up the table. Dag & Red: Seabright, Doe, Saah, Wilkinson, Connors, Howell, Ogogo, Bingham (Elito 64), Obafemi (Dickson 46), Murphy (Scott 84), Hines. Not Used: Ilesanmi, Saunders, Dennis, Anderson. Booked: Wilkinson, Hines, Connors. Goals: Ogogo 40. Cheltenham: S Brown, Jombati, T Brown, Lowe, Braham-Barrett, McGlashan, Taylor, Richards, Penn, Cureton (Gornell 77), Harrison. Not Used: Elliott, Deering, Kotwica, Vincent, Noble, Rivers. Booked: Cureton, Penn, Braham-Barrett, Harrison. Goals: Cureton 31, Lowe 59. Attendance: 1,727. Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire).

That’s why I signed Jamie, beams Yates after away-day victory Cheltenham boss Mark Yates hailed ‘model professional’ Jamie Cureton after the veteran’s 250th career strike helped set up the 2-1 success at Dagenham & Redbridge. The 38-year-old dispatched a measured volley over Jordan Seabright to put Cheltenham ahead in the 31st minute. Dagenham levelled before half-time through skipper Abu Ogogo, but Keith Lowe’s header on the hour won it. The opening months of Cure-

ton’s time at Cheltenham have been disrupted by a dislocated shoulder and a calf strain, but he has still managed three goals. “It was pure opportunism and that’s why I signed him,” Yates said of Cureton’s spectacular strike. “He should have scored in the first minute when he took an air shot from a corner, but nothing bothers him and he is a great professional. “He may be getting on a bit,

It’s 250 goals for Jamie Cureton

but we’ve missed him and League Two defenders are always wary of him. His movement is different class and to do that from 30 yards when the ball was up around his waist was a great strike.” Cureton was not happy about being substituted in the second half, with Terry Gornell sent on in his place, but Yates said it only highlights his appetite for goals. “Strikers want to be on the pitch doing what they do best

and Jamie was disappointed to be taken off,” he said. “But once he had got his tantrum out of the way, he understood we needed to do something different. “He is a good footballer and if we give him chances he will take them.” Cheltenham play Rochdale at home in League Two next Saturday before welcoming Morecambe to the Abbey Business Stadium for another league game three days later.

Cadbury Heath moved up two places to fifth in the Premier Division with a well-deserved 3-0 home win 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 their 3-2 victory at home to Bridport with Jordan Metters giving the home side a 12thminute lead. Ryan Dovell soon equalised, but George Brimson and Aron Robbins gave Manor Farm a two-goal advantage at the break, so Darren Watts’ goal for Bridport was academic. Dan Hunt fired a hat-trick as Longwell Green beat Hengrove 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 Buckland, Andy Cook heading an own goal winner after Asa Corrick had cancelled-out the Devon side’s opening goal. Bishop Sutton climbed 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 win with a fourth. Radstock beat Willand 3-1, while at the top Gillingham thumped Ilfracombe 6-0 and fourth-placed Odd Down beat Street, in third, 1-0 with a Kye Simpson goal. In the First Division, struggling Portishead surprised high-flying Barnstaple with a 2-1 home win as goalkeepermanager Lee Ballard led by example. Kieran Marsden and Nick Steadman scored second-half goals for the hosts and Ballard was only beaten by Jed HarperPenman’s late spot-kick. Ashton & Backwell collected a much-needed victory too, beating visiting Corsham 2-0 with strikes from Ricky Briggs and Conor Biggins. The basement battle between Oldland and Keynsham ended 1-1, while Roman Glass St George came from behind to beat Almondsbury UWE 4-2. Wellington moved up to second place with a 3-1 home win over Welton, Ollie Chamberlain, Alexis Piper and Luke Redrup on target before James Cooper replied. Cribbs went down 3-1 at Wincanton, Jordan Yeo giving the visitors a first-minute lead, but Danny Golden, Dave O’Hare and Matt Peters hit back for the hosts. Cheddar, meanwhile, triumphed 2-1 at Chard, Callum Ham winning the game from the spot after Sam Clark had cancelled-out Sam Jones’ opener for the visitors.




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


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 1 4 5 11 7 4

Pts 25 17 11 9 8 7

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

P W Italy ....................9 4 Bulgaria .............9 2 Denmark ............9 0 Czech Republic .9 1 Armenia .............9 1 Malta ..................9 0 GrOUP c

hOMe D L F 0 0 8 2 0 10 3 1 3 2 2 4 0 4 3 0 5 3

A 2 3 7 6 9 11

W 2 1 3 2 3 1

AWAY D L F 3 0 9 2 2 4 1 1 8 1 1 8 0 1 7 0 3 2

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 AW 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


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


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 AW 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 AW 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 AW 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


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 AW 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sears 7 Att 2,945

Taylor 90

Odubajo 42 Lisbie 67 Att 6,359

Bamford 30

Att 6,311

Att 9,268 Att 8,103

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

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

Donaldson 13

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

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

Eastwood 90 Williams 62 Diagne 90

Att 3,082

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

calor lge South & West

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

FA cup budweiser third round Qualifying

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

Att 5,129

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

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

Moore 27 Inman 64

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

Att 14,674

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

Ogogo 40 Att 1,727

Shrewsbury .............(1) 2 Zoko 15, 26 Att 3,225

Accrington Stanley (1) 1

Bennett 86 Att 4,585

Barnett 86

Pritchard 33 Luongo 45 Ajose 65 N’Guessan 90

Jacobson 17 McAlinden 81

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

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

hAlF tiMe

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

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

hOMe AWAY P W D L F AW 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

treble check: Complete check for Littlewoods, Vernons and Zetters: 11= Score Draws, 4= No Score Draw or Void 34= Home or Away



Flurry leveller earns a replay

Yate denied by Edwards strike



Clevedon needed a late goal 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 shown 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 resultant 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 this evening (7.30pm).

Former Yate front man Darren Edwards despatched an injurytime penalty at Lodge Road to earn Gloucester an FA Cup third qualifying round replay. Edwards converted from 12 yards after another ex-Yate man, Matt Groves, was felled in the box by Mike Bryant. Until then, Jake Cox’s longrange blast had looked like giving Town another famous victory after Darren Mullings had cancelled-out Bryant’s deflected opener. Bryant broke the deadlock two minutes before half-time when Gloucester failed to clear a free-kick and the midfielder’s shot beat City goalkeeper Mike Green via a deflection. The visitors levelled just short of the hour mark when Tyler Weir centred and Mullings arrived to beat Horsell with a deft header. Yate went back in front 12 minutes from time when City again failed to clear from a set piece and Cox rifled a tremendous shot into the top corner. 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. ■ The replay takes place at Whaddon Road on Wednesday (7.45pm).

Evans ends winless run CINDERFORD TOWN 1 GODALMING TOWN 0 Cinderford ended their eightgame winless streak to move back into the top half of the Calor Southern League Division One South & West table. Having won their opening two games of the season in August, the Foresters had not tasted victory in eight subsequent league outings. However, that sorry run was ended on Saturday as Dale Evans grabbed the only goal of the game against visiting Godalming midway through the second half. ■ Cinderford host Cirencester in the Red Insure Cup round one on Wednesday (7.45pm).

Price is right for Brimscombe HELLENIC LEAGUE Brimscombe leapfrogged over opponents Binfield in the Premier Division table after their 1-0 away victory courtesy of an Adam Price goal. Cheltenham Saracens lost 3-1 at Ascot with the visitors’ goal coming from the penalty spot as Josh Swales netted. With Shortwood Reserves held to a 1-1 draw at Lydney, Tytherington took over at the top of Division One West with a 1-0 victory at home to Old Woodstock with Justin Bishop on target. Fairford, meanwhile, thrashed Easington 4-1 with Jack Allan hitting a hat-trick and Dan Bailey scoring once.

Cirencester Town’s Lee Smith, right, runs at the Weymouth defence during Saturday’s FA Cup third qualifying round tie


Yetton missile dumps Cirencester out of the cup CIRENCESTER TOWN 1 WEYMOUTH 2 Stewart Yetton struck a superb winner as Weymouth ended Cirencester’s interest in the FA Cup at the third qualifying round stage. Yetton fired the crucial goal on the hour mark, rifling the ball past Glyn Garner from the edge of the box after bringing it down superbly. The former Plymouth and Truro front man had earlier

given the Terras the lead with a more straightforward finish midway through the opening period. However, Cirencester drew level four minutes after halftime when Lee Smith sent a corner into the box and Chris Holland powered the ball into the net. Yetton, though, conjured the perfect response a little over ten minutes later and the home side were unable to carve out a late leveller.

United keep right on track Cirencester manager Brian Hughes watches his side go out of the FA Cup

Injury-time winner adds to the misery at Forest Green FOREST GREEN ROVERS 2 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 3 Six defeats in seven Skrill Premier matches cannot be blamed on misfortune, but this last-gasp kick to Forest Green’s guts suggested Lady Luck has one foot in the burgeoning ‘Hockaday Out’ camp. Substitute Paul Lewis pounced in the 93rd minute to inflict Rovers’ third straight loss, a cruel blow after Yan Klukowski had stepped off the bench to cancel-out Daniel Whitaker’s strike and seemingly rescue a point. Matthew Barnes-Homer had earlier netted against a former club for the second time in five days, only to see another lead squandered as Steven Williams levelled for Macclesfield before the break. The match saw BarnesHomer up against the outfit he served last season – and he delivered a decent early cross

that was headed wide by Danny Wright. The deadlock was broken when Macclesfield’s Peter Winn saw a shot blocked and Chris Stokes led a tremendous break out on the left, pulling the ball back for BarnesHomer to take aim and defeat

Matthew BarnesHomer scored against his old club goalkeeper Rhys Taylor in unhurried fashion. Andy Mangan was only narrowly off target, while at the other end Winn produced an enticing delivery that was headed wide at the far post by the diving Chris Holroyd. Rovers’ initial keenness to

press home their advantage seemed to wear off, though, and Connor Jennings served another reminder of the Silkmen’s threat with a piledriver from distance that fizzed just over Sam Russell’s crossbar. Home nerves would only be settled with a second goal, but four minutes before half-time Winn burst clear on the left and picked out Williams in a crowded penalty area for a clinical finish. Another good chance went begging for the hosts at the start of the second period when Mangan’s miscued shot spun into the path of Magno Vieira six yards out, but he contrived to hit his shot against defender Joe Connor on the line. Macclesfield were left similarly frustrated when Holroyd was put through the middle with only Russell to beat, the Rovers goalkeeper dashing off his line to make a fine save. It looked like a big moment in the game, but Russell was

left powerless and exposed two minutes later when another Winn cross narrowly evaded Holroyd and dropped for Whitaker to lash home. Marcus Kelly saw an effort cleared off the line by James Bolton before Rovers were offered an even clearer route back into the game. Substitute James Norwood was put clear by Wright’s superb pass and upended by goalkeeper Taylor. Klukowski made no mistake from 12 yards, sending Taylor the wrong way. Winn narrowly missed the top corner for the visitors, but Taylor was the busier of the two goalkeepers, flinging out his left glove to stop Wright’s header from a Kelly corner. However, the dagger was delivered in added-time when Danny Andrew’s left-wing cross was steered into the far corner of the net by Lewis, and the final whistle prompted a cacophony of jeers.

DIDCOT TOWN 0 SHORTWOOD UNITED 1 Shortwood moved comfortably into the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup despite the narrow margin of victory. With Tom King unavailable due to the imminent birth of his son, Ashton Herbert played in goal, but was rarely called into serious action. The visitors almost made an early breakthrough, but Tim Haddock was adjudged offside when converting a free-kick. Shortwood continued to press throughout the first half without creating any clear-cut chances, while the home side could only offer a few longrange efforts. However, the second half belonged entirely to the visitors as the Railwaymen completely hit the buffers. Haddock again had the ball in the net, but again he was ruled to have been offside. The deserved breakthrough arrived on 73 minutes when Adam Mann picked up a loose pass and fed Duncan Culley, who neatly lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper. Having nosed ahead, United eased off a little, but Didcot were a spent force and never really looked likely to deny the visitors their place in the draw for the fourth qualifying round. ■ Shortwood visit Merthyr in the first round of the Red Insure Cup tomorrow (7.45pm).



