Moon Soccerround – Weekend update




FA Cup 4th Round

Derby fall in the second half again


Derby could not take advantage of Manchester United’s problems as the Red Devils eased into round 5 with victory at Pride Park. A wonderful curling shot from Wayne Rooney gave United the lead only for a fine individual goal from George Thorne to peg it back and have the sides going in level at the break. In recent weeks though Derby have struggled in the second half and the same happened again. United took control and Daley Blind converted Jesse Lindgard’s low cross to give United a deserved lead. Juan Mata made it three after being set up by a mazy run from Anthony Martial to seal the game. Derby have now lost four games out of five in 2016 in the second half after being level at half-time.

Hornets sting Forest with last minute winner


Nottingham Forest were denied a replay at Watford in the very last minute of the game. Watford probably deserved the win as Eric Lichaj’s volley that was saved was Forest’s only real effort in the game and while Watford were not at their best, they created more. Nordin Ambrabat nearly gave Watford the lead with an excellent volley that brought a brilliant save from Forest keeper Dorus De Vries. The deadlock was only broken right at the end through a right foot strike from substitute Odion Ighalo beat De Vries. Ben Osborn had a tame shot saved in injury time as Forest pushed everyone forward, but Watford held out for victory. Forest are now left to concentrate on trying to continue their league unbeaten run and make an unlikely push for a play-off spot.

A replay looms as Liverpool draw another home blank


Liverpool delivered another poor home display in a poor 0-0 draw against West Ham at Anfield. West Ham had the better of the first half with Pedro Obiang volleying wide and Enner Valencia misjudging a header he should have done better with. Liverpool did improve in the second half with West Ham keeper Darren Randolph making good saves from Cameron Brannagan, Joe Allen and Christian Benteke, who also had a chance from six yards but failed to control the ball in another poor display. So no goals in normal play for two games in a row at Anfield and a replay to come, the only plus was that new signing Stephen Caulker looked fairly solid at the back. Other than that, not much to smile about for Liverpool fans on this showing.

Professional Toffeemen sail through


At an emotional Brunton Park in Carlisle’s first game back at home since the flooding it was the Premier League Everton who produced a rock solid performance to ease through to round 5. Everton were ahead in two minuted with Aaron Lennon crossing for Arouna Kone to tap in to an empty net. Lennon made it two after being put in from out side by Bryan Oviedo. Ross Barklay added a third in the second half with a deflected strike from range in a game Everton dominated and never looked like losing. The Toffeement will now head to the south coast to take on Bournemouth in the next round.

League 1

Redshaw makes Gillingham pay the penalty


Gillingham missed the chance to go top of the table as Blackpool continued their improved form with an excellent win at Bloomfield Road. The winning goal came just before half time with Gillingham defender Max Ehmer bringing down Mark Yeats allowing Jack Redshaw to step forward and score the penalty. Gillingham pushed forward in the second half with a header from Ehmer being headed off the line by Tom Aldred being the closest they came. Blackpool have earned three clean sheets in a row at home and are now five points clear of the drop zone moving up to 18th, their highest position this season.

League 2

Away win moves Stags back into the play-off places


Mansfield Town built on their late comeback win at Morecambe with another away win at Crawley. Mansfield dominated most of the game and should have been ahead at half time with Matt Green bringing a fine save from Cralwy keeper Callum Preston. The breakthrough came on the hour with Chris Beardsley getting his first goal of the season with a flick header from Malvind Benning’s cross. The only blight on Mansfield’s day was Matt Green’s last minute sending off which will mean a susspension going forward. Overall the Stags controlled most of the possession, could have had more goals and will be very pleased with this display that puts them into sixth place and right back in the play off fight after a difficult spell in late December and early January.

Stead helps Magpies to away win


Notts County got a much needed boost of a good away win in an entertaining game at Kennilworth Road against Luton Town. The first half was end to end with chances for both sides, the home side had the best chance through Cameron McGheehan who forced a good save from Roy Carroll. Notts took the lead in the second half when former Magpies defender Alan Sheehan put through his own net. Craig Mackail-Smith could have equalised within 60 seconds but put his header wide. It was Jon Stead who capped a fine perfromance with a goal after being set up by Alan Smith to seal the points for Notts who move up to 14th and need to put a run together as they are still eight points away from the play-off places. Can this win kick start it?

Boden brace good enough for Newport


Morecambe suffered a second straight home defeat after Newport aided their survival chances with a big win. Striker Scott Boden gave Newport the lead after just two minutes after converting Mark Byrne’s low cross. Morecambe leveled on the hour with Andrew Fleming teeing up Shaun Miller to score with a fine strike from outside the area. It was Boden who sealed the win for Newport with a second goal after a superb cross from Alex Rodman. Boden nearly got a hat-trick with a shot just wide with 15 minutes to go but the two was enough for Newport remain 20th but are now seven points clear of the drop zone.

National League

Dan’s set pieces sparks Chester’s defeat


First half set pieces were the key for Braintree Town as they swept aside Chester City. Both the goals came from corners with Dan Sparkes providing the excellent deliveries. The first was converted by a low strike from Mark Phillips getting on the end of an inswinging corner and the second from Matt Paine who drilled the ball home after another fine set piece. Taylor Miles struck the ball over the bar moments later as Braintree could have had more before the break. Chester did improve in the second half with Ross Hannah and Johnny Hunt forcing saves from the Braintree keeper, but in the end Braintree deserved the win which leaves them four points off the play off spots. Chester are still a fairly safe seven points above the drop zone, but coud do with some points soon to ensure they are not looking downwards.

Rovers move into the play off places with win


Tranmere Rovers continued their much improved recent form and have moved back into the play-off places with victory over Torquay United. Tranmere controlled the first half and got their reward taking the lead through a 30 yard strike from Gary Taylor-Fletcher scoring his first goal of the season. Louis Maynard could have added to the lead in the second half putting an excellent chance wide however Tranmere did get a second with a right footed shot into the corner of the net from James Norwood who has now reached double figures with his 10th goal of the season. Shaun Harrad headed in for Torquay following an Andre Wright cross to get one back. In the end Tranmere were good value for their third straight win moving them into 5th place and their aim of getting back into the Football League at the first attempt is still very much alive.




FA Cup 4th Round

Derby County (1) 1 (Thorne) – Manchester United (1) 3 (Rooney, Blind, Mata) – At Pride Park, Derby

Nottingham Forest (0) 0Watford (0) 1 (Ighalo) – At The City Ground, West Bridgford

Liverpool (0) 0West Ham United (0) 0At Anfield, Liverpool

Carlisle United (0) 0Everton (2) 3 (Kone, Lennon, Barklay) – At Brunton Park, Carlisle

League 1

Blackpool (1) 1 (Redshaw) – Gillingham (0) 0At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

League 2

Crawley Town (0) 0Mansfield Town (0) 1 (Beardsley) – At The Broadfield Stadium, Crawley

Luton Town (0) 0Notts County (0) 2 (Sheehan {OG}, Stead) – At Kennilworth Road, Luton

Morecambe (0) 1 (Miller) – Newport County (1) 2 (Boden 2) – At The Globe Arena, Morecambe

National League

Braintree Town (2) 2 (Phillips, Paine) – Chester City (0) 0 At Cressing Road, Braintree

Tranmere Rovers (1) 2 (Taylor-Fletcher, Norwood) – Torquay United (0) 1 (Harrad) – At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

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