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England will begin their summer tour of South America with a tough test in Uruguay

Lancaster's England to begin summer tour of South America in Uruguay

By
Duncan Bech, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

14:15 GMT, 22 April 2013

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UPDATED:

14:35 GMT, 22 April 2013

England have confirmed that their summer tour to South America will begin in Montevideo, Uruguay, on June 2.

The RBS 6 Nations runners-up will meet a CONSUR XV representing the South American nations, before playing two Tests against Argentina.

The first Test will be staged in Salta – the setting for the Pumas’ 24-22 victory in 2009 – on June 8 and at Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires on June 15.

Pumas test: Stuart Lancaster will be desperate to erase England's Grand Slam heartache in Argentina

Pumas test: Stuart Lancaster will be desperate to erase England's Grand Slam heartache in Argentina

Lions hopefuls: Tom Croft, David Wilson and Courtney Lawes could be in South America if they are snubbed by the British Lions

Lions hopefuls: Tom Croft, David Wilson and Courtney Lawes could be in South America if they are snubbed by the British Lions

It will be the first two-match series between the teams in Argentina since the 1997 tour with England coach Stuart Lancaster set to name his squad in early May.

'Argentina is a formidable rugby nation and we’re looking forward to facing the Pumas in back-to-back Tests, which a young and developing side will need to be at its very best to win,' Lancaster said.

'Together with matches against the
Barbarians at Twickenham and the CONSUR team in Uruguay, the summer
programme gives this group a real opportunity to measure their progress
and continue to learn what they need to succeed at the highest level.'

On the way out: England will not have to face the likes of Felipe Contepomi (pictured centre) this summer after the fly-half announced plans to retire

On the way out: England will not have to face the likes of Felipe Contepomi (pictured centre) this summer after the fly-half announced plans to retire

England tour dates:

May 29 – Arrive
in Buenos Aires

June 2 – CONSUR XV v England XV (Montevideo, 7.30pm BST)

June 8 Argentina v England (Salta, 8.10pm BST)

June 15 Argentina v England (Velez Sarsfield, Buenos
Aires, 8.10pm BST)

Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 4-3

Ronaldo brace seals Real win as Mourinho forced into using Casillas after Adan red

By
Joseph Wilson, Associated Press

PUBLISHED:

19:44 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:07 GMT, 6 January 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals in a three-minute span to give 10-man Real Madrid a 4-3 win over Real Sociedad on Sunday, after coach Jose Mourinho's decision to drop goalkeeper Iker Casillas almost backfired for a second straight game.

Despite heavy criticism after last round's loss, Mourinho again started rarely used Antonio Adan, but the keeper was sent off after giving away an early penalty.

Casillas then came on but couldn't stop Xabi Prieto's resulting spot kick to cancel out Karim Benzema's opener, and it was 2-2 at halftime after Prieto leveled again following Sami Khedira's goal.

At the double: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring one of his two

At the double: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring one of his two

Ronaldo scored on the break in the 68th before hitting the winner from a free kick in the 70th. But Prieto wasn't done and scored his hat trick in the 76th to keep the wild shootout in doubt until the final whistle.

Madrid's first victory in three games left it in third place, 13 points behind leader Barcelona and four points behind Atletico Madrid before their games later.

The crowd at Santiago Bernabeu stadium voiced its displeasure with Mourinho's continued benching of Casillas by jeering the coach's name when it was announced before the game and cheering for their beloved star.

Seeing red: Referee Ignacio Iglesias sends off Real Madrid's goalkeeper Adan after six minutes

Seeing red: Referee Ignacio Iglesias sends off Real Madrid's goalkeeper Adan after six minutes

Time for a change: Iker Casillas gets ready to replace Adan after his red card

Time for a change: Iker Casillas gets ready to replace Adan after his red card

Madrid's fans, however, couldn't have asked for a better start just two minutes in when Sociedad's unbalanced defense left Benzema unmarked to receive Khedira's pass and slot beyond the stranded Claudio Bravo.

But Madrid's lead didn't last long when Mourinho's choice in goal again proved misguided.

Adan was overwhelmed last round when he conceded three goals in the loss at Malaga, and he was soon shown to be out of his depths at home as well.

