Moon of Liberty Sportsround – 08 August 2017

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Sportsround – Sports News Digest on 08 August 2017 at 7.20pm

tvnz – Canterbury Crusaders win the Super Rugby crown defeating the Lions in the final

Tennis.com – Alexander Zvarev beats big serving Kevin Anderson to win the Washington Open

BBC Sport – American Torie Bowie takes the women’s 100m, Favourite Elaine Thpmoson fails to medal.

The Elitist – Rugby League round-up from both sides of the World

Cricbuzz – Moeen Ali the hero as England wrap up 3-1 series win over South Africa at Old Trafford

pdc.tv – Dave Chisnall wins round 18 of the Players Darts Championship, his first title of 2017.

pdc.tv – Austrlaian Kyle Anderson claims maiden title in round 17 of the Players Darts Championship

The Elitist – India put 600 runs on the board again to thrash Sri Lanka and go 2-0 up

New Vision Uganda – Uganda thrash Zimbabwe in the final round of the African Gold Cup Rugby Union tournament

Sports Star Live – Sam Querry claims Los Cabos ATP title in Mexico

BBC Sport – Netherlands claim the Women’s Euro 2017 soccer title beating Denmark 4-2 

BBC Sport – GB’s Callum Hawkins an excellent fourth Kenya’s Geoffrey Karui wins the men’s marathon.

BBC Sport – Arsenal win the Community Shield beating Chelsea on penalties

Running Magazine – Ethiopia’s Almaz Anaya dominates the Women’s 10000m

Eurosport – Luvo Manyonga wins the Long Jump title for South Africa

BBC Sport – Notts beat the T20 Powerplay record

BBC Sport – Justin Gatlin stuns the world to beat Usain Bolt

The Elitists Echo – Saturday Soccer round up of the #MoonSoccer13. Opening day wins for Forest, Southport & Queen of the South

The Sun – Burnley friendly abandoned after crowd trouble

BBC Sport – Mo Farrah wins the first medal of the 2017 World Championships

Nottingham Post – Notts County manager Kevin Noaln calls his team ‘rabbits in headlights’ after opening day loss to Coventry

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Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccer – 20/08/2016

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Soccer

Premier League

Everton fought back from one down to earn an away win at West Brom. Gareth McAuley headed home a corner to give West Brom an early lead but Everton turned the game just before half-time with a Kevin Mirallas equaliser. The winner came on the hour from Gareth Barry who forced the ball home after West Brom failed to clear a corner. Everton are currently in fifth after the win.

Liverpool could not build on their impressive win at Arsenal being beaten 2-0 at Burnley. Andre Gray set up Sam Vokes to give Burnely the lead within two minutes and Gray rolled home the second as Liverpool never got going and despite a huge amount of possession, failed to use it in a disappointing display.

In the late game between the Champions and Runners-up from last season, Arsenal had the better of the chances but Leicester City felt they were denied a penalty when Danny Drinkwater went down. Neither side could find the breakthrough as it ended 0-0 and a point each.

Championship

Nottingham Forest won a second home game in a row 4-3 after a dramatic injury time winner against Wigan. Britt Assombalonga put Forest ahead which was equalised by Michael Jacobs. Oliver Burke brought the Reds back ahead before the break but Will Grigg caught fire to score twice to threaten to take a point scoring either side of Burke’s second making it 3-3 going into the last five minutes. Thomas Lam got hos second Forest goal in the 93rd minute to give Forest all three points. Forest have won all their home games and lost all their away games so far.The excitement did not extend to Pride Park as Derby County fought out a 0-0 stalemate at home to Aston Villa. Villa hit the woodwork twice and were the better side in the first half, the game then petered out in a poor second half.

League 2

Mansfield Town’s impressive start to the season came to a halt at Plymouth. Two goals in five minutes from Graham Carey eased the Devon side to a 2-0 win. Blackpool drew a blank at Bloomfield Road with a 0-0 draw against Wycombe. Jim McAllister had the best chance with seven minutes to go. Newport got a late point at home to Crewe with Sean Rigg’s header on 83 minutes cancelling out Alex Kiwomya’s first half strike in a 1-1 draw.

Notts County got their first win of the season with a comeback victory at Hartlepool. Toto Nsiala gave the home side the lead at the break and County were looking down the barrel at a third defeat in four games. Louis Laing leveled in the second half and Jon Stead hit the woodwork in a much better second half display. It was Stead who was to be the hero with a calm turn and shot into the corner on 76 minutes to see the Magpies take home all three points.