Roberts treble beats Bluebirds

Taunton react in the right way



Chippenham’s suspect defence again let them down as they conceded a penalty for the third game in succession as well as gifting the opposition a second goal in the Premier Division of the Calor Southern League. However, in Drew Roberts, the Bluebirds came up against a striker who has rejected numerous approaches to play at a higher level – and he duly recorded a hat-trick. Chippenham might have taken a tenth-minute lead when Joe Lennox’s lob left goalkeeper Shane Gore stranded, but the ball came down on the crossbar. Two minutes later, the first of several controversial refereeing decisions gave the Generals a free-kick that Roberts curled over the home wall and beyond the reach of Ben John. Chippenham conceded a second goal on the half-hour mark when a defence-splitting pass from Steve Wales caused hesitancy at the back allowing Roberts to beat John again. Chesham wrapped the game up early in the second half when Luke Murden needlessly tripped Roberts in the area and he converted from the spot. Roberts might have added to his tally, while substitute Inih Effiong drew a near-post save from John in stoppage-time. For the Bluebirds, Tom Knighton’s headed effort landed on the roof of the net.

Taunton reacted to criticism by their chief executive and chairman Kevin Sturmey by gaining only their third win of the season in Division One South & West of the Calor Southern League. In his programme notes, Sturmey had said the players should stop coming up with excuses for their poor displays and stop blaming others. However, Taunton did not appear to have taken much notice early on as Cleeve weathered some pressure before striking on the quarterhour through Joe Hanks. However, two goals in a minute from Nat Pepperell midway through the first half turned the match and Steve Murray added a third late on. ■ Taunton visit Bideford in the Red Insure Cup first round tomorrow (7.45pm).

Thriller ends up all square FROME TOWN 4 BEDFORD TOWN 4 Football was the winner as Frome and Bedford shared eight goals in a scintillating match in the Premier Division of the Calor Southern League. Aaron Ledgister gave the Robins the lead in the 15th minute with a superbly-struck shot from the edge of the area. Andrew Philips equalised from the penalty spot in the 25th minute as Dean Flockton was adjudged to have taken him down and Bedford then took the lead on the stroke of half-time as Kerron Birch blasted a left-foot shot past Darren Chitty after the Frome defence had failed to clear. Frome made it two-all in the 51st minute as Ben Wood poked home from close range after a move involving six players, but Bedford regained the lead in the 65th minute as Birch shot in from just inside the box. Frome levelled again in the 81st minute as Wood was fouled and Ledgister scored from the spot and Wood then scored with a 25-yard screamer to make it 4-3 to Frome with three minutes to go. However, Bedford threw players forward late on and the equaliser arrived in the second minute of injury-time as Eugene Asante got a touch to a Curtis Shaw shot and deflected it past the helpless Chitty. ■ Frome host Chippenham in the Red Insure Cup first round on Wednesday (7.45pm).

Brislington, of the Toolstation League, celebrate their FA Cup victory over Skrill South high-flyers Weston-super-Mare

Paulton held by lowly Fleet PICTURE: EMILY STONE

Rimmer stays cool as Brislington stun Weston WESTON-SUPER-MARE 2 BRISLINGTON 3 Brislington’s record-breaking FA Cup run continued as they dumped Weston out in a game dominated by penalties. There were also six cautions, a sending-off and contentious refereeing decisions in the third qualifying round tie. Weston controlled the play, but the visitors packed their defence, making life difficult for the home attack. Tristan Plummer had a low cross cut out well by goalkeeper Chris Humphries, who

also blocked Ashley Kington’s effort with his legs and pulled off an acrobatic save to turn another Plummer effort over. Weston were denied a penalty when a Brislington hand knocked Brett Trowbridge’s free-kick away. In an isolated 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, who was lucky to be

still on the field after a twofooted challenge, finished a speedy run on 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 Ben Kirk headed in Kington’s corner. There was an ugly 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 Plum-

mer and boss Jeff Meacham was ordered from the dugout. Kane Ingram had the ball in the Brislington net on 75 minutes, but was denied by the referee’s assistant. 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 Brislington were awarded another penalty when Kirk handled and Rimmer obliged from the spot to sent the visitors, from three divisions below Weston, home triumphant.

Bridgwater are blown out of the water by rampant Bath BRIDGWATER TOWN 0 BATH CITY 3 Bath reached the FA Cup fourth qualifying round and so avoided the dreaded banana skin which had been lying in wait for them at Fairfax Park. City 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 tremendous 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 two goals down. Kristian Miller appeared to be brought down in the penalty box, but Mr Busby decided he

FLEET TOWN 2 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 home side took the lead on the half-hour when Rob Carr crossed for Danilo Cadete to turn the ball home. However, ten minutes into the second half, Dan Cleverley fired Paulton level and a Josh Klein-Davies header then 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. ■ Paulton’s Red Insure Cup tie at home to Yate tomorrow night has been postponed due to the Bluebells’ FA Cup third qualifying round replay at Gloucester.

Hero to zero for Bennett MANGOTSFIELD UNITED 1 NORTH LEIGH 2

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

Chris Allen scored twice for Bath scored with a header following a corner by Chris Allen. The Skrill South side snapped up a second from a dubious penalty in the 29th minute when Miller was adjudged to have brought down Adam Connolly and Allen stepped up to make it two. Bath made it a three-goal

lead after 32 minutes when Allen netted with a sweat volley after Pratt pulled the ball back from the byline. Bridgwater, unbeaten in 15 matches this season, played better in the second half and top scorer Joe Bushin missed a chance to reduce the arrears. However, towards the end, Bridgwater goalkeeper 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 win 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. “I’m pleased with (a 3-0 win), especially with the first-half performance. Bridgwater did pretty well in the second half and got the ball in the box, but we defended well.” City will find out their fourth qualifying round opponents when the draw takes place live on TalkSport at 10.30am today. They could be paired with a Conference Premier club, but boss Howells does not have a preference. “You either want a home game that you can win or a game where you’re going to make lots of money,” he said. “It’s nice to be in the hat because Bridgwater had gone 20-odd games without getting beat, so it was a tough game, but we came through it okay.”

Ryan Bennett went from hero to zero as leaders North Leigh came from behind to beat Mangotsfield in Division One South & West of the Calor Southern League. Bennett was booked early on, but then opened the scoring midway through the first half when converting after goalkeeper Paul White failed to hold onto a corner. North Leigh equalised ten minutes later when a cross was turned into his own net by United’s Tom Parinello. Ten minutes from time, Bennett fouled Conor McDonough inside the penalty area and Stuart Hole despatched the resultant spot-kick. Bennett’s afternoon was completed late on when he earned his second yellow card of the match and was duly sent off.



Chiefs prevail after holding off a revival Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter admitted his side’s illdiscipline almost cost them dear before they secured a 4429 victory over Cardiff Blues in their Heineken Cup opener at Sandy Park. Exeter ran riot in the first half against Cardiff as five tries – including three in a fiveminute spell from Dean Mumm, Matt Jess and Fetu’u Vainikolo – earned the Chiefs a comprehensive 36-3 interval lead. The Blues mounted a second-half comeback, securing a try-scoring bonus point for their efforts, after the Chiefs had to play with just 13 players in the final quarter after having two players sent to the sin bin by French referee Jerome Garace. “I think it doesn’t matter who you play, when you go down to 13 men you put yourself under a bit of pressure and we got ourselves down to 13 men pretty unnecessarily,” said Baxter. “That flipped the whole game. Going down to 13 men, you are going to struggle a little.” Baxter was thankful, therefore, for the efforts of his players before the break, as they picked up where they left off after last weekend’s Aviva Premiership victory at Gloucester. “In the first half we played with real intent and the attitude that we took on to the pitch following last week was absolutely fantastic – not just a good attitude to attack the game but also the physicality and strength of the carries. “Obviously the battle for us is to keep the quality for longer periods and when you end up on the defensive side, you don’t end up conceding a couple of relatively soft penalties for a knock-on and an across-thechest tackle. “To give up a couple of those when you don’t need to is a bit frustrating.” While Exeter travel to face

Exeter’s Ben White celebrates a try


P Leinster .................... 1 Castres .................... 1 Northampton ........... 1 Ospreys .................... 1

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L 0 0 1 1

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Glasgow next weekend, Cardiff host reigning Heineken Cup champions Toulon and the Blues’ director of rugby Phil Davies will be keen to avoid a repeat of the first-half horror show. “We talked at half-time,” he said. “We didn’t do anything that we said we would do, particularly for our kicking game and, that gave them too many opportunities to come back at us. “I think we had to make 100 tackles and we missed 20 and that is not good enough at this level. We have to give Exeter credit for the way that they played but in the second half we were a bit more like it. “They are a good attacking side but we came back second half to score those four tries. “The first half was gone and we had to something about it – which we did and got some points back on the board. “We had far more control on the game in the second half, far more field position. To get four tries was pleasing to get that point in the end to give us some momentum.”


Gloucester wing Jonny May makes a break to score his try during the Heineken Cup match against Perpignan at Kingsholm

May lifts Kingsholm spirits GLOUCESTER 27 PERPIGNAN 22 BY ANDREW BALDOCK Wing Jonny May’s late try gave Gloucester a dramatic Heineken Cup victory as Perpignan had their former Munster centre Lifeimi Mafi sent off. May struck five minutes from time during an intense Pool Six encounter, while scrum-half Jimmy Cowan also scored and his half-back partner Billy Twelvetrees kicked 17 points in a 27-22 success. It was rough justice on Perpignan’s Wales international full-back James Hook, who scored an early try, converted it, kicked a drop-goal and booted four penalties, but Perpignan are left still seeking a first Heineken victory on English soil. For Gloucester, though, it lifted the early-season gloom surrounding a poor start to

their Aviva Premiership campaign, and they will now visit Munster next Saturday after giving themselves a timely injection of confidence. Perpignan led for most of the contest, but their night unravelled during the closing stages. May firstly had a try disallowed following a Mike Tindall forward pass, but he did not waste his second opportunity shortly afterwards, while Tonga international Mafi was dismissed by Welsh referee Leighton Hodges for a tip-tackle on Gloucester centre Ryan Mills. Gloucester were forced into a key late change when illness sidelined their England international fly-half and principal goalkicker Freddie Burns. Twelvetrees wore the number 10 shirt in Burns’ absence, with Mills called up as Tindall’s midfield partner. Perpignan, meanwhile, fielded former Gloucester back-row forwards Luke Nar-

Jimmy Cowan scores the first try for Gloucester against Perpignan at Kingsholm



Holders show they mean to keep the trophy TOULON 51 GLASGOW WARRIORS 28 Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon side showed they are in no mood to surrender their Heineken Cup title as they scored six tries against the hitherto unbeaten RaboDirect PRO12 leaders Glasgow Warriors at Stade Felix Mayol. Opening their defence of the title they won for the first time in Dublin in May, the French side had bagged a bonus point within 32 minutes. However, with the game seemingly won by half-time the champions then had to weather a spirited fightback from Glasgow, who ran in four tries of their own in 22 minutes to ensure they headed home with a bonus point. Given how hopelessly overrun they had been in the first half it was an amazing turnaround by Gregor Townsend’s team, especially as Toulon had only conceded seven tries in nine games in the Top 14 this season. However, it was not enough to deny the hosts who reached a half-century of points late on to seal an impressive victory.

