Extra-time penalty earns Morecambe promotion to third tier for first time

Posted Tuesday, June 01, 2021 by PA

A controversial penalty decision gave Morecambe the crucial goal as they reached the third tier of English Football for the first time in their history.Neither side were able to find the back of the net in normal time, but in the second half of extra time the deadlock was eventually broken by Carlos Mendes Gomes’ penalty.The Spaniard sent goalkeeper Tom King the wrong way after referee Bob...Full Story »

Ian Baraclough boosted by friendly victory as Northern Ireland ease past Malta

Posted Monday, May 31, 2021 by PA

Ian Baraclough recorded his first win as Northern Ireland manager inside 90 minutes as they eased to a 3-0 friendly win over Malta in Austria.After Jordan Jones capitalised on a defensive mistake just two minutes in, quickfire second-half goals from Gavin Whyte and Ali McCann effectively ended the game as a contest.It was not always convincing against a side ranked 175th in the world and dealing...Full Story »

Manchester City 0 - 1 Chelsea FC: Kai Havertz nets winner as Chelsea sink Manchester City in Champions League

Posted Sunday, May 30, 2021 by PA

Chelsea turned a season of turmoil into the ultimate triumph as Kai Havertz’s ice-cool finish sunk Manchester City 1-0 to swipe Champions League glory in Porto.Mason Mount’s inch-perfect assist stunned domestic double-winners City at the Estadio do Dragao, as Chelsea claimed their second Champions League title to etch boss Thomas Tuchel’s name into the Stamford Bridge annals.Ke...Full Story »

Brentford 2 - 0 Swansea City: Brentford reach Premier League for first time with play-off win over Swansea

Posted Sunday, May 30, 2021 by PA

Brentford made it 10th time lucky as they beat 10-man Swansea 2-0 in the Championship play-off final to reach the Premier League for the first time.Goals from Ivan Toney and Emiliano Marcondes saw the Bees finally break their play-off hoodoo after all nine of their previous attempts had ended in failure.It was swift redemption for Thomas Frank’s side, back at Wembley Stadium just nine mont...Full Story »

Ben Williamson boosts Bromley into play-offs with winner against Notts County

Posted Saturday, May 29, 2021 by PA

Bromley secured a Vanarama National League play-off spot after beating Notts County 1-0.Ben Williamson’s second-half goal was enough for the Ravens to extend their unbeaten run to six matches and sneak into the top seven.County, already assured of a play-off place, had the better of the first half and Kyle Wootton, who also fired off target twice, hit the crossbar before Jim O’Brien ...Full Story »

Altrincham and Torquay finish regular season with a goalless draw

Posted Saturday, May 29, 2021 by PA

Play-off hopefuls Torquay ended the regular Vanarama National League campaign with a 0-0 draw against Altrincham at Moss Lane.The Gulls had already secured a home semi-final spot with one game to spare, finishing second in the table ahead of Stockport.In the 26th minute, Torquay midfielder Adam Randell picked out Connor Lemonheigh-Evans in the penalty area, but his backheeled effort was saved by...Full Story »

King’s Lynn close out National League campaign with eight-goal Aldershot draw

Posted Saturday, May 29, 2021 by PA

King’s Lynn and Aldershot wrapped up their Vanarama National League campaigns with an entertaining 4-4 draw.Toby Edser gave the Aldershot a 20th-minute lead with a low shot following Lewis Kinsella’s cross and it was 2-0 eight minutes before the interval when Chike Kandi won the ball and calmly finished.Michael Gash brought the hosts back into the contest in his final appearance for ...Full Story »

Defeat at Solihull Moors ends Eastleigh’s play-off hopes

Posted Saturday, May 29, 2021 by PA

Eastleigh’s Vanarama National League play-off hopes ended with a 2-0 defeat at Solihull Moors.The Hampshire side, needing a win to keep their top-seven aspirations alive, were undone by two first-half goals.Solihull’s opener was an impressive one, with Jimmy Ball playing a one-two with Kyle Hudlin before firing left-footed into the far corner from outside the penalty area.The lead wa...Full Story »

Struggling Bees sting champions Sutton to finish with a flourish

Posted Saturday, May 29, 2021 by PA

Vanarama National League strugglers Barnet signed off the season with a 2-0 win over champions Sutton at the Hive.Sutton were given a guard of honour by Barnet as the players walked out onto the pitch, but there was little action at either end during a low-key first half.The Bees, who will not be relegated after the National League North and South seasons were curtailed because of the impact of ...Full Story »

Hartlepool thrash Weymouth but have to settle for fourth spot

Posted Saturday, May 29, 2021 by PA

Hartlepool’s hopes of a top-three finish in the Vanarama National League ended, despite a 4-0 victory over Weymouth in the final game of the regular season.Stockport’s win at Yeovil meant they claimed the remaining semi-final spot at the expense of Dave Challinor’s team, who finished the regular campaign in fourth place and will face Bromley next Sunday for a place in the semis...Full Story »

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