National League

Tranmere Rovers made it five out of five with a 2-1 win at home to Maidstone. Andy Cook gave Rovers the lead but against the run of play Alex Flisher got his second of the season to level for Maidstone. James Norwood hit the woodwork but the hero was Steve McNulty who bundled in the winner after a goalmouth scramble. Chester City earner a point at Boreham Wood. Morgan Ferrier gave the Hertfordshire side the lead but Eliott Durrell lobbed the keeper from range seven minutes from time to equalise. Southport endured a painful day at Lincoln, Johnny Margetts got all four goals for the home side as the Sangrounders were thrashed 4-0 with Ashley Grimes sent off for Southport to add to their miserable afternoon.

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South are third after making it seven from nine points with a comfortable and deserved 2-0 win over Falkirk. Stephen Dobbie scored both, a well executed curling shot in the first half and adding a second from a rebound after a Lyndon Dykes shot was parried. The Doonhammers are looking a much improved outfit with Dobbie, who has returned to Dumfries after a spell with Blackpool, back in the side. 

Reports (BBC Sport)

Liverpool   Everton   Leicester   Forest   Derby   Blackpool   Notts County   Mansfield   Newport   Southport   Tranmere   Chester   Queen Of The South

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

SOCCER RESULTS

Premier League

Burnley (2) 2 (Vokes, Gray)Liverpool (0) 0 At Turf Moor, Burnley

West Bromwich Albion (1) 1 (McAuley)Everton (1) 2 (Mirallas, Barry)At The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

Leicester City (0) 0Arsenal (0) 0At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

Championship

Nottingham Forest (1) 4 (Assombalonga, Burke2, Lam)Wigan Athletic (1) 3 (Jacobs, Grigg 2)At The City Ground, West Bridgeford

Derby County (0) 0 Aston Villa (0) 0 At Pride Park, Derby

League 2

Blackpool (0) 0  – Wycombe Wanderers (0) 0At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

Hartlepool United (1) 1 (Nsiala)Notts County (0) 2 (Laing, Stead) At The Victoria Ground, Hartlepool

Plymouth Argyle (2) 2 (Carey 2)Mansfield Town (0) 0At Home Park, Plymouth

Newport County (0) 1 (Rigg)Crewe Alexandra (1) 1 (Kiwomya)At Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales

National League

Boreham Wood (1) 1 (Ferrier)Chester City (0) 1 (Durrell)At Meadow Park, Boreham Wood

Lincoln City (3) 4 (Margetts 4)Southport (0) 0At Sincil Bank, Lincoln

Tranmere Rovers (1) 2 (Cook, McNulty)Maidstone United (0) 1 (Flisher)At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South (2) 2 (Dobbie 2)Falkirk (0) 0At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANJohnny Margetts (Lincoln City)

Moon Of Liberty Soccer Update – Premier League & Championship

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Soccer

Premier League

Liverpool won their opening game in the Premier League in a sea-saw battle at Arsenal that ended in a seven goal thriller. Theo Walcott missed a penalty but then scored moments later after a poor mistake from Alberto Moreno to give the Gunners the lead. The game changed just before half time with Philippe Coutinho Striking with a 30 yard free kick just before half time. Coutinho set up Lallana to put Liverpool ahead just after the break and grabbed a second to make it 3-1. Debutant Sadio Mane compelted a sesnation 15 minutes from Liverpool with a wonderful individual effort. However Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain hit back almost straight away and Callum Chambers headed a third to make it a nervous finish for Liverpool, who have plenty in attack but still many defensive problems. The Merseysiders held on for the win.

Championship

Derby County got their season up and running with their first win. Chris Martin and Tom Ince had chances but it was a late header from Criag Forsyth on 87 minutes that earned the Rams a deserved victory.Meanwhile Nottingham Forest’s away day problems continue as they were beaten 1-0 at Brentford. Lewis McCleod hit the crossbar for the home side before Scott Hogan got the winner on 29 minutes tapping in after a McCleod shot was parried.

