Burnley down and Hull set to follow

first_img Results elsewhere conspired to doom the Clarets, who had gone into the KC Stadium clash knowing they needed a win to stand any chance of staying up, and that even that might not be enough. Sean Dyche’s men kept their side of the bargain with a gutsy display capped by Ings’ 62nd-minute strike which ended a run of more than 10 hours without a goal. Press Association Danny Ings’ second-half winner was not enough to save Burnley from relegation out of the Barclays Premier League – and opponents Hull are now favourites to follow after this perilous defeat. Brady himself had his first chance to become Hull’s hero in the 37th minute when he clattered the top of Tom Heaton’s bar with the first of his free-kicks. Burnley boss Sean Dyche clearly took the decision to start to stretch the game at the start of the second half – although the way other results stood at the interval, even a winner would not have been enough to save them. Ashley Barnes sent an overhead free-kick crawling just wide of Steve Harper’s right-hand post and Matt Taylor also came close before the visitors had a penalty appeal turned down when Ings tumbled under McShane’s challenge in the box. Hull boss Steve Bruce threw on Nikica Jelavic on the hour and played three up front but two minutes later Burnley snatched a shock opener when the home defence failed to deal with Ben Mee’s ball into the box and Ings rifled home. Hernandez, introduced moments earlier for the ineffective Sone Aluko, came close with a neat back-heel which was held well by Heaton then Brady rattled the bar for the second time from a long-range free-kick. Bruce’s side launched a series of increasingly desperate attacks as the minutes ticked by but the Tigers were frustrated and will now have everything to do in their last two games if they are to avoid joining their opponents in relegation to the Championship. But it proved a dismal afternoon for the Tigers, who now look in serious danger of joining Burnley in the Championship as they languish in the drop zone with games against Tottenham and Manchester United to come. Robbie Brady twice slammed the woodwork from long-range free-kicks and substitute Abel Hernandez came close with a back-heel but the Tigers’ performance lacked the buzz with which they had set about beating Liverpool less than two weeks ago. Knowledge of Sunderland’s lunchtime win at Everton – which ensured Hull would start the game in the drop zone – can hardly have helped the atmosphere of tension as Steve Bruce’s side were largely frustrated during a tight first half. The visitors, for whom the mathematics of survival meant a win was the very least they required, were roared on by a defiant contingent of travelling fans but they too appeared short on ideas. Despite Stephen Quinn’s third-minute cross narrowly evading Ahmed Elmohamady in front of goal, most of City’s early play lacked the necessary sharpness. James Chester had to be alert to deny Ings a shooting opportunity after a clever through-ball from Ashley Barnes, but the Clarets showed few signs of grabbing the goal they needed to prolong their survival fight. Brady consistently posed problems down the left and in the 19th minute he got behind the Burnley defence and sent in a low cross which was cleared off the line by Jason Shackell. As the half went on Hull gained the ascendency, with Elmohamady heading just over from a Brady cross and Paul McShane also inches away with a header from a Brady corner from the left. last_img read more

England quartet target South African titles

first_img Max Orrin, who topped the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit in 2012, has been named with three other members of the England squad to compete in two major tournaments at George in South Africa next month. Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) will be joined by Jamie Rutherford (Knebworth, Hertfordshire), Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex) and Josh White (The Wisley, Surrey) for the Ten Nations Cup at Kingswood Golf Club on 6th – 9th February and for the South African Stroke Play Championship at Oubaai Golf Club on 12th – 15th February. The Ten Nations Cup involves four-man teams representing Argentina, Australia, Colombia, France, Ireland, New Zealand and Scotland as well as England and South Africa. Wales were scheduled to play in the event but have withdrawn. The competition will be decided on the aggregate score over 72 holes of stroke play with the best three scores in each round to count. The South African Stroke Play Championship will involve 144 players with a cut after 36 holes, the leading 65 players and ties completing the final two rounds. Orrin (image Copyright Tom Ward) 18, the reigning Kent champion, hit top form last year, winning the Thunderbird International Junior Tournament in Arizona, while at home he finished runner-up in the Darwin Salver, McEvoy Trophy, the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Duke of York Young Champions Tournament, third in the Carris Trophy and reached the last 16 of the British Boys. He also won five and halved the other of his six matches for England in the Boys Home Internationals and represented GB&I against Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy. Rutherford, 20, the English County Champion of Champions in 2011, finished seventh on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s Order of Merit in 2012 after a highly successful year, capped by his full England debut in the Home Internationals. He also finished third in the Brabazon Trophy in which he won the Henriques Salver for the best performance by a British player aged under 20, and joint fourth in the South of England Amateur Championship, a repeat of his finish in 2011. Tree, 18, has been capped at every level since winning the English Boys Under 14 Championship in 2008. He made his full England debut against France at Rochester & Cobham last May and also represented his country in the European Boys Team Championships and the Boys Home Internationals in 2012. The Sussex teenager won the Gauteng North Open in South Africa last winter, finished fifth in the Carris Trophy and reached the Amateur Championship quarter finals. Also last year, he represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy and was England’s representative in the Junior Ryder Cup. White, 21, finished fourth in last year’s Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Order of Merit after sharing top spot in the West of England Stroke Play Championship and winning the Berkshire Trophy for the second successive year. The former Surrey champion also won the Philip Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate from the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies. Like Tree, he made his full England debut against the French and also played in the Home Internationals. He made a fast start to 2013 by finishing runner-up in the New Year Invitational in St Petersburg, Florida. 25 Jan 2013 England quartet target South African titles last_img read more