(Welsh Cup Football) Caldicot Town v Port Talbot Town

PTT’s 3-0 victory at Caldicot in the FAW Welsh Cup. Courtesy of S4C
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Bolton Beat Wigan In FA Cup In Front Of 7515 Fans

Only 7515 fans bothered to turn out to watch Bolton win their FA Cup 4th round replay at fellow Premier League side and local rivals Wigan Athletic. This was a hugely disappointing crowd and a sad reflection on the declining status of the FA Cup since the European powers that be decided to scrap the Cup Winners Cup, which at least gave the winners the chance at competing in a prestigious competition.

The game its self was pretty drab and Bolton were good value for their win and had they been a little more clinical in front of goal then the score could have been much more emphatic than the final 1-0. They will now travel to Fulham on Sunday in round 5 where they can expect a much more difficult time.

Two 4th round ties still need to be decided and these games will be played this weekend; these are:

Chelsea v Everton & Manchester City v Notts County

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Arsenal Win A Beautiful Game

When two of the best footballing sides in the World meet then it can either be a cancel out stalemate or a game to remember, and on this occasion for the majority of the 59,927 spectators it was the latter, as Arsenal recorded their first ever win over Barcelona.

Thankfully Arsenal facing a lavishly gifted Barcalona team decided to avoid the temptation to make the game physical and instead played their trademark passing game (probably aware of the result when Holland adopted such tactics against Spain in the World Cup Final) and the result was an open and highly entertaining game. The gamble looked to have back fired on the Gunners mud way through the first half when Villa opened the scoring, and even the most biased of Arsenal fan would have to agree that the Catalonian side were by far the better team going into the break.

Arsenal showed a bit more in the second half and Van Persie gave Barcelona a warning shot when he tested their goalie with a nice drive from the edge of the area. However Barcelona were still the better team and Messi should have extended Barcelona’s lead in the 67th minute but untypically he shot into the side netting when he would normally have scored.

This proved to be an expensive miss as in the 78th Minute Van Persie finally got Arsenal on the score sheet thanks to a bit of slightly sloppy goalkeeping by Valdes who stood statuesque as Van Persie’s shot beat him at his near post. To be fair he was expecting the cross, and the shot was struck perfectly, however it has to go down as a lucky break and the Gunners fully capitalised on this when Arshavin grabbed the winner 5 minutes latter following the nights best move as Arsenal broke out of defense with some panic free passing cumulating in Samir Nasri crossing for Arshavin to sweetly curl the ball home.

Barcelona then stepped up the pressure and created and had the chance to equalise, however Arsenal stood firm to take a famous victory and a narrow 2-1 lead to the Nou Camp in the second leg.

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Saints bow out of FA Vase

KILLER BLOW: King's Lynn's Robbie Harris (12) strikes the ball home to make it 2-1. PICTURE: Matthew Usher.

SAINTS’ interest in this season’s FA Vase came to an end on Saturday following a narrow defeat against their United Counties League title rivals.

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FA VASE FIFTH ROUND

King’s Lynn Town 2 (Defty 52, Harris 64)

St Neots Town 1 (Webb pen 60)

SAINTS’ interest in this season’s FA Vase came to an end on Saturday following a narrow defeat against their United Counties League title rivals.

Jack Defty and Robbie Harris found the net for the Linnets either side of a Lewis Webb penalty for the visitors in front of 1,612 at the Walks.

This defeat for Neots came just a week after their painful 4-2 league reverse at the Hunts Post Community Stadium but, with promotion the priority this season, the loss is unlikely to be one they will dwell on for long.

Tim Trebes retained the number one jersey, while the versatile Micky Hyem slotted into midfield in place of Junior Kanuda, who was only fit enough for the bench.

Chances came and went in a scoreless first half – Shane Tolley and Lewis Hilliard both wasteful in front of goal – before Lynn seized the initiative seven minutes after the re-start.

An uncharacteristic error by Will Fordham led to the goal, as he misjudged a tackle on Chris Bacon on the bye-line.

And there waiting to take full advantage was the predatory Defty, who stabbed the resultant cross into the net from close range.

Neots then levelled eight minutes later through Webb from the spot, after Ross Watson’s challenge on Dan Jacob inside the box.

But they were back on level terms for just four minutes as sub Robbie Harris – who had just replaced last weekend’s hat-trick hero Stephen Spriggs – shot home through a packed penalty area from a Jamie Thurlbourne corner with his first touch.

On as a last throw of the dice, Saints sub Roy Essandoh wasted a glorious chance to send the game into extra time on 82 minutes, when his effort was smothered on the line by Luke Thurlbourne.

It was the second time that St Neots have bowed out of the competition at this stage, having also reached the last 16 back in 2001/02, when they were beaten 2-0 at Durham City.

St Neots: Trebes, D Moore, Davis, Webb, Fuff, Fordham, Hilliard (Scully 56), Hyem (Essandoh 81), S Moore, Tolley (Kanuda 73), Jacob.

Subs not used: Gent, McShane.

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Late Goal Grabs Champions League Win For Tottenham

A late Peter Crouch goal gained Tottenham one of their most memorable wins in recent history last night, as they beat Italian Giants AC Milan 1-0 at the San Siro. This sets Spurs up nicely for the second leg on 9th March and they are now favourites to progress to the last eight in their first Champions League season.

The match was marred by bad tempered incidents and Gennaro Gattuso was the worst offender clashing on the sidelines with Joe Jordan on more than one occasion. At the end of the game he appeared to headbutt the Spurs assistant manager and he will likely face some sanctions for his actions.

On the pitch Milan looed a bit lethargic for much of the first half and although they came into the game more in the second half Tottenham were good value for their win, secured in the 80th minute when Arron Lennon’s run and cross was neatly slotted home by Peter Crouch. This led to a storming finish and AC  Milan had a late equaliser disallowed when Ibrahimovic appeared to push Michael Dawson before scoring.

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