Jonny Wilkinson got Toulon on the front foot


Billy Twelvetrees, who kicked 17 points, left, discusses the win with player-coach Mike Tindall


ts to sky-high levels with late try


raway and Alasdair Strokosch, while Hook continued in the full-back role he has filled for most of this season. And it took the Wales international just 57 seconds to make his mark as Perpignan stunned their hosts by scoring a try that was clinically executed. Fly-half Camille Lopez kicked behind the Gloucester defence and Perpignan wing Wandile Mjekevu gathered possession brilliantly before off-loading with one hand and Hook crossed wide out. Hook then converted from the touchline, putting Perpignan seven points clear and leaving Gloucester reeling less than a week after they were humbled at home by Premiership rivals Exeter. Gloucester could hardly get their hands on possession during the opening 10 minutes, and it took a couple of Perpignan handling errors before they threatened their opponents’ 22 – but two Twelvetrees

penalties during a sevenminute spell cut the deficit. Hook then kicked a 45-metre penalty to make it 10-6 before Gloucester suffered a frontrow injury blow when tighthead prop Shaun Knight went off and was replaced by Dan Murphy. Gloucester hustled and bustled in the close-quarter exchanges, but apart from an occasional glimpse of James Simpson-Daniel magic they lacked composure to threaten Perpignan’s defence until just before half-time. Lock James Hudson smashed through Perpignan’s defence in midfield, and Gloucester rifled possession wide to May, but he was held up just inches short by a stunning Hook tackle, which preserved his team’s seven-point advantage. Gloucester had another opportunity in injury-time when Cowan muscled his way to within touching distance of Perpignan’s line, only for his

opposite number Nicolas Durand to halt his progress. Twelvetrees had an opportunity to complete his penalty hat-trick, though, and he delivered the goods as Gloucester trooped off 13-9 adrift, still firmly in contention. Perpignan’s second period opening proved in stark contrast to that of the first half, as Durand collected a yellow card for deliberate offside and then Gloucester made them pay immediately. Durand had barely left the pitch before Cowan took a quick tap penalty and dived between two Perpignan defenders for an opportunist 45th-minute try that Twelvetrees converted. The game’s ebb and flow continued at pace, and Gloucester’s lead lasted barely 10 minutes as two more Hook penalties edged Perpignan 1916 ahead, his second strike coming after home flanker and England international Matt Kvesic was sin-binned for an

offence at the breakdown. Hook continued his masterclass by booting a 63rd-minute drop-goal, only for another Twelvetrees penalty to keep Gloucester in the hunt and set up an enthralling finale that saw May strike gold and Mafi see red. Gloucester: Cook, May, Tindall, Mills, Simpson-Daniel, Twelvetrees, Cowan, Y. Thomas, Edmonds, Knight, Stooke, Hudson, Savage, Kvesic, Kalamafoni. Replacements: Robson for Cowan (62), George for Edmonds (55), Murphy for Knight (22), Qera for Kvesic (63), Evans for Kalamafoni (63). Not Used: Harden, Sharples, M. Thomas. Sin Bin: Kvesic (52). Scorers: Tries – Cowan, May. Cons – Twelvetrees. Pens – Twelvetrees 5. Perpignan: Hook, Mjekevu, Benvenuti, Mafi, Guitoune, Lopez, Durand, S. Taofifenua, Guirado, Ion, Leo, R. Taofifenua, Purll, Strokosch, Narraway. Replacements: Duvenage for Mjekevu (49), Marty for Lopez (55), Pulu for S. Taofifenua (55), Terrain for Guirado (62), Jgenti for Ion (41), Charteris for R. Taofifenua (62), Perez for Narraway (67). Not Used: Michel. Scorers: Tries – Hook. Cons – Hook. Pens – Hook 5. Sin Bin: Durand (42). Sent Off: Mafi (76). Attendance: 11,937. Referee: Leighton Hodges (RFU).

Wilkinson returned to the starting line-up and orchestrated a brilliant opening period in which the home side scored 17 points in as many minutes. He then converted Chis Masoe’s try to make it 24-0, but then left the field with an ice pack on his right hand. Such is the strength in depth of the Toulon squad, though, that Wilkinson’s departure led to the arrival of Frederic Michalak. There were four tries for the home side by the break, with France centre Maxime Mermoz grabbing two of them and Delon Armitage and Masoe notching the others, and they led 34-0. Glasgow edged the second half 28-17. Canada wing DTH van der Merwe was introduced at halftime and Niko Matawalu moved off the wing to scrumhalf. They made a massive impact and scored three of the four tries between them. Van der Merwe crossed within two minutes of coming on. Matt Giteau grabbed one back for Toulon, but then it was all Glasgow with Matawalu, Jonny Gray and Van der Merwe again crossing for tries, all of which Ruaridh Jackson converted to cut the gap from 34 points at the break to 13 with 20 minutes to go. A Michalak penalty steadied the ship for the home side and then Giteau, who started at centre and ended up at outside half, scampered over again.



Ford hails his Bath side for a clinical win BORDEAUX 6 BATH 15 BY TOM BRADSHAW The Stade Chaban Delmas proved a happy hunting ground for Bath Rugby 15 years ago when they lifted the Heineken Cup here – and so it proved again on Saturday night. Bath missed a clutch of firsthalf chances to score tries but five George Ford penalties ultimately proved enough to see them home and deny Pool 2 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 tonight 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 youngster Will Spencer and flanker Matt Garvey had to do battle. And Bath coped well, protecting 100 per cent of their own lineout ball in the opening half and using the catch-anddrive 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. Bath took the lead in an engaging if low-scoring opening, with Ford slotting two penalties following dangerous breaks by Semesa Rokoduguni and the fit-again Ben Williams. The visitors has early success with the catch-and-drive but looked suspect at the scrummage as the Bordeaux pack – led by their powerful and magnificently named loosehead Jefferson Poirot – rallied to the sound of the thumping home drums. Bordeaux had five players sin-binned in last week’s ugly Top 14 encounter at Clermont Auvergne but it was Bath who saw yellow first. Spencer was sent to the cooler in the 32nd minute – a harsh-looking sanction for killing the ball after the young lock made a thumping tackle – and scrum-half Emmanuel Saubusse pulled three points back for the French side. But Bath manfully withstood Bordeaux’s ensuing pressure and came close to the game’s opening try when Tom Biggs gathered George Ford’s chip inside the home 22. Referee Neil Paterson went to the TMO following Biggs’ effort on the stroke of half time, who judged that the wing had knocked on. But Bath weren’t to come away empty-handed, with Ford stroking over his third simple penalty for an earlier Bordeaux infringement. That gave Bath, beaten quarter-finalists in last season’s Amlin Cup, a 9-3 lead at the break, and the visitors had an immediate chance to increase their cushion when Bordeaux entered a maul from the side. Ford missed that penalty attempt but was back on song minutes later when Bath won a penalty at their own scrum. The 20-year-old missed two

Herbert and Dobie are hurt CHELTENHAM 20 MAIDENHEAD 31

Bath fly-half George Ford sealed the win in the Amlin Challenge Cup opener AMLIN CUP POOL TWO

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speculative drop goals and Bordeaux tested the visiting defence with a willingness to throw the ball around and counter from deep. Saubusse landed a penalty with seven minutes left on the clock to reduce Bordeaux’s de-

ficit to six points but when centre Felix Le Bourhis was sin-binned in the dying moments for killing the ball, it fell to man-of-the-match Ford to knock the final nail in the coffin. Next up for Bath is a home match on Saturday (3pm) against Newport Gwent Dragons, who thrashed Italian side Mogliano 50-8. Bordeaux-Begles: Domvo, Carballo, Le Bourhis, Brousse, Connor, Lonca (Sanchez 50),


Saubusse, Poirot (Toetu 50), Auzqui (Maynadier 50), Florea (DelBoulbes 50), Treloar, Jaulhac, Gibouin (capt.), Luafutu, Tuifua. Not used: Marais, Tauleigne, Queheille, Lamotte. Scorer: Pens – Saubusse 2. Sin Bin: Le Bourhis (79). Bath Rugby: Henson, Rokoduguni, Joseph, Williams (Devoto 56), Biggs, Ford, Roberts (Stringer 64), Perenise (James 50), Batty (Guinazu 43), Wilson (Orlandi 60), Garvey (Skuse 66), Spencer (Caldwell 56), Fa‘osiliva, Louw (capt.), Fearns. Not Used: Heathcote. Sin Bin: Spencer (32), James (64). Scorer: Pens – Ford 5. Referee: Neil Patterson. Attendance: 23,693.

Hartpury hold off late Chinnor challenge to go second CHINNOR 37 HARTPURY COLLEGE 47 Hartpury withstood a fearsome late fight-back from Chinnor to inflict a first home defeat of the season on the Kingsey Road outfit in SSE National Two South. The Gloucestershire side were outstanding for an hour and appeared home and dry when they led 47-20 with 65 minutes on the clock. But Chinnor roared back with three tries in the final quarter-of-an-hour as Hart-

pury wobbled, with the visitors eventually thankful to hear the final whistle and escape with maximum points. The visitors made the best possible start when Alex Woodburn crossed in the corner after only 68 seconds. Will Millett reduced the arrears with a penalty before converting centre partner Leo Fielding’s try off a scrum move to edge Chinnor in front for the only time in the match. The lead lasted less than a minute as Steph Reynolds scored a fantastic solo effort

from a quickly taken lineout 75 metres out, converted by fellow Gloucester Academy member Billy Burns. Reynolds then turned provider for Sam Pitchford, with Jaike Carter finishing a flowing counterattack three minutes later to put Hartpury 26-10 ahead with Burns’ conversions. Millett slotted another penalty but Reuben Haile’s powerful finish on the stroke of half time took the visitors 20 points clear at the break. A rampant Hartpury exten-

ded their advantage further four minutes after the restart when Andy Chesters went over from a catch-and-drive. Liam Gilbert skipped inside some weak tackles to claw one back for Chinnor, which was swiftly cancelled out by Haile, who scored from close range, with the hour-mark approaching. But the home side, a notoriously tricky proposition in their own backyard, were defiant and winger Joe Marston crashed over out wide. Replacement Tristan Corpe

touched down for the four-try bonus point two minutes later after some bullish carrying from replacement prop Ian Stock, with Fielding completing a brace after Will Tanner’s yellow card for Hartpury. Chinnor almost snatched a losing bonus point as Millett shot at goal from 40 metres, but the effort was scuffed and the visitors survived to leapfrog their opponents in the table. Hartpury lie second on points difference over Cambridge and are a point behind leaders Bournemouth.

Cheltenham had hoped to get back to winning ways after last week’s disappointing defeat to Grove, but they suffered another reverse in South West One East after injuries to two key players. The home side started well and after three minutes centre Adam Dobie went over for a try, converted by Josh Herbert. Maidenhead came back well and in their first real attack, scrum-half Mark Childerhouse grabbed a try, converted by Dave Hodgson, to level after eight minutes. Cheltenham’s chances were hit by an injury to top tryscorer Dobie who was helped from the field, to be replaced by 17-year-old Tom Ratcliffe, son of Cheltenham chairman Steve Ratcliffe. Maidenhead continued to have the upper hand and after 22 minutes scored an unconverted try from hooker Jamie Townsend, but Herbert reduced the deficit to 12-10 with a 30-metre penalty. Maidenhead soon extended their lead when Townsend ran through sloppy Cheltenham tackling for his second try and a 17-10 lead after 35 minutes. From the restart Maidenhead’s Ross Evans fielded the kick in his own half and ran it back 60 metres unopposed for a try, with Hodgson adding the extras for a 24-10 lead at the half-time break. After 46 minutes Karl Kempton crossed for another try and Hodgson added the conversion to lead 31-10. Cheltenham’s scoring potential was severely dented again when leading points scorer Herbert was carried from the field with a leg injury. But Cheltenham came back with a fine unconverted try from Ollie Young. They continued to rally and after 65 minutes Ryan Hill scored a unconverted try to reduce the deficit to 31-20. The game ended on a bemusing note as referee Chris Ridley blew for time at least five minutes early, according to the stadium clock.

Cleve keep up charge at top Cleve maintained their 100 per cent record in South West One West with a 27-19 away victory over Cullompton. It enabled them to stay three points clear of North Petherton who moved up to second in the table following an impressive 27-19 away victory over Wadebridge Camels. Chard, one of the pre-season favourites for the title, crashed to their second defeat of the season when they went down 36-7 away to Hornets while Bridgwater and Albion bounced back to winning form with a 41-0home victory over bottom side Coney Hill. Thornbury and St Austell fought out a 22-22 draw, Bideford were 35-15 home winners against Sidmouth and Camborne won 33-20 against visiting Clevedon.



