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Chiefs miss out on European Challenge Cup Final

Exeter Chiefs' Henry Slade kicks a penalty. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Exeter Chiefs have been beaten 30-19 by Gloucester in the European Challenge Cup semi-final.

Billy Meakes and Tom Savage crossed for the Cherry and Whites, and although Elvis Taione pulled one back for the Chiefs in the 76th minute, Jonny May immediately restored Gloucester's advantage.

Argyle and Grecians' play-off hopes dented

Today's local football results.

Plymouth Argyle's hopes of securing a play-off spot have suffered a setback. The Pilgrims lost 2-0 at Carlisle this afternoon, which guarantees the Cumbrians their League Two survival. Argyle occupy the final play-off place, but only on goal difference after Luton beat Hartlepool.

Exeter City's play-off ambitions look to be over after losing 1-0 at home to Southend. The visitors scored their winner in the final minute. The Grecians slip to 11th, 4 points behind Argyle.

In League One, already-relegated Yeovil won 1-0 at Swindon. James Berrett scored the only goal, to maintain Paul Sturrock's unbeaten start as Glovers manager.

And Torquay United won 2-0 at Halifax in the Conference, thanks to goals from John Campbell and Kadell Daniel.


Plymouth Albion relegated to National One

Plymouth Albion have been relegated after losing 29-0 at Moseley.

Plymouth Albion have been relegated from the Championship after losing at fellow strugglers Moseley.

Albion needed a win to have any hope of staying up, but a disappointing 29-0 defeat means they'll be playing in National One next season for the first time in 13 years.

Elsewhere, Cornish Pirates were thrashed 69-8 at home by promotion-chasing Worcester.

Torquay United confirms it is in formal discussions to sell the club

Thea Bristow has confirmed she is in formal talks to sell her share of the club Credit: ITV News

Thea Bristow has confirmed she is in formal talks to sell her share of the club.

Torquay United made the announcement following last night's 1-0 win against Lincoln City.

The club says they will not comment further until contracts have been exchanged.

There has been a lot of hard work to get to this point, and I travel hopefully that we will be able to conclude this deal.

It is a big decision to announce at this point, but we all know the way that football works and it is very difficult to keep anything under wraps once a few people know, so I felt it was important to inform you all of this milestone myself. That way you know that the work is continuing to find a solution.

It is safe to say that this does not mean we are over the line yet, but it is a major step in the right direction. I am also really pleased that the last few results have been positive and I look forward to the final two games of this season.

– Thea Bristow
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Yeovil Town relegated to League Two

Yeovil Town's Nathan Smith (left) and Notts County's Gary Thompson battle for the ball. Credit: PA Wire

Yeovil Town have suffered a second successive relegation, returning to League Two 10 years after they last left the division.

Paul Sturrock's first game in charge ended 1-1 against Notts County.

After the game, the new Glovers boss spoke to our Sports Correspondent, Matthias Kurth:

Paul Sturrock leaves Torquay United role after four days

Paul Sturrock has left his role as an advisor to Torquay United after just four days.

His appointment was announced on Easter Sunday, but he has since been offered a permanent contract at another club.

The Torquay board still hope to bring in someone else to support manager Chris Hargreaves.

The Gulls didn't enjoy the services of the former Plymouth and Dundee United boss for very long Credit: PA

I am very disappointed but we wish Paul the very best of luck in his new job,

Paul Sturrock fitted the bill because he lives locally but I wish him well... Events can take over the best laid plans but we have to find someone comparable with Paul.

The principle is there and now it’s finding the right person. The basis of the idea is to do everything we can to help Chris achieve great success as the manager of Torquay United.

– Bill Phillips, Vice-Chairman


Plymouth Argyle & Exeter City level on points

Plymouth Argyle have been edged out of the League Two play-off places after a 2-1 defeat at Portsmouth. The hosts scored twice, before Olly Lee pulled a goal back. The Pilgrims also had Curtis Nelson sent off late in the game.

It's two wins over the Easter weekend for Exeter City. The Grecians beat Newport 2-0 at St James Park, thanks to goals from David Wheeler and a penalty from Ryan Harley.

Exeter City stay 10th despite their win, but they're now level on points with Argyle who slip to 8th.

In League One, Yeovil have suffered their sixth straight defeat. They're heading to League Two with a whimper after losing 4-0 at Fleetwood.

And Torquay United were beaten 2-0 at Aldershot in the Conference.

Torquay draw with Dartford at Plainmoor

James McQuilkin put Torquay ahead in the 67th minute.

Torquay United have drawn 1-1 with Dartford in the Conference this afternoon.

James McQuilkin gave the Gulls the lead in the 67th minute, but the relegation-threatened visitors earned a share of the points with an equaliser 8 minutes from time.

Chris Hargreaves' men stay 16th in the table.

Exeter City battle back from two down to win at Luton

Jordan Moore-Taylor scored Exeter City's second goal at Luton. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Exeter City kept their play-off hopes alive after fighting back from two goals down to win 3-2 at Luton this afternoon.

Ryan Harley and Jordan Moore-Taylor drew the scores level, before David Wheeler bundled in a dramatic winner in the 5th minute of injury time.

Plymouth Argyle drew 1-1 with League Two leaders Burton Albion at Home Park. The visitors led 1-0 at half-time, but Carl McHugh headed an equaliser four minutes from the end.

In League One, Yeovil Town threw away a two goal lead as they lost 3-2 at home to Chesterfield. James Hayter and Sam Foley on-target for Yeovil.

Argyle occupy the final play-off place, while Exeter are up to 10th and 3 points behind the Pilgrims.

Busy weekend of sport gets underway today

Our football clubs play the first of two Easter weekend matches this afternoon.

Plymouth Argyle take on league leaders Burton at Home Park. Their 3-0 win over Cheltenham on Saturday has left their manager John Sheridan with some tough choices:

Elsewhere this afternoon, Yeovil's League One relegation is all but mathematically sealed but they host Chesterfield at Huish Park. Exeter City travel to Luton, while Torquay United host Dartford in the Conference tomorrow.

Yeovil Town, Exeter City, and Plymouth Argyle are in action this afternoon.
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