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Jury in Nile Ranger trial expected to retire later

Swindon Town footballer Nile Ranger arriving at Newcastle Crown Court where he is on trial Credit: PA

The jury is expected to go out today to consider its verdict in the case of Swindon Town footballer Nile Ranger. The 22-year-old is accused of raping a woman in January last year in Newcastle, where he was playing at the time. He denies the charges.

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City and Rovers knocked out of the FA Cup

Bristol Rovers' Eliot Richards is tackled by Birmingham City's Hayden Mullins. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

It's been a disappointing night for the West Country's football teams.

Both Bristol clubs have been knocked out of the FA Cup. Rovers lost their third round tie at Birmingham 3-0, while City went down 2-0 in their replay at Watford.

And in League One, Swindon Town were beaten 2-0 at bottom-of-the-table Stevenage.

Swindon match called off due to waterlogged pitch

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BREAKING: Today's League 1 match against Crawley has just been CALLED OFF #STFC

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Referee: "There is heavy water lying on the pitch and the forecast is for more rain therefore there will be no improvement in conditions...

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Referee continued: "Player safety would be the main concern." #STFC

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Fan released on bail following alleged attack on goalie

Leyton Orient goalkeeper Jamie Jones Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

A man arrested after an apparent attack on Leyton Orient goalkeeper Jamie Jones has been released on bail by police in Swindon. The 26 year-old from Newbury was held on suspicion of affray following Swindon Town's League One game on Saturday.

Jones' manager, Russell Slade, said although his player was unhurt, he was left angry by the incident - which he described as the worst he had seen since becoming a manager. Orient won the match 3-1.

Third straight win for Swindon Town

Nile Ranger celebrates his goal against Notts County. Credit: Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport

Swindon Town have made it three wins out of three after beating Notts County 2-0 at the County Ground.

Nile Ranger scored the first in the 11th minute, with Dany N'Guessan adding a second from the penalty spot after Nathan Byrne was fouled in the box.

Visitors County were also awarded a penalty in the second half, but Danny Haynes fired over.

Dany N'Guessan scores Town's second goal from penalty spot in the 28th minute. Credit: Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport
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