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Bournemouth top of Championship after victory over Watford

Yann Kermorgant scored from the penalty spot Credit: PA

Bournemouth took advantage of a Watford red card in the first minute to move three points clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship.

With their promotion rivals not playing until Saturday afternoon the Cherries had a huge chance to put pressure on the chasing pack and they were given a helping hand en route to a comfortable 2-0 win when Gabriele Angella's first action of the evening saw the defender sent off.

The recalled Yann Kermorgant got Bournemouth up and running from the penalty spot after Callum Wilson, whose pace caused the early dismissal, proved too quick for Craig Cathcart.

Once Matt Ritchie scored for the second successive home game from a narrow angle Bournemouth could relax and they were only denied a more emphatic victory by overworked Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

The Hornets made the trip on a real high after Saturday's emphatic 7-2 thumping of Blackpool but their vocal 1,391 travelling supporters knew they were in for a long night once they saw Angella sent off for his challenge.

Angella's first touch saw him haul down Wilson after 26 seconds as the former Coventry man skipped past him - and referee Lee Probert was quick to hand the centre-back the earliest of early baths.

Eddie Howe's men predictably took control of possession and carved out a few promising openings with Kermorgant, Marc Pugh and Ritchie all having efforts at Gomes' goal.

Despite having just 30 per cent of the half's possession Ikechi Anya did have the Cherries backline breathing a little quicker with a low drilled effort across across goal in the eighth minute.

With Watford a man light at the back Bournemouth's full-backs were pinning the yellow shirts in their own half and it was no surprise that Simon Francis and Charlie Daniels created two fantastic openings for Kermorgant.

First overlapping right-back Francis raced to the byline before clipping in a cross which the former Charlton man could only direct wide. Kermorgant came even closer in the 25th minute when he controlled left-back Daniels' low cross before thumping an effort off the Watford crossbar.

It was, however, the movement of strike partner Wilson that presented Kermorgant with the game's opening goal in the 35th minute. The 33-year-old made no mistake from the spot after Cathcart had fouled Wilson after being turned inside the box.

Gomes was then called into action to deny Francis before watching Ritchie's low drive fizz wide of his left-hand post shortly after the breqak.

And the former Tottenham shotstopper could do little about Bournemouth's 57th-minute second. Having been fed by Kermorgant, Ritchie squeezed a low right-footed drive across goal and into the bottom corner for his eighth of the campaign.

It was deja vu for Watford who had found themselves 2-0 down at this stage last weekend but there were few signs of another seven-goal haul.

Instead they were facing a Bournemouth onslaught, especially down their left-hand side. First Ritchie and Francis linked up before the latter warmed the gloves of Gomes at his near post before the keeper pushed Pugh's header around the same post after a Ritchie delivery found his fellow winger.

Wilson really should have added a third but shot straight at Gomes after winning the ball inside the box.

And after denying Ritchie after another flowing move the Brazilian keeper pulled off his best save of the night with three minutes remaining to keep out Pugh's right-footed drive.

Seagulls fight back but can't get past Gunners: Match report

It finished Arsenal 3 Brighton 2 Credit: PA

Tomas Rosicky scored one and set up another as Arsenal held off a second-half rally from Brighton to win 3-2 and book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Arsenal looked to be cruising to victory at the Amex Stadium after Theo Walcott's opener after 90 seconds and Mesut Ozil's close-range finish put the holders two up at the break.

Brighton, however, twice reduced the advantage to one in the second half as Chris O'Grady and Sam Baldock both found the net either side of Rosicky's superb volley to give the home side hope.

The Seagulls poured forward late on and could have had a penalty when Calum Chambers handled in the box with five minutes to play, but the Gunners were spared and it was the holders who sneaked into the next round.

The home fans had barely taken their seats before Walcott latched onto Chambers' driven cross and fired a low shot into the far corner for his first Arsenal goal since New Year's Day 2014.

In the 24th minute, Arsenal doubled their advantage as Rosicky ghosted inside from the left and as Brighton worked out who should close down the midfielder, he slid in Ozil, who tucked the ball home from close range.