Owen double lifts Old Reds

Pats can’t halt rampant Rams



Old Redcliffians’ fitness and powerful backplay in the final quarter eventually wore down still winless Old Centralians’ defence in this National League Three South match. Reds full-back Craig Owen came into the line at speed and crashed through in the corner in the 16th minute for the opening score. Cents’ forwards were more than holding their own in the set pieces, forcing Reds to collapse, enabling scrum-half Connor Gwilliam to hit back with a penalty. With Cents depleted by a sinbin, Owen squeezed in the cor ner. Cents centre Mark Marwood broke through and outpaced the opposition to score near the posts and give Gwilliam an easy two points and a 10-10 half-time score. Gwilliam gave Cents the lead with another penalty. James Elliott boosted it to 18-10, capping a strong attack down wing with a kick ahead and winning the race for the touchdown. Reds’ scrum half Richard Stevens found a gap for a wellworked try, converted by fly half Jack Steer to narrow the gap to 18-17. Another sweeping Reds’ move seemed contained but a slick inside pass slipped centre Dave Harris through to regain the lead for Reds at 2218. Reds had to hang on for a while but they broke away and laid siege to Cents’ line. With every player putting his body on the line, it seemed Cents would hold out for the losing bonus point. But in the final five minutes the effort told and first centre Henry Bird and then hooker Jed Hooper broke through with Steer improving one to hoist the final score to 34-18. Once again Cents had come second best to one of the top teams in the league but this tough baptism will stand them in good stead in the easier games to come.

Old Patesians suffered another National Three South West defeat as the Rams scored five tries at Sonning Park. Pats’ scrum was always under pressure and while the lineout functioned reasonably well, scrum-half James Aherne was nearly always back-pedalling when he took the ball and his hurried clearance kicks were far too often down the throats of the Rams recievers and invited counterattacks. Left wing Sean McDermotroe cracked the Pats defence for a try in his corner after 30 minutes. Pats had a brief purple patch in the final minutes of the half with full-back George Hughes, back for his first game of the season, up to his usual tricks with a delightful chip and chase and devastating break through the midfield. But both fizzled out and at the break Rams led 5-0. Rams forced a penalty try after the break, converted by James Brooks. Full-back Andy Bryans scored the next try. Rams hooker Rory Paxton finished the demolition job with a fourth try. Rams lost No 8 Ian Jeffreys and scrum-half Brooks to the sin bin and they were joined by Josh Stevens for Pats who always seems to catch the referee’s eye for no apparent reason. Rams rounded it off with a try for centre Andy Amor converted by Spike Chandler and Pats had been well beaten.

Taunton battle back for win

Cinderford got on the scoresheet with a well-taken try from scrum-half Danny Pointon in the National League One match against Henley

Cinderford fight back to earn draw against Hawks CINDERFORD 34 HENLEY HAWKS 34 In a game of hugely contrasting halves, Cinderford fought back from a 10-29 deficit at the interval to earn a draw against Henley in a high tempo National League One match that produced ten tries. The visitors began at a cracking pace and James Comben kicked a penalty before converting a try from Luke Carter.

Cinderford finally got their hands on the ball and responded with a well-taken try from scrum-half Danny Pointon. Winger Jaryd Robinson crossed for Henley’s second try, before the home side responded through Mike Wilcox. The Hawks looked to have taken control of the match with two further tries before half-time through Hugo Milford-Scott and a breakaway effort from Ryan Long, both of

which were converted by Comben. The home side were quickly pressing forward at the start of the second-half and Joe Garner had a try disallowed before Stef Hawley touched down with Wilcox converting. Chris Hawkins was next to score with Wilcox again converting, before Cinderford went ahead for the first time when George Mills forced his way over from close range. Wilcox landed the conversion

and then kicked a penalty to put his team 34-29 in front with 15 minutes to go. Henley surged back up field and No 8 Rob Stapley stole away from an attacking maul to level the scores, but Comben’s conversion attempt hit the upright and came out. Both sides had chances to claim victory in the closing stages but the match finished level with both sides claiming three points. Cinderford remain second from bottom.

Mackay’s late narrow miss sees fortune favour Lydney



Titans maintained their 100 per cent home record in SSE National Two South this season – but it was a mighty close thing. The home side looked destined for their fourth defeat when trailing 24-7 in the first half. But they changed up a gear in the second half to record their third win at Hyde Park, while Canterbury went home with two deserved bonus points. In total Titans scored five tries – through Dan Lee, Tom Popham, Sam Skinner, Paul Davis and Oli Claxton with Gary Kingdom kicking five conversions and a penalty. Canterbury’s try scorers were Asiedu, Filton, Harding, Cadman and Furneax while Filton added three conversions and Mackintosh landed a penalty.

A Tony Wicks penalty three minutes from time saw Lydney earn a win they scarcely deserved after Weston-superMare put in an outstanding display to push the league leaders every inch of the way. Three Lydney tries in 10 blistering second-half minutes had turned the game on its head but still Weston hung on and led until the final few minutes when Wicks’ boot stole the win. The Seasiders nearly snatched the game with the last kick but James Mackay put a 45-metre penalty attempt narrowly wide. The winning kick came from a contentious penalty award and Weston deserved more than a losing bonus point. But for the finishing of replacement Jack O’Connell, who scored two electric tries, and Wicks’ kicking, the home

side would have won. Despite clearly not being fully fit, the full-back booted two touchline conversions and kept his nerve for the match-winning strike. Weston raced into a 15-0 lead in the first quarter after Danny Trigg missed a firstminute kick at goal.

Tony Wicks kicked the decisive penalty Mackay slotted a penalty before Chris Webber intercepted Sam Arnott’s short pass on the home 22 for Harry Jones to score the first of his two tries. Four minutes later, a quick scrum heel and break from flanker Paul Morrissey ended with Sam Smee finishing well

in the corner. Wicks slotted a penalty to get Lydney on the board but this was immediately cancelled out by Mackay. Nine minutes before the break, Charlie Vine finished Lydney’s first real attack with a try converted by Wicks. Even with Andrew Glen in the sin bin, Weston finished the half on top and they extended their lead to 21-10 three minutes into the second period with a Mackay penalty. Wicks pulled three points back but Jones danced round Vine to score from the Lydney 10-metre line and Mackay put two scores between the sides with the conversion. Then came the dramatic change in fortunes. O’Connell had been on the field barely five minutes when he was set free from halfway and arrowed into the corner, Wicks adding the extras. From the restart, springheeled Jack O’Connell burned the defence on the

right again and when the ball was fed left, Brett Scriven reached over to score. Wicks’ conversion put Lydney in front for the first time 27-26. The lead was extended immediately afterwards when smart passing set O’Connell free again and he made no mistake, finishing well. Weston grabbed the lead back with six minutes remaining. After eight phases in the Lydney 22, Smee went over, Mackay adding the extras for a 33-32 lead. However, Weston transgressed as they tried to maul their way downfield from the restart and Wicks nailed the 35-metre penalty. Lydney then could only look on with relief as Mackay had the distance but not the accuracy from close to the halfway line to end a remarkable game of rugby which finished as it had started, with a missed penalty.

Avonmouth are getting closer AVONMOUTH 0B 14 BRIXHAM 16 Avonmouth were denied their first league victory of the season after wing Billy Reynolds made a clean break in the closing minutes with the line at his mercy only to be pulled back by referee Karl Gibson for crossing in midfield. The home side gave debuts to prop Jay Sweeting and centre Elliot Nightingale while hooker Craig Britton was back in the Avonmouth colours after starting the season with National Two side Dings Crusaders. The Fishermen led 6-0 at the interval after a dropped gaol from scrum-half Andy Sandercock after five minutes and a penalty from his half back partner Ben Lovell twenty minutes later. Ties from Charlie Reynolds and Tom Davies, both converted by full back Joe Wearne, were split by a secodn Lovell penalty to put Avonmouth in to the lead for the first time in the game leading 14-9 with 15 minutes to play. But shortly after Mouth conceded a scrum in their own 22 which led to outside centre Tom Goodman, converted by Lovell, leaving with the home having to settle for a losing bonus point for a second week in a row.



Lynn surges through field to take title BY PHIL CASEY 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 and, after a bogey at the 10th, 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 yesterday, 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. After that I

made a couple of great putts for par to keep the momentum going and then I was making the birdie putts.” Lynn – who began the week 52nd in the world rankings – held a two-shot lead playing the last but admitted his heart was in his mouth as his approach looked set to find the water short of the green. It ended up clearing the hazard by a matter of feet and two putts later he had completed what proved to be the winning round. Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger had been just one behind with two to play but found the water with his second shot to the 17th, where playing partner Walters made his fourth birdie in a row to move to 17 under. Walters looked certain to drop a shot on the last after finding a fairway bunker with his tee shot, but holed a massive par putt and punched the air in delight before the tears began to flow. “I don’t know if I can talk much right now,” the 32-yearold from Johannesburg said. “Coming into the week I really didn’t have any goals or ambitions, I just wanted to play and honour my mum and make her proud. The putts kept dropping and I kept hitting some decent shots and the last one at the end, she made it for sure. It was probably the best moment of my career. It was so cool because I had a lot on the line. “I hadn’t looked at a leaderboard all day so didn’t know where I stood in terms of keeping my card and for it to go in on the last, all the emotions hit me. “I don’t think I have the words for it just yet. Maybe after a drink with my dad who is here with me we can fully take it all in, but at first glance I don’t know how I did it. I am super proud and so happy I could honour my mum. That feels the best for me right now.”


Britain’s David Lynn holds the trophy after winning the Portugal Masters with a closing 63 Bristol’s Chris Wood finished nine shots behind Lynn on 275 after a final round 71. Swindon’s David Howell was a further three shots back after a 71 and a 70. England's Paul Waring held a two-shot lead going into the

final round but saw his hopes disappear with a double-bogey five on the 16th, although birdies on the last two holes gave him a share of third with Scot Stephen Gallacher (66) and Wiesberger (67). Scott Jamieson, who came

agonisingly close to the first ever 59 on the European Tour on Saturday, led by one when he birdied the second and fifth, but dropped three shots in four holes from the 14th to card a closing 72 and finish joint 13th.

Djokovic keeps Shanghai title after edging final over Del Potro TENNIS BY ELEANOR CROOKS Top seed Novak Djokovic retained the Shanghai Masters title yesterday by edging sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro in an entertaining three-set final which lasted more than two and a half hours. The Serbian toppled his Argentinian opponent 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3) for his seventh ATP crown of the year, giving his hopes of overhauling Rafael Nadal for the end-of-year world number one spot a slight boost. Djokovic dominated the 34-minute first set, breaking the Del Potro serve in games

two and four, and at that point looked firmly in control. However, Del Potro responded well in the second set and stormed into a 3-0 lead thanks to a string of stunning winners. He then overcame a 0-40 deficit in game seven by winning five straight points and went on to close out the set by holding to love. Del Potro saved two match points at 5-4 in the decider to force the tie-break, but world number two Djokovic held his nerve and clinched his 12th consecutive match win with a backhand winner down the line. Del Potro, who booked his

place at next month’s ATP World Tour Finals in London by beating world number one Nadal in the semi-finals on Saturday, was disappointed to see

Serbia's Novak Djokovic enjoys the latest victory his eight-match winning streak come to an end but found kind words for his opponent. He said: “The match was

really close and I think Novak played some unbelievable points in the tie-break. “The match was so exciting. At Wimbledon we played another fantastic match against each other. “It’s a really bad loss for me now. I was really close to beating him after beating Nadal.” Djokovic was equally gracious in victory after securing his 15th Masters 1,000 title. “I have to start by congratulating Del Potro and his team for the fantastic week,” the 26-yearold said after receiving the trophy. “You’re a great person and even a better player, I’m sorry that you lost today. You deserve this trophy equally.”

He added: “He’s a fantastic player and a great person. He showed that again. “He has a really likeable personality and he’s a big fighter. All the way up to the last point, I didn’t know if I was going to win the match.” ■ Former world number one Roger Federer has split with coach Paul Annacone after three and a half years. The Swiss has slipped to seventh in the world – his lowest ranking for over a decade – and saw his hopes of reaching next month’s end-of-season ATP World Tour Finals dented by his third-round exit from the Shanghai Masters at the hands of Gael Monfils.

British star Scott Brash has continued his rich vein of form by winning the Longines World Cup series opener in Oslo. Brash, a member of Great Britain’s showjumping team that won Olympic gold in London last year and the 2013 European title, delivered a masterclass on the brilliant Hello Sanctos. The last to go in a nine-horse jump off, Scotsman Brash was unfazed by a sparkling performance from reigning Olympic individual champion Steve Guerdat aboard his London 2012 horse Nino des Buissonets. Swiss rider Guerdat went more than a second inside the time of Germany’s Marcus Ehning, but 27-year-old Brash was not to be denied. Displaying his customary ice-cool nerve under pressure, Brash guided Sanctos around the jump-off course in 34.29 seconds – 2.23 seconds quicker than Guerdat - to land the £30,000 top prize. And it completed an Oslo double for the world number 10 and European individual bronze medallist, who scooped £28,000 for winning the grand prix feature class with Sanctos on Saturday. It follows another bumper pay-day in Barcelona two weeks ago when Brash shared a £170,000 jackpot with 2008 Olympic champion Eric Lamaze for jumping two clear rounds in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup final. A delighted Brash paid tribute to Sanctos, the 13-year-old bay gelding owned by Lady Kirkham and Lord and Lady Harris. “He is an absolute horse of a lifetime, not just for me, but his owners and everyone connected with him,” said Peeblesbased Brash. “He jumped unbelievably well on Saturday and again today.” Brash will now head to the Helsinki World Cup event with Sanctos before a short break ahead of the Global Champions’ Tour final in Doha.

