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Facundo is Mawby's life Sava

A single goal was enough to win a tough match against top of the table side Queensland Roar with Facundo SAVA (88) providing Rob Mawby with some much needed relief and hope that his side can still make a last minute assault on the title.

Mawby had put himself under some pressure before the game after he stormed out of his own press conference declaring "We've proved a lot this season, we've won the Leamington invitational cup for the first time and maintained a high position in the league and now we will prove ourselves once again by getting something out of this game or our title dream is finished this season". Now Mawby is in a much happier mood and had this to say "It's looking good for us. The team came together and got the result and thats all that counts. This really was a six pointer and we've clawed back now to just 5 points behind Queensland which is fantastic".

Mawby also pointed out that the other 3 sides in the top four had to face each other at least once in the last 5 games but that his Crawley side had faced all of the other teams twice this season allready.

An exciting end to the season is instore, that is for definate. Hugh Jass for the Crawley Observer.

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FANS TURN ON GAZLAD

In the come and meet the manager meeting at grays athlectic lastnight wasn't what newly manager was expecting as the fans turned on him, by asking why they havn't won a game since he is in charge, replied gazlad the manager before me had only won 2 games, and iv'e only be here for 3 games lost 2 and drew 1, so whats ur point.

Angry fans didn't like the response they got : what changes are u going to do then replied the fans: well as the season is only what 6 or seven games away till the end and we are not going to get promotion, i've spoke to the chairman and he has agrred that i will be playing around with the squad and formation looking for the right one thats suits the team and at the end of the season i will releasing players and drafting in new faces and rebuild a squad, : like who: i've got a few in mind; : who: lets says i'm looking at a few lads from crewe and port vale also there are a few in div 3 that look good, but at the end of the days money plays a big part:

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People keep doing your write ups! I've been reading them and there bloody fantastic so keep them coming! Enjoying the Grays Athletic soap opera at the moment :D Anyway I'll keep doing my write ups.you keep doing yours and I'll take my hammer round to Leamingtonsteves house tonight and get his computer working haha

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PASSION BY GRAYS

Grays played there heart out tonite in a 2-2 draw with rushden and diamonds, i'm pleased with the lads said gazlad the perfromance was top class they showed passion and great fighting spirit, the lads went out there tonite and played football with grat attitude as they wanted to win this game, i'm pleased for the lads we have not had the best of times over the weeks, i want the lads to keep this performance up for the rest of the season...

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Division 3 - Turn 18 - Thu 27 Sep 2007

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Alloa Athletic 2 - 2 Birkirkara

Two favourites for promotion cannot be seperated at Recreation park

Burton Albion 0 - 1 Southport

Southport leap above Burton after close game between two unmanaged sides

Cowdenbeath 0 - 1 Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green continue there promotion push with win over Cowdenbeath

East Fife 2 - 1 Dagenham and Redbridge

Fifes great season sees them upto 5th whilst Dagenham drop to 9th

Grays Athletic 2 - 2 Rushden and Diamonds

Grays drop two goal lead and miss out on chance to catch Rushden in the table

Perth Glory 2 - 1 Arbroath

Glory have no problems over Arbroath who look like finishing bottom for the third season running

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Morecambe 0 - 3 Northwich Victoria

Northwich collect surprise three points at promotion chasing Morecambe

Peterborough United 0 - 2 Exeter City

Two late Exeter goals keeps Peterborough in trouble and gives City some breathing space

Raith Rovers 2 - 1 Central Coast Mariners

Unmanaged Raith prove too much for CCM who remain bottom

Stafford Rangers 2 - 2 Sydney FC

Sydney winning sees both these sides six points behind the promotion places

Stirling Albion 0 - 0 Sliema Wanderers

Sliema continue to hope for back to back promotions despite being held by Stirling

Tamworth 2 - 1 Adelaide United

10man Tamworth hold one of the promotion spots after squeezing past Adelaide

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Division 1 - Turn 18 - Thu 27 Sep 2007

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Gretna 1 - 2 Wrexham

In a tight league Wrexham pull away from the bottom two whilst dropping Gretna a bit closer to it

Aldershot 2 - 0 Newcastle United Jets

Aldershot also give themselves space beating NUJ who look almost certain to go down

Bristol Rovers 0 - 3 Notts County

Champions destroy Rovers in first half and remain in a good position to retain there title

