Nahki Wells completed his first game since returning from injury as Burnley drew 2-2 with Sheffield United in a behind-closed doors work-out at Turf Moor.
Wells stepped up from the hour he played in the Professional Development League game at the City Ground with 90 minutes to step up his match fitness after minor foot surgery during the summer.
There was also useful game-time for defenders Phil Bardsley, Kevin Long and Charlie Taylor as boss Sean Dyche used the fixture to aid some of his first-team squad members currently restricted in their Premier League appearances.
And midfielder Ashley Westwood also played, turning in a typically tidy performance as Burnley came from 2-0 down at the break to secure a draw with goals from Olly Younger and Freddie Ulvestad.
Sheffield United also fielded several first-team squad men – including former Burnley full-back Danny Lafferty – to keep them firing on all cylinders following an impressive start to the season in the Championship.
And they took an early lead when David Brooks lifted the ball past Anders Lindegaard.
Brooks – called up to the Wales squad for their recent World Cup qualifier – also clipped the top of the crossbar from a free-kick and was then involved again as the visitors went 2-0 up.
The attacking midfielder got to the by-line following a free-kick and pulled the ball back for former Leicester City and Wolves defender Richard Stearman to slot home.
Dean Marney had one of two Burnley efforts on goal before the break, Dwight McNeil testing Simon Moore from the other, before the midfielder made way as planned.
Burnley then dominated the second half and got one back with 16 minutes to go, teenage centre-back Younger forcing the ball over the line following a corner.
Sheffield United made a number of changes and with Burnley finishing strongly, the equalizer came in the 88th minute.
Westwood released Wells – who had earlier volleyed wide from one half-chance – and the former Huddersfield Town striker did well to work the space to pick out Ulvestad.
The midfielder followed up his goal at Forest last week with another crisp finish, picking out the bottom corner with a first-time effort from the edge of the penalty area to complete a valuable exercise in front of Dyche and his first-team staff.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Lambe Scores Twice in Carlisle United Draw
A Paris Cowan-Hall goal three minutes into injury time enabled Wycombe to extend their unbeaten run to six games with a 3-3 draw against Reggie Lambe and his Carlisle United teammates.
Lambe and a Jamie Devitt penalty had put the home side ahead before Sam Saunders and Adebayo Akinfenwa drew the visitors level, only for Lambe to hit the target again late on with his sixth goal of the season.
But just when Carlisle looked to be on course for their second home win of the season, Wanderers substitute Cowan-Hall stepped up to equalize with a header from a corner.
Carlisle, looking for a first home win in two months, started purposefully and took a fourth-minute lead when Nicky Adams' corner from the left picked out Lambe unmarked at the far post and he directed a downwards header past Scott Brown in the Wycombe goal.
Carlisle went 2-0 ahead from a 37th-minute penalty given after Daniel Scarr's tackle on Shaun Miller. There were prolonged protests by the Chairboys and a booking for Saunders before Devitt stepped up to convert the spot-kick.
Saunders pulled a goal back for Wycombe in first-half injury time, cleverly curling a free-kick into the top-left corner from 20 yards following a foul on Eberechi Eze.
More was seen of Wycombe in attack after the break and Akinfenwa leveled in the 72nd minute, using his strength at the far post to head home Nick Freeman's cross from the right.
Lambe scored his second in the 85th minute, peeling away to the left of goal and placing a low shot past Brown from Mike Jones's pass, before Cowan-Hall's late intervention.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Trott Guides West Ham to Victory Over United
A Toni Martinez hat-trick helped Nathan Trott and his West Ham United’s Under 23 teammates seal an emphatic 4-2 victory over Manchester United.
The West Ham youngsters hosted Manchester United in their first London Stadium fixture of the season and despite going behind twice, went on to secure all three points thanks to the Spanish striker’s three goals and Joe Powell’s first of the season.
Prolific frontman Martinez now has eight goals in ten U23 appearances this season and deservedly took home the match ball after a stunning display in front of 1,483 supporters.
The clash began in the worst possible fashion for the hosts, however. Ricky Sbragia’s men instantly got on the front foot and took the lead just two minutes in when Demetri Mitchell scored from Indy Boonen’s through ball.
Terry Westley’s men took control of possession soon after, but it was the visitors who were looking more dangerous, as DJ Buffonge’s free-kick tested Trott in the West Ham goal.
West Ham responded brilliantly, however to the United pressure and after 26 minutes, they were level.
Powell, taking the ball from Sam Byram on the right hand side, swung in an inviting delivery, and after Manchester United were unable to clear, poacher Martinez pounced and smashed through the keeper’s legs.
Now looking in the ascendancy, it came as a surprise when the Hammers were pegged back eleven minutes later. Mitchell was again the scorer, following in James Wilson’s long shot which was fumbled by Trott and tapped home by the winger.
Unjust, it would have been, for the Hammers to go in at half time behind, and Martinez made sure that would not be happening.