The regular backup made a poor pass that Carlos Vela intercepted, and he then charged out and tackled the Mexico forward in his box.

He shoots, he scores: Ronaldo scores for Real

He shoots, he scores: Ronaldo scores for Real

The referee didn't hesitate to show him a direct red card, creating the dramatic situation of Casillas being called off the bench to defend the penalty try.

The crowd chanted 'Iker! Iker!; as the Spanish international jogged on, but there were no heroics as Prieto coolly stroked in the spot kick to equalize in the ninth.

Despite being short a man, Madrid pressed forward and deservedly went in front in the 35th through Khedira's crafty back-heeled flip to redirect a cross between the posts.
Prieto beat Casillas to restore parity at 2-2 five minutes later when he pounced on a rebound inside the area.

Goal time: Karim Benzema celebrates his goal

Goal time: Karim Benzema celebrates his goal

But Ronaldo gave Madrid control of the match when Benzema stole the ball in midfield and played the Portugal winger behind the defense for him to score.

Ronaldo then earned a free kick on the left corner of the area and blasted the ball over goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for his 16th goal in the league this season.

Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain went on as a substitute for his first action since being sidelined for two months with a leg injury and quickly found the woodwork.

Prieto appeared to give Sociedad a late hope when he shot inside the far post, but Sociedad never threatened again after Daniel Estrada was booked for a second time, leaving the visitors with 10 men for the final 10 minutes.

Ryan Shawcross agrees new Stoke deal

Shawcross resists lure of Manchester City as Stoke captain agrees new contract

By
Eleanor Crooks, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

14:57 GMT, 3 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:07 GMT, 3 January 2013

Ryan Shawcross has committed his future to Stoke by agreeing a new five-and-a-half-year contract.

Manager Tony Pulis was desperate to tie his captain to a new deal with Manchester City known admirers of the 25-year-old.

Pulis said: 'It's fantastic for us as a football club. We're really, really pleased to have him.

Deal me in: Ryan Shawcross (left) has agreed a new contract to stay at Stoke

Deal me in: Ryan Shawcross (left) has agreed a new contract to stay at Stoke

'He's been the bedrock of what we've been trying to do over the past five or six years and we're really pleased that he's finally agreed.'

The two parties have been in talks for a number of weeks, with Shawcross indicating he was ready to sign a long-term deal in November.

He joined Stoke from Manchester United, initially on loan, in 2007 and has gone from strength to strength, making his England debut against Sweden earlier this season.

Shawcross brought his family to the Potters' Clayton Wood training ground for the signing of the contract, and the defender's three-year-old son Freddie accompanied Pulis to the press conference.

The manager said: 'It's a long
contract, Ryan has to get it right, the football club has to get it
right and they've managed to come to an agreement, which is great news
for everybody.

'I think the
world of Ryan. I think he's a great lad. We've just seen little Freddie
in here. They're a great family and they're part of this football club.

'We've signed Asmir (Begovic), we've
signed Marc Wilson and now Ryan, Steven Nzonzi's on a long-term
contract, so that's four top young players.

'And
that's what we want to do – keep improving it, keep getting younger
players and players who will grow together at the football club.

'We're
not going to do what Manchester City have done, we're not going to do a
Chelsea, we have to build gradually and steadily, and that's what we've
done over the last five years.

Delighted: Stoke boss Tony Pulis was desperate to tie Shawcross down

Delighted: Stoke boss Tony Pulis was desperate to tie Shawcross down

'We'll do it our way, in our fashion. A lot of people don't like it but who cares.'

Shawcross revealed the influence of Pulis and the ambition shown by the club were the key reasons behind his decision to sign such a long-term deal.

'I wouldn't have signed the contract if I didn't think the club was moving forward,' he told the club's official website.

'Throughout the talks with the manager and (chief executive) Tony Scholes over the past few months, they were very positive about what the club is aiming to achieve in the future.

'Hopefully, we can build on what has been achieved over the past five years. From what I've heard from them, I am confident we can keep on improving.

'The manager is probably the main reason why I'm where I am today. I've been here for five years now and he's been great throughout that time.