Liverpool   Derby   Forest

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

SOCCER RESULTS

Premier League

Arsenal (1) 3 (Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chambers)Liverpool (1) 4 (Coutinho 2, Lallana, Mane)At The Emirates Stadium, Islington, London

 

Championship

Brentford (1) 1 (Hogan)Nottingham Forest (0) 0At Griffin Park, Brentford, Hounslow, London

Preston North End (0) 0Derby County (0) 1 (Forsyth)At Deepdale, Preston

 

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANPhilippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

Moon Soccerround – Sunday 14th Feb 2016

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Soccer

Premier League

Last minute heart breaker for the Foxes blows title race wide open

ARSENAL 2 LEICESTER CITY 1

Arsenal took the points in the top of the table clash against Leicester City after a sending off turned the game. The first half was an open game with a huge amount of creation with Jame Vardy’s close range header being well saved by Petr Cech.

The Foxes derservedly took the lead just before the break as Nacho Monreal was adjudged to have caught Vardy who scored the penalty himself to bag his 19th goal of the season.With Leicester looking strong and Arsenal struggling the game turned as Danny Simpson was sent off for a second yellow card.

Arseanl then dominated as Vardy became more and more isolated. The Gunners broke through on 68 minutes with Oliver Giroud knocking the ball down for Theo Walcott to level. Arsenal brought on Danny Welbeck for his return after a long injury and Leicester faced wave after wave of attack. Welback, Walcott, Giroud as well as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez all had chances.

Late into injury time Marcin Wasilewski gave away a needless free-kick the Foxes endured the ultimate punishment with Ozil delivering a superb ball for Welbeck to flick on and win it for Arsenal to the relief of the Emirates home support. The game leaves Leicester’s lead cut to 2 points at the top, with Arsenal and Tottenham after their 2-1 win at Manchester City, closing in.

Liverpool run riot against poor Villa

ASTON VILLA 0 LIVERPOOL 6

You never know which Liverpool will show up, unfortunately for bottom side Aston Villa the free flowing free scoring Liverpool showed up at Villa Park. Daniel Sturridge was starting a Premier League game for the first time under Jurgen Klopp and opened the scoring with a header from a Phillipe Coutinho cross.

James Milner made it two with a free-kick from out wide deceiving everyone and finding the corner of the net. Liverpool were in total control at the break and continued into the second half as Emre Can finished off a fine passing move to make it 3-0.

At this point Sturridge, who had been impressive for an hour, was taken off and substitute Divock Origi was put through by Alberto Moreno and raced clear to coolly finish to make it four. Nathanial Clyne added a fifth at the second attempt after his first effort was parried and Kolo Toure got his first goal for Liverpool with a header from a Milner corner after some dreadful Villa defending.

The 6-0 defeat was Villia’s worst at Villa Park in 81 years and Villa look like they are heading for relegation. Liverpool have now scored three at Chelsea, four at Man City, five at Norwich and six at Southampton and Aston Villa. At home however they look bereft of creativity. Who knows what this team will give us next.

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Premier League

Arsenal (0) 2 (Walcott, Welbeck) –Leicester City (1) 1 (Vardy) – At The Emirates Stadium, Islington, London

Aston Villa (0) 0Liverpool (2) 6 (Sturridge, Milner, Can, Origi, Clyne, Toure) – At Villa Park, Birmingham

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MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN OF THE SOCCERROUND – Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

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Moon Soccerround – 12/13th Jan 2016

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Soccer

Premier League

Liverpool hold league leaders in six goal thriller

LIVERPOOL 3 ARSENAL 3

Liverpool held league leaders Arsenal to a draw in a thrilling end to end game at Anfield.The homes side struck first after Peter Cech could only parry Emre Can’s strike into the path of Roberto Firmino to drive the ball home. Arsenal only took three minutes to level though as Aaron Ramsey was put through by Joel Campbell to equalise. Firmino curled a strike from range to give Liverpool the lead again however on the half hour Olivier Giroud got a touch to poke home from a corner after some awful Liverpool defending to make it 2-2 at the break.

Both Firmino and Giroud could have had hat-tricks, Firmino hit the bar with a strike and Giroud missed a sitter after being perfectly set up via a wonderful passing move involving Campbell and Theo Walcott. Giroud’s second came after a fine turn and strike into the corner from the edge of the box to give the Gunners the lead for the first time. Liverpool pushed forward putting Christian Benteke and new signing Steven Caulker up front and bringing on Joe Allen. It was two of those subs combining who got the equaliser in the last minute, Benteke knocked the ball down into the path of Allen who scored with a placed finish to earn Liverpool a point at the death in what may be the Premier League game of the season so far.

