Day: December 11, 2011

Non-League Videos Of The Week: The FA Trophy First Round

A trip to Wembley is starting to come into view for the non-league clubs that are still involved in this year’s FA Trophy, but yesterday’s First Round matches saw the qualifiers from the last round joined by the clubs of the Blue Square Premier and we have highlights and goals from no less than seven of yesterday’s matches. Those matches are Luton Town vs Swindon Supermarine, Wrexham vs Hinckley United, Brackley Town vs Dartford, Hampton & Richmond Borough vs Hayes & Yeading United, East Thurrock United vs Welling United, York City vs Solihull Moors and Weymouth vs Chippenham Town. Our thanks, as ever, go to those who take the time to record, edit and upload these videos. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Match Of The Week: Reading 3-0 West Ham United

The last week or so in the Championship have acted as a sudden reminder to anyone who may have thought that the two automatic promotion places might already have been sewn up. Southampton’s stunning start to the season has seen them ascend to the top of the table with West Ham United, relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, clinging onto their coat-tails in second place. Last weekend, however, both clubs stumbled. Southampton fell to a single goal defeat at loanee-plumpened Doncaster Rovers, while West Ham were beaten at home by Burnley. This weekend, there was a repeat of this stutter, with Southampton requiring a stoppage-time equaliser to rescue a point at home against Blackpool, while West Ham fell to a surprisingly comprehensive defeat ¬†at Reading. Nobody at West Ham United needs to be reminded of the importance to the club of a quick return to the Premier League and, while he continues to have his critics, Sam Allardyce has thus far managed to fulfil his remit at Upton Park. His team has been a lesson in footballing obduracy so far this season, seldom setting the division alight but grinding out win after win – very much as we might have expected from Allardyce. Last weekend’s defeat against Burnley, however, was a shock to the system the jitters continued yesterday afternoon against a Reading side...

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