Dulwich Hamlet Have A Bright Future

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Things are looking good for non league Dulwich Hamlet given their youth team have made it to the Third round proper of the FA Youth Cup this season, where they will entertain Newcastle United. The Youth Cup might not have the prestige of many other trophies however the stars of the future have to begin somewhere and hopefully a star or two will emerge from the Dulwich side and choose to hang around for a season or two. Who knows maybe the next Peter Crouch or Marlon King (Both of whom played for Dulwich) will be on show on 6th January 2011. 

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FA Vase Thrid Round Ties 08-01-11

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Although the 8th January 2011 will be more of notice as its FA Cup 3rd Round day there are a few FA Vase 3rd round ties to be settled including current  holders and 2009 winners Whitley Bay, who are looking to make history by winning three on the bounce. If the do win it would be their 4th win as they also took the trophy home in 2002. A win would give them a trip to Herne Bay in the last 32 on 22/01/11.
Bemerton Heath Harlequins finished 3rd in the Wessex League last season – their highest ever placing and they are currently surpassing this lying top. They have only been on the go since 1989 and we will be watching to see how far they can go this season.
The 8 ties still to be settled are:
Westfields v Billingham Synthonia
Dunkirk v Ashington
Shildon v Coalville Town
Whitley Bay v AFC Liverpool
Dunston UTS v Heather St Johns
Gornal Athletic v Runcorn Town
Beckenham Town v Kings Lynn Town
Bitton AFC v Newport (IOW)
St Blazey v Bemerton Heath Harlequins
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Steve McClarin Given The Dreaded Vote of Confidence after Wolsberg’s Cup Shock

In 2009 Wolfsberg were Bundesliga champions and after leaving FC Twente on a high after delivering them the Dutch title one could have expected Steve McClarin to go on to great things with Wolfsberg. However things are not going according to the script as Bundesligaas two side Energie Cottbus emphatically knocked Wolfsburg out of the German Cup in their own stadium. 

Things began badly as Niles Petersen to put the visitors ahead from a corner in the 1st minute and things continued to go down hill as Jiayi Shao doubled Cottbus’ advantage on 40 minutes.  Petersen scored his second just before half time to complete an embarrassing fiirst half for Wolfsberg.netted a close-range strike on 55 minutes to pull one back but the hosts never looked likely to get back into the game and Cottbus it was who advanced to the quarter-finals.

Edin Dzeko

If Steve McClarin survives he will probably be resigned to losing his star Striker Edin Džeko who is reportedly the target of several English Premier League clubs.

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Cup Win Fails To Save Benitez

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Despite a comfortable 3-0 win over TP Mazembe in the Final of the World Club Cup Inter Milan Boss Rafael Benitez has paid the price for their poor league form. His sacking 6 months into the job is not a major surprise, however it is disapointing to see football taking on such a short term attitude. Someone should remind the powers that be as these clubs just how long it took Sir Alex Fergusson to turn around Manchester United.

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Inter Milan Give Beleaguered Benitez A Boost With Place In Club World Cup Final

Champions League title holders Inter Milan finally gave their fans something to cheer about when beating South Korean side Seongnam Ilhwa 3-0 in the World Club Cup Semi Final Last Night.

Inter are not having a good season and a win here went some way towards relieving the pressure on manager Rafael Benitez who looks to have jumped from frying pan to fire since leaving Liverpool.

In a clinical performance the Korean side rarely looked likely to pull of a shock and goals from Stankovic, Zanetti and the impressive Milito ensured that Milan marched through to the semi final where they will play TP Mazembe who are the 1st African side to make the finals.

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Gloucester Win FA Trophy Replay To Book Trip To Boston

Gloucester had a relatively easy passage to the 2nd round of the FA Trophy beating Cirencester 3-0. Gloucester were 1-0 up after 4  minutes when Mike Symons latched on to a long ball to beat the keeper.

Then a somewhat disputed penalty from Lee Smith effectively ended the game before half time. Cirencester had a couple of chances in the second half but it was the home side who added a third in the 88th Minute when Smith grabbed his second in what looks like being his last game for the club.

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Notts County & Hartlepool Both Progress to FA Cup 3rd Round

An Anthony Sweeny hat trick saw Hartlepool safely through to the 3rd round of the FA Cup where they will face Watford. The game its self was entertaining and one time FA cup giant killers Yeovil led twice before succumbing 4-2. The crowd at 1,914 was a tad disappointing especially given the weather is much improved of late.

In the nights other game Notts County booked their trip to Sunderland with an emphatic 1st half display which saw them 3-0 up going into the break. Bournemouth tried to stage a second half comeback but only had a late consolation goal to show for their efforts.

The only outstanding result now is Lincoln v Hereford which was postponed again. The winner of this tie will travel to Wycombe in round 3.

