LiveNorth-East Football Live: Saturday, January 25

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  • Sunderland v Kidderminster - Paul Fraser
  • Leicester City v Middlesbrough - Steph Clark
  • Hartlepool United v York City - Nick Loughlin


Leicester City 2 Middlesbrough 0

Jamie Vardy and Ritchie De Laet with the goals that end Boro's unbeaten run.


Here's the report of the events at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland are through ...


Sunderland 1 Kidderminster 0

This was not a FA Cup tie to remember for Sunderland. In fact it was miserable.

But, despite a couple of late Kidderminster efforts, Sunderland do have a place in the fifth round courtesy of Charis Mavrias' fifth minute strike.

That was his first goal for the club and things got worse after that, with Sunderland struggling to break down a non-league defence. But they are through.



Hartlepool 1 York 0 

82 mins, ball knocked down for Luke James, low volley angled into the corner from edge of the area 


Sunderland 1 Kidderminster

Yep, it's all quiet over here. Still 1-0 with eight minutes to go. There has been a real lack of urgency and desire from Sunderland to extend their lead.

They have started to push on more in the last ten minutes, but still without seriously testing Lewis in the Harriers goal.


Leicester 2 Middlesbrough 0 (De Laet, 73mins)

Ritchie De Laet heads past Given from Matty James' free-kick. Goal came minutes after Shay Given had saved David Nugents penalty.


Hartlepool 0 York 0

Absolute sitter missed by York - Flinders lost a high ball, Lowe put shot about 30 foot over the bar from about four yards. 

Barmby on for Monkhouse for his debut. 


Hartlepool 0 York 0

Still too little going on. Pools change - Harewood off, Franks on. 22 to go.


Leicester 1 Middlesbrough 0 (Vardy, 52mins)

Vardy puts the hosts ahead, but Boro felt ball had already gone out for goal kick when Nugent got round Ayala and fed his strike partner.


Sunderland 1 Kidderminster 0

Stop what you are doing. Vergini has had a shot and it has been saved. Well done.  

Apart from that ... nothing. Absolutely nothing. 

Kidderminster plugging away, credit to them.


Leicester 0 Middlesbrough 0

Boro have started the second half as they did the first with a chance falling to Jutkiewicz. Varga's cross found the striker in the area, but his header was saved by Schmeichel


Sunderland 1 Kidderminster 0

Glad that half is over, it was dreadful. A complete training exercise at the minute. The Black Cats are ahead, courtesy of Mavrias opener. That's what matters. 


Leicester 0 Middlesbrough 0 

Teams go in goalless at HT. Boro started well and have maintained that throughout the opening 45. Matching the league leaders all over the field. Karanka will definitely be the happier manager at the break.



Leicester 0 Middlesbrough 0

Pretty even game here at the King Power. Fair play to both sides for trying to keep the ball on the ground despite plenty of surface water following the pre-match storm.

*Apologies for the typos in my previous post. I have forgotten my fingerless gloves and therefore have shivering hands!


Hartlepool 0 York 0

Nothing to report. 


Hartlepool 0 York 0

Cagey start, first chances on 17 minutes. 

First Monkhouse had a shot well saved by Pope, then Harewood finished from close range... but he was flagged offside. 

Williams tidy in possession at the tip of a diamond midfield. 


Sunderland 1 Kidderminster 0 

The Black Cats have had a couple of moments to add to their lead. Kiderminster, occasionally, are breaking at the other end and have had a couple of efforts themselves.

Feels very low-key this. It's a good job there are 4,500 away fans, although even those have been largely silenced by the early lead.


Leicester 0 Middlesbrough 0

Erly chance for the visitors. Jutkiewicz sent Carayol down the left and continued his run into box, but once the wonger found him nhe could only direct his first time effort wide of the post.

Leicester then replied with a chance of their own with Liam Moore almost getting on the end of Paul Konchesky's cross.


Sunderland 1 (Mavrias 5) Kidderminster 0

This could be a long afternoon for Kiddi. 

Charis Mavrias has applied a lovely finish inside the bottom left corner of Danny Lewis' goal after poor clearance from Josh Gowling.



Leicester City v Middlesbrough

AITOR Karanka has made two changes to his starting line-up for this afternoon's Championship game a league leaders Leicester City.

Lukas Jutkiewicz and Albert Adomah come in for Curtis Main and Marvin Emnes, while Daniel Ayala also starts having made his loan swtich from Norwich City permanent on Friday.

Leicester are unchanged following their 1-0 win at Leeds United last week.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky; Knockaert, Drinkwater, James, Dyer; Nugent, Vardy.