Huth header keeps the Foxes in title hunt

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0 LEICESTER CITY 1

After the 2-2 cup draw both sides made several changes for the second meeting in four days between the two clubs. With Arsenal only getting a draw at Anfield this was a chance for Leicester to go back level on points at the top and despite leaving it late, they took full advantage. Robert Huth headed home a Christian Fuchs corner seven minutes from time to give the Foxes the win. Harry Kane had a shot tipped onto the post by Kasper Schmeichel which was the closest Tottenham came. The two sides meet again in the cup replay in a weeks time, but in the Premier League meeting, it’s Leicester who came out on top.

Howard helps Everton earn a point at the Etihad

MANCHESTER CITY 0 EVERTON 0

Tim Howard was the hero for the Toffeemen as they held Manchester City to a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium. The first half was fairly even with the best chance falling to Gerard Deulofeu bringing a good save from Joe Hart. City dominated the second half and Howard was forced to make excellent saves twice from Sergio Aguerro as well as from Raheem Sterling. The Everton defence also did an excellent job in a rearguard action as city pushed forward throughout. City were convinced they should have had a penalty when John Stones appeared to have brought down Sterling but it wasn’t given.  Overall Everton will be very pleased with this draw, they meet again in two weeks time in the second leg of the League Cup Semi-Final, the same result would see Everton into the Final.

Championship

Derby drop two points with draw against Reading

DERBY COUNTY 1 READING 1

Derby County will be disappointed to have dropped two home points after taking the lead against Reading on Tuesday. Jason Shackell gave the Rams a perfect start after freeing himself to head home Tom Ince’s corner. However reading were level at the break after Hai Robson-Kanu crossed for Danny Williams to head home. Reading looked the more likely winners in the second half as Robson-Kanu has a shot turned onto the post, the nearest ether side got to a winner. The draw means Derby are now six points behind Middlesbrough at the top, and are two ahead of Hull in third, but the team from Humberside have a game in hand.

Forest draw in the league yet again

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 BIRMINGHAM CITY 1

Nottingham Forest have drawn for the fourth game in a row after it finished 1-1 against Birmingham City at the City Ground on Tuesday. Forest nearly took the lead when Ben Osbourn hit the post after working himself some space. It was the visitors who took the lead though when Spanish midfielder Jon Torai stooped low to head in Paul Caddis’ cross. The lead only last six minutes thanks to Matt Mills who rose above everyone to head in David Vaughan’s free kick. Vaughan was sent off in what proved a quiet second half and Birmingham could not take advantage of the extra man with the game ending level. eleven points off the drop zone and twelve points off the play off places, Forest need to keep their cup run going, as it increasingly look as if they have little to play for at either end of the league table this season.

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Premier League

Liverpool (2) 3 (Firmino 2, Allen) Arsenal (2) 3 (Ramsey, Giroud 2) At Anfield, Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur (0) 0 Leicester City (0) 1 (Huth) At White Hart Lane, Haringey, London

Manchester City (0) 0 Everton (0) 0At The Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Championship

Derby County (1) 1 (Shackell) Reading (1) 1 (Williams)At Pride Park, Derby

Nottingham Forest (1) 1 (Mills) Birmingham City (1) 1 (Torai)At The City Ground, West Bridgford

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Two of the suprise packages, Leicester City and Crystal Palace, met at the King Power Stadium. In a game of few chances it was in form Jamie Vardy who got the only goal after pouncing on a mistake from Brede Hangerland and clipped the ball past Wayne Hennesey in the Palace goal to finish from three yards. A looping Scott Dann header was the closest Palace came to an equaliser but Leicester maintain their position in 5th place with the win to continue their fine start to the season.

In the later game Arsenal went to the top of the table with a 2-1 win at home to Everton. All the goals came in the first half. The North Londeners took the lead after a floated cross from Mesut Ozil was met by Olivier Giroud to open the scoring. Two minutes later Lauren Koscielny headed in a Santi Cazorla cross to make it two. Everton got one back through a deflected Ross Barklay effort just before half time and had chances to equalise when Romelu Lukaku hit the bar and Gerard Deulofeu was denied by Petr Cech late on. Arsenal end Saturday top of the table prior to tomorrow’s Manchester Derby.

Championship

Derby County’s recent fine form continued with three points at Huddersfield Town. Chris Martin got his seventh goal of the season to put the Rams ahead after pouncing on a scuffed volley by Johnny Russell to score from close range. Harry Bunn leveled for Hudderfield after scoring off the rebound after Ishmael Miller had first hit the crossbar. It took a wonderstrike from 30 yards from George Thorne to win it just after the restart to move Derby up to fifth and keep their promotion chase right on track.

