Grass roots Footie 2016/17 season

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Re: Grass roots Footie 2016/17 season

Postby BobHelm » March 17, 2017, 6:36 am

Couple of interesting games in the early hours for the Championship & Vale hopeful that a Friday night will bring 3 points!!
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Saturday..
Birmingham City V Newcastle United
Leeds United V Brighton & Hove Albion 17:30
Oxford United V Scunthorpe United
Cheltenham Town V Cambridge United
Forest Green Rovers V Wrexham
Alfreton Town V FC United of Manchester


The 2 FA Trophy second legs of the semi finals also take place..

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Re: Grass roots Footie 2016/17 season

Postby BobHelm » March 18, 2017, 7:24 am

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2 Championship play off pushing sides suffer unexpected defeats in the Friday night games.
City had only won twice in 22 games & then beat fellow struggler's Wigan last time out & now this thrashing of automatic spot hopefuls Huddersfield Town. Those 6 points have moved City 2 points out of the danger area to 19th. The loss leaves Huddersfield 6 points off the 2 at the top, all now having played 37 games.
The Reading result cements their play off place & leaves Sheffield Wednesday's place precarious to a rampant Fulham side now only 1 point behind & with a game in hand.

It was a fight for survival in the Friday night game in League One &, although a 2 nil scoreline might have flattered them, it was a resounding success for Vale. Still in the last drop out spot but only by 2 points & still with 2 games in hand. A loss to fellow strugglers, Shrewsbury, would have seriously damaged their hopes of avoiding the drop.

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Re: Grass roots Footie 2016/17 season

Postby BobHelm » March 19, 2017, 7:45 am

Birmingham City 0-0 Newcastle United
Leeds United 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Oxford United 2-1 Scunthorpe United
Cheltenham Town 0- Cambridge United
Forest Green Rovers 3-0 Wrexham
Alfreton Town 2-1 FC United of Manchester


Leeds have a very satisfactory weekend, but possibly the 9 points they need to overall Brighton with only 8 games remaining is just too much.
After my big build up, Fulham have a stinker at home against Wolves & are still a point away from Sheffield.
The Iron were leading at half time but fall to a very late Oxford goal. Bradford win to go into 4th, Fleetwood can only draw so a winning Bolton grab second spot.
Town were still at the races when the visitors scored almost from the kick off. Luckily both Newport & Leyton Orient take heavy beatings. It looks like they may remain in the league due to the incompetency of 2 others rather than any personal skill on display!!
Any easy day out for Rovers as they go joint on points with Lincoln City, the year's near cup winning specialists do have 3 games in hand though..

FA Trophy
LINCOLN CITY 1-1 YORK CITY AET (AGG 2-3)
Tranmere Rovers 0-1 Macclesfield Town (Agg 1-2)

I think everyone excep Zid will be surprised that the finalists for the Trophy will be York against the Silkmen. Both were the underdogs going into the second legs & both away from home. York won the game with a penalty in the 105th. minutes - there is no 'away goals' rule in the Trophy. The other tie was a very tight affair with few chances either way. Macclesfield clinched the game with a strike in the second half to make their way to Wembley.

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Re: Grass roots Footie 2016/17 season

Postby Zidane » March 19, 2017, 4:54 pm

No,I thought a Lincoln v Tranmere final was nailed on when the draw was made.
Lincoln,top of the league and Fa Cup quarter finalists.....Tranmere,a big club all but but assured of a play off spot.

York,fighting against relegation from the Conference certainly caused a big upset.
Macc....not such a big surprise,I suppose,as they beat Tranmere in the Conference 4-2 on New Years Day.But Prenton Park always a difficult place to go to and win and I understand Macclesfield were deserved winners on the day.Attendance was 6,100.
This will be Macclesfieds 4th trip to Wembley for an FA Trophy Final but they will underestimate York at their peril as the Minstermen have had a good run of form of late.
Just when I thought our chance had passed,you go and save the best for last.

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Re: Grass roots Footie 2016/17 season

Postby BobHelm » March 20, 2017, 7:17 pm

It seems that Leyton Orient's off pitch situation is improving...
Orient owner given extra time to pay debts

Leyton Orient owner Francesco Becchetti has been given until 12 June to pay off remaining debts or sell the club at a winding-up hearing at the High Court.

The club were the subject of a winding-up petition brought by Revenue & Customs over unpaid taxes.

Those debts have been paid in full, but money is owed to four other creditors.

Chief executive Alessandro Angelieri gave the court a statement saying Becchetti would invest £1m to pay off remaining debts in eight to 10 weeks.


Being a Town fan I do have to say that I hope that it isn't followed by an on pitch improvement. :D :D

Although there are Internationals this week that does not halt Grass Roots football..

Monday 20th March 2017
Vanarama National League North

Curzon Ashton V FC United of Manchester 19:45

Tuesday 21st March 2017
Sky Bet League One

Coventry City V Port Vale 19:45

Vanarama National League

Chester V Macclesfield Town 19:45
Forest Green Rovers V Solihull Moors 19:45

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Re: Grass roots Footie 2016/17 season

Postby BobHelm » March 22, 2017, 7:53 am

Coventry City 2-1 Port Vale
Chester 2-3 Macclesfield Town
Forest Green Rovers 2-1 Solihull Moors


Coventry surprise the division, by winning a game & actually scoring a goal. They ended a gap of 422 minutes to net their first, but then scored again within a couple of minutes to go in at the break 2 nil up. Vale only managed to get 1 back in the second half. Even with the win Coventry remain 15 points from safety with 7 to play. Vale remain 2 from safety with a game in hand..
A late winner for Macclesfield keeps them in 9th. place. They are 10 points out of the play offs but have built up a real backlog of games. They have played 3/4 games less than the others above them (except second place Lincoln who are in the same boat as the Silk men).
The Rover's last kick win takes them top by 3 points over Lincoln. The Imps suffered a rare loss last night away to Boreham Wood, but still have 3 games in hand over Rovers.

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Re: Grass roots Footie 2016/17 season

Postby Zidane » March 22, 2017, 8:04 am

And this weekend in the Conference its.......

Lincoln City v Forest Green Rovers
Macclesfield Town v Aldershot

Two huge games for all 4 clubs involved.....ever heard of 9 pointers ?? [-o<
Just when I thought our chance had passed,you go and save the best for last.


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