Moon Soccerround – 13th Jan 2016




Premier League

Smash and grab win for West Brom


Everton dominated the game at Goodison Park but went down to their first defeat in four games at home to West Brom. The visitors got the key goal against the run of play with Jonas Olsson flicking on a corner into the path of Saloman Rondon to score.

Everton hit the post twice before the break with a curled strike from range from Ross Barklay. A Tom Cleverley cross almost got lucky hitting the wodwork but West Brom managed to clear the rebound.

The Toffeemen continued to push forward in the second half. Gareth Barry having the best chance but Everton for all their dominance could not find a way through. The defeat leaves Everton in exactly mid table in 10th place.


Change of manager does not bring change of fortune for the Rams


Derby County’s miserable recent run was not turned around as new manager Darren Wassall saw his team go down to defeat at Pride Park. In a poor first half Chris Martin had the best chance just before the break forcing a save from David Martin after being set up by Markus Olsson.

MK Dons only had one shot on target in the whole game but it was the decisive one. Jake Forster Caskey scored direct from a free-kick with eigth minutes to go. Tom Ince went close to an equlaiser in the closing minutes but Derby end up defeated yet again in the second half after being level at half time.

The Rams drop to sixth and are in grave danger of repeating their failure to make the play-offs that befell them last year. Also like last year they looking good for automatic promotion only a few weeks ago but are still to win a league game in 2016.

Forest run ended by Billing’s long range stunner


Nottingham Forest’s unbeaten run came to an abrupt end at the City Ground against Huddersfield. The visitors deserved their win outplaying Forest and creating more chances. Matt Mills was the unfortunate man to put Huddersfield ahead after turning a Tommy Smith low cross into his own net past Dorus De Vries.

Nelson Oliveira had chances to level putting to efforts wide and forcing a good save from Jed Steer. Tommy Smith also had a good chance to add to Huddersfield’s lead before the game was eventually sealed. Phillip Billing, who had never before scored a league goal, tried his luck from range which rifled into the top corner.

It was Forest’s first league defeat in 14 games and sees them remain nine points off the play off places.

League 1

Three goal rush downs Blackpool


Blackpool were ht by three goals in the first half hour as they failed to complete the comeback against Shrewsbury Town. The first could be a goal of the season contender with Jermaine Grandison teeing up Nathaniel Knight-Percival to score with a stunning overhead kick.

Shaun Whaley took advantage of some poor defending to make it 2-0 and then Whalley turned provider on 29 minutes. Whalley set up Andy Mangan to blast home the third from close range. Blackpool replied before the break through Tom Aldred and as Blackpool pushed forward in the second half, were given hope when Jim McAlliser put Danny Philliskirk in to make it 3-2.

Philliskirk had another chance and Brad Potts should have done better with a close range header. At the other end Ian Black could have added another for Shrewsbury in an end to end finish. The win moves Shrewsbury level on points with Blackpool, both are three points outside the drop zone.

League 2

Boden Goal enough as Newport get deserved win


Newport County moved further away from the League 2 drop zone with a deserved win over Carlisle United at Rodney Parade. Newport dominated the first half with Mark Byrne and John-Christophe Ayina forcing saves from the Carlisle keeper Mark Gillespie.

The breakthrough came in the second half with Scott Boden got his 9th of the season from firing home from an Alex Rodman corner. Carlisle only had one shot on target and Newport controlled the possession with Boden almost adding a second firing just wide late on.

In the final moment Carlisle’s day got worse as Brandon Comley was sent off for a second yellow after fouling Byrne. The win moves Newport nine clear of the relegation zone.

Magpies frustrated at York


York City helped the survival chances as the edged an even game in what proved another frustrating afternoon for Notts County. Jon Stead nearly had the Magpies ahead hitting the bar. It was York who got the breakthrough with Michael Coulson spotting keeper Roy Carroll off his line and scored with a fine lob over the keeper to put York ahead.

York increased their lead just before half time as Russell Penn’s back heel changed the direction of the play given Kenneth McEvoy time to cross into Bradley Fewster to make it 2-0. Notts were handed a lifeline after the break as Lubo Satka’s horror back pass found his own net.

Jason Banton had a chance to grab a point for Notts but put the chance wide. in 18th Notts are at the wrong end of the table, but well clear of the drop zone.