Queensland Roar 3 - 0 Albion Rovers

Roar keep hold of top spot but Albion remain in trouble after this result

Torquay United 2 - 2 Hibernains FC Paola

Golden boot leader Rossi on the scoresheet again to grab Torquay a point

Wellington Phoenix 5 - 2 Crawley Town

Phoenix show they dont need Neller by thumping Crawley for five

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Phoenix rises to kill the Devils

Despair for Crawley fans as their title dream is all but over after they lost 5-2 to Wellington Phoenix. Goals from Adelino VIEIRINHA (82), Salvatore FOTI (82), Mariano BOGLIACINO (83) and Daniele DESSENA (85) were enough to kill Crawley's title hopes. Antonio FILIPPINI (88) and Facundo SAVA (88) grabbed the goals for Crawley.

Mawby was full of praise for the team and fans saying "We've done well this season, it may not be us in 1st or 2nd place at the end of the season but we won the cup and we're still in the top half and that takes a lot to acheive. The fans have been amazing too, they sing their hearts out at each game and have been to 12th man for us. I just wish we could've gave them the success they deserve" "Even though its still possible for us to win the league mathematically I would have to say its between Queensland and County now with my bet on County"

It's been a great season so lets hope our boys can try and stay in 3rd place until the end of the season! Hugh Jass for the Crawley Observer.

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Division 3 - Turn 19 - Sun 30 Sep 2007

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Arbroath 0 - 5 East Fife

Another superb result for Fife sees them unbeaten in six whilst Arbroath look set to finish bottom again.

Birkirkara 0 - 2 Perth Glory

Top scorer Thompson helps Perth to surprise win over Birkirkara who stay second.

Dagenham and Redbridge 1 - 5 Burton Albion

Prest takes his tally to ten as Burton make Dagenham look poor at Victoria Road.

Forest Green Rovers 0 - 0 Alloa Athletic

Alloa must keep the champagne on ice as a goalless draw here has both sides promotion hopes still in the air.

Rushden and Diamonds 1 - 4 Cowdenbeath

Cowdenbeath return to winning ways with second placed top scorer Furlong grabbing two.

Southport 4 - 2 Grays Athletic

Grays are undone at Southport but neither side moves places in the table.

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Division 2 - Turn 19 - Sun 30 Sep 2007

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Adelaide United 0 - 2 Peterborough United

Peterborough give themselves a lifeline by beating Adelaide, both clubs in the bottom three.

Central Coast Mariners 1 - 1 Stafford Rangers

CCM continue to cling onto D2 status whilst Stafford look like staying in D2 after this result.

Exeter City 3 - 1 Raith Rovers

Exeter give themselves breathing space with vital win at home.

Northwich Victoria 4 - 0 Stirling Albion

A second win of the week for the vics sees them midtable, Stirling still look over there shoulder at the chasing pack.

Sliema Wanderers 0 - 5 Tamworth

Top two battle in a heated game that sees Sliema lose three men to red cards.

Sydney FC 0 - 4 Morecambe

Morecambes promotion hopes are kept alive whilst Sydneys are nearly ended.

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Division 1 - Turn 19 - Sun 30 Sep 2007

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Albion Rovers 1 - 0 Wellington Phoenix

Late Albion goal has them level on points with Gretna and fighting for survival.

Crawley Town 4 - 1 Gretna

Crawley go wild in second half and still have eyes on top spot whilst Gretna hovver above relegation.

Hibernians FC Paola 0 - 2 Aldershot

Season one champs Hibs defeated at home takes them out of championship race.

Newcastle United Jets 1 - 1 Queensland Roar

Despite holding the leaders NUJ are the first relegated side of the season, Roar stay top.

Notts County 0 - 1 Torquay United

County miss chance to top table after home defeat leaves them second and two points short of retaining there title.

Wrexham 1 - 0 Bristol Rovers

Wrexham pull away from battle at the bottom whilst Rovers get dragged into it.

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Alloa Athletic 2 - 0 Rushden and Diamonds

Congrats to Gordon as Alloa gain promotion, Jarol Martinez double bags win but the title still needs winning.

Burton Albion 2 - 1 Grays Athletic

Albion make easy work of Athletic and secure a rare back to back win and climb into 7th.

Cowdenbeath 3 - 1 Southport

Two more for Furlong takes his total to 16 and keeps Cows on for a third placed finish.