ON THIS DAY 1878 Two local teams took part in the first football match under floodlights

BIRTHDAYS Horse racing’s Brendan Powell, won Grand National on Rhyme ‘n’ Reason in 1988, 1959. Athletics’ Steve Cram, former world 1,500 metres champion, now a commentator, 1960. Football’s Matthew Le Tissier, former Southampton and England forward, now a television pundit, 1968.

QUIZ 1 What nationality is tennis star Juan Martin Del Potro? 2 New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson played for which county this summer? 3 Scotland manager Gordon Strachan ended his playing career at which club? 4 Which individual event did cyclist Laura Trott win at London 2012? 5 Name Los Angeles’ two Major League Baseball teams. Answers: 1 Argentinian, 2 Yorkshire, 3 Coventry, 4 Omnium, 5 The Dodgers and the Angels.


Brash secures the World Cup series opener


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Going: Good to soft (GoingStick 7.7).

CAPTAIN WESSEX 1.50 — Marmarus 2.20 — Darting 2.50 — Dutch Romance 3.25 — Sakash 4.00 — The Cheka (nap) 4.30 — Knight Charm 5.00 — Kastini 5.30 — Centred (nb)

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1.50 – Mamarus 2.20 – Nissaki Kasta 2.50 – Dutch Romance (nb) 3.25 – Admirable Art 4.00 – Magic City 4.30 – Munhamer 5.00 – Kastini 5.30 – Sizzler

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E.B.F. MAIDEN FILLIES’ STAKES (DIV 1) (5) 7f 2yo Only Winner £3,234

ALLEGRIA J Gosden 9-0 W Buick BERTIE BABY R J Smith 9-0 D Cremin(7) DARTING A Balding 9-0 D Probert 0 JUST RUBIE (106) M Blanshard 9-0 H Bentley KATE KELLY J Hughes 9-0 S Hitchcott LOBSTER POT H Palmer 9-0 S Drowne 09 LUNA SUNRISE (31) A Jarvis 9-0 Kirsty Milczarek 3 NISSAKI KASTA (24) H Morrison 9-0 R L Moore 08 PICANIGHT (77) Eve J-Houghton 9-0 N Callan 4223 TEA IN TRANSVAAL (23) R Hannon 9-0 R Hughes 7 WHITE RUSSIAN (23) H Candy 9-0 Cathy Gannon

2012: Trapeze 2-9-0, W Buick 7-2 (J Gosden), drawn 3, 5 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 11-4 Allegria, 7-2 Tea In Transvaal, 5 Nissaki Kasta, 11-2 Darting, 10 Lobster Pot, 12 Kate Kelly, 14 Luna Sunrise, 16 White Russian, Bertie Baby, 25 Others.


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E.B.F. MAIDEN FILLIES’ STAKES (DIV 2) (5) 7f 2yo Only Winner £3,234 8 AERTEX (19) R Hannon 9-0 ALUMINA A Balding 9-0 0 BE MY ICON (26) R Charlton 9-0 4 DUTCH ROMANCE (23) C Hills 9-0 4 JOOHAINA (117) M Botti 9-0 9 LIDDLE DWIGGS (11) D Coakley 9-0 06 LIEFIE (63) J Hughes 9-0 MINISKIRT R Guest 9-0 0 TRILLIAN ASTRA (21) C Cox 9-0 VERA LOU Pat Eddery 9-0

R Hughes D Probert N Callan R L Moore P Hanagan Cathy Gannon H Burns(7) W Buick S Drowne R Havlin

2012: No corresponding race. BETTING FORECAST: 9-4 Dutch Romance, 10-3 Joohaina, 5 Aertex, 6 Alumina, 13-2 Be My Icon, 10 Miniskirt, 20 Liddle Dwiggs, Liefie, 50 Others.



1 749477 PERFECT PASTIME (6)(P) 5-9-7 ................W Carson (7) Runs: 37 Wins: 2(S,F) Places: 9 £18,887 Trainer: J Boyle Owner: Country Friends

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373 NATALIA (58) 4-9-7 ....................................... W Buick Runs: 3 £1,395 Trainer: A Hollinshead Owner: Mr Robert Heathcote

3 326497 DELIGHTFUL SLEEP (38) 5-9-5 ............ E J Walsh(7) (4) Runs: 29 Wins: 2(A) Places: 7 £7,363 Trainer: P Evans Owner: Mrs E Evans 4 (5)

880 BIGGER PICTURE (118) 3-9-5 ......................N Callan Runs: 3 Trainer: J Butler Owner: R S Cockerill (Farms) Ltd

5 116717 JUST ISLA (6)(P,D3) 3-9-4 ..........................S Drowne (3) Runs: 11 Wins: 3(F,G) Places: 1 £6,408 Trainer: P Makin Owner: Mr D A Poole 6 22/40- HOOLIGAN SEAN (350)(H) 6-9-4 ...............D Probert (12) Runs: 11 Places: 4 £2,985 Trainer: M Usher Owner: The Swell Racing Partnership

7 360310 WHO’S THAT CHICK (20) 4-9-4 ..............D Cremin(7) (2) Runs: 11 Wins: 1(S) Places: 1 £3,017 Trainer: R J Smith Owner: Piper, Harris, Churchill

8 302378 STRATEGIC ACTION (12)(H) 4-9-3 ..............S Golam (9) Runs: 22 Wins: 2(F,A) Places: 4 £5,679 Trainer: Mrs L Jewell Owner: Mr M J Boutcher

9 616387 LIGHTNING SPIRIT (25)(P) 5-9-3 .............. R L Moore (13) Runs: 28 Wins: 3(F,A) Places: 2 £6,151 Trainer: G L Moore Owner: Heart of the South Racing

10 869265 DIAMOND VINE (14)(V) 5-9-2 .............Cathy Gannon (15) Runs: 65 Wins: 4(A,GS,G) Places: 13 £18,829 Trainer: R Harris Owner: Ridge House Stables Ltd

11 -65231 SAKASH (61)(D) 3-9-2 ................................R Hughes (10) Runs: 6 Wins: 1(F) Places: 2 £2,807 Trainer: J R Jenkins Owner: Mr & Mrs C Schwick

12 337564 ADMIRABLE ART (6)(P) 3-9-2 ..................... R Tate(5) (8) Runs: 9 Places: 2 £914 Trainer: A Carroll Owner: Longview Stud & Bloodstock

13 569849 CAMACHE QUEEN (11)(P,T,C) 5-9-2Kirsty Milczarek (1) Runs: 27 Wins: 2(S,A) Places: 5 £12,111 Trainer: J Tuite Owner: Mr Andrew Liddiard

14 234533 TAKITWO (45)(CD2) 10-9-2 ...................C Bennett(7) (11) Runs: 71 Wins: 8(A,F,G) Places: 15 £29,635 Trainer: G Deacon Owner: Mr P D Cundell

9 735723 KNIGHT CHARM (12)(P) 8-11 ..........................J Fahy (10) Runs: 12 Wins: 1(S) Places: 2 £3,533 Trainer: Eve J-Houghton Owner: Fairweather Friends

E.B.F. CONDITIONS STAKES (3) 7f 3yo plus Winner £9,057

10 593448 HERO’S STORY (14)(BF) 8-10 ...................... W Buick (5) Runs: 8 Places: 1 £722 Trainer: Mrs A Perrett Owner: Recitation Partnership

1 -80336 THE CHEKA (30)(P,D3) 7-9-7..................... R L Moore (3) Runs: 33 Wins: 4(S,F,GS,G) Places: 10 £285,977 Trainer: Eve J-Houghton Owner: A Pye-jeary

3 523506 SHAMAAL NIBRAS (9)(CD) 4-9-2 ................N Callan (1) Runs: 24 Wins: 4(S,A) Places: 6 £49,145 Trainer: I Mohammed Owner: Mr Saeed H Altayer 4 -01080 ANNA’S PEARL (23) 3-9-0 ..........................H Bentley (7) Runs: 9 Wins: 1(G) Places: 3 £31,362 Trainer: R Beckett Owner: Qatar Racing Limited

5 136930 HASOPOP (23) 3-9-0 ................................P Hanagan (4) Runs: 16 Wins: 3(F,S) Places: 4 £63,765 Trainer: M Botti Owner: Mr Giuliano Manfredini

6 31-266 I’M BACK (219)(D) 3-9-0 ............................... W Buick (2) Runs: 8 Wins: 3(F,A,G) Places: 2 £27,091 Trainer: S Bin Suroor Owner: Godolphin 7 463434 MAR MAR (30)(B,BF) 3-8-9 .................... M Barzalona (5) Runs: 12 Wins: 1(G) Places: 4 £23,108 Trainer: S Bin Suroor Owner: Godolphin

2012: Shamaal Nibras 3 9 0, P Dobbs 11-4 (R Hannon), drawn (1), 4 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 11-4 Hasopop, 7-2 Magic City, 9-2 Mar Mar, 6 Shamaal Nibras, 7 The Cheka, 8 I’m Back, 10 Anna’s Pearl.


BATHWICK TYRES SALISBURY HCAP (DIV 1) (5) 1m 2f 3yo Only Winner £2,749

1 558669 RONALDINHO (31)(B,C) 9-7.......................R Hughes (2) Runs: 14 Wins: 3(S,A,GS) Places: 2 £12,913 Trainer: R Hannon Owner: Macdonald,wright & Jiggins

2 2-3668 SQUEEZE MY BRAIN (33)(T) 9-6 ...............H Bentley (11) Runs: 7 Places: 3 £1,809 Trainer: R Beckett Owner: Qatar Racing Limited 3 (8)

3467 MUNHAMER (31)(BF) 9-4 .........................P Hanagan Runs: 4 Places: 1 £577 Trainer: J Gosden Owner: Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum

4 144485 ECHO BRAVA (20) 9-3 ...................................J Quinn (1) Runs: 12 Wins: 2(F,A) £5,587 Trainer: L Dace Owner: Mr Mark Benton 5 -67750 PEARL STREET (26) 9-2 ....................Cathy Gannon (6) Runs: 6 £241 Trainer: H Candy Owner: Pearl Bloodstock Ltd 6 (7)

17 WELSH SUNRISE (20) 9-2 ............................N Callan Runs: 2 Wins: 1(A) £1,941 Trainer: Ed Walker Owner: Seize The Day Racing

7 5847-9 NIGHT’S WATCH (21) 9-2 ...........................S Drowne (4) Runs: 6 £120 Trainer: W Jarvis Owner: Dr J Walker

12 357880 EXIT CLAUSE (14)(P,T) 8-7 .................... J McDonald (10) Runs: 13 Places: 1 £289 Trainer: M Gillard Owner: Orbit Performance 2012: No corresponding race. BETTING FORECAST: 9-4 Stomachion, 5 Kastini, Mesmerized, 7 Unison, 10 Calling, Paddy’s Saltantes, Harwoods Star, 16 Signature Dish, Stockhill Diva, 20 Others.


2 1043D0 HIGHLAND CASTLE (51)(CD) 5-9-13.........W Carson (11) Runs: 15 Wins: 4(F,GS,G) Places: 3 £72,398 Trainer: D Elsworth Owner: Mr J Wotherspoon

12 550-89 NEWTOWN CROSS (51) 8-7..................M Lawson(3) (9) Runs: 5 Trainer: J Fox Owner: Mrs Anne Coughlan

3 31-590 SAYTARA (23)(C) 4-9-12 .............................. W Buick (6) Runs: 10 Wins: 3(S,GS,G) £23,488 Trainer: S Bin Suroor Owner: Godolphin

2012: Grand Liaison 9 4, I Mongan 5-2 (J Berry), drawn (5), 9 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 7-2 Munhamer, 4 Ronaldinho, 6 Echo Brava, 13-2 Pearl Street, 8 Squeeze My Brain, 10 Welsh Sunrise, 12 Knight Charm, Lady Lunchalot, 14 Others.


