Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 27th Aug 2016



Premier League

In the early game Liverpool took the lead going into hafl-time with a penalty from James Milner. Despite being the better side throughout the second half Liverpool could not capitalise with Philipe Coutinho and Joel Matip going close and Sadio Mane having a goal ruled out for offside. Danny Rose met Eric Dyer’s cross to equalise for Spurs earning a point in the process. Liverpool will feel this is two points dropped, especially after the loss at Burnley.

Everton maintained their excellent start to the season with a 1-0 win at home to Stoke. The Potters keeper Shay Given was unlucky after pushing a Leighton Baines penalty onto the post only for it to rebound off his head into the net. Marko Aunautovic hit the post for Stoke late on but Everton held on to win. Champions Leicester City finally have a victory with goals from Jamie Vardy and Wes Morgan helping them to a 2-1 win against Swansea.Leon Fer headed in a late consolation for the Welsh side but Leicester are finally up and running.


In the Friday game Derby County were beaten in the derby against Burton Albion. The only goal came on 12 minutes with Jackson Irvine stooping to meet a Lewis Atkins cross.Substitute Abdoul Camara sparked a better showing in the second half for the Rams but Burton held out to grab a priceless win for Nigel Clough’s side. Nottingham Forest continue their fine home form with victory over Leeds United. Goals from Pajtim Kasami and Damien Perquis, both getting their first goals for the club, put Forest 2-0. Kalvin Philips free kick made it a nervy ending but any fears were finished off as Oliver Burke secured the points and a 3-1 win in injury time as Forest make it three wins out of three at home.

League 2

Blackpool’s recent slump continued with a 1-0 defeat against Plymouth. Blackpool had the better of it early on with Mark Cullen hitting the bar. Playmouth’s winner came in the second half with Graham Carey crossing from Naurus Bulvitis to head home. Jack Payne was sent off for the Seasiders with 20 minutes to go. All the goals came in the first half in an entertaining 2-2 draw between Newport County and Hartlepool. Nicky Featherstone had the side from County Durham ahead on two minutes but  Newport hit back straight away through a Sean Rigg penalty. A Joe Parkin volley put Hartlepool back ahead but they could not keep the lead going into half time with Padraig Amond equalising. The second half was a less inspiring affair as the game petered out to a 2-2 draw.

Mansfield Town are fifth after a come from behind win at Leyton Orient. Liam Kelly gave Orient the lead but the game turned on when Mitchell Rose leveled and Matt Green got the winner for Mansfield on 87 minutes after Rose had chested the ball down to him and Green, unmarked in the area made no mistake. Notts County also came from behind to win. All the goals were in the second half, Enzio Boldewijn gave Crawley Town the lead but James Collins put into his own net to level it up fot the Magpies. From that point Notts dominated, goals Adam Campbell and a third of the season from Jon Stead scoring from the penalty spot gave Notts their second win in a row.

National League

Two of the Moon’s teams met at Haig Avenue where Southport ended Tranmere Rovers perfect start to the season. Andy Cook got his second goal in two games to give the league leaders the lead but Louis Almonds’ cross beat everyone and went in at the far post. Southport had to endure plenty of pressure late on but held on for a well earned point.

Chester City had a fantastic day in the rain as they they thrashed Sutton United 4-0. Blaine Hudson and Ryan Lloyd had Chester 2-0 up in seven minutes. Sutton had the better of it in the middle period of the game but could not get themselves back in. A Tom Shaw penalty and a Kane Richards strike on the counter in injury time embellished the scoreline for Chester who have their first win in four games.

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South remain unbeaten in the Scottish Championship with a 1-0 win at Dunfermline. The only goal came just before half time as Andy Dowie’s header set up Derek Lyle to score his 100th league goal for the Doonhammers. Jason Talbot was sent off for the home side in the second half. Queen Of The South move up to third in the table with the win and 10 points from their opening four games.

Full Reports (BBC Sport) Leicester   Liverpool   Everton   Forest   Derby   Blackpool   Newport   Notts Co   Mansfield   Chester   Southport v Tranmere   Queen Of The South





Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1 (Rose)Liverpool (1) 1 (Milner)At White Hart Lane, Tottenham, Harringay, London 

Everton (0) 1 (Given {OG})Stoke City (0) 0At Goodison Park, Liverpool

Leicester City (1) 2 (Vardy, Morgan)Swansea City (0) 1 (Fer) At The King Power Stadium, Leicester


Nottingham Forest (1) 3 (Kasami, Perquis, Burke) Leeds United (0) 1 (Philips)At The City Ground, West Bridgeford

Burton Albion (1) 1 (Irvine)Derby County (0) 0At The Pirelli Stadium, Burton On Trent