'I came here because I felt the manager could get the best out of me, and I just want to continue what I've been doing so far – keep on improving.'

West Ham Gael Givet, Salomon Kalou and Marouane Chamakh

Hammers eye move for Rovers defender Givet and wants strikers Kalou and Chamakh

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 30 December 2012

West Ham are weighing up a move for Blackburn Rovers French defender Gael Givet, 31, who is out of contract in the summer.

Manager Sam Allardyce remains keen on a loan for Lille forward Salomon Kalou and Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh.

Hammer time: Blackburn's Gael Givet is a target for West Ham

Hammer time: Blackburn's Gael Givet is a target for West Ham

Wanted man: Salomon Kalou

Marouane Chamakh

Wanted men: Salomon Kalou and Marouane Chamakh are West Ham targets

Leeds will compete with Norwich City for Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith. Swansea are hopeful of signing Bristol City winger Albert Adomah for 3m.

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson is talking terms with Motherwell winger Jamie Murphy after agreeing a 100,000 fee.

Exeter 12 Bath 12: Chiefs denied by late penalty try

Exeter 12 Bath 12: Chiefs denied victory over west country rivals after late penalty try

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UPDATED:

18:17 GMT, 29 December 2012

The conversation of a penalty try three minutes from time denied Exeter their first Premiership victory over west country rivals Bath in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,744 at Sandy Park.

Both sides went into the game on the back of defeats with Exeter seeing their run of seven victories halted by a 18-16 defeat at Gloucester while Bath were hammered 22-0 at home to Saracens.

Tom Hayes returned to the second row to lead the Chiefs while Phil Dollman came in at outside centre so James Hanks and Ian Whitten dropped to the bench where they were joined by the return of England international Tom Johnson.

Argie-bargy: Exeter's Argentine international wing Gonzalo Camacho hands off a challenge from Bath and England prop David Wilson

Argie-bargy: Exeter's Argentine international wing Gonzalo Camacho hands off a challenge from Bath and England prop David Wilson

Full back Ollie Devoto made his first Premiership start for Bath while inside centre Matt Banahan, locks Dave Attwood and Ryan Caldwell and number eight Ben Skirving all returned to action for the visitors.

The Chiefs applied the early pressure but conceded silly penalties and when close to the posts they had the ball turned over. Then with 12 minutes on the clock fly-half Gareth Steenson, with the wind at his back, landed the opening penalty.

But the visitors hit back immediately with a try started and finished by scrum half Michael Claassens in the left corner with great support play from wing Tom Biggs and fly-half Steven Donald. Claassens was unable to convert from touchline.

Exeter wasted a try scoring opportunity when full back Luke Arscott made the break through the middle and, with scrum half Hayden Thomas on his right in space, he passed to lock Aly Muldowney who was quickly brought to ground.

Delightful dozen: Steenson (right) kicked four penalties from four attempts

Delightful dozen: Steenson (right) kicked four penalties from four attempts

The home side were able to create breaks from deep in their own half but unforced errors or penalties were again the Chiefs downfall when they ventured into the Bath 22 allowing the visitors to keep their line intact.

Then, with time already up on the clock, Bath wing Horacio Agulla was penalised for coming in at the side of the ruck and Steenson stepped-up to land his second kick of the game and nudge the Chiefs into a 6-5 half-time lead.

Steenson increased the lead minutes after the restart when Bath repeated the previous offence just before the break but this time Skirving was the culprit. The penalty from the former Ireland under-21 took him past 1,000 points since his Exeter debut in 2008.

All square: Neither side were able to claim all four points

All square: Neither side were able to claim all four points

The Chiefs were certainly an improved side in the second half at the scrum and the lineout as well as limiting their errors. Bath strayed offside when inside their own 22 and Steenson kept a clean sheet with his fourth penalty kick.

Exeter again showed that they too can defend their own line and with the game going into the final 10 minutes the Chiefs again camped out inside the Bath 22. But when they turned a Bath scrum the home side were penalised for standing up.

Bath won a penalty inside the Exeter 22 and opt to kick for the corner and then the Chiefs were penalised at the ruck. Bath repeated the move and referee David Rose awarded a penalty try. Tom Heathcote added the extras to level the score.

