Leaders Edgehill fought back for 1-1 draw at Scarborough Saturday League Division One title rivals West Pier. Sean Exley gave Pier the lead early on, the defending champions knowing they needed a win to boost their chances of finishing on top again this season.Exley broke through the Edgehill defence and took the ball past keeper Chris Ferrey.Pier could have doubled their lead when Will Jenkinson hit the bar with a flick-on and Sam Garnett's effort from the rebound was saved by Ferrey.The visitors levelled on the stroke of half-time, Joe Gallagher rifling home his shot past Scott Wardman in a crowded goalmouth.Wardman pulled off a superb saved after the interval as Edgehill piled on the pressure, the gloveman keeping out Jackson Jowett's effort.In the final minute Pier almost nicked it when Exley broke through in a one-on-one with Ferrey, but the Edgehill keeper saved his shot, then Liam Cooper broke free in injury-time for the visitors but he sent his strike wide.Pier boss Andy Spivey … [Read more...] about Leaders Edgehill earn crucial point at West Pier
Minella Rocco is the new top weight for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National after 73 horses remained on course for the Aintree marathon. And despite the weight trainer Jonjo O’Neill feels that last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up has the perfect profile to thrive in the world's greatest steeplechase at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, April 14. After the three horses who originally topped the weights - Definitly Red, Irish Gold Cup winner Edwulf and Outlander - were taken out of the Grand National following their runs in last Friday's Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival, Minella Rocco now heads the handicap. The weights have risen by 3lbs with Minella Rocco now set to carry 11st10lb. The JP McManus-owned gelding was due to bid to try and go one better in the Gold Cup last Friday but was a non-runner due to the unsuitable heavy ground at Prestbury Park. He will now head to Aintree as a best-priced 20-1 with Sportingbet behind current favourite Blaklion, who is 12-1 with … [Read more...] about Full list of the 2018 Grand National runners as 73 remain including Blaklion
With just over two weeks to go until the Grand National is upon us, 73 horses remain on course. A total of 105 runners were entered for the world's most famous steeplechase, which has a total prize fund of £1million, but that number has since dropped to 73. Five-day confirmations are scheduled for April 9, with final declarations set to be made on April 12. After that, the list include a maximum of 40 horses. Minella Rocco is the new top weight for the race, which takes place at Aintree on Saturday April 14. William Hill have Willie Mullins' Total Recall as the favourite at 10/1, with Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Blaklion, the second top weight and last year's fourth place, fancied at 12/1. Here's the full list as things currently stand: Horse Age Wgt Owner Trainer 1) MINELLA ROCCO (IRE) 8 11-10 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill 2) BLAKLION 9 11-09 Simon Such & Gino Paletta Nigel Twiston-Davies 3) ANIBALE FLY (FR) 8 11-07 J P McManus Tony Martin IRE 4) THE LAST SAMURI (IRE) … [Read more...] about Grand National 2018 full list of runners as 73 horses remain
With the last kick of the game bottom of the table Guiseley robbed three points from Victoria Park. Louis Laing might have been at fault, but how did the he, and the rest of Pools' players, rate? Liam Kennedy has his say...Pools XI (4-1-2-1-2)Scott Loach - When called upon did what he needed to. Could do little about the goal... 6Lewis Hawkins - Was definitely a target for Guiseley. Coped with the pressure reasonably well... 6Carl Magnay - Looks every bit at home in the centre of defence... 6Louis Laing - A solid game for 93 minutes then lets himself down with an error which cost Pools a point... 3Blair Adams - Bombed on down the left. A constant thorn in the opposition's side... 7Nicky Featherstone - Struggled to exert the same kind of influence has of late in very difficult circumstances... 6Conor Newton - Not one of his most productive days, given he's set the standard so high recently... 6Josh Hawkes - Looks a real asset. Has a lovely touch and some good technique... 6Michael Woods … [Read more...] about Match ratings: How did Hartlepool United’s players rate in shock Guiseley loss?
bedfordshire league Sam Julian, Tom Wallace and a Jake Wallace penalty marked the home scoresheet against replies via Sheldon Washington and Martin Danobrega. Whilst jumping up into second, just goal difference behind Caldecote, are Ickwell & Old Warden who ran out the 8-0 home winners over Kempston Rovers Development. Ashley Drummond led the way with a hat-trick, with Dan and Lee Threadgold grabbing braces to go alongside a single goal from Scott Alleyne to completed the rout.Former Premier Division supported by Sportsform leaders Shefford Town & Campton dropped down as they sat the afternoon out. Perhaps the shock result of the day belonged to Cranfield United who won 2-1 at Crawley Green Reserves to dent the home side’s Championship challenge. Ali Smith and Antonio Ricciardi netted the United goals against a lone reply via Temitayo Akerele. It was a good day on the road for AFC Oakley M&DH who won 5-2 at Queens Park Crescents, Elijah Hukin with a hat-trick joined … [Read more...] about Caldecote claim top spot in Bedfordshire League