Dagenham and Redbridge 2 - 1 Arbroath

A first win in six for the Dags only heaps more pressure on Arbroath not to finish bottom.

East Fife 1 - 4 Birkirkara

Congrats to Shelbs whos side show bouncebackability after relegation to this division last season. Still in sight of the title they end East Fifes great run of ten games unbeaten.

Perth Glory 5 - 1 Forest Green Rovers

Archie Thompson's hattrick sees him upto 19 and ends FGR's hopes of promotion this season whilst keeping Perth in the hunt for third.

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Division 2 - Turn 20 - Thu 4 Oct 2007

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Morecambe 4 - 0 Central Coast Mariners

Morecambe victory with Urziaz double taking him to ten has them within touching distance of the elite league. CCM are in danger of falling to the bottom league.

Raith Rovers 2 - 1 Adelaide United

Unmanaged Raith pull one out of the bag to keep Adelaide in trouble, only a better goal difference keeps United out of the bottom two.

Sliema Wanderers 1 - 4 Northwich Victoria

The Vics impressive run in sees them bag another win and can still finish 4th. Sliemas hopes of a second successive promotion are in the top twos hands as they trail Morecambe by three points.

Stafford Rangers 3 - 0 Exeter City

Rangers still have hopes of going up but need a miracle over the last couple of matches, Exeter nervously look over there shoulder after this defeat.

Stirling Albion 2 - 0 Sydney FC

Win for Albion almost confirms another season in D2 for them, Sydneys loss means another season as almost rans for them.

Tamworth 2 - 2 Peterborough United

Tamworth give up two goal lead to struggling Boro but still hold top spot and need one win for promotion back to D1. Boro are in danger of a second successive relegation.

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Division 1 - Turn 20 - Thu 4 Oct 2007

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Aldershot 0 - 2 Notts County

County win sets up exciting possibly title deciding game with the Roar on sunday night. Aldershot in 7th not out of the woods yet.

Bristol Rovers 4 - 2 Torquay United

Two sides in the thick of the relegation battle sees Rovers the happier, leagues top scorer Rossi bags both of Uniteds goals.

Gretna 1 - 1 Albion Rovers

Last gasp equaliser for Rovers leaves both sides fighting for survival and equal on points still.

Queensland Roar 0 - 0 Hibernians FC Paola

Draw at the Suncorp and County win sees top two level on points when they meet on sunday night.

Wellington Phoenix 0 - 0 Newcastle United Jets

Jets hold Phoenix to keep Phoenix in the relegation battle, Jets already down but unbeaten now in two.

Wrexham 4 - 2 Crawley Town

Wrexham close gap on Crawley to four points and end Towns hopes of a league and cup double.

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NOTTS COUNTY V QUEENSLAND ROAR

Looking forward to this game:) in what could be the title decider:eek:.Raz's Notts County are last seasons champs and with home advantage must fancy themselves as favourites to win back to back championships.

The Roar were dissapointed with their 4th place finish last season after being runners up in season one and would love to go all the way this season.

On paper Notts have the better side but thank god it's being played on the PC:D.

Anyway looking forward to a good game,all the best for tonight Raz and may the best side win.:)

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GRAYS JOY AS THEY WIN

Grays celebrated tonite like they have just won the title, NO they won a league match by beating cowdenbeath 2-1, gazlad could not hide his joy and ran on the pitch jumping up and down hugging all his players the 1000 garys fans were going wild...

On the 13th min mark OLI ran onto a through ball and thumped it into the top corner, then a very rare sight this season grays went 2-0 up on the 21st min as JULIANO pounced a short back pass, gazlad; the players and the fans went wild then after gazlad came down from the floodlights :eek:, he orderd his players to calm down, the half time whistle went with a big raw from the home fans they have witnessed the best performance to date.

The second half cowdenbeath came back to life and put grays under pressure and pulled a goal back in the 66th min as COLOMBANO culed his shot after he picked up a short corner, as cowdenbeath pushed forward and put more pressure on grays the grays back 4 were working overtime but hung on for there first win under gazlads era and to record there 2nd win of the season.

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NOTTS COUNTY 1-1 QUEENLAND ROAR

Mark Viduka(63) Steven Reid(77)

Over 20,000 packed in to watch the top two battle it out for what could be the title decider.Both managers had their best available squads out and could do little but watch the action.

