Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Weekend footie

Just catching up on blogging, so this is a bit late.

Morecambe's season ended with a bit of a bump with a 0-4 home defeat to Bournemouth, which was a pity, as the crowd was (for Morecambe) a decent 2600. The Shrimps were just outside the League One play-off stakes, after a very good run in the second half of the season (2 defeats in 20 games). Probably a bit soon for them to go up, so a good solid mid-table finish in their second League season is just about where they wanted to be.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth overcame a 17 point deduction at the start of the season, and safe from relegation still looked they had a point to prove. One goal came from a (rare) goalie fumble at a corner, but the other 3 were well taken. If Bournemouth hadn't had points deducted they would have been level with Morecambe on points with a better goal difference. Overall a good season for the Shrimps, but they probably wanted a better ending than this.

My home team, Forest, escaped relegation back to League 1 (there were too many ex-Premier League clubs going down!), which was confirmed when Norwich lost to Reading. Good results from the last 2 games made the safety margin 7 points in the end. They nearly caught Derby!

Thinking of Notts/Derby, congrats are also due to Notts team Eastwood Town. I remember seeing the floodlights at Coronation Park when I was a curate in the area. After their FA cup exploits, Eastwood gained automatic promotion from the Unibond Premier Division to the Blue Square North [7th tier to 6th tier, I think]. Derbyshire neighbours Ilkeston Town battled through the play-offs to do the same. That will keep the rivalry simmering nicely!

We just need Lancaster City to recover next season.

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