Rochdale kept their play-off hopes alive with a 3-1 victory that pushed Rai Simons and his Chesterfield teammates closer to relegation.
The damage was done in the first half when Ian Henderson, Callum Camps and Jamie Allen put Rochdale in control and although Kristian Dennis replied early in the second, the visitors were never seriously threatened.
Simons came on at the break.
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing struck a post in the 14th minute before Keith Keane played Henderson through to finish with a chip over Thorsten Stuckmann two minutes later.
Rochdale dominated and scored twice in the space of two minutes before the interval to send home fans heading for the exits.
Camps found the bottom corner from 25 yards when a corner was half-cleared in the 40th minute and then put Allen in to score with a low shot across Stuckmann.
Chesterfield pulled one back through a 25-yard shot from Dennis in the 51st minute but the home side had David Faupala sent off in stoppage time for a late challenge on Joseph Rafferty.
Reggie Lambe and his Carlisle United teammates saw their winless run in Sky Bet League Two extend to seven games as Crewe secured a 2-0 victory at Brunton Park.
Carlisle United played with 10 men for most of the second half after Shaun Miller was sent off while goals from Callum Cooke and Jordan Bowery gave Crewe a third straight win.
Carlisle, without a goal in those seven games, started purposefully and Jamie Proctor, their on-loan Bolton striker, was denied an early goal by an offside flag.
However Alex took the lead in the 34th minute when George Cooper's ball into the box found Cooke running clear and he cleverly steered the ball past Mark Gillespie from close range.
Carlisle went down to 10 men in the 51st minute when Miller was shown a straight red card for a foul on Oliver Turton.
Crewe made it 2-0 in the 61st minute when Cooper skipped past Luke Joyce to get to the by-line and Bowery at the far post was left with an easy tap-in.
The visitors should have had another in the closing minutes when Cooke was through on his own only to be denied by Gillespie.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Rawlins Out Early on Day Two
Chris Nash hit his first half-century of the new season on the second day of Sussex’s three-day friendly with Surrey at The 1st Central County Ground.
He made 59 before being caught and bowled by new Surrey recruit Scott Borthwick as Sussex made 120/3 from 30 overs in their second innings of the match, Laurie Evans (37) and Ollie Robinson (12) the two unbeaten batsmen at the close of play.
Delray Rawlins went early in the Sussex second inning when the score was 22.
Surrey resumed on 49 without loss this morning and batted for 60 overs of the day, following the 12 overs they had before bad light brought a premature end to proceedings last night.
Dominic Sibley (78 not out) top-scored whilst Borthwick (77) and Mark Stoneman (68) all made half-centuries, and they were ably supported by Rory Burns (47) and skipper Gareth Batty (40 not out).
The wickets for the Sussex attack were shared as Jofra Archer, Stuart Whittingham, Danny Briggs and Ajmal Shahzad all claimed an early scalp for the season, on a sunny but windy day at Hove.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Bermuda International Football Festival Announced
A newly formed Bermuda International Football Festival has devised a community initiative to reach the island’s young men with a view to providing opportunities for those on the right track and reach those young men at risk of falling through the cracks.
Rick Richardson spokesman for the Group said, “The group will stage the first Bermuda International Football Festival on April 29th, at the National Sports Center.
The day will see a All-Star match involving the island’s Premier League and First Division players.
Shaun Goater along with Clyde Best and David Bascome are all involved in the venture with Goater stating he is working on getting former players to come to Bermuda.
Goater said, “Presently I have had conversations with John Barnes, Dwight York, Andy Cole, Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler.”
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Bermuda Select & New York Cosmos Draw
Bermuda Select 1 New York Cosmos 1
A heated friendly between a Bermuda Select and the New York Cosmos came to an end with both teams scoring a goal each and more importantly both teams finished the match with 11 players on the field.
Bermuda Select: Stefan Dill (Quinaceo Hunt 46th), William White (Rai Sampso (18th), Marco Warren (Justin Corday 62nd), Na’eem Griffith, Jalen Harvey, Tre Ming (Zeko White 87th), Robert Rawlins, Willie Clemons (Liam Evans 78th), Mazhye Burchall (Keishon Bean 88th), Donte Brangman, Oneko Lowe (Ahria Simons 88th) – New York Cosmos: - Jimmy Maurer, Calos Mendes, Andres Flores, Antony Taylor, Danny Szetela (Andres Mancini 64th), Juan Guerra, Ayoze, Irvin Herrera, Kalif All Hassan (Jimmy Mulligan 46th), Eugene Starikov, Ryan Richter (Michael Binns 64th)
The New York Cosmos controlled the early part of the match keeping possession having Bermuda chase, but Bermuda once they settled created a chance as Tre Ming had back to back shots just miss the target.
The teams were both guilty of some off the ball issues resulting in a few stoppages for order to be restored, but they both went to the break with the score deadlocked at 0 – 0.
With Bermuda having the wind at their back for the second half, and it paid off in the 58th minute when Ming spotted the New York Cosmos goalkeeper Maurer off his line and his long range shot went in off the fly.
This goal brought out some stronger challenges from the New York Cosmos players, with the Bermuda Select players refusing to back down, making a few hard tackles of their own.
The game almost got out of hand, when a cross in the New York Cosmos box saw Bermuda Select captain Harvey and New York Cosmos defender Taylor both receive yellow cards for unsportsmanlike behavior.
With the referee assistant indicating the extra minutes of stoppage time the New York Cosmos threw everything they had to offer at the Bermuda defence and they got the result they were looking for when Flores blasted home a shot from some 12 yards out to level the match at 1 – 1.
Instead of one more chance to score, it was one more incident involving both sets of benches, a off the ball incident took place in front of the Bermuda bench and Bermuda coach Kyle Lightbourne needed to be restrained as things boiled out, however once again order was restored and the match came to an end.
“Today’s match was a good test for us,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director, Giovanni Savarese. “We are happy because the team responded well. We will now redirect our attention to our game against Puerto Rico FC next Saturday.”
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Terceira Continues Competing in Belgium
On Day Three of the CSI 2* & 1* Lier (Azelhof) Spring Tour Event, Terceira competed in Three Classes.
During the CSI2* International Jumping Competition 1.35m Table A in 2 Phases Class, Terceira and Escalada finished 40th they clocked a time of 66.97, but they had 20 Penalty Fault Points.
Riding Tamerino in the CSI2* International Jumping 1.45m Longines Ranking Competition Table A with a Jump-off Class, Terceira finished 12th, they clocked a 8 Penalty Fault Jump-off time of 47.27.
Terceira competed on Two Horses in the CSI1* International Jumping 1.20m Table A Against the Clock with No Jump Off Class.
Terceira and Chakova recorded a Clear Round time of 64.44 to finish 9th, Terceira and Junior Van Het Costersveld finished 22nd after they recorded a Clear Round time of 75.02.