LiveNorth-East Football Live: Saturday, March 8

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Middlesbrough 2 Ipswich Town 0

Here's the whistle report from the Riverside ...


Wycombe Wanderers 2 Hartlepool United 1


Middlesbrough 2 Ipswich Town 0

Game over. Danny Graham's double secured the three points for Middlesbrough to end a run of seven matches without a win. 

Full report to follow ...


Darlington 2 New Mills 0

Darlington win 2-0 with both goals by Terry Galbraith and, if Farsley finish 0-0, move up to third. Fingers crossed Chris Hunter is okay.


Middlesbrough 2 Ipswich Town 0

Almost over here at the Riverside and Middlesbrough have deserved the points. Ipswich have never troubled the Boro goal.

Still time for a further goal, but Middlesbrough seem content with what they have got.


Wycombe Wanderers 2 Hartlepool United 1

Pools haven't shown anything going forward in the second half. They're sleepwalking to defeat here at Adams Park.


Darlington 2 New Mills 0
Chris Hunter landed badly there, hope it's not too serious. Was the only Darlo player not to miss a min of action, now replaced by Joe Tait.


Wycombe Wanderers 2 Hartlepool United 1

Matt McClure gives Wycombe the lead from a corner. Scott Flinders looked to be impeded.


Darlington 2 New Mills 0
It’s that rarest of things, a chance for New Mills. Only a glimpse of goal though, Daniel Grimshaw letting fly from 20 yards with the ball hitting the side-netting. 75mins gone.


Darlington 2 New Mills 0
Chance on 70 minutes wasted to seal the points, Thompson missing the target when one-on-one after being played in by Nathan Fisher. Not like him to miss those kinds of chances.


Darlington 2 New Mills 0
Jonny Davis for Dale Hopson (68mins).


Darlington 2 New Mills 0
An incident earlier was a clear handball by Daniel Caldercott missed by the referee. It was the second time the same player has used his hands and not been punished.
Meanwhile, New Mills have had a goal ruled out for offside, the linesman raised his flag the minute it was headed home at close range.


Darlington 2 New Mills 0
Fisher has a goal ruled out for offside with his first touch. Thompson was surrounded in midfield but managed to dink the ball into the right channel for Brown to latch on to and his low pass into the penalty area was met by Fisher, but the linesman was quick to raise his flag.


Darlington 2 New Mills 0

Nathan Fisher for David Dowson.


Wycombe Wanderers 1 Hartlepool United 1

Dean Morgan heads Wycombe level here at Adams Park, right into the bottom corner.


Darlington 2 New Mills 0
The build-up to the second goal saw David Dowson dribble into the penalty area from almost halfway, taking the ball past defender Daniel Caldercott and trying to take the ball around Peter Collinge. He was caught by the keeper and almost stayed on his feet, but the referee awarded a penalty.
However, Collinge escaped with a booking, hence Martin Gray’s discussion with the referee, Matthew Dicicco, as the teams headed for the dressing rooms.


Wycombe Wanderers 0 Hartlepool United 1


Middlesbrough 2 (Graham 45) Ipswich Town 0

Another goal for Graham. This time a lovely header from Carayol's corner right on half-time.

Middlesbrough much the better team and deserve to be two up at the break.


Darlington 2 New Mills 0


Wycombe Wanderers 0 Hartlepool United 1 (Barmby 42)

Barmby lobs the keeper after taking a touch from Holden's long throw.



Darlington 2 New Mills 0

Terry Galbraith with a penalty. Keeper Peter Collinge had fouled Dowson, but should he have been sent off? Escaped with a booking.


Darlington 1 New Mills 0
Terry Galbraith's fifth goal of the season gives Darlo the lead on 38 minutes, rifling home from inside the penalty area.


Darlington 0 New Mills 0
First chance for New Mills, striker James Hampson horribly miscues a volley when meeting a left-wing cross and it rolls wide for a goal kick.


Middlesbrough 1 (Graham 29) Ipswich Town 0


Finally the wait is over. The striker on loan from Sunderland reacted ahead of his marker to poke the rebound from Carayol's shot over the line.

After twelve hours and 13 minutes Middlesbrough finally have a goal. It is also Danny Graham's firts goal since December 9!


Darlington 0 New Mills 0
Half-chance for Quakers after a Robinson free-kick. Purewal flicked the ball on, but Dowson couldn’t reach the ball to get a clean enough contact and the shot rolled wide.
Darlington on top without being convincing or giving the keeper too much to do, aside from that save to deny Hopson.


Darlington 0 New Mills 0
And now New Mills’ Melford Knight goes into the book for a late challenge on Jordan Robinson.


Darlington 0 New Mills 0
One caution so far, Leon Scott was booked earlier for a clear foul on Ryan Hopper after a weak pass by Gary Brown.


Darlington 0 New Mills 0
Good two-handed save by Peter Collinge keeps out Dale Hopson, Darlington’s first shot on target following a fluid move with plenty of first-time passes after a quick Galbraith throw-in.
Dowson, Purewal and Thompson were all involved with the latter feeding Hopson whose volley was dealt with by the New Mills keeper.


Middlesbrough 0 Ipswich Town 0

It is now more than 12 hours since Middlesbrough scored a goal. An incredible statistic, even if they are making chances. 

A couple of half opportunities so far against Ipswich. Very little for either goalkeeper to do. The drummer in the South Stand is far busier.



Darlington 0 New Mills 0
Despite Darlington’s bright start, the game has turned scrappy. Few too many free-kicks and possession being given away for either time to put together a worthwhile attack.


Darlington 0 New Mills 0
Darlington using their usual 4-4-2 formation with Brown at right-back. Thompson has started to the right of Dowson and Purewal.
New Mills playing 4-5-1 with two deep-lying centre-midfielders in Ross Davidson and Kiarno Samms while James Hampson.


Darlington 0 New Mills 0
Two excellent chances have gone begging for Darlington. Thompson blasted wide a free shot at goal from inside the penalty area inside the second minute and not long later Dowson blasted wide of the far post after being put through by Purewal.
Good start by Darlington.


Wycombe Wanderers 0 Hartlepool United 0

Luke James goes down in the box under pressure from Anthony Stewart - there looked to be contact.


Middlesbrough 0 Ipswich Town 0

Decent start from Boro. Emmanuel Ledesma has rolled a shot wide from the edge of the area after a clever lay off from Danny Graham.

The Boro bench, including new No 2 Craig Hignett, jumped up in hope of seeing the end of a goal drought which is approaching 12 hours.


Wycombe Wanderers 0 Hartlepool United 0



Middlesbrough v Ipswich 

Another blow to Jason Steele. Aitor Karanka has opted for Dimi Konstantopoulos between the posts to face Ipswich.

Big game for Dimi. With Tomas Mejias ruled out for a month, this could be a run of games in which he can earn a longer term contract.

On the other hand, a poor display and Steele could be back in to face Forest on Tuesday. 


Darlington v New Mills

Gary Brown makes his first start of the season for Darlington, replacing the dropped Stephen Harrison who is on the bench alongside Joe Tait.

Leon Scott comes into the starting XI for Rob Ramshaw who has returned to Gateshead following the conclusion of his loan from Gateshead.

Darlington: Bell; Brown, White, Hunter, Galbraith; Robinson, Scott, Hopson; Thompson; Purewal, Dowson. Subs: Jameson (gk), Harrison, Tait, Davis, Fisher
New Mills: Collinge, Suan, Hewitt, Davidson, Caldercott, Wood, Hopper, Knight, Samms, Hampson, Grimshaw. Subs: Nevins, Fish, Russell, Welsby


Wycombe Wanderers v Hartlepool United

Hartlepool have been out for their warm-up and gone back into the dressing room, ten minutes to kick-off.


Wycombe Wanderers v Hartlepool United

First piece of news from Wycombe, it's flipping boiling down here. The sun - I know! - is out and there's not a cloud in the sky.

I'm massively overdressed for the occasion. Spring is here.

For Pools, the matchday 18 is unchanged from the one that eased past Torquay a week ago. The only change is on the bench - no Craig Hignett, who has upped sticks to Middlesbrough. So we'll see how Pools get on in his absence.

WYCOMBE WANDERERS: Ingram, McCoy, Wood, Johnson, Stewart, Scowen, Arnold, Bloomfield, Kretzschmar, Morgan, Cowan-Hall. Subs: Horlock, Jeffrey, Kuffour, Pierre, Craig, Kewley-Graham.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED (4-1-2-1-2): Flinders; Richards, Collins, Burgess, Holden; Walton; Walker, Monkhouse; Barmby; Harewood, James. Substitutes: Rafferty, Franks, Poole, Compton, Sweeney, Rodney, Hawkins.


Middlesbrough v Ipswich

Boro: Konstanopoulos; Varga, Gibson, Omeruo, Friend; Chalobah, Leadbitter; Carayol, Tomlin, Ledesma; Graham. Subs: Steele, Kamara, Butterfield, Williams L, Main, Atkinson, Morris.

Ipswich:: Gerken; Chambers, Berra, Smith, Cresswell; Skuse, Green, Taylor, Tabb; Nouble, Murphy. Subs: Loach, Anderson, Hunt,  Mings, Hyam, Williams, Ebanks-Blake.


Darlington v New Mills

Darlington play their first Saturday game at Heritage Park since January 4 when they take on New Mills this afternoon.

A win could take Quakers up to third, depending on the result between promotion rivals Warrington and Farley, the second versus third clash in the Evo-Stik First Division.

Fellow top seven sides Bamber Bridge and Lancaster also face each other, while top-of-the-table Curzon Ashton are at home to mid-table Harrogate RA.


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Middlesbrough subs: Steele (gk), Hines, Carayol, Ledesma, L Williams, Tomlin, Main.
Ipswich subs: Loach (gk), Mings, Anderson, Hunt, Williams, Wordsworth, Ebanks-Blake.


Middlesbrough are without injured goalkeeper Tomas Mejias (finger), with Dimi Konstantopoulos expected to get the nod ahead of Jason Steele. Jonathan Woodgate is also missing through injury, while Dean Whitehead is suspended following his dismissal at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.


Ipswich striker David McGoldrick will miss the rest of the season after damaging his knee ligaments, but former Wolves forward Sylvain Ebanks-Blake returns to the squad after an injury lay-off.

Referee: Iain Williamson (Reading)
Odds: Middlesbrough 5-4, Draw 23-10, Ipswich 13-5
It’s a fact: Ipswich have the best record in the entire Football League after being behind at half-time.

Comment by Scott Wilson: ‘All we are saying, is give us a goal’. Will Boro oblige? Don’t count on it.

Prediction: 0-0


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Hull subs: Quinn, Boyd, McGregor (gk), Bruce, Faye, Huddlestone, Rosenior.
Sunderland subs: Borini, Mannone (gk), Brown, Fletcher, Larsson, Bridcutt, Gardner.


Hull’s January buys Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic are both cup tied so Sone Aluko and Yannick Sagbo look set to lead the Tigers line.  Maynor Figueroa will be assessed late after returning from the midweek friendly for Honduras.


Sunderland do not have any fresh injury problems, but Gustavo Poyet admitted he is likely to start with strikers Ignacio Scocco and Jozy Altidore, two players he left out of the Capital One Cup final. Liam Bridcutt is also available after being cup tied for Wembley.

Odds: H 6/5; A13/5; Draw 12/5
Referee: Craig Pawson (Halifax)
It's a fact: Sunderland have not won four FA Cup matches in a row since winning the competition in 1973.

Commeny by Paul Fraser: After the impressive performance against Manchester City at Wembley, Sunderland should be in confident mood going to the KC Stadium.

Prediction: 1-2


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