Nottingham Forest avoided defeat at the City Ground with a last gasp equaliser to grab a point against Ipswich Town. Forest dominated the first half, the best chance fell to Ryan Mendes who failed to capitalise and Forest looked like they would rue not taking advantage of their dominance when a poor clearance from Eric Lichaj was taken advantage of by Jonathan Parr who fired into the top corner to give Ipswich the the lead. Deep into injury time with Foreat pushing hard for a draw Jorge Grant’s shot was blaocked and debutant Liam Trotter fired in the rebound to give Forest a deserved point late in the day.

League 1

Improving Blackpool moved out of the bottom 4 for the first time this season after winning a big relegation clash with struggling Crewe Alexandra. Full back Hayden White, on loan from Bolton, got his first goal for the seasiders with a strike from just outside the box. Crewe defender Chris Atkinson fouled David Norris to concede a peanalty which Jack Redshaw converted to seal the victory. This was Crewe’s third defeat in a row and a huge three points for Blackpool who have shown much improved form as of late.

League 2

Mansfield Town’s excellent form continued with a fine away point at second place Portsmouth. 40 year old goalkeeper Brian Jensen was the man of the match with some fine saves to keep Pompey out. The pick of which came from a save from Ben Davies who unleashed a powerful strike that Jensen did superbly to keep out. Mansfield in a mainly defensive display did not have a shot on target themselves but the Stags will be more than happy to take the point which keeps them in the play off places.

Notts County continue to sturggle for consistancy after a 1-1 draw away at Exeter. Exter took the lead on 20 minutes after Tom Nichols cut inside Notts defender Michael Edwards and curled a fine shot from 20 yards into the corner to finish an excellent solo effort. Notts fought bac with Izale MacLeod hitting the post with a header. The qualiser came after a knock down from Jon Stead fell to Liam Noble to finish from close range. Macleod for Notts and Aaron Davies for Exter had chances to win it but there was no scoring in the second half with both sides having to settle for a point a peice.

Newport County are out of the League 2 relegation zone with an impressive 4-1 away win at Bristol Rovers. Tom Parkes headed a cross into his own new to give Newport the lead but it lasted just two minutes as a 25 yard strike from Billy Bodin brought the game back level. Newport re-took the lead in the second half after a mistake from the Rovers keeper fell to Zak Ansah to make it 2-1. Ansah struck again from outside the box after good work from Lenell John-Lewis to seal the points. Tommy O’Sullivan added a fourth late on from 25 yards to move Newport three points clear of the relegation zone they have been in all season before this weekend.

FA Cup Qualifying Round 4

There was only one goal at the Moss Rose Ground where Altricncham knocked Chester City out of the FA Cup. Damien Reeves was the scorer off a rebound from a free kick the keeper failed to hold. The same score saw off Southport who lost at Salford City, the team famously bought by Some of the Manchester United class of 92. Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, two of those involved, were at the ground to see James Poole chip the goalkeeper on 68 minutes to see Salford through to the first round proper. Tranmere Rovers meanwhile face a replay at Lincoln City after a poor 0-0 draw at Prenton Park.

Scottish Championship

Queen of the South’s miserable recent run continued after being thrashed after Livingston demolshed them with four second half goals in Dumfries. Dale Hilson actually gave the Doomhammers the lead at half time with a close range shot from Dale Hilson. When Scott Pittman equalised for the visitors shortly after the break though the whole momentum changed. Gary Glen set up Jordon White to give Livingston the lead Two goals from Liam Buchanan, the second a header from a Morgyn Neill corner, completed the second half rout which moves Livingston off the bottom of the table and is another blow to Queens play off hopes who are now 7 points off the top four.

MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Premier League

Leicester City (0) 1 (Vardy) Crystal Palace (0) 0 – At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

Arsenal (2) 2 (Giroud, Koscinely) Everton (1) 1 (Barklay) – At The Emirates Stadium, Islington

Championship

Nottingham Forest (0) 1 (Trotter) Ipswich Town (0) 1 (Parr) – At The City Ground, West Bridgford

Huddersfield Town (1) 1 (Bunn) Derby County (1) 2 (Martin, Thorne) – At The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield

League 1

Blackpool (0) 2 (White, Redshaw) Crewe Alexandra (0) 0 – At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

League 2

Bristol Rovers (1) 1 (Bodin) Newport County (1) 4 (Parkes {OG}, Ansah 2, O’Sullivan) – At The Memorial Stadium, Bristol

Portsmouth (0) 0 Mansfield Town (0) 0 – At Fratton Park, Portsmouth

Exeter City (1) 1 (Nichols) Notts County (1) 1 (Noble) – At ST James’ Park, Exeter

FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round

Altrincham (0) 1 (Reeves) Chester City (0) 0 – At The Moss Rose Ground, Altrincham

Salford City (0) 1 (Poole) Southport (0) 0 – At Moor Lane, Salford

Tranmere Rovers (0) 0 Lincoln City (0) 0 – At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South (1) 1 (Hilson) Livingston (0) 4 (Pittman, Whote, Buchanan 2) – At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN OF THE WEEK  – Brian Jensen (Mansfield Town)

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Premier League

Liverpool held on for a desperately needed win at Anfield against Aston Villa with the returning Daniel Sturrdige getting a brace to help the cause. A 20 yard strike from James Milner settled some Liverpool nerves with a goal after just 69 seconds. In the second half Milner combined with Sturridge with a neat one two setting Sturrdige clear to make it 2-0. But far be it for Liverpool to do it the easy way, Rudy Gestede converted a low cross from Alan Hutton to put Villa back in it. Within a minute Sturridge struck again after a classy back heal from Coutinho set it into the strikers path to make it 3-1/ Villa were not done and Gestede struck again with a header from a Jordon Amavi cross. Gestede could have had a hat trick forcing a save from Simon Mignolet but Liverpool finished the game strongly with another chance for Sturridge and the reds, despite making hard work of it, took the points.

An Alexis Sanchez hat trick saw Arsenal put an end to Leicester City’s unbeaten record at the King Power stadium. Jamie Vardy put the foxes ahead scoring from a tight angle finishing off a sweeping counter attack, Arsenal deserved their equaliser when Santi Carzorla’s through ball put Theo Walcott away to level the scores. Sanchez first came from a close range right foot shot just after the half hour. Mesut Ozil lobbed a through ball to Sanchez to head home his second and he completed his hat trick with a fine strike from long range. Vardy got a second for Leicester to give them some hope but Olivier Giroud rounded off the scoring getting on the end of a Nacho Monreal cross. The win moves Arsenal up to fourth place, Leicester drop down to sixth.

Championship

Nottingham Forest played in a Thursday night game at Huddersfield earning an away point.  Ryan Mendes put Forest ahead in the first half with a volley after getting on the end of an Eric Lichaj header and striking the ball with perfect technique to open the scoring. Chris Burke could have sealed the points 10 minutes from time when he hit the post and Chris O’Grady could not slot the rebound home. The miss was costly as moments later Emyr Hews strike was deflected and looped over the keeper Dorus De Vries hitting the bar and bouncing down over the line to grab a point for the Yorkshire side.

A late flourish from Derby County saw them earn a win at MK Dons to maintain their much improved recent form. All the goals came in the second period, Bradley Johnson gave Derby the lead with a strike after pouncing on a loose ball on the edge of the box. Josh Murphy capitalised on some poor defending to level but Tom Ince then came into his own setting up Darren Bent with a low cross which Bent converted, and Ince himself sealed the win with a left foot shot to make it three and moved Derby just a point off the play off places.

League 1

Clinical finishing was the difference in a 10 minutes spell in which both Blackpool and Shrewsbury Town had chances, but it was Shrewsbury who had the finishing touch to keep Blackpool rock bottom of League 1. After a tight first half Shrewsbury took the lead on 70 minutes when smart work from Sullay Kaikai set up Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro to score. Mark Cullen could have equalised within 2 minutes but the shot was saved. Four minutes later Larnell Cole set up Akpa-Akpro again to add a second for the French born Ivory Coast striker. Again within two minutes Jack Redsham put a chance wide to get Blackpool back in it. The win moves Shrewsbury three points clear of the relegation zone, Blackpool are firmly stuck right in it.

League 2

Tyler Blackwood came on as a substitue for Newport County to give them a priceless away win at in form Carlisle. The goalscoring hero for Carlisle Alex Gilliead has a shot saved in a first half where Carlisle had more possession but could not find the opening goal. Luke Joyce for Carlisle and Scott Boden for Newport both had cahnces to score just before the break, but the deadlock was broken in the second half when a Lenell John-Lewis cross was met by Blackwood to head home the winner. Newport are still bottom but are now only one point behind Crawley and Dagenham & Redbridge.