Nick Harris Mo Farah can push TV Superstars to a longer run

Farah and Co can push TV Superstars to a longer run

PUBLISHED:

22:35 GMT, 22 December 2012

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UPDATED:

23:02 GMT, 22 December 2012

The BBC hope their festive Olympic
Superstars show will lead to a longer-term revival of the hit programme
of the 1970s and 1980s – although one of the London 2012 athletes who
features in the Christmas special jokes that he will be hiding in
embarrassment when it is screened.

Superstars became a family favourite
as top sportsmen from Formula One's James Hunt to judo star Brian Jacks
took part and through famous moments such as Kevin Keegan crashing his
bike.

Paddle power: Mo Farah has fun in the kayak head-to-head with Peter Wilson

Paddle power: Mo Farah has fun in the kayak head-to-head with Peter Wilson

The Olympic special, to be screened next
Saturday evening, pits 16 heroes from London 2012 against each other –
from double gold-winning runner Mo Farah to boxing's Nicola Adams and
Anthony Joshua, triathlon's Brownlee brothers, rower Kath Grainger and
equestrian pin-up Laura Bechtolsheimer among others.

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Peter Wilson, who won shooting gold in
the double trap, said: 'Once it's screened, I'm never going to live down
how bad I was! I'll probably buy myself a one-way ticket to Timbuktu to
avoid the embarrassment.'

Wilson says that for 'must watch TV', fans should tune in for the kayak head-to-head between himself and Farah.

'The two worst kayakers against each other,' he said.

'I went out like a dingbat and ended up against the wall and Mo went the wrong way, about 18 times, then capsized.'

In other events, Wilson reveals, 'me and the javelin did not see eye to eye and the 800 metres was so tough it felt like my lungs were bleeding. My sport is all about standing still and I was up against these supreme athletes like the Brownlees, Robbie Grabarz and Anthony Joshua.'

The BBC paid the competitors undisclosed fees for taking part. 'But it wasn't about the money, it was great fun to do, even if it won't be for me to watch it,' said Wilson.

The show's main presenter, Gabby Logan, confirmed that the BBC want further shows.

'Hopefully, we're trying to do another one so we want contestants to tell their friends that they all had a great time and keep the calibre of the guests really high profile,' she said.

'This will stand the show in good stead to hopefully re-establish Superstars again. I think it would be great to mix Olympians up with other sportspeople – rugby, footballers and cricketers. That would be the nub of it.'

Selling: Carl Hester open to offers

Selling: Carl Hester open to offers

Hester still a seller

Olympic dressage gold medallist Carl Hester is still hopeful of selling wonder horse Valegro, despite dismissing reports that a Saudi prince wanted to buy the gelding for 20million as 'complete and utter fantasy'.

Hester joked that he 'spotted a few billionaires' watching as Charlotte Dujardin triumphed again on Valegro at Olympia last week.

He says he remains hopeful of 'developments in the New Year' and would be open to British investors securing the horse for Dujardin, who won two gold medals on him at London 2012, to ride towards Rio in four years' time.

Leeds fans urge new owners to reveal details of 17m takeover

Leeds United supporters have greeted the takeover of their club by the Dubaibased GFH Capital with cautious optimism but say they want more details about the new owners' finances, background and plans.

GFHC now own 100 per cent of Leeds in a takeover that sources say cost 17million up front to buy out chairman Ken Bates and other shareholders, and will cost a further 17m when Leeds win promotion. GFHC and Leeds have declined to confirm any financial details.

Bates was unpopular with some fans but will remain as chairman until the end of this season and then become president.

Neither GFHC nor Leeds have said whether he will be paid for those roles.

End of an era: Ken Bates

End of an era: Ken Bates

Dan Moylan, of the Square Ball fanzine, said: 'On the one hand I'm happy because, to all intents and purposes, it's the end of Ken Bates's tenure and the new owners are saying all the right things. On the other hand we now need the new owners to flesh out their plans with hard detail and tell us what the plan is in a year, two years, three years. They say they want Leeds to be sustainable. How will that happen'

The takeover does not include GFHC buying Leeds's Elland Road stadium or the Thorp Arch training ground, both of which are owned by unknown parties through an offshore firm in the Caribbean.

