Bits & Bobs

Victors over Notts County in the Johnsons Paint Trophy second round Chesterfield hosted Tranmere Rovers last night in the next round of the competition.

They won 4-3 courtesy of a last minute goal by who else? Craig Westcarr.

It of course follows up Craig’s goal at “Fortress Preston” for Notts which brought an end to a miserable run of nine straight defeats at the end of last season – Martin Allen’s first win for the club.

When Westy left Meadow Lane he did so with my best wishes, a good servant in his time with Notts. But never did I think he’d be able to make me smile again. How wrong I was!

Notts travel to Birkenhead on March 6th for a tasty return fixture – just three days after Westy’s new side play them at the B2Net. There’s a crate of beer in it for him if he softens them up with a goal or two.

Last Saturday’s fixture with Wycombe Wanderers at Meadow Lane was backed by a kids for a quid initiative amongst the local schools and clubs in the Nottinghamshire area.

The game was watched by the biggest crowd at the Lane this season of 7,664 – a great effort by Matt Lawson (who also played a heavy hand in the second highest attendance the year also!) at the club to put the word out in the communities.

Just a shame the performance on the field might not have been enough to bring too many of them back! Hopefully more discounted tickets this Saturday in the FA Cup though might help hold on to a few of them.

Last year’s First Round tie with Gateshead, hampered by full price tickets at the insistence of the visitors was watched by 3,235 people – you have to expect a decent improvement on that figure this weekend.

Luke Rodgers PenaltyAnother Notts title-winner who moved on to pastures new is Luke Rodgers, currently with New York Red Bulls.

He saw his side (alongside Thierry Henry in case you’ve forgotten) beaten in a two-leg playoff with David Beckham’s LA Galaxy last weekend en route to the MLS Cup area finals – scoring in the second game.

But Luke has seen his first season in the US earn him NYRB’s title of Newcomer Of The Year and a nomination for the league’s own version of the award also.

Tank faces stiff competition from Eric Hassli and Mauro Rosales but should take great heart from the fact that despite missing huge chunks of the season through injury, he was still the Bulls second top scorer netting nine times in 23 fixtures.

The winner of the MLS Award is announced next Wednesday, most likely around 5pm GMT.

And finally, the results for last weekend’s TNB League results from the game with Wycombe which finished 1-1.

It’s fair to say EVERYONE had a shocker. Apart from one.

Of the 42 who emailed their entries in, a grand total of 40 of them predicted Notts wins, one person opted for a Wycombe win.

But Mark Holland was the only one to predict a 1-1 scoreline! The first time in the TNB League’s short history that only one person has taken points in a round. Well done Mark!

Full results for last weekend’s round are here. No League this week for the FA Cup break, emails will go out for the Huddersfield game on Tuesday.

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