Subs: Hammond, King, Taylor-Fletcher, Logan, Mahrez, Wasilewski, Phillips.

Middlesbrough: Given; Varga, Williams, Ayala, Friend; Leadbitter, Whitehead; Carayol, Ledesma, Adomah; Jutkiewicz.

Subs: Konstantopoulos, Gibson, Omeruo, Chalobah, Butterfield, Emnes, Kamara.


Hartlepool v York 

LUKE Williams, signed this week on loan from Middlesbrough, has been pitched in for his Hartlepool United debut
Pools take on York at Victoria Park, following three defeats to date in 2014.
There’s also a first home start for Marlon Harewood, while Jack Barmby, arrived from Manchester United this week on loan, is on the bench.
Darren Holden starts at left back, with Neil Austin on the right in place of the suspended Jordan Richards.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Flinders; Austin, Baldwin, Burgess, Holden; Monkhouse, Walker, Walton, Williams; James, Harewood. Subs: Rafferty (gk), Collins, Franks, Barmby, Compton, Sweeney, Rodney.
YORK CITY: Pope; Oyebanjo, McGurk, Davies, Coulson, Fletcher, Penn, Carson, Montrose, Lowe, Bowman. Subs: Smith, Jarvis, McCombe, Platt, Ingham, Dickinson, Reed.
Referee: Iain Williamson (Reading)


Sunderland v Kidderminster

That's ten changes for Sunderland. Lee Cattermole is the only player to start against Harriers who started the Old Trafford semi.

Debuts for goalkeeper Oscar Ustari and defender Santiago Vergini.

Sunderland (4-1-4-1): Ustari; Celustka, Diakite, Vergini, Roberge; Cattermole; Ba, Larsson, Giaccherini, Mavrias; Altidore.  Subs: Ki, Gardner, Colback, O'Shea, Borini, Watmore, Pickford
Kidderminster (4-3-3): Lewis; L Vaughan, Gowling, Demetriou, Jackman; Dyer, Storer, Byrne; Johnson, Gash, Morgan-Smith. Subs: N Vaughan (gk), Dunkley, Malbon, Angus, Gittings, Ladapo, Aloi.


Sunderland v Kidderminster

Team for Sunderland is in ...

Sunderland (4-1-4-1): Ustari; Celustka, Diakite, Vergini, Roberge; Cattermole; Ba, Larsson, Giaccherini, Mavrias; Altidore.  Subs: Ki, Gardner, Colback, O'Shea, Borini, Watmore, Pickford


Sunderland v Kidderminster

Plenty of Kiddi fans at the Stadium of Light already. There is around 4,500 expected, so it is a huge day out for the Conference club.

The Black Cats will need to somehow perform just days after the excitement of the Capital One Cup semi-final success. Plenty of changes.



Ebac Northern League

Sunderland RCA v West Auckland is on after passing a pitch inspection. 3pm kick-off.


Ebac Northern League

More games have been added to the postponed list with eight games now off. Fixtures are now as follows:

Ashington v Spennymoor Town
Billingham Town v Bedlington Terriers
Celtic Nation FC v Billingham Synthonia
Consett v Crook Town
Dunston UTS v Whitley Bay - POSTPONED
Durham City v Penrith
Guisborough Town v Hebburn Town
Morpeth Town v Marske United - POSTPONED
Sunderland RCA v West Auckland Town
Team Northumbria v Shildon - POSTPONED
Brandon United v Esh Winning - POSTPONED
Chester-Le-Street v Birtley Town
Heaton Stannington v Alnwick Town - POSTPONED
Jarrow Roofing BCA v South Shields - POSTPONED
Northallerton Town v Darlington RA - POSTPONED
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion v Whitehaven - POSTPONED
Seaham Red Star v Norton & Stockton Ancients
Thornaby v Stokesley Sports Club
Whickham v Washington
Willington v Tow Law Town


Darlington v Cammell Laird
Another picture from Heritage Park this morning. A water pump was used to no avail.


Ebac Northern League

There will be a 10.30am pitch inspection at Sunderland RCA to see whether their game with West Auckland can go ahead.

Spennymoor Town's match at Ashington is on.


Ebac Northern League

Several games in the North-East have been called off due to the wet weather.

Postponed so far:

Dunston v Whitley Bay

Brandon United v Esh Winning

Jarrow Roofing v South Shields

Northallerton v Darlington RA


Darlington v Cammell Laird

As it stands, Darlington's match is one of three games in the division that has been postponed today. Also off is Radcliffe Borough's match Prescot Cables and Northwich Victoria v New Mills.

Of Quakers' promotion rivals, leaders Curzon travel to Burscough, where Quakers won 7-0 in December and third-placed Warrington are at home to Salfod City.