This time it was Nathan Holland – superb all afternoon – who was the architect. The winger, drifting inside and out of United full-back Joe Riley, eventually found space to curl in a beautiful delivery which West Ham’s star striker was able to power in with his head.
And within two minutes of the restart, predictably, Martinez had his third. Edimilson Fernandes, making his first U23 start of the campaign after regaining his fitness, left Luke Shaw on the United left for dead, getting to the byline and crossing into the six-yard-box.
Martinez – in the right place at the right time – crashed home the header to give the Hammers the lead for the first time.
Though Sbragia’s team were the side looking to get back in the game, it was West Ham who looked more likely to score again.
And with 25 minutes remaining, they did just that. Fernandes, stepping it up a gear as Manchester United began to tire, stretched the visitors’ defence and charged towards the box, laying it on a plate for Powell to sidefoot home and complete the scoring.
Trott was beaten a minute later but Tosin Kehinde’s long-range effort smashed the crossbar, and later Dan Kemp was seemingly pushed over inside the box, however referee Sam Purkiss saw nothing wrong with the coming together.
The Hammers, though, were able to comfortably see out the remainder of the game and pick up their second Premier League 2 win in a row – their fourth in total this season – to make sure it was an afternoon to celebrate at London Stadium.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Premier & First Division Round Up
Antwan Russell (l) & Cecoy Robinson (r) Scored
PHC Zebras 2 Robin Hood 2
At the PHC Stadium, Premier Division leaders PHC Zebras and the defending champions Robin Hood played to a 2 - 2 draw. Antwan Russell who had a penalty saved, scored twice for Robin Hood, while Cecoy Robinson and Dunte Albouy scored a goal each for the PHC Zebras.
Dandy Town Hornets 1 North Village Rams 1
At the St. John’s Field, the Dandy Town Hornets and North Village Rams played to a 1 - 1 draw, Keishen Bean scored for the North Village Rams, with K’Wonde Lathan equalizing for the Dandy Town Hornets.
X-Road’s 1 Young Men Social Club 0
X-Road’s picked up the first Premier Division win ever recording a 1 - 0 win over Young Men Social Club, Jamin Furbert scored the lone goal of the game in the 45th minute.
Boulevard Blazers 0 Devonshire Cougars 3
Boulevard Blazers return to Lord’s in St. David’s as their home field was not the return they were looking for as they went down 3 - 0 to the Devonshire Cougars. Cashun Brangman scored twice, while Jomeko Mallory added the other.
BAA 0 Paget Lions 2
At the BAA Field, the host tasted defeat for the first time this season as the Paget Lions came away with a 2 - 0 win, with goals from Dion Stovell and DeMarlo Curtis.
Southampton Rangers 5 Somerset Eagles 1
The Southampton Rangers recorded a 5 - 1 come from behind win over the Somerset Eagles at the Southampton Oval. D’Andre Wainwright gave the Somerset Eagles the lead, but the Southampton Rangers would get two goals from Isaiah Taylor and single strikes from Shannon Burchall, Donte Brangman and Ezekiel Stoneham.
Ireland Rangers 1 Devonshire Colts 4
A Malabar the Devonshire Colts defeated Ireland Rangers 4 - 1, Teniko Eve led the way with a hat trick, while Dominic Lambe added the other for the visitors, while Daunte Woods scored for the host from the penalty spot.
St. David’s 3 Wolves 2
At Lord’s in St. David’s, the home defeat defeated Wolves 3 - 2, St. David’s got goals from Mikkail Crockwell, Nasage Anderson and Franklin Chiroy, while Marcus Ming and Sergio Richardson scored for the visitors.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Premier Division & Corona League Round Up
Footy Kings and Tuff Dogs
Somerset Trojans 3 Flanagan’s Onions 3
The Somerset Cricket Club proved to be a first for the host Somerset Trojans, as they scored their first goal of the 2017/18 Premier Division Season as they drew 3-3 with the Flanagan’s Onions.
The Somerset Trojans scored 3 goals in the first half, but conceded 2 in the second as the Flanagan’s Onions were able to score twice in the second half for the draw.
Jaz Ratteray-Smith gave the home team the lead in the 12th minute, Alton Trott would double the lead nine minutes later, four minutes later it was 3 - 0 when Jeze Butterfield would scored, but the visitors would finish the half on a high when Nicholas Dunkle scored. Four minutes into the second half Treshun Smith pulled the Flanagan’s Onions within one and then Keston Lewis found the back of the net in the 72nd minute earning the Flanagan’s Onions a point.
Footy Kings 1 Tuff Dogs 1
Aquino Grant scored from the penalty spot to give Footy Kings the lead, but Alex Martin would find the back of the net for the Tuff Dogs as the two teams played to a 1 - 1 draw.
West End United 3 Lock N Key 3
Lamaul Crofton scored twice and Dylan Desilva scored another earning West End United a 3 - 0 lead in the first half, but Lock N Key would get second half single strikes from Jonathan Ball, Stephen Astwood and Kevin Lambe as the teams played to a 3 - 3 draw.