John Boocock, founder of the Leeds List group, the oldest online community of Leeds fans, which started in 1996, said: 'We want to know where the cash to buy the club came from, why the company that controls the club will not be registered in Britain where we can examine the accounts, but in the Cayman Islands, and what money precisely will be available in January.

'We weren't too impressed by the claim that the squad is good enough when we get players back from injury.'

Gary Cooper, head of the Leeds United Supporters Trust, said: 'The new owners did well in saying they want to work with the fans and the community and a lot of the supporter base will buy into that.

'We're led to believe we'll get the chance soon to meet the owners and we hope we will be able to get answers to all our outstanding questions.'

Asked for further details about the GFHC takeover, a Leeds spokesman told Inside Sport: 'The new owners answered all the questions they were asked at their press conference and won't be answering any more.'

Superstars returns to BBC for Christmas with Olympic stars Mo Farah, Anthony Joshua, Jonny Brownlee

Superstars is back! British Olympians turn have-a-go heroes in return of classic show

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UPDATED:

23:48 GMT, 18 December 2012

Watching brief

Saturday, December 29 on BBC1, 6.45-8.15pm.

The one-off episode is presented by Gabby Logan with Denise Lewis and Iwan Thomas as pundits.

Next weekend, classic sports show Superstars returns for a festive special, featuring 16 of this year’s British Olympians.

Mo Farah, Anthony Joshua, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee and Lizzie Armitstead are among the heroes of London 2012 taking part.

So which member of Team GB will prove the ultimate all-rounder Take a look at these pictures taken while filming the show and decide who you think will be crowned London 2012's Superstar.

The eyes have it: Mo Farah grits his teeth in the tough men's bike race on Superstars

The eyes have it: Mo Farah grits his teeth in the tough men's bike race on Superstars

One more push: 200m breaststroke silver medallist Michael Jamieson shows the strain

One more push: 200m breaststroke silver medallist Michael Jamieson shows the strain

Gym tests: Great Britain's first medallist of the London 2012 Olympics, Lizzie Armitstead

Gym tests: Great Britain's first medallist of the London 2012 Olympics, Lizzie Armitstead

Mo's throw: 5,000m and 10,000m gold medallist Farah prepares to launch the javelin

Mo's throw: 5,000m and 10,000m gold medallist Farah prepares to launch the javelin

Jade's in sparkling form: Jones turns her hand to the javelin after winning gold in taekwondo at the Games

Jade's in sparkling form: Jones turns her hand to the javelin after winning gold in taekwondo at the Games

Poor bike! Super-heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua uses his huge frame during the cycle race

Poor bike! Super-heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua uses his huge frame during the cycle race

Making a splash: Jonny Brownlee, Olympic triathlon bronze medallist, races in the kayak

Making a splash: Jonny Brownlee, Olympic triathlon bronze medallist, races in the kayak

Taking aim: Lizzie Armitstead fires at the bull during the archery competition

Taking aim: Lizzie Armitstead fires at the bull during the archery competition

And they're off: (left-right) Peter Wilson, Robbie Grabarz, Anthony Joshua, Jonny Brownlee, Mo Farah, Alistair Brownlee, Michael Jamieson, Andrew Triggs-Hodge

And they're off: (left-right) Peter Wilson, Robbie Grabarz, Anthony Joshua, Jonny Brownlee, Mo Farah, Alistair Brownlee, Michael Jamieson, Andrew Triggs-Hodge

Can you remember these Superstars

Daley Thompson

David Wilkie

Shows of strength: Olympic decathlete Daley Thompson (left) and swimmer David Wilkie (right)

Pool of talent: (left-right) Bobby Moore, Tony Jacklin, David Hemery, Roger Taylor, Barry John and Joe Bugner

Pool of talent: (left-right) Bobby Moore, Tony Jacklin, David Hemery, Roger Taylor, Barry John and Joe Bugner

The original Superstar: Geoff Capes shows how the shot putt should be done

The original Superstar: Geoff Capes shows how the shot putt should be done

And who could forget the most famous Superstars moment of all (Yes, it's Kevin Keegan's bike crash…)

Southampton want to sign Scott Dann

Adkins wants 6m-rated Dann to shore up Saints defence in January

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 9 December 2012

Southampton intend to revive their interest in Blackburn defender Scott Dann next month.

Manager Nigel Adkins was put off by Rovers’ demand for a 6million fee in the summer when he initially enquired.

Wanted man: Scott Dann (left) is a target for Premier League Southampton

Wanted man: Scott Dann (left) is a target for Premier League Southampton

But he has continued to send scouts to check on Dann, 25, and is willing to table an offer.

Blackburn meanwhile, who are also braced for the sale of goalkeeper Paul Robinson, are interested in Stoke midfielder Wilson Palacios and Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel.

Sheffield Wednesday 2 Bristol City 3 – match report:

Sheff Wed 2 Bristol City 3: Jones' future in balance after Baldock and Adomah seal win

By
Jonathan Veal, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

17:37 GMT, 8 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:37 GMT, 8 December 2012

Bristol City mounted a sterling late response to beat Sheffield Wednesday in the battle of the npower Championship strugglers which leaves Owls boss Dave Jones clinging on to his job.

Jones, who saw his side come into the game on the back of six successive defeats, had received a vote of confidence from Milan Mandaric a fortnight ago, and he looked to be overseeing a home win until the Robins' late show.

Wednesday were leading 2-1 with 12 minutes to go thanks to goals from Miguel Llera and Gary Madine, though Llera's involvement did not end there.

In the balance: Dave Jones watched his side slump to defeat again

In the balance: Dave Jones watched his side slump to defeat again

MATCH FACTS

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Buxton, Taylor, Llera, Antonio, Lines, J Johnson (Mayor 81), Helan, Prutton, Madine, O'Grady (Rodri 81)

Subs not used: Bywater, Mattock, McCabe, Lee, Maguire

Booked: Taylor, Llera, Prutton

Goals: Llera 3, Madine 79

Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Fontaine, McManus, Bryan (Anderson 84), Bates, Elliott, Adomah, Danns, Baldock (Pearson 90), Taylor

Subs not used: Gerken, Wilson, Wilson, Kilkenny, Reid

Goals: Baldock 18 (pen), 86 (pen), Adomah 88

Referee: Andre Marriner

Attendance: 20,449

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The Portuguese defender gave away a
penalty to allow Sam Baldock to equalise at 1-1 and then another six
minutes after Madine's goal.

Then, just a minute after Baldock had
levelled for the second time from the spot, Albert Adomah curled in a
fine 22-yard free-kick to put Derek McInnes' side ahead.

The drama was not done there, though,
as after Wednesday appealed for a penalty, Madine slammed home the
ball, but referee Andre Mariner, who had caused Jones much chagrin
throughout the afternoon, ruled out the effort and awarded a free-kick
to City.

And there was no coming back from
that for Wednesday, who slumped to a seventh defeat on the bounce, which
Jones will do well to survive.

The win was City's third in the last 15 games and keeps them in touching distance of those teams just above the drop zone.

It had been the perfect start for Wednesday as they went in front with just two minutes on the clock.

After early pressure Chris Lines
curled an inviting corner into the six-yard box for Llera to meet it
with an unstoppable header.

The Owls were far better all over the park and they should have had a further two goals inside the opening 10 minutes.

First Madine fired in a weak effort
when being fed by Chris O'Grady and then O'Grady himself missed a fine
chance when he was stretching after Jermaine Johnson had left Liam
Fontaine on his backside.

But out of nothing the Robins found
themselves level in the 17th minute. Baldock received the ball into his
feet in the penalty area, he turned Llera and the big centre-half
brought him down.

Marriner pointed to the spot and Baldock calmly sent Chris Kirkland the wrong way.

Both sides clearly knew the importance of a win and went for it in an open second half.

Baldock fizzed an effort just wide
from a training-ground corner while Johnson's cross for Wednesday was
deflected just over with at least two men waiting to knock it in.

Chances continued to come at both
ends with Baldock forcing Kirkland into a fine save from 16 yards and
then Madine spurning a superb chance from eight yards, shooting straight
at Tom Heaton.