Bamber Bridge are one place and seven points behind Darlington in fifth. They face Padiham, who are 17th, at home.

Sixth-placed Lancaster City are expected to claim three points as they are at home to bottom-of-the-table Ossett Albion, a team that Darlington defeated 32-2 last week.

Finally, Ramsbottom game at Clitheroe goes ahead after an inspection. Ramsbottom are seventh, nine points adrift of Quakers. 

Evo-Stik First Division (North) fixtures:

Bamber Bridge v Padiham
Burscough v Curzon Ashton
Clitheroe v Ramsbottom United
Darlington v Cammell Laird - POSTPONED
Lancaster City v Ossett Albion
Mossley v Harrogate Railway Athletic
Northwich Victoria v New Mills - POSTPONED
Ossett Town v Kendal Town
Radcliffe Borough v Prescot Cables - POSTPONED
Warrington Town v Salford City


Darlington v Cammell Laird
Here's the Heritage Park pitch this morning. Soggy and clearly not able to stage a football match.


Darlington v Cammell Laird

Darlington's match today against Cammell Laird at Heritage Park has been postponed.

Due to heavy rain yesterday, the club had asked for volunteers to help fork the pitch this morning, but there has proven to be too much standing water on the playing surface.

No date has yet been announced for the rearranged game.

Quakers' next match is next Saturday at Kendal.


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Sunderland subs: O’Shea, Roberge, Mannone (gk), Bardsley, Fletcher, Borini, Cattermole.
Kidderminster subs: Cieslewicz, N Vaughan (gk), Morgan-Smith, Aloi, Dunkley, Williams, Angus.


Andrea Dossena has a slight problem with his ankle and could miss a chance to slot in at left-back. Other than that Gus Poyet is likely to make wholesale changes to the side which defeated Manchester United on penalties.


Harriers are likely to stick with the side that had got them to this stage of the competition despite a change of manager. Andy Thorn will have to make up for losing top-scorer Joe Lolley, who joined Hudddersfield last week. Michael Gash is likely to start up front.

Odds: H evens; A 13/1; Draw 6/1
Referee: Roger East (Swindon)
It's a fact: Kidderminster are looking to reach the fifth round for a record second time for a non-league club. The last time was in 1994 when they lost to West Ham.

Comment by PAUL FRASER: Despite the massive changes to the Sunderland team, those given the chance should be able to see off spirited non-league opposition.

Prediction: 3-0


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Leicester subs: Logan (gk), Wasilewski, Hammond, King, Mahrez, Phillips, Wood.
Middlesbrough subs: Konstantopoulos (gk), Gibson, Hines, Butterfield, Ledesma, Main, Jutkiewicz.


With former Middlesbrough defender Sean St Ledger (groin) and Tom Hopper (shin) both unavailable, Nigel Pearson could name the same Leicester side that beat Leeds last weekend. The Foxes boss has rejected two Fulham bids for Liam Moore this week, while former Darlington goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has been linked with AC Milan.


Kei Kamara is expected to return to Boro’s starting line-up after making a brief substitute appearance in last weekend’s win over Charlton. However, loan arrivals Nathaniel Chalobah and Kenneth Omeruo will once again be omitted from the squad.

Referee: Stephen Martin (Stafford)
Odds: Leicester 3-4, Draw 5-2, Middlesbrough 15-4
It’s a fact: Leicester manager Nigel Pearson captained Middlesbrough to two promotions and three major cup finals after signing for Bryan Robson in a £750,000 deal in 1994.

Comment by SCOTT WILSON: Middlesbrough are on a great run, but Leicester look extremely strong this season and will be a tough side to beat on their home ground.

Prediction: 1-0


Darlington and Stockton Times:

Pool subs: Rafferty (gk), Holden, Compton, Barmby, Franks, Sweeney, Hawkins.
York subs: Smith, McCombe, Platt, Reed, Jarvis, Allan, Dickinson, Ingham (gk)


Luke Williams is in line for his debut after moving on loan from Middlesbrough, with Jack Barmby in the squad following his loan switch from Man Utd. Sam Collins could start in central defence, with Jack Baldwin at right back with Jordan Richards now suspended.


York are likely stick with the same side from last weekend.

Referee: Iain Williamson (Reading)
Odds: H6/4; D5/2; A11/5
It's a fact: Pools last Football League game at Victoria Park against York was in 2003 - Chris Turners last match in charge during his first spell as manager.

Comment by NICK LOUGHLIN: Colin Cooper has made three new signings to show his attacking intent - and Pools could do with a positive response.

Prediction: 2-0


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