Loxwood boss Alex Walsh felt his side deserved something out of their 2-0 home defeat against Lancing in the Premier Division on Saturday after an improved second half display. The Magpies fielded four new faces after the signings of defender Matt Boiling, and midfielders Mark Goldson, Ash Mutongerwa, and Sam Karl during the week but they couldn’t prevent the Lancers going ahead through John Lansdale. Walsh’s first home game in charge went from bad to worse as debutant Boiling put the ball in his own goal. Loxwood rallied in the second half but couldn’t find a consolation goal.Walsh said: “I think in the first half we started really well and we were positive and vibrant. After that we gave away a penalty which was disappointing. “We saved it but they scored the rebound to go 1-0 down. Lancing took the second goal which was disappointing as it was an own goal.“In the second half we could have crumbled but we showed great character and determination … [Read more...] about Loxwood ‘probably deserved something out of the game’ in defeat to Lancing
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Balcan Lighting Supplies Lincolnshire League Brigg Town CIC 3 Wyberton 2Wyberton boss Joe Greswell was left questioning the amount of added time as Lincs League leaders Brigg Town CIC clinched victory with the final touch of the game.The Colts, who had Scott Dawson sent off, had led through Grant Butler and Elliot Pogson, only for the hosts to stage a comeback.“We had a deep throw in their half,” Greswell said.“I asked the ref how long was left and he said one minute. We protected the ball in their corner for about 90 seconds. “They scored three minutes after the ref told me one.“I felt he should have blown when the Brigg player won the ball back. That’s just my take on it.”Both teams created early chances but it was the hosts who opened the scoring.A long ball across field from the left found its way to the Zebras winger, whose blocked shot found its way to an oncoming teammate who fired home.It stayed that way until half time but Wyberton … [Read more...] about Greswell questions added time as Wyberton beaten by last kick of the game
Ireland have what it takes to reach World Cup final, says 'best keeper in the game' Ayeisha BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Ulster goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran was the heroine of the hour in London last night as Ireland's women sensationally booked their place in the semi-finals of a hockey World Cup for the first time in the history of the sport. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/hockey/ireland-have-what-it-takes-to-reach-world-cup-final-says-best-keeper-in-the-game-ayeisha-37180168.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37180638.ece/118fe/AUTOCROP/h342/ext_ireland.jpg Email Ulster goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran was the heroine of the hour in London last night as Ireland's women sensationally booked their place in the semi-finals of a hockey World Cup for the first time in the history of the sport. The 22-year-old from Larne made three brilliant saves in a dramatic penalty shoot-out as Ireland defeated India 3-1 in the quarter-final after the teams had played out a … [Read more...] about Ireland have what it takes to reach World Cup final, says ‘best keeper in the game’ Ayeisha
Spinner Adil Rashid’s recall to the England side for the first Test at Edgbaston against number-one-ranked nation India has certainly stirred up a hornets’ nest. Rashid is making his first Test appearance in almost two years despite not having played any form of red-ball cricket since last September, and in the wake of the news he signed a new contract with Yorkshire in February to play only white-ball cricket. For the uninitiated ‘red-ball cricket’ is the traditional version of the game, still played in whites, whilst ‘white-ball’ represents a shortened version of the game, that with various competitions around the globe is financially lucrative for the top players. Is it really in the spirit of the game that while Rashid won’t play county cricket for Yorkshire he will still turn out over five days for England? As many have said, including former England legends Michael Vaughan and Darren Gough, it certainly is a kick in the teeth for both … [Read more...] about Ian Hart: Is Adil Rashid’s England Test selection in the spirit of the game?
Hector Cuper, the Egypt coach, has dismissed suggestions that Mohamed Salah is on the verge of quitting international football. The Liverpool forward is reportedly unhappy with the Egyptian football federation at being used for political ends, including being pictured with controversial Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a man accused of human-rights violations. Egypt have been based in the Chechen capital Grozny, with Kadyrov making Salah an honorary citizen of the Russian republic. A miserable tournament for Cuper’s team ended with a surprise 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in Volgograd, a third successive defeat which left them pointless and bottom of Group A. Speaking about Salah potentially quitting the national team, Cuper said: “I don’t think so, I don’t think so. I don’t think it’s true because all of those who are here – and those who couldn’t come – really, really support and appreciate the opportunity of playing for the national … [Read more...] about Egypt finish bottom of group after World Cup’s oldest player saves a penalty but Saudi Arabia strike with last kick of the game