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FA Trophy Round 2 Updated Draw

The draw for the FA Trophy 2nd Round Proper is below. With several replays and some postponed matches there are still a lot unsettled ties. Still they have until 15th January to get them sorted out. Newport booked their place last night with a 1-0 win at Wealdstone in the replay.

Of the smaller teams left Guisley probably have best chance of progressing as they take on Stalybridge who are not having the best of seasons in the Conference North. Uxbridge, who have made it through from the Preliminary round have a tough tie away to Luton or Welling, but will be happy with the money they have earned so far even if they go out.

FA Trophy Second Round Proper ties Scheduled for Saturday, 15/01/2011

Gateshead or Southport v Hampton & Richmond Borough

Boston United v Cirencester Town or Gloucester City

AFC Wimbledon v Woking

Droylsden v Ebbsfleet United

Chasetown or Kettering Town v Grimsby Town

Alfreton Town or Hyde v Cambridge United

Ashford Town (Middx) v Crawley Town or Dartford

Luton Town or Welling United v Uxbridge

AFC Telford United v Rushden & Diamonds or Eastwood Town

Darlington or Tamworth v Bath City

Worksop Town or Mansfield Town v Newport County

Blyth Spartans AFC or Fleetwood Town v Curzon Ashton or Altrincham

Dorchester Town v Eastbourne Borough

Guiseley AFC v Stalybridge Celtic

Eastleigh or Sutton United v Worcester City

Salisbury City v Wrexham

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Holders Barrow Crash OF FA Trophy At First Attempt

Barrows hopes of defending their FA Trophy ended in rather unspectacular fashion as they lost 3-2 at home to Guisley who had to come through a qualifying round to reach this stage. With last seasons beaten finalists Stevenage Borough not eligible to play since their promotion we know already that two ndifferent teams will grace Wembley in the final in 2011.

There were not too many shocks in round one and probably the results of the round were up and coming Boston United’s 1-0 win at York and Dartford efforts gaining a credible 3-3 draw at Crawley Town. Crawley will probably point to their Mid week FA Cup heroics as explaining their below par performance, however they will have no excuses in tonight’s replay.

Droylsden who were so close to pulling off a Cup shock themselves having led at Orient 2-1 after 89 minutes before capitulating 8-2 in extra time bounced back with a stirring 4-3 win over Hinkley, watched by a tiny crowd of 127. This probably reflects the expense of traveling to the Orient match more than any disgruntlement with their efforts and hopefully they will be a lot better supported when they play Ebbsfleet United in round 2.

Uxbridge who had to join in the preliminaries made it 5 wins in the competition when edging Lowestoft Town 3-2 and have been rewarded with a glamorous tie at Luton Town providing Luton negotiate a potentially tricky replay with Welling United. Given that Wellings Goalie was clear man of the match we expect the Hatters to progress.  For a team of Uxbridges standing getting this far is a major achievement and will have added a nice bit of revenue to the clubs coffers and a game at Luton should draw in a 4 figure crowd.

Curzon Ashton and Altrincham will have to replay after a power failure forced their game to be abandoned.

FA Trophy Ruund 1 Results


Luton Town 0-0 Welling United


AFC Sudbury 1-4 Hampton & Richmond

AFC Wimbledon 3-0 Braintree Town

Ashford Town (Middx) 1-0 AFC Hornchurch

Barrow 2-3 Guiseley

Basingstoke 0-2 Salisbury

Cambridge Utd 2-1 Forest Green

Chasetown 3-3 Kettering

Cirencester 1-1 Gloucester

Crawley Town 3-3 Dartford

Curzon Ashton A-A Altrincham (Abandoned at half time due to power failure)

Dorchester 3-0 St Albans

Droylsden 4-3 Hinckley Utd

Eastbourne Boro 3-1 Boreham Wood

Eastleigh 1-1 Sutton Utd

Ebbsfleet United 3-1 Hayes & Yeading

Gateshead P-P Southport

Grimsby 3-0 Redditch

Harlow 0-2 Woking

Harrogate Town 0-3 AFC Telford

Histon 2-3 Bath City

Lowestoft Town 2-3 Uxbridge

Newport County 0-0 Wealdstone

Rushden & D’mnds 1-1 Eastwood Town

Stalybridge 2-1 Nantwich Town

Worcester 1-0 Northwich

Wrexham 2-0 Kidderminster

York City 0-1 Boston United

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Luton Bow Out In Bad Week For Non League Clubs

Luton joined Droylsden and FC United of Manchester in losing to League One sides in the FA Cup replays this week. This left Crawley Town as the only Replay winner, although Droylsden must be wondering how it all went so wrong leading 2-1 with a minute to go before losing 8-2 after extra time – must be one of the most amazing turn around in recent FA Cup  history.

Luton had the early lead, however despite just about edging the balance of play were caught out by Charlton’s superior finishing. Luton can now concentrate on getting back into the league while Charlton will have a nice London Derby in the New Year with Tottenham in round 3.

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