4 342417 PRINCESS CAETANI (16)(C) 4-9-9 ......... S Hitchcott (1) Runs: 18 Wins: 3(S) Places: 4 £27,543 Trainer: David Dennis Owner: Favourites Racing

BATHWICK TYRES SALISBURY HCAP (DIV 2) (5) 1m 2f 3yo Only Winner £2,749

1 9-8217 UNISON (30)(D) 9-7 ....................................S Drowne (11) Runs: 9 Wins: 1(S) Places: 1 £2,711 Trainer: P Makin Owner: Mr J P Carrington 2 (8)

5 3704-8 SAMBA KING (24) 4-9-8 ........................ M Barzalona (5) Runs: 12 Wins: 2(S,GS) Places: 4 £17,693 Trainer: C Appleby Owner: Godolphin

735 STOMACHION (31) 9-5 .............................. R L Moore Runs: 3 Places: 1 £481 Trainer: Sir M Stoute Owner: Niarchos Family

6 19-505 SIGNED UP (24) 4-9-8 .................................S Drowne (4) Runs: 7 Wins: 2(S) £8,606 Trainer: Mrs A Perrett Owner: Mr K Abdullah

3 2-8960 HARWOODS STAR (19)(P) 9-4..................... W Buick (7) Runs: 6 Places: 1 £963 Trainer: Mrs A Perrett Owner: Harwoods Racing Club

7 217815 SULA TWO (10) 6-9-6 ...............................P Prince(5) (9) Runs: 36 Wins: 8(S,F,GS,G) Places: 8 £35,045 Trainer: R Hodges Owner: Mr Richard Prince

4 328365 MESMERIZED (26) 9-3 .............................P Hanagan (1) Runs: 8 Places: 3 £1,790 Trainer: M Botti Owner: Immobiliare Casa Paola Srl

8 111140 BEACON LADY (23)(H) 4-9-5 .......................N Callan (14) Runs: 20 Wins: 6(F,GS,G) Places: 3 £31,929 Trainer: W Knight Owner: The Pro-Claimers

5 423143 KASTINI (33) 9-2 .........................................R Hughes (5) Runs: 10 Wins: 1(F) Places: 3 £3,620 Trainer: D Coakley Owner: West Ilsley Racing

9 841137 SILVER SAMBA (23)(D) 4-9-0................ O Murphy(5) (10) Runs: 17 Wins: 3(F,GS,G) Places: 4 £15,435 Trainer: A Balding Owner: BA Racing

6 03486 CALLING (17) 9-2 .......................................H Bentley (12) Runs: 5 Places: 1 £385 Trainer: B Meehan Owner: Mr D J Burke

10 62-121 CENTRED (105) 3-9-0 ................................ R L Moore (7) Runs: 6 Wins: 2(F,G) Places: 3 £18,824 Trainer: Sir M Stoute Owner: Ballymacoll Stud

7 1-6776 PADDY’S SALTANTES (32)(B,D) 9-1...............J Fahy (4) Runs: 10 Wins: 2(A) Places: 1 £5,032 Trainer: J S Moore Owner: Wall To Wall Partnership

11 143841 SIZZLER (60)(CD) 3-8-13..........................P Hanagan (3) Runs: 8 Wins: 2(A,G) £9,570 Trainer: R Beckett Owner: Heseltine, Henley & Jones

8 747636 SIGNATURE DISH (10) 8-13 .......................D Probert (6) Runs: 10 Places: 3 £1,876 Trainer: A Balding Owner: Brook Farm Bloodstock 9 (2)

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6576 STOCKHILL DIVA (27) 8-11 ...................M Lawson(3) Runs: 4 Trainer: B Powell Owner: Mrs M Fairbairn & E Gadsden

12 BUCHANAN (68) 3-8-7 .......................Cathy Gannon Runs: 2 Wins: 1(A) £4,238 Trainer: H Candy Owner: Mr T Barr

13 2-5131 CHOCALA (30)(D) 3-8-7 .............................D Probert (13) Runs: 7 Wins: 2(S) Places: 1 £10,789 Trainer: A King Owner: High 5

10 463950 STAR OF MAYFAIR (32) 8-10...........Kirsty Milczarek (3) Runs: 9 Places: 1 £1,029 Trainer: A Jarvis Owner: Cedars Partnership

11 754359 CARRERA (16) 8-7 ........................Shelley Birkett(5) (9) Runs: 10 Places: 1 £770 Trainer: J Hills Owner: Gary And Linnet Woodward

BATHWICK TYRES ‘SEASON FINALE’ HANDICAP (3) 1m 6f 3yo plus Winner £7,763

1 221573 DUKE OF CLARENCE (19)(P,D) 4-10-0......R Hughes (8) Runs: 16 Wins: 5(S,A,G) Places: 5 £33,547 Trainer: R Hannon Owner: D Dixon J Stunt J Fiyaz

11 314551 LADY LUNCHALOT (11)(P,D) 8-9Charlotte Jenner(7) (3) Runs: 13 Wins: 2(F,A) Places: 1 £7,916 Trainer: J S Moore Owner: Mr M Briddon

2 311159 MAGIC CITY (9)(D4) 4-9-2 ..........................R Hughes (6) Runs: 19 Wins: 5(F,GS,G) Places: 4 £103,899 Trainer: R Hannon Owner: Barker, Ferguson, Mason

MAIDEN AUCTION STAKES (Class 5) 7f 2yo Only Winner £2,911

2012: Noble Gift 2-8-13, W Buick 7-2 (J Dunlop), drawn 7, 9 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 7-4 Tullia, 7-2 Marmarus, 5 Baker Man, 8 Solo Hunter, 10 Rapunzal, 16 Rolling Dice, 25 Mr Wickfield, Thylyer, Divine Bay, Norse Legend, Janet’s Legacy, 33 Others.

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8 06605 HALLINGHAM (27) 9-0 ............................ S Hitchcott (12) Runs: 5 Trainer: J Portman Owner: The Ladies Of The Manor

2012: Bassett Road 4 9 6, W Buick 11-2 (W Musson), drawn (3), 12 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 4 Sakash, 7 Just Isla, 15-2 Admirable Art, 8 Others.

(3) 553 BAKER MAN (11) (T) S Kirk 9-1 R Hughes (10) 332583 SOLO HUNTER (12) P Evans 9-1 R L Moore (8) MR WICKFIELD J Best 9-0 R Havlin (5) 3 MARMARUS (45) C Cox 8-13 S Drowne (11) 65 ROLLING DICE (17) D F Davis 8-13 L Keniry (9) THYLYER P Makin 8-12 S Pearce(3) (12) NORSE LEGEND D Kubler 8-11 M Barzalona (13) 96 FENELLA FOGHORN (13) J Portman 8-10 M Lawson(3) (7) JANET’S LEGACY H Dunlop 8-9 D Probert (2) 723 TULLIA (13) (BF) W Knight 8-9 N Callan (6) 67 DIVINE BAY (13) G L Moore 8-8 H Bentley (4) 708 MY SECRET DREAM (70) R Hodges 8-7 W Carson (1) RAPUNZAL H Candy 8-6 Cathy Gannon



15 232664 WISHFORMORE (28)(P,D) 6-8-13 .............R Thomas (14) Runs: 37 Wins: 3(F,A) Places: 8 £13,637 Trainer: Miss Z Davison Owner: Mr Paul Mannion

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14 324192 SNOWY DAWN (11)(P,D) 3-8-5 ......................J Quinn (2) Runs: 13 Wins: 1(F) Places: 4 £16,966 Trainer: A HollinsheadOwner: Mrs Christine Stevenson 2012: The Betchworth Kid 7 9 7, H Turner 11-2 (M Bell), drawn (2), 12 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 11-4 Centred, 5 Sizzler, 13-2 Duke Of Clarence, 10 Highland Castle, Buchanan, 12 Samba King, 14 Chocala, Sula Two, 16 Others.

Weekend Results FFOS laS: good to soft

2.15—Joanne One (B J Powell, 11-4 2nd Fav) 1; Indian Stream (6-1) 2; Tenmoku (33-1) 3. 11 ran. 9l, 1l. (J Snowden; 6-4 Fav Midnight Minx). Tote: £4.40; pl £1.80, £2.00, £9.80. Ex: £21.30. Trifecta: £551.60. CSF: £18.74. 2.45—Mister grez (H Skelton, 7-1) 1; Taffy Thomas (11-4 2nd Fav) 2; Ring Bo Ree (8-1) 3. Hcap 8 ran. 18l, 17l. (D Skelton; 5-2 Fav Material Boy). Tote: £6.60; pl £2.00, £1.90, £2.80. Ex: £44.40. Tricast: £157.45. Trifecta: £326.30. CSF: £27.26. Non-runner: Bendant. 3.20—Scales (M G Nolan, 25-1) 1; Finding Your Feet (7-1) 2; Nicky Nutjob (16-1) 3. Hcap 11 ran. 3/4l, 21/2l. (R Lee; 5-4 Fav Frontier Vic). Tote: £26.90; pl £5.70, £2.20, £4.40. Ex: £259.60. Tricast: £2914.10. Trifecta: £1062.70. CSF: £192.10. Non-runner: Here Comes Moss. 3.55—Sivola De Sivola (P Brennan, 6-5 Fav) 1; Hansupfordetroit (8-1) 2; What An Oscar (7-2) 3. Hcap 4 ran. 3/4l, 42l. (T R George). Tote: £2.00; Ex: £9.00. Trifecta: £27.70. CSF: £9.01. Non-runner: Victor Leudorum. 4.30—bombadero (S Twiston-Davies, 11-10 Fav) 1; Escort’men (11-1) 2; Toubab (9-1) 3. Hcap 7 ran. 9l, 41/2l. (Dr R Newland). Tote: £1.80; pl £1.10, £5.30. Ex: £13.90. Trifecta: £94.10. CSF: £12.84. 5.00—Jump up (Michael Byrne, 5-1 Jt 2nd Fav) 1; Captain Moonman (3-1 Fav) 2; Tribal Dance (6-1) 3. Hcap 10 ran. 23/4l, 1l. (P Bowen). Tote: £6.60; pl £2.90, £1.40, £2.70. Ex: £34.80. Tricast: £93.97. Trifecta: £153.40. CSF: £21.41. Nonrunners: All Hope, Catch The Fire, Macra Na Feirme. 5.30—Solstice Son (Rachael Green, 6-4 JtFav) 1; Driving Well (20-1) 2; Mission To Mars (11-4) 3. Relentless Dreamer (6-4 JtFav) 3. 7 ran. 13l, 16l; dht. (A Honeyball). Tote: Solstice Son £3.30; pl Solstice Son £1.80, Driving Well £6.60. Ex: Solstice Son, Driving Well £26.10. Trifecta: Solstice Son, Driving Well, Mission To Mars £89.20. CSF: Solstice Son, Driving Well £31.38. Non-runners: Back By Midnight, Rouquine Sauvage, You Too Pet. Placepot: £383.10 Quadpot: £107.00