Arsenal cruised into the break relatively untroubled, but four minutes into the second period the contest was sparked into life.

Chambers failed to clear the ball on the edge of the box and O'Grady seized the opportunity, rolling Mathieu Flamini and driving low past Wojciech Szczesny to give his side a lifeline.

Brighton's goal injected belief and tempo into the home side's play and suddenly it was Arsenal who looked rattled.

The Gunners had a penalty appeal when Gordon Greer appeared to handle Giroud's flick before Brighton were crying foul at the other end when Inigo Calderon took a tumble after a tangle of legs in the box with Koscielny.

Just as Brighton looked to be gaining momentum, however, Arsenal struck again.

Rosicky recovered possession outside Brighton's box, beat two players before playing a disguised pass left to Giroud. The striker chipped the ball back into Rosicky's path and the Czech volleyed past David Stockdale to restore the two-goal advantage.

Arsenal tried to establish some control over the tie but Brighton continued to rally and in the 75th minute, they again pegged their opponents back.

Danny Holla collected possession 25 yards out and the midfielder played a beautifully weighted pass into Baldock, who lifted the ball over Szczesny and into the net for 3-2.

Sanchez hit the crossbar with a bending free-kick with six minutes to play but Brightoncame again and could have had a penalty when Adrian Colunga's cross hit the arm of Chambers.

Michael Oliver, however, waved away the appeals and the Gunners held on to book their place in the next round.


Bournemouth battle hard but can't beat Villa: Match report

Eddie Howe dejected on the touchline Credit: PA

Carles Gil helped fire Aston Villa into the FA Cup fifth round as they avoided an upset to beat Bournemouth 2-1.

The midfielder's first goal for the club on his full debut put the hosts ahead against the battling Cherries, who troubled Villa in the first half.

Andi Weimann's second-half strike - his first goal since November - then proved crucial as Villa extended their lead.

Callum Wilson replied deep into stoppage time but the visitors ran out of time to mount a comeback.

Eddie Howe's Sky Bet Championship leaders did scare Villa, though, with Kieran Richardson clearing off the line from Shaun MacDonald and Eunan O'Kane twice going close.

Bournemouth were brighter as Villa struggled to gain momentum against the vibrant Cherries.

O'Kane was denied by Given before he fired over from the edge of the box as Villa hung on and Okore made a fine tackle five minutes before the break as Yann Kermorgant threatened to break through.

Bournemouth were in control, although were unable to find a breakthrough before half-time, but Villa conjured a fine chance just two minutes after the re-start.

Benteke seized on a loose pass and evaded two challenges before Gil collected the ball and fired into the side netting.

However, the Spain Under-21 international did break the deadlock on 51 minutes with a beauty. He collected the ball before cutting inside, easily beating Cook on the right, and curling a wonderful strike into the top corner from 18 yards.

It was Villa's first goal in 223 minutes in all competitions and knocked the stuffing out ofBournemouth.

Wilson and Simon Francis were thrown on but Villa doubled the lead on 71 minutes when Weimann converted Hutton's low cross from 10 yards.

The Cherries did pull a goal back in injury time when Wilson tapped in from close range to end a neat move.

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Aldershot Town statement on Andy Scott sacking

"Following the Club’s recent run of results, Aldershot Town have relieved manager Andy Scott and assistant Terry Bullivant of first-team duties for the remainder of their contracts.

The Club recognise and are grateful for Andy’s contribution to Aldershot Town FC through a very difficult period of relegation and administration, but have now taken this tough decision to safeguard the team’s immediate prospects in the Vanarama Conference.

Until a permanent new manager can be appointed, Club Captain Chris Barker will take charge of the first-team, assisted by coach Matt Gray.

The Club hope that supporters will give their full backing to Chris, and will be unified behind a new manager in building a successful future for Aldershot Town."

– Aldershot Town FC


Leeds 1 Bournemouth 0 : Cherries miss late penalty

Yann Kermorgant after his missed penalty in the 87th minute Credit: PA

Disappointment for Championship leaders Bournemouth who missed a late penalty at Elland Road, with Luke Murphy's first half strike consigning the visitors to a 1-0 defeat.