League 2

Blackpool (0) 0  – Plymouth Argyle (0) 1 (Bulvitis)At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

Crawley Town (0) 1 (Boldewjin)Notts County (0) 3 (Collins {OG}, Campbell, Stead)At Broadfield Stadium, Crawley

Leyton Orient (0) 1 (Kelly)Mansfield Town (0) 2 (Rose, Green)  At The Matchroom Stadium, Leyton, London

Harltepool United (2) 2 (Featherstone, Amond)Newport County (2) 2 (Rigg, Parkin) At Victoria Park, Hartlepool

National League

Chester City (2) 4 (Hudson, Lloyd, Shaw, Richards)Sutton United (0) 0At The Diva Stadium, Chester

Southport (0) 1 (Almond)Tranmere Rovers (0) 1 (Cook)  – At Haig Avenue, Southport

Scottish Chmpionship

Dunfermline Athletic (0) 0Queen Of The South (1) 1 (Lyle)At East End Park, Dunfermline, Fife




Numbers Round up – By Elections 26th November


An array of nine by elections took place last night. The first result looked good for Labour as they gained a seat in Essex from the Tories. However it then got worse, they failed against the Tories in Lancaster with a pro Tory swing against General election day, failed in Ashfield despite two independents splitting the vote in two seperate contests, failed in Newport where the same thing happened, and were easily beaten in two marginal seats in Scotland by the SNP where Labour had won on 1st preferences in 2012. By the end, what started like being a night with some electoral respite for the struggling Labour leadership, ended up being another night of overall misery.


By Elections 26/11/2015

Rochford (Rochford) – Lab 332 Con 328 UKIP 250 LD 114Lab GAIN From Con – Swing (May 2015) Con-Lab 4.9%

Dunfirmline North (Fife) SNP 1056 Lab 719 Con 304 LD 230 Green 63 UKIP 58SNP Hold – Swing (May 2012) Lab-SNP 15.3%

Rosyth (Fife) SNP 1214 Lab 926 Con 245 LD 97 UKIP 88 Ind 66 Green 51SNP Hold – Swing (May 2012) Lab-SNP 11.3%

Pwilheli South (Gwynedd) Ind 269 Plaid Cymru 168 Ind 106 Llais Gwynedd 49Ind GAIN from Llais Gwynedd – Swing n/a

Bettws (Newport) Ind/Cleverly 336 Lab 294 Ind/Jordan 275 Con 114 Green 29 LD 7Ind Hold – Swing (May 2012) Ind-Lab 4.4%

Selston (Ashfield) Selston Ind 1180 Ind 294 Lab 172 UKIP 77 Con 52Selston Ind Hold – Swing (May 2015) Sel Ind -Ind 13.4%

Selston (Notts CC) Selston Ind 2054 Ind 794 Lab 355 UKIP 161 Con 103Selston Ind Hold – Swing (May 2013) Lab-Selston Ind 13%

Carnforth & Millhead (Lancaster) Con 1238 Lab 981 Green 242Con Hold – Swing (May 2015) Lab-Con 4.8%

Salisbury ST Edmund & Millford (Wiltshire) Con 425 LD 262 Lab 232 Green 215 Ind 45Con GAIN from LD – Swing (May 2013) LD-Con 16.9%

Projected National Share (Based on the last 20 by elections fought by each party)

Con 34.1% Lab 28.5% LD 17.7% UKIP 10.1% SNP 4.5% Green 2.9%

Conclusion by Party

Conservatives – Rochford will put a cloud on an otherwise good night. They brushed aside the Labour challenge in Lancaster in a key Westminster marginal seat, and got a big gain against the Lib Dems in Wiltshire. The 5.6% lead over Labour on the projected share is also the biggest for some time. The Tory projected share across the by elections they fought this Thursday averaged over 36%, so there is scope to go higher if they can continue as they are and avoid too many results like Rochford.

Labour – Rochford is the one off they will rightly play for all it is worth. It is a good result, but they did not have any others last night. Their vote share projection has been going down noticeably in the last couple of weeks as well, in line with their struggles at national level. Next weeks Parliamentary by election in a seat they should win very easily, will be very interesting indeed.

Lib Dem – This is their worst week for a while and their defeat in Wiltshire is obviously the most notable aspect of this week for them, but they did not really rebuild a vote anywhere else where not competitive either this week. They will hope this is a blip rather than the start of a trend.

SNP – Not much to say, their victories over Labour suggest they are on course for gains from Labour at the Hollyrood elections, and on course to win big yet again.

Plaid Cymru – After they took a seat from Llais Gwynedd last week on a huge swing, their failure to beat an Independent and do the same this week is a poor result for Plaid, yet typical of the unpredictability of Gwynedd politics.