2.00—Harry Hunt (W Hutchinson, 14-1) 1; Opera Buff (7-1) 2; Spice Fair (6-1) 3. Hcap 11 ran. nk, 9l. (G McPherson; 10-3 Fav Our Folly). Tote: £12.10; pl £3.00, £2.00, £2.30. Ex: £58.60. Tricast: £657.15. Trifecta: £217.50. CSF: £106.03. Non-runners: Bridgehampton, Eshtyaaq, Ethics Girl, Kashgar, Meetings Man. 2.30—night Of Thunder (R Hughes, 9-2 Fav) 1; Nakuti (11-2 2nd Fav) 2; Penny Drops (13-2) 3. 12 ran. 6l, 2l. (R Hannon). Tote: £4.40; pl £2.40, £2.00, £2.50. Ex: £35.10. Trifecta: £221.60. CSF: £28.35. Non-runner: Elsie Partridge. 3.05—laugharne (G Baker, 5-2 2nd Fav) 1; Carthage (13-8 Fav) 2; Vent De Force (12-1) 3. 11 ran. 2l, 9l. (R Charlton). Tote: £4.00; pl £1.50, £1.20, £2.80. Ex: £8.60. Trifecta: £59.30. CSF: £6.20. Non-runners: Confucius Legend, Danjeu, Storm Rider. 3.40—cuckoo Rock (Mr J Harding, 20-1) 1; Admirable Duque (20-1) 2; Frosty Berry (50-1) 3. Hcap 11 ran. hd, nk. (J Portman; 7-4 Fav While You Wait). Tote: £23.80; pl £4.10, £4.60, £5.50. Ex: £611.50. Tricast: £17948.66. Trifecta: £1182.10. CSF: £350.26. Non-runners: Commissar, Swift Blade. 4.15—Pretty Flemingo (K O’Neill, 7-1) 1; Nova Champ (8-1) 2; Black Caesar (7-2 2nd Fav) 3. Hcap 8 ran. 7l, 11/2l. (R Hannon; 5-2 Fav Never To Be). Tote: £8.70; pl £2.40, £3.00, £1.90. Ex: £43.80. Tricast: £230.24. Trifecta: £319.10. CSF: £61.96. Non-runners: Alquimia, Headlong, Thewandaofu, Zeshov. 4.45—ashpan Sam (R Hughes, 9-2 JtFav) 1; Naabegha (14-1) 2; Joe Packet (9-2 JtFav) 3. Hcap 12 ran. 31/4l, Sh Hd. (J Spearing). Tote: £5.80; pl £1.70, £5.20, £2.10. Ex: £71.60. Tricast: £312.12. Trifecta: £352.80. CSF: £71.38. Non-runners: Baddilini, Corporal Maddox, Forest Edge, Kimberella, Taajub, Take Cover, Trinityelitedotcom, Zhiggy’s Stardust. 5.15—Thomas Hobson (W Buick, 7-2 JtFav) 1; Glorious

Protector (9-2) 2; Empress Adelaide (7-2 JtFav) 3. Hcap 8 ran. 31/4l, hd. (J Gosden). Tote: £4.50; pl £1.80, £1.60, £1.60. Ex: £20.90. Tricast: £58.12. Trifecta: £32.80. CSF: £19.50. Nonrunners: Evangelist, Plutocracy, Quest For More, Squire Osbaldeston. 5.45—First Post (D O’Neill, 5-1 Co 2nd Fav) 1; Myboyalfie (5-1 Co 2nd Fav) 2; Ogbourne Downs (10-1) 3. Hcap 15 ran. hd, 4l. (D Haydn Jones; 9-2 Fav Naaz). Tote: £6.20; pl £2.40, £2.60, £3.60. Ex: £34.10. Tricast: £252.12. Trifecta: £445.20. CSF: £28.60. Non-runners: George Baker, Lunar Deity, Magistral, The Cayterers, Verse Of Love. Jackpot: not won, pool of £163,665.38 carried over to Windsor. Placepot: £1,598.10 Quadpot: £303.60

SaTuRDay'S ReSulTS cHePSTOW: good

2.25—Keltus (D Jacob, 10-11 Fav) 1; Wooly Bully (9-2 2nd Fav) 2; Akdam (7-1) 3. 5 ran. 5l, 21/4l. (P Nicholls). Tote: £1.60; pl £1.10, £2.10. Ex: £5.40. Trifecta: £19.60. CSF: £5.26. Non-runners: Brave Helios, Innoko. 3.00—Killala Quay (N Fehily, 8-11 Fav) 1; Perfect Candidate (16-1) 2; Twice Returned (8-1) 3. 9 ran. 6l, 2l. (C Longsdon). Tote: £1.70; pl £1.10, £2.40, £2.30. Ex: £11.10. Trifecta: £41.80. CSF: £16.56. Non-runners: Champagne Rian, Jigsaw Puzzle, L Frank Baum. 3.35—Tijori (Rob Williams, 20-1) 1; Berkeley Barron (evens Fav) 2; Potters Cross (11-4 2nd Fav) 3. 11 ran. nk, hd. (B J Llewellyn). Tote: £18.30; pl £3.30, £1.10, £1.70. Ex: £67.20. Trifecta: £669.60. CSF: £42.65. 4.15—balder Succes (R Thornton, 5-2 Jt 2nd Fav) 1; The Romford Pele (7-1) 2; Double Ross (5-2 Jt 2nd Fav) 3. 5 ran. 3/4l, 9l. (A King; 7-4 Fav Easter Day). Tote: £4.30; pl £1.60, £2.40. Ex: £19.80. Trifecta: £63.90. CSF: £17.47. Non-runner: Sandanski. 4.45—Handazan (R Thornton, 5-1) 1; Another Hero (6-4 Fav) 2; For Two (11-4 2nd Fav) 3. Hcap 6 ran. 11l, 6l. (A King). Tote: £5.70; pl £2.40, £1.50. Ex: £13.10. Tricast: £22.13. Trifecta: £34.50. CSF: £12.93. Non-runners: Bob’s World, Lac Sacre, Leo Luna. 5.15—Hidden identity (A Coleman, 14-1) 1; Open Day (9-2 2nd Fav) 2; Cloudy Bob (20-1) 3. Hcap 12 ran. nk, 8l. (T Vaughan; 7-2 Fav God’s Own). Tote: £18.30; pl £4.70, £1.80, £5.70. Ex: £167.30. Tricast: £1281.20. Trifecta: £426.00. CSF: £74.82. Non-runner: Jolly Roger. 5.45—al co (T J O’Brien, 12-1) 1; What A Warrior (20-1) 2; Storm Survivor (14-1) 3. Court By Surprise (11-4 JtFav) 3. Hcap 14 ran. 1/2l, nk; dht. (P Bowen; 11-4 JtFav Pete The Feat). Tote: Al Co £14.20; pl Al Co £4.10, What A Warrior £5.80, Storm Survivor £1.30. Ex: Al Co, What A Warrior £343.50. Tricast: Al Co, What A Warrior, Storm Survivor £1691.45, Al Co, What A Warrior, Court By Surprise £428.79. Trifecta: Al Co, What A Warrior, Storm Survivor £612.10, Al Co, What A Warrior, Court By Surprise £612.10. CSF: Al Co, What A Warrior £226.52. Non-runners: Ace High, Well Refreshed. 6.10—Oscarteea (A Coleman, 7-2 Fav) 1; Hello George (6-1) 2; Trevaylor Boy (25-1) 3. 15 ran. 1l, 21/4l. (A Honeyball). Tote: £4.30; pl £1.80, £2.60, £5.30. Ex: £26.60. Trifecta: £157.50. CSF: £23.65. Non-runner: Stafford Jo. Placepot: £33.20 Quadpot: £18.10

HeXHaM: good

2.15—Streams Of Whiskey (B Harding, 9-1) 1; Highbury High (6-1) 2; Agricultural (5-1 2nd Fav) 3. Hcap 11 ran. 3l, 6l. (N Richards; 4-1 Fav Ballycool). Tote: £14.70; pl £3.70, £1.60, £2.00. Ex: £57.40. Tricast: £301.26. Trifecta: £492.90. CSF: £61.30. 2.45—Sultana belle (P Buchanan, 7-4 2nd Fav) 1; Rathvawn Belle (8-15 Fav) 2; Jordans Day (100-1) 3. 4 ran. 10l, 77l. (S Crawford (IRE) ). Tote: £2.40; Ex: £3.70. Trifecta: £9.80. CSF: £3.15. Non-runner: Push Me. 3.20—Rossini’s Dancer (Mr K Alexander, 12-1) 1;

Allanard (15-2) 2; Etxalar (5-1) 3. Hcap 7 ran. 8l, 3/4l. (N Alexander; 3-1 Fav Ultra Du Chatelet). Tote: £10.60; pl £5.70, £3.80. Ex: £84.00. Trifecta: £214.70. CSF: £85.83. 4.00—Hartforth (C Whillans, 10-1) 1; Silver Dragon (5-2 Fav) 2; Symphonick (14-1) 3. Hcap 10 ran. 13/4l, 13/4l. (D Whillans). Tote: £9.50; pl £3.30, £1.50, £3.10. Ex: £55.10. Tricast: £357.58. Trifecta: £430.20. CSF: £35.72. 4.30—i’ll be Frank (S Mulqueen, 9-2 Fav) 1; Saddlers Mot (6-1) 2; Flying Doctor (5-1 Co 2nd Fav) 3. Hcap 8 ran. 3/4l, 41/2l. (M Barnes). Tote: £3.60; pl £1.70, £1.90, £1.80. Ex: £37.10. Tricast: £137.92. Trifecta: £49.30. CSF: £30.64. Nonrunner: Saville Row. 5.00—ballyben (Craig Nichol, 5-2 Fav) 1; Milano Magic (5-1) 2; Shimla Dawn (9-2 2nd Fav) 3. 11 ran. 13/4l, 1l. (Miss L Russell). Tote: £3.40; pl £1.70, £1.60, £2.20. Ex: £16.60. Trifecta: £59.40. CSF: £14.63. Non-runners: Cloudy Deal, Mister D. 5.30—local Present (F Keniry, 10-1) 1; Prince Tam (6-1) 2; Morning Time (11-4 Fav) 3. Hcap 9 ran. 21/4l, 3/4l. (J R Turner). Tote: £15.00; pl £2.20, £2.00, £1.70. Ex: £73.60. Tricast: £211.36. Trifecta: £176.70. CSF: £68.38. 6.00—line D’aois (J Sherwood, 15-8 Fav) 1; Royal Ripple (8-1) 2; You’resomedreamer (14-1) 3. 12 ran. 33/4l, 14l. (M Scudamore). Tote: £3.40; pl £1.80, £4.80, £1.50. Ex: £29.90. Trifecta: £225.10. CSF: £16.98. Non-runner: Vodka Moon. Placepot: £440.90 Quadpot: £87.10

neWMaRKeT: good to soft-good in places

2.05—Fiesolana (W J Lee, 3-1 Fav) 1; Amarillo (8-1) 2; Libranno (20-1) 3. 9 ran. 2l, 21/2l. (W McCreery (IRE) ). Tote: £3.30; pl £1.30, £1.90, £3.60. Ex: £27.00. Trifecta: £381.30. CSF: £26.75. Non-runner: Darwin. 2.35—astaire (N Callan, 8-1) 1; Hot Streak (5-1) 2; Justice Day (22-1) 3. 10 ran. 1/2l, 11/2l. (K Ryan; 2-1 Fav Great White Eagle). Tote: £8.30; pl £2.30, £2.00, £5.20. Ex: £44.10. Trifecta: £547.80. CSF: £44.99. Non-runners: Bahamian Heights, Saayerr, Shamshon. 3.10—War command (J P O’Brien, 10-11 Fav) 1; Cable Bay (20-1) 2; Outstrip (15-8 2nd Fav) 3. 6 ran. 11/4l, 11/2l. (A P O’Brien (IRE) ). Tote: £1.60; pl £1.10, £5.20. Ex: £14.40. Trifecta: £26.60. CSF: £19.77. 3.50—Scatter Dice (S De Sousa, 66-1) 1; Waterclock (20-1) 2; Lieutenant Miller (10-1) 3; Chiberta King (20-1) 4. Hcap 33 ran. 3l, 1/2l, 3/4l. (M Johnston; 7-1 Fav Tiger Cliff). Tote: £73.40; pl £14.20, £7.40, £3.10, £4.80. Ex: £1542.50. Tricast: £13406.60. Trifecta: £6822.20. CSF: £1145.46. Non-runner: Thecornishcockney. 4.25—al Thakhira (M Harley, 5-1 2nd Fav) 1; Blockade (33-1) 2; Valonia (7-1) 3. 8 ran. 31/4l, 3/4l. (M Botti; 8-11 Fav Lightning Thunder). Tote: £6.00; pl £1.60, £5.70, £1.60. Ex: £165.40. Trifecta: £1248.60. CSF: £138.01. Non-runner: Ifrika. 4.55—Kingston Hill (A Atzeni, 15-2) 1; Oklahoma City (6-5 Fav) 2; Truth Or Dare (16-1) 3. 8 ran. 2l, 1l. (R Varian). Tote: £8.30; pl £2.00, £1.10, £3.60. Ex: £20.60. Trifecta: £360.40. CSF: £15.80. Non-runner: Sir Jack Layden. 5.25—Highland Knight (D Probert, 25-1) 1; Tales Of Grimm (16-1) 2; Chapter Seven (14-1) 3. 13 ran. Sh Hd, 1l. (A Balding; 9-4 Fav Short Squeeze). Tote: £38.90; pl £9.70, £3.80, £4.90. Ex: £1166.80. Trifecta: £2182.80. CSF: £364.70. Non-runners: Afonso De Sousa, Boom And Bust, Fantastic Moon, Farraaj, Feuerblitz. Jackpot: not won, pool of £106,074.23 carried over to goodwood. Placepot: £906.80 Quadpot: £87.40