Mansfield Town earned a point at home to in form Plymouth in an even game at Field Mill. There were late chances for either side to win it, Craig Tanner had a shot blocked and Hiram Boateng’s header was save by Mansfield keeper Brian Jensen. At the other end Mitch Close put an effort from range just wide and Lee Collins could not put a free header on target. A satisfactory point for both sides in the end will aid both sides play off push.

Notts County are creeping back into contention after a recent return to form. Izale Mcleod, who could have had a hat trick in the first 12 minutes, got the games only goal against York City after being sent through to score from a ball from Liam Noble. Adam Campbell had a header well saved and Michael Edwards hit the post in the second half in a game Notts controlled and could have had more goals. The win leaves them in 13th, however the division is so tight they are now only two points off the play off places.

National League

Southport were blown away by a first half storm from Grimsby Town at Haig Avenue to keep Southport in the relegation zone. Craig Clay got the first from range to give Grimsby the lead, A Craig Disley header from a tight angle converted Jack Mckreth’s cross to make it two and on 33 minutes Gregor Robertson crossed for Jon-Paul Pittman to head in and make it three. With the damage done, the second half was a formality, A Josh Gowling header from close range made it four to end the scoring and just before the end Gary Jones was sent off for Southport to complete a miserable day at home for the Seasiders.

High flyinmg Bromley moved up to fourth place after three first half goals saw off Chester City. Moses Emmanuel got the first after a curling shot beat keeper Jon Worshop. Ross Hannah put a chance to level wide before a powerful Louis Dennis effort from range made it two. Joe Anderson set up Emmanuel to volley home the third Chester made a fight of it in the second half and John Hunt had a shot well saved, but they could not break through and Bromley maintain their good form to take the three points.

Tranmere Rovers move up to sixth place in the table after a late winner gave them the points at Cheltenham. Aman Morgan-Smith had the ball in the net for Cheltenham but it was ruled out for offside. Tranmere controlled most of the game though, Matt Hill had an effort cleared off the line The game was won in the 90th minute when Andy Mangan was given time to turn and shoot and the smart finish gave Tranmere the deserved points in the end. Tranmere are now just one point away from the play off places as they appear to be coming back into form.

Scottish Championship

Queen Of the South and Falkirk played out a drab 0-0 draw at Falkirk stadium on Friday night. Falkirk’s Bob McHugh came closest for Falkirk with the only shot on target in the whole game, Will Vaulks missed a couple of chances as Falkirk had marginally the better of the game. On the face of it this is not a bad point for Queens but the Dumfries side were poor offering very little going forward and appearing happy to restrict Falkirk. They got there point but there is still little sign of Queens recovering from their thrashing by Rangers, since when their form has declined significantly..

Premier League

Liverpool (1) 3 (Milner, Sturridge 2) Aston Villa (0) 0 (Gestede 2) – At Anfield, Liverpool

Leicester Ciry (1) 2 (Vardy 2) Arsenal (2) 5 (Walcott, Sanchez 3, Giroud) – At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

Championship

Huddersfield Town (0) 1 (Huws) Nottingham Forest (1) 1 (Mendes) – At The John Smith Stadium, Huddersfield

MK Dons (0) 1 (Murphy) Derby County (0) 3 (Johnson, Bent, Ince) – At Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

League 1

Shrewesbury Town (0) 2 (Akpa-Akpro 2) Blackpool (0) 0 – At Gay Meadow, Shrewesbury

League 2

Carlisle United (0) 0 Newport County (0) 1 (Blackwood) – At Brunton park, Carlisle

Mansfield Town (0) 0 Plymouth Argyle (0) 0 – At Field Mill, Mansfield

Notts County (1) 1 (McLeod) York City (0) 0 – At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

National League

Bromley (3) 3 (Emmanuel 2, Dennis) Chester City (0) 0 – At Hayes lane, Bromley

Southport (0) 0 Grimsby Town (3) 4 (Clay, Disley, Pittman, Gowling) – At Haig Avenue, Southport

Cheltenham Town (0) 0 Tranmere Rovers (0) 1 (Mangan) – At Whaddon Road, Cheltenham

Scottish Championship

Falkirk (0) 0 Queen Of The South (0) 0 – At Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk