LiveNorth-East Football Live: Saturday, April 26

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Darlington 1 Burscough 2
Bamber Bridge and Ramsbottom United drew, so in the play-off semi-final on Wednesday Darlington will play Ramsbottom, the team that beat DFC home and away...


Darlington 1 Burscough 2
All over. 2-1 to Burscough. Bit flat, game never got going. Hopson with DFC’s goal from the spot, but he suffered an injury late on and is a major doubt for Wednesday now.


Middlesbrough 3 Barnsley 1

Graham and a Tomlin brace win it for Boro after M'voto had opened the scoring for Barnsley.


Middlesbrough 3 Barnsley 1 (Tomlin, 90)

Tomlin grabs his second of the game from another Boro counter.


Middlesbrough 2 Barnsley 1 (Graham, 90)

Danny Graham finishes off a great break to put Boro ahead. Five mins left. 


Darlington 1 Burscough 2
No blame being apportioned to Darlington for the trophy presentation, by the way. It’s the Evo-Stik League who insist on giving DFC the silverware.




Plymouth 1 Hartlepool 1 

Good chance for Pools - breakaway and Holden gets in the area, pushed shot wide from an angle. Barmby off, injured, Richards on, now gone 4-4-2.



Darlington 1 Burscough 2
A real end of season feel about this, almost a sense of ‘who cares’ when that last goal went in.


Darlington 1 Burscough 2
Another error by the ginger linesman leads to a second Burscough goal. Cross from the left rebounded into play off the post and as Darlington failed to clear an offside Mark Beesley fired home.


Plymouth 1 Hartlepool 1

Jack Barmby (again...) lovely deft, left-footed lob over the keeper after a horrible headed pass back to his keeper Berry which landed way short. 

Wild celebrations into the Thunderbirds....


Darlington 1 Burscough 1
Attendance is a healthy 1,215, around 200 more than the average.


Darlington 1 Burscough 1
Lovely passage of play starting with a kick by keeper Peter Jameson and involving Tom Young and Ian Ward before Dale Hopson crossed to the far post ends in Steven Johnson wastefully heading wide. Goal on a plate for him.


Plymouth 1 Hartlepool 0

Barmby has had a couple of shots, one dealt with very uneasily by keeper Cole. 

Poole on, for Franks. 


Darlington 1 Burscough 1
Tom Young and Matty Lovegreen, on for Gary Brown and Aiden O’Connor.
Means Ian Ward will play the 90 minutes – does that mean he won’t play on Wednesday?


Middlesbrough 1 Barnsley 1 (M'voto, 53, Tomlin, 54)

Manic few moments at the Riverside! Barnsley go ahead through M'voto, but Tomlin pulls one back a minute later. Crazy times.


Darlington 1 Burscough 1
Steven Johnson for Nathan Fisher, 54mins.


Darlington 1 Burscough 1
Gary Brown has re-entered the fray and appears to be okay. Good news.


Darlington 1 Burscough 1
This is not good. Second minute of the second half and Gary Brown is down, very unlike him to stay down.
He tried to make a challenge as Jordan Williams got a shot in, which went wide, and the captain stayed down and now requires treatment, may have twisted his ankle.


Darlington 1 Burscough 1


Plymouth 1 Hartlepool 0

One goal the difference, pressure free game I suppose. Oliver looking decent, neat and tidy in midfield.



Plymouth 1 Hartlepool 0

One goal the difference, pressure free game I suppose. Oliver looking decent, neat and tidy in midfield.



Darlington 1 Burscough 1
Not been the most thrilling game, yet we’ve two penalties, a red card and a linesman that loves waving his flag.



Middlesbrough 0 Barnsley 0

Chances galore for Boro before the break. Luke Steele has produced several top class saves to keep the hosts out. At the other end, Barnsley haven't played like a side desperate to win and look there for the taking.


Plymouth 1 Hartlepool 0

One goal the difference, pressure free game I suppose. 



Darlington 1 Burscough 1
Shot from 18 yards by Joe Camozzi flicked over by Peter Jameson.


Darlington 1 Burscough 1
Burscough defender Anthony Brown booked for pulling down winger Adam Mitchell.


Darlington 1 Burscough 1
Close to a goal at both ends here. Darlington striker Ian Ward heads a good chance wide after an Adam Mitchell corner.
And then Darren Brookfield hooked in a cross to the far post that ended up sailing over Jameson and rebounded off the crossbar.



Middlesbrough 0 Barnsley 0

The visitors have had a couple of tame efforts on goal, butthey're yet to really test Dimi. Boro are passing it round well but are lacking quality in the final ball. Tomlin's just had two efforts saved with Reach flashing the ball across goal from the rebound.


Darlington 1 Burscough 1
Dale Hopson equalises from the spot after left-back Phil Quirk pulled Ian Ward’s shirt. The second penalty of the day and a good spot by referee Helen Conley.


Plymouth 1 Hartlepool 0

Banton puts Argyle in front on 30 mins. Drifted in from the left, walzed in between 3 defenders and fired across Flinders into the far corner 


Darlington 0 Burscough 1
That was clever. A meaningless match like this and Burscough’s Mike Brown lunges in on debutant Aiden O’Connor. The visitors down to ten on 23 minutes.



Darlington 0 Burscough 1
Better by DFC. Adam Mitchell shot blocked by keeper’s legs after Ian Ward pulled it back from byline, Dale Hopson picked up the loose ball and a shot from edge of area was pushed wide by Tim Horn.


Darlington 0 Burscough 1
Going through the motions here. All very flat, no atmosphere in the stands or tempo on the pitch. On the plus side, Jameson appears to have recovered.


Middlesbrough 0 Barnsley 0

Couple of chances for Boro. Reach's superb cross almost finds Graham, before Tomlin plays in the striker in a central position. Shot goes wide.


Warming up at the bottom of Lg 2 - Torquay, Northampton and Bristol Rov winnning.

As it stands: Torquay bottom, Wycombe second bottom, then Northampton and Bristol Rov 


Plymouth 0 Hartlepool 0

First chance for Pools - Oliver breaks from deep and shoots wide from 20 yards. He's looked confident and comfortable so far. 


Darlington 0 Burscough 1
That was only the third goal Darlington have conceded inside the first ten minutes this season. That stat was brought to you by the Andrew Long stats page in the Darlington programme.
Very quiet here now, HP stunned into silence by that early goal and lengthy stoppage, when there were fears for Jameson.


Middlesbrough 0 Barnsley 0

Good start to the game. Adam Reach has looked lively on the left in opening few minutes. He's just had a shot on goal but couldn't keep it down. It's win or bust for Barnsley today, but they haven't tested Dimi yet.



Darlington 0 Burscough 1
Mark Beesley scores in the sixth minute from the penalty spot after a lengthy stoppage.
Jameson required treatment for considerable time and appeared to be discussed, but eventually decided he was able to continue.


Darlington 0 Burscough 0
Burscough’s Jordan Williams has won a penalty after colliding with keeper Peter Jameson after 78 seconds.
Alan White at fault, he dallied on the ball, Williams got a foot in and set Burscough on the attack, ending with Jameson punching the ball ahead of the striker, but referee Helen Conley believed a foul had been committed.
Bit of a delay here while Jameson undergoes treatment.



Darlington v Burscough
On the bench for Burscough is striker Jack Laird, who had a spell at Celtic Nation earlier this season.
The Scouser was in the youth system at Everton before moving to Oldham Athletic where he worked under Dave Penney and Martin Gray.
And I’ve since discovered that Burscough sub Danny Smith is, despite my previous update, not a goalkeeper. Blame Martin Gray.




Plymouth v Hartlepool

Final away game of the season, longest one at that.....

And there's a couple of hundred Thunderbirds heading into the away end this afternoon (check #pooliethunderbirds on twitter )

There's a start for on loan Sunderland midfielder Connor Oliver, a FL start, and he's in there with Scott Harrison, another from the Academy of Light.

Jack Barmby, Monday's matchwinner starts. 

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE: Cole; Blanchard, Trotman, Nelson, Berry; Boco, Young, Hourihane, Gurrieri; Showumni, Banton. Subs: Alessandra, Reid, Blizzard, Harvey, Thomas, Purrington, Dawson (gk).
HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Duckworth, Collins, Harrison, Holden; Monkhouse, Walker, Oliver, Barmby; Harewood, Franks. Subs: Poole, rafferty (gk), Compton, Rowbotham, Richafds, Jones, Hawkins.
Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincoln)


Darlington v Burscough
Quakers will discover today who their opponents shall be in the play-off semi-final, either Bamber Bridge, Ramsbottom or Lancaster City.
Bamber and Ramsbottom face each other and a draw would be enough to ensure them both a play-off place, while Lancaster can only finish in the top five if Ramsbottom lose.
Quakers will face the fifth-placed team with the third and fourth playing each other.
Tickets for Wednesday’s game are on general sale today, with the latest figure sold believed to be 1,200.


Middlesbrough v Barnsley

AITOR Karanka has made four changes to his line-up for this afternoon's Championship game against Barnsley at the Riverside.

George Friend and Grant Leadbitter miss out through injuries, while Nathanial Chalobah and Luke Williams also drop out.

Jonathan Woodgate, Jacob Butterfield, Lee Tomlin and Adam Reach all come in to the side with the latter making his first league start of the season after returning from a loan spell at Bradford City.

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos; Varga, Woodgate, Omeruo, Gibson, Whitehead, Reach, Butterfield, Adomah, Tomlin, Graham.

Subs: Steele, Hines, Ayala, Chalobah, Morris, Ledesma, Main.

Barnsley: Steele, McLaughlin, Kennedy, M'Voto, Cranie, Etuhu, Dawson, Lawrence, Jennings, O'Grady, Pedersen.

Subs: Turner, Ramage, O'Brien, Proschwitz, Cywka, Mellis, Rose.


Darlington v Burscough
With Wednesday’s play-off semi-final in mind, Darlington have named a youthful team for today’s game with Burscough.
Youth team players Aiden O’Connor, a left-back, and midfielder Adam Cocks come in for their first starts for Martin Gray’s side, which features three changes from Monday’s win over Wakefield.
Also coming into the side is striker Ian Ward, while dropping out of the line-up is David Dowson, Terry Galbraith and Jonny Davis.
Burscough name only two substitutes, one of which is a goalkeeper.


Darlington v Burscough
Jameson, Walker, White, Brown, O’Connor, Hopson, Cocks, Robinson, A Mitchell; Ward, Fisher. Subs: Bell (gk), Lovegreen, Young, D Mitchell, Johnson
Burscough: Horn, Camozzi, Quirk, P Williams, Brown, Brookfield, Pegler, Connolly, J Williams, Beesley, Brown. Subs: Smith (gk), Laird


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Sunderland subs: Ustari (gk), Bardsley, Bridcutt, Gardner, Giaccherini, Scocco, Altidore.
Cardiff subs: Lewis (gk), Turner, Eikrem, Gunnarsson, Zaha, Bellamy, Jones.


Sunderland boss Gustavo Poyet has Phil Bardsley and Liam Bridcutt available, but must decide whether to disrupt a winning team. Bardsley has completed a two-match suspension, while Bridcutt has returned after personal issues were resolved, but Santiago Vergini and Lee Cattermole have performed excellently in the pair's respective roles in the last two games.


Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjear welcomes Craig Bellamy back, but while the former Newcastle striker has recovered from a virus, he too might only be on the bench.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent)
Odds: Sunderland 10-11, Draw 11-4, Cardiff 100-30
It’s a fact: Sunderland’s last top-flight victory over Cardiff came in 1954, with the Wearsiders having failed in eight such meetings since.

Comment by Scott Wilson: On the evidence of their form this season, Sunderland could face more problems in a home game with Cardiff than they experienced at Chelsea last weekend. They need to win though, and while it will inevitably be nervous, I fancy they will.

Prediction: 2-1


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Argyle subs: Trotman, Berry, Purrington, Showunmi, Dawson, Harvey, Bocu
Pools subs: Rafferty (gk), Richards, Barmby, Hawkins, Compton, Jones, Rowbotham


Connor Oliver, on loan from Sunderland, will start in place of suspended Simon Walton. Jack Barmby and Jack Compton, Monday’s goal heroes, are pressing for a start.

Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincoln)
Odds: H13/10; D12/5; A13/5
It’s a fact: Almost 20 years ago, in May 1994, Pools ended their season with an 8-1 home defeat to Plymouth

Comment by Nick Loughlin: Pressure off after Monday’s late heroics, can Pools now end the season on a positive note?

Prediction: 1-1


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Middlesbrough subs: J Steele (gk), Gibson, Chalobah, Ledesma, Atkinson, Main, L Williams.
Barnsley subs: Turner (gk), Hassell, Woods, Frimpong, Noble-Lazarus, Proschwitz, McCourt.


Kei Kamara has started training again after recovering from hernia surgery. He will not be in contention, though. Otherwise Aitor Karanka has no fresh problems, so long term absentees Rhys Williams and Mustapha Carayol are the only players missing.


Barnsley have a number of injuries, mainly at right-back. Jack Hunt from Crystal Palace is out for the season with an ankle problem and Ryan McLoughlin, on loan from Liverpool, is a doubt with a hamstring injury. Peter Ramage is also missing with a hamstring injury, as is knee victim Jim O’Brien. Kelvin Etuhu is also a big doubt.

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincoln)
Odds: H evens; A 13/5; D 5/2
It's a fact: Of the nine times these two sides have met since Boro’s relegation in 2009, the Teessiders have won just three of them.

Comment by Paul Fraser: After the last two defeats, Karanka gave the impression that he will not settle for anything other than a Boro victory.

Prediction: 3-1


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