WOlVeRHaMPTOn: Standard

5.50—greek Spirit (S Sanders, 7-2 Fav) 1; Logans Lad (4-1 Jt 2nd Fav) 2; Whipphound (15-2) 3. Hcap 12 ran. 11/2l, 3/4l. (J Noseda). Tote: £4.40; pl £2.40, £2.50, £2.60. Ex: £26.50. Tricast: £101.01. Trifecta: £98.30. CSF: £16.85. Non-runner: Hamis Al Bin. 6.20—Tautira (W Twiston-Davies, 18-1) 1; Tanojin (5-1)

2; Black Geronimo (20-1) 2; Hcap 10 ran. 11/4l; dht. (M Bell; 7-2 JtFav Sukari Gold, 7-2 JtFav Tez). Tote: Tautira £14.70; pl Tautira £4.30, Tanojin £1.60, Black Geronimo £7.00. Ex: Tautira, Tanojin £53.50, Tautira, Black Geronimo £251.90. Tricast: Tautira, Tanojin, Black Geronimo £934.64, Tautira, Black Geronimo, Tanojin £1051.75. Trifecta: Tautira, Tanojin, Black Geronimo £309.20, Tautira, Black Geronimo, Tanojin £309.20. CSF: Tautira, Tanojin £51.54, Tautira, Black Geronimo £161.73. 6.50—Shyron (Jordan Vaughan, 4-6 Fav) 1; Stoney Quine (25-1) 2; Clapperboard (9-1) 3. Hcap 9 ran. 2l, 1/2l. (G Margarson). Tote: £1.90; pl £1.10, £4.20, £2.50. Ex: £24.50. Tricast: £96.18. Trifecta: £101.60. CSF: £27.48. 7.20—look Here’s al (S Sanders, 13-8 Fav) 1; Jolly Red Jeanz (12-1) 2; Aurelia Cotta (3-1 2nd Fav) 3. 8 ran. 11/4l, 11/2l. (E McMahon). Tote: £2.70; pl £1.40, £3.10, £1.30. Ex: £15.70. Trifecta: £39.20. CSF: £22.56. Non-runners: Buy And Sell, Frankthetank. 7.50—cantor (P Donaghy, 3-1 Fav) 1; Kyle Of Bute (25-1) 2; Count Ceprano (28-1) 3. Hcap 12 ran. 23/4l, 11/4l. (G Bravery). Tote: £3.40; pl £1.70, £4.80, £3.70. Ex: £60.90. Tricast: £1797.86. Trifecta: £1154.00. CSF: £88.58. Nonrunner: Trulee Scrumptious. 8.20—lawyer (A Kirby, 5-6 Fav) 1; More Aspen (7-2 2nd Fav) 2; Sullivan Street (12-1) 3. Hcap 11 ran. 1/2l, 13/4l. (L Cumani). Tote: £2.20; pl £1.10, £1.30, £3.70. Ex: £4.20. Tricast: £20.27. Trifecta: £27.60. CSF: £3.19. Non-runner: Oriental Relation. 8.50—Talqaa (C Bishop, 11-4 2nd Fav) 1; Borough Boy (10-3) 2; Busy Bimbo (15-2) 3. 8 ran. 1l, 11/2l. (M Channon; 5-2 Fav Redalani). Tote: £4.30; pl £1.10, £1.80, £3.00. Ex: £11.90. Trifecta: £98.80. CSF: £12.10. 9.20—Hurricane John (A Nicholls, 5-1) 1; Our Golden Girl (6-1) 2; See And Be Seen (2-1 2nd Fav) 3. Hcap 8 ran. nk, Sh Hd. (D Nicholls; 7-4 Fav Ana Shababiya). Tote: £5.10; pl £2.00, £2.40, £1.10. Ex: £28.00. Tricast: £79.97. Trifecta: £81.10. CSF: £35.06. Placepot: £77.20 Quadpot: £3.40

yORK: good-good to soft in places

1.50—Seek again (R Havlin, 3-1 Fav) 1; Gabrial’s Kaka (16-1) 2; Centurius (12-1) 3. Hcap 11 ran. 13/4l, 3/4l. (J Gosden). Tote: £4.00; pl £1.90, £3.50, £5.70. Ex: £31.50. Tricast: £525.01. Trifecta: £114.40. CSF: £54.58. 2.20—Seussical (A Kirby, 6-1) 1; Area Fifty One (16-1) 2; Strictly Silver (8-1) 3. Hcap 13 ran. 4l, 1/2l. (L Cumani; 4-1 Fav First Mohican). Tote: £7.10; pl £2.80, £4.20, £3.00. Ex: £117.00. Tricast: £780.41. Trifecta: £1526.50. CSF: £93.28. Non-runners: Hi There, King’s Warrior. 2.55—Mushir (D O’Neill, 11-2) 1; No Leaf Clover (20-1) 2; Brave Boy (7-1) 3. 10 ran. hd, 41/2l. (R Varian; 7-2 Fav Outer Space). Tote: £6.00; pl £2.00, £4.90, £2.80. Ex: £155.60. Trifecta: £861.60. CSF: £108.32. Non-runner: Mystique Rider. 3.30—Mass Rally (P McDonald, 14-1) 1; Seeking Magic (10-1) 2; Hallelujah (7-1 Jt 2nd Fav) 3; Jimmy Styles (33-1) 4. Hcap 19 ran. 11/2l, ns, 3/4l. (M Dods; 9-2 Fav Baccarat). Tote: £18.40; pl £3.90, £3.50, £1.90, £7.70. Ex: £326.60. Tricast: £1109.14. Trifecta: £2292.60. CSF: £139.38. Non-runner: Ninjago. 4.10—Patentar (A Kirby, 3-1 2nd Fav) 1; Supersta (7-1) 2; Premium Pressure (5-2 Fav) 3. 14 ran. 23/4l, Sh Hd. (M Botti). Tote: £4.80; pl £1.90, £2.30, £1.80. Ex: £28.10. Trifecta: £86.30. CSF: £24.59. 4.40—be Perfect (C D Hayes, 20-1) 1; Theology (20-1) 2; Valid Reason (9-1) 3; Caledonia (9-1) 4. Hcap 17 ran. 11/2l, 11/4l, ns. (D Nicholls; 3-1 Fav Kelvingrove). Tote: £25.70; pl £4.90, £5.30, £2.40, £2.80. Ex: £431.60. Tricast: £3850.42. Trifecta: £1225.70. CSF: £363.33. 5.10—Running Deer (L Steward, 16-1) 1; Flow (11-4 Fav) 2; War Poet (9-1) 3; Hefner (14-1) 4. Hcap 20 ran. hd, 1l, nk. (Lady Cecil). Tote: £22.60; pl £4.80, £1.50, £2.50, £3.90. Ex: £104.70. Tricast: £455.11. Trifecta: £1112.00. CSF: £51.90. Placepot: £2,468.70 Quadpot: £128.30



Marquez takes second place to increase lead MOTOGP Dani Pedrosa clinched his third win of the MotoGP season at the Malaysian Grand Prix while Marc Marquez finished second to extend his championship lead to 43 points. Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa beat team-mate and compatriot Marquez by 2.757 seconds, and reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo made it an allSpanish podium in Sepang by placing third for Yamaha Factory Racing. Pedrosa has now shortened the standings gap to 11 points on second-placed Lorenzo with three races remaining. Lorenzo was 6.669secs off Pedrosa’s winning time of 40 minutes 45.191secs, with Italy’s Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory Racing) pipping Alvaro Bautista (Honda Gresini) to fourth spot. British duo Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith were sixth and seventh for Monster Yamaha Tech 3. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Aleix Espargaro (Power Electronics Aspar) and Yonny Hernandez (Ignite Pramac Racing) completed the top 10. Lorenzo made the strongest start on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur but he was overtaken by Pedrosa at the end of the first lap.

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel throws the trophy on the podium after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit. Second-placed Mark Webber is on the left

I still get excited every time I walk on the grid, says champ-elect Vettel FORMULA ONE FROM IAN PARKES in Suzuka 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 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.

RACE RESULTS & LATEST CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka), final positions (53 laps): 1 S Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 1hr 26mins 49.301secs, 2 M Webber (Aus) Red Bull 1:26:56.430, 3 R Grosjean (Fra) Lotus 1:26:59.211, 4 F Alonso (Spa) Ferrari 1:27:34.906, 5 K Raikkonen (Fin) Lotus 1:27:36.626, 6 N Hulkenberg (Ger) Sauber-Ferrari 1:27:40.916, 7 E Gutierrez (Mex) Sauber-Ferrari 1:28:00.931, 8 N Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 1:28:01.324, 9 J Button (Gbr) McLaren 1:28:10.122, 10 F Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1:28:18.564, 11 P di Resta (Gbr) Force India 1:28:27.873, 12 J-E Vergne (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso at 1 lap, 13 D Ricciardo (Aus) Scuderia Toro Rosso at 1 lap, 14 A Sutil (Ger) Force India at 1 lap, 15 S Perez (Mex) McLaren at 1 lap, 16 P Maldonado (Ven) Williams at 1 lap, 17 V Bottas (Fin) Williams at 1 lap, 18 C Pic (Fra) Caterham at 1 lap, 19 M Chilton (Gbr) Marussia at 1 lap. Not classified: 20 L Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 7 laps, 21 G van der Garde (Ned)

Caterham 0 laps, 22 J Bianchi (Fra) Marussia 0 laps. World Championship standings, Drivers: 1 S Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 297pts, 2 F Alonso (Spa) Ferrari 207, 3 K Raikkonen (Fin) Lotus 177, 4 L Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 161, 5 M Webber (Aus) Red Bull 148, 6 N Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 126, 7 F Massa (Bra) Ferrari 90, 8 R Grosjean (Fra) Lotus 87, 9 J Button (Gbr) McLaren 60, 10 N Hulkenberg (Ger) SauberFerrari 39, 11 P di Resta (Gbr) Force India 36, 12 A Sutil (Ger) Force India 26, 13 S Perez (Mex) McLaren 23, 14 D Ricciardo (Aus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 18, 15 J-E Vergne (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 13, 16 E Gutierrez (Mex) Sauber-Ferrari 6, 17 P Maldonado (Ven) Williams 1. Manufacturers: 1 Red Bull 445pts, 2 Ferrari 297, 3 Mercedes 287, 4 Lotus 264, 5 McLaren 83, 6 Force India 62, 7 Sauber-Ferrari 45.

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 s*** myself 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 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 teammate 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 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.” As far as Alonso is concerned, the Spaniard knows “it’s only a matter of time before he (Vettel) will be champion”. Alonso, who finished 45 seconds down, added: “We have different goals now. We will continue to try to do out 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, was eighth. McLaren’s Somerset-born driver Jenson Button and Felipe Massa in his Ferrari completed the top 10, with Paul Di Resta 11th for Force India.

Redding sees lead trimmed Scott Redding saw his lead in the Moto2 championship reduced to nine points by title rival Pol Espargaro after the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Quedgeley racer finished seventh in the race won by Spain’s Esteve Rabat at Sepang, allowing secondplaced Espargaro to gain ground with three races and maximum of 75 points up for grabs. Redding had moved up from tenth on the starting grid to fourth spot when a crash forced the race to be stopped. After the race was restarted the 20-year-old looked to be set to take sixth place, but he was overtaken by Frenchman Johann Zarco near the finish.

Rebels secure crucial victory SPEEDWAY Somerset Rebels produced an amazing turnaround in Friday evening’s Premier League play-off group match against visiting Newcastle Diamonds to win 51-39 after finding themselves 34-32 down with just four heats to go. The Oaktree Arena outfit scored three successive 5-1 heat wins and a 4-2 heat advantage in the final race to take all three match points. Reserve Charles Wright was paid for 14 points from his six rides, combining with Nick Morris in heat 12 and Alex Davies in heat 14 to secure 5-1 wins.

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