But it was City that began to take
control and Adomah wasted a great chance to set a team-mate up at the
byline but he picked out nobody and then Fontaine and Neil Danns had
efforts go close.

However, Wednesday weathered the storm and hit City on the break to regain the lead in the 78th minute.

Johnson broke at pace, making up
yards of ground, and fired a low shot that was too hot for Heaton to
handle and Madine atoned for his earlier misses by slotting home the
rebound from eight yards.

It was harsh on City, but they were
back on level terms again just six minutes later through another Baldock
penalty, this time after Llera had handled.

And two minutes later Adomah curled a
superb effort in from a free-kick to pour the misery on Wednesday,
which was made even worse by the late controversy.

FA Cup second round: Harrogate and Hastings one game away from Premier League payday

Old Trafford, Anfield and Stamford Bridge all await… but first minnows must get through FA Cup second round ties

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UPDATED:

14:49 GMT, 30 November 2012

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver is refusing to put pressure on his side as they prepare for their FA Cup second-round tie against Hastings.

A potentially mouth-watering match-up against a Premier League club awaits the Conference North team if they can beat fellow non-leaguers Hastings, who are the lowest-ranked team through to this stage of the competition.

'A lot of people have tried to put words in my mouth saying 'You should go through',' Weaver told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

One win from the big boys: The Chelmsford City players celebrate their win over Colchester and will face Crawley

One win from the big boys: The Chelmsford City players celebrate their win over Colchester and will face Crawley

'But we've gone to a new level here. The club's never been this far in the FA Cup and everything here on in should be treated as a bonus.

'Obviously, we'd be disappointed if we lost but we've still achieved something here.

'We should take heart and confidence into the game and enjoy the moment.

'Obviously, we know we'd enjoy it more if we win and that's what we're going out to achieve but there's no pressure.'

Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson believes his players should continue to express themselves on the pitch, even if it means they could miss out on crucial games through suspension.

Blades midfielder Kevin McDonald will miss Saturday's tie against npower League Two side Port Vale at Bramall Lane after he earned his fifth yellow card of the season against Brentford.

Looking for the cutting edge: Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson will hope his side can overcome Port Vale

Looking for the cutting edge: Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson will hope his side can overcome Port Vale

Wilson said: 'We never tell the players about the number of bookings they are currently on because we wouldn't want it to affect their displays.

'Sometimes you could tell a player not to do something, ie make a tackle, to avoid getting booked but ultimately you are in the hands of the referee and their interpretation.

'We want the lads to express themselves and play their natural games. We will deal with what happens in terms of suspensions.'

Sheffield United will also be without Mark Howard (thigh), Dave Kitson (hamstring) and Lecsinel Jean-Francois (knee) while Vale could hand a start to recent signing Calvin Andrew alongside Tom Pope in attack.

Preston take on Gillingham at Deepdale and captain John Mousinho is hoping to go on another decent cup run as he has done at some of his former clubs.

Mousinho told the Lancashire Evening Post: 'The FA Cup is a competition I like.
'Stevenage got to the fifth round last season and played Tottenham, taking them to a replay.

Fight on their hands: John Mousinho and his Preston side take on Kieran Richardson

Fight on their hands: John Mousinho and his Preston side take on Kieran Richardson

'The season before that I was in their side which beat Newcastle 3-1 – that was obviously a big occasion.

'When I was at Brentford they got to the fourth round. We beat Sunderland in the third round and then got Charlton, who were a Premier League side at the time.

'That season was the early part of my professional career and the FA Cup run certainly made an impression on me.'

Elsewhere, MK Dons host Wimbledon in what is set to be an emotionally-charged match while Lincoln face Mansfield, Accrington take on Oxford, Barrow host Macclesfield and Bury take on Southend.

League One's Carlisle play Bournemouth while Morecambe travel to Coventry and Chelmsford will be looking to get the better of Crawley.

Crewe will look to book their place in the third round with a win over Burton while Fleetwood play Aldershot, Luton host Dorchester, Oldham play Doncaster and Rotherham face Notts County.

The other games see Tranmere at home to Chesterfield and Alfreton host Leyton Orient.