Neil Redfearn's side secured a morale-boosting first win in eight league matches - but only after Bournemouth substitute Yann Kermorgant had missed the late penalty.

Bournemouth, who were twice denied by the woodwork, remain top of the table but slipped to their first league defeat on the road since September 30 and lost for only the second time in 17 Championship matches.

Kermorgant fired his 87th-minute penalty against the crossbar and although Marc Pugh's 81st-minute shot hit a post, Leeds held on for their first win since November 29.

A minute's applause ahead of kick-off marked the passing of former Leeds chairman Leslie Silver, who died last month aged 89, and he would have approved of a display that belied the home side's lowly Championship status.

Bournemouth began with the buoyancy expected of a table-topping side as Callum Wilson ran half the length of the field before dragging a shot wide and Brett Pitman fired off target from inside the penalty area following good work from Pugh.

But Leeds responded well. Rudy Austin headed just over from recalled teenage midfielder Alex Mowatt's cross, while striker Steve Morison's swerving ball into the area forcedBournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc into a scrambling save.

Austin drove a low angled shot wide after marauding into the area and in the 27th minute Murphy's rising 25-yard drive was superbly turned away by Boruc, back in the visitors' line-up due to Lee Camp's calf injury.

But Boruc was left flailing haplessly at Murphy's next effort, which gave Leeds a spectacular 36th-minute lead. Austin played the ball square and Murphy carried it several yards to within range before arrowing a left-footed shot into the top corner.

Luke Murphy celebrates his goal Credit: PA

Bournemouth thought they had equalised soon after, but Pitman's close-range finish was ruled out for offside and Wilson's downward header bounced into home goalkeeper Marco Silvestri's clutches to ensure Leeds a deserved half-time lead.

Leeds picked up where they left off before the interval as Austin crashed a shot over the crossbar from a tight angle, but Bournemouth continued to carry a threat when they broke forward, with Giuseppe Bellusci's last-ditch lunge blocking Simon Francis' cut-back.

Bournemouth sent on Kermogant and Dan Gosling for Pitman and Arter with an hour played before Wilson's pace threatened to undo Leeds again, the Bournemouth striker firing across goal with defender Scott Wootton and Silvestri both beaten.

Wilson spurned another gilt-edged chance as Leeds began to live dangerously, this time clipping his shot over Silvestri but wide of the goalkeeper's left-hand post after being sent clear in the area.

Pugh curled a right-footed shot against Silvestri's left-hand post with nine minutes left and it was not to be Bournemouth's night.

After Bellusci fouled Wilson in the area, Kermorgant blasted his spot-kick against the crossbar and Leeds were left to celebrate a timely league double over the leaders.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston British Yachtsman of Year for fourth time

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston British Yachtsman of Year for fourth time Credit: Clipper-Ventures
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston British Yachtsman of Year for fourth time Credit: Clipper-Ventures

The Yachting Journalists' Association awarded Sir Robin, 75, with the honour following his podium place in French solo classic the Route du Rhum in November 2014.

More than 45 years on from his historical solo, nonstop circumnavigation of the globe, Sir Robin continues to inspire the worldwide sailing community. He has helped 3,300 amateur sailors take on the world’s oceans in the Clipper Race, which will celebrate its tenth edition on August 30 this year.

I am delighted to receive this award today at Trinity House, London, amongst so many good friends from the sailing world. At last I've caught up with Sir Ben Ainslie having nowwon my fourth award. The other two nominees have performed fantastically and both deserved to win - so I would like to thank everyone who voted for me.I enjoyed the racing I did last year immensely.The support I received from around the world was inspirational and drove me to push harder during the Route du Rhum. I am looking forward to competing more this year before the 10th anniversary edition of the Clipper Race gets underway at the end of August.

– Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Sir Robin made a return to competitive solo ocean racing in 2014 after competing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race with one of his Clipper Race crews in 2013.

He had become jealous of watching his Clipper Race crews set off at the start of each new leg during their circumnavigation and wished he was racing himself.

He will take part in double handed challenge The Transatlantic Race 2015 in late June.

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