Mansfield fall to ruthless Plymouth


Mansfield Town were well beaten in a difficult trip to second placed Plymouth. Craig Tanner had a good chance for the home side early on forcing a save from Scott Shearer in a opening that set the tone. The Devon side finally went in front on 33 minutes. Gregg Wylde showed excellent technique to volley home from the edge of the box.

Moments later it was 2-0. Krystian Pearce brought down Peter Hartley to give away the penalty and Ryan Brunt stepped up to score. Plymouth continued to dominate in the second half with Wylde and Graham Carey both going close. At the other end Ryan Tafazoli hit the bar in Mansfield’s only real chance of the game.

The third goal came with jake Jervis setting up Brunt for his second of the afternoon. The score did not flatter Plymouth who look a good promotion bet on this form. As for Mansfield, they are still in the final play-off spot, but all six teams below them have games in hand.

National League

Almond earns a point for Southport


Southport got themselves a good point against promotion chasing Braintree Town at Haig Avenue. The Essex side took the lead through Dan Sparkes who converted a right wing cross from Matt Fry. Josh Thompson put a header wide missing a chance to put Southport level at the break.

The equaliser came int he second half as Paul Rutherford crossed for Louis Almond to level it up. both sides tried to win the game  with Briantree’s Simeon Akinola bringing a good save from Sam Crocombe and Andy Bishop missing the target from six yards out when it was easier to score for Southport in a golden chance to win it.

In the end a draw was a fair result adding an extra point to protect Southport should any late drop in form have them heading back to the drop zone.

Tranmere remain fourth after Aldershot shut out


Tranmere Rovers remain in the play off places after a 0-0 draw at Aldershot.  Both sides only managed one shot on target, with Rovers controlling possession but making little of it. Rovers Lee Vaughan had a strike from range deflected just over and Charles Walker’s effort for Aldershot was save by Scott Davies.

Aldershot had the ball in the net in the second half but Alfie Pavey was adjudged offside. Lois Maynard had Rovers best chance with their only strike on target in the game. Tranmere are in a similar position to Mansfield in League 2, they are in the play off spots but have played more games than most around them.

Time will tell if this is an away point gained or a missed opportunity. Tranmere remain in fourth place.

Scottish Championship

Harris sees Queens into fourth


Queen of the South took advantage of Raith Rovers draw against Falkirk to move into fourth place with a win over ST Mirren at Palmerstone Park. In an end to end game that could have seen more goals, Derek Lyle and Ryan Conroy brought ST Mirren keeper Jamie Langford into action, while Kyle Hutton went closest for ST Mirren in the opening period.

ST Mirrens tarted the second half the better with Sean Kelly and Stephen Mallen forcing saves from keeper James Atkinson. The home side against the second half run of play took the lead with Andy Murdoch putting in Alex Harris to score the vital goal. Harris later hit the woodwork as did David Clarkson for ST Mirren as the game ended in the same entertaining fashion it had been throughout.

The win means the Doonhammers are now two points ahead of Raith in the race for fourth place and the final play off spot. This keeps the Dumfries sides long shot hopes of promotion alive although it will be the hard way, even if they do get the fourth spot.




Premier League

Everton (0) 0West Bromwich Albion (1) 1 (Rondon) – At Goodison Park, Liverpool


Derby County (0) 0MK Dons (0) 1 (Forster-Caskey) – At Pride Park, Derby

Nottingham Forest (0) 0Huddersfield Town (1) 2 (Mills {OG}, Billing) – At The City Ground, West Bridgford

League 1

Blackpool (1) 2 (Aldred, Philliskirk) – Shrewsbury Town (3) 3 (Knight-Percival, Whalley, Mangan) – At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

League 2

Newport County (0) 1 (Boden) – Carlisle United (0) 0 – At Rodney Parade, Newport

Plymouth Argyle (2) 3 (Wylde, Brunt 2) – Mansfield Town (0) 0 – At Home Park, Plymouth

York City (2) 2 (Coulson, Fewster) – Notts County (0) 1 (Satka {OG}) – At Bootham Crescent, York

National League

Southport (0) 1 (Almond) – Braintree Town (1) 1 (Sparkes) – At Haig Avenue, Southport

Aldershot Town (0) 0Tranmere Rovers (0) 0 – At The Recreation Ground, Aldershot

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South (0) 1 (Harris) – St Mirren (0) 0 – At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

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