A tense first half seen both teams probing for weakness in the other side and few chances came their way.

All **** broke loose on 35mins when Notts County youngster Sotiris Ninis got a straight red for headbutting one of the Queensland players.Manager Raz quickly reorgainized his side and the sides stayed level to the break.

The second half started with Queensland dominating possession and shots on goal with the man advantage but Notts stood firm and a break away on 63 mins seen Mark Viduka smash in the opening goal and send the County fans wild.

The Roar huffed and puffed with manager Kev roaring on the touchline but County held.

On 75mins Kev decided to gamble with the introduction of Steven Reid and with nearly his first touch he chipped the ball towards the County Goalie who fumbled and watched as the ball crossed the line.

The Aussie traveling support went bannanas!!!

A tense finish to the game seen no more goals and as the final whistle blew it was all square.

The title is not decided yet and it is all down to the last game.Whichever of these two teams hold their nerve will be celebrating on Thursday night:)

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Despite a 2 - 0 loss to Morecambe yesterday, survival in division 2 was confirmed and Exeter City will play their 4th consecutive season in the 2nd tier next season.

However, George is not happy with some of the performances put in, and has warned that there will be changes all round next season.

He said '' We dpn't have much cash but we are still going for the youth side but also players who we know are capable of taking us to the 1st division.

We know are targets but are saving them until after the last game. ''

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Division 3 - Turn 21 - Sun 7 Oct 2007

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Arbroath 0 - 1 Burton Albion

Arbroath will be hoping for better luck next season whilst Burton can still finish 5th.

Birkirkara 2 - 0 Dagenham and Redbridge

Birkirkara need a win and for Alloa to lose in the final game for any chance of lifting the title, Dagenham are hopeful of a 8th placed finish.

Forest Green Rovers 1 - 2 East Fife

FGR poor run in to the end of the season sees them drop to 4th, East Fife head the four teams hoping to end in 5th.

Grays Athletic 2 - 1 Cowdenbeath

Athletics second win of the season gives them a chance to finish 10th. the cows down to 6th.

Rushden and Diamonds 1 - 3 Perth Glory

Glorys fifth straight win takes them into third place, whilst the Diamonds are in danger of dropping to 11th.

Southport 0 - 5 Alloa Athletic

Alloa need a point on thursday to lift the division three title after they thumped Southport for five.

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Division 2 - Turn 21 - Sun 7 Oct 2007

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Adelaide United 0 - 1 Stafford Rangers

Uniteds goal difference saving them currently from the drop, Rangers look favourites to finish third.

Central Coast Mariners 1 - 0 Stirling Albion

Great win for CCM but still bottom and need maximum points on final matchday to stay up. Albion will finish no higher than there current position.

Exeter City 0 - 2 Morecambe

Morecambe also confirm promotion to the top division after win over over City, one point behind the leaders the title can still be won.

Northwich Victoria 0 - 2 Tamworth

Tamworth stay top and are promoted after beating Vics who can finish no higher than 6th.

Peterborough United 1 - 2 Raith Rovers

Raith upto 6th and leave Boro in trouble, another side needing maximum points on the final day.

Sydney FC 2 - 1 Sliema Wanderers

Sydneys win closes the gap on Wanderers to three points giving them the chance to finish 4th.

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Division 1 - Turn 21 - Sun 7 Oct 2007

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Albion Rovers 2 - 1 Wrexham

Rovers give themselves a lifeline and go into final day needing to win, Wrexham 4th can finish 8th in tight group.

Crawley Town 2 - 1 Bristol Rovers

Town confirm third place finish with win over Rovers who must go into the final game one point ahead of the relegation zone.

Hibernains FC Paola 2 - 4 Wellington Phoenix

Phoenixs Foti takes tally to 14 helping his side to victory and survival acheived for another season.

Newcastle United Jets 1 - 4 Gretna

Solksjaer upto 8 for the season as his side make light work of NUJ. Gretna one of the teams needing a win to stay up on the last day.

Notts County 1 - 1 Queensland Roar

The game everyone was watching saw a stalemate. Both sides level on points and goal seperating them its all going down to the wire.

Torquay United 1 - 5 Aldershot

Aldershot manage to stay up for another season after hammering United who